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    Rear Tire Recommendation for Mud/Wet Roots

    I currently am running a Specialized Renegade Rear/Maxxis Ikon front and this combo works pretty well for me in dry conditions. However, it's been raining off and on for about a week now and is supposed to rain all weekend. I have a race on Sunday and am expecting wet roots and some muddiness. Any recommendations for a rear that would work a bit better in these conditions?

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    Rocket Ron is by far the best XC racing tire in mud and roots.

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    RoRo seems to get very mixed reviews and I think it may be tough for me to get one for this weekend. Any other thoughts on what would work?

    Tires I was looking at:
    Spec Ground Control (seems like good all-rounder)
    Maxxis Ignitor
    Maxxis Ardent

    I could definitely get the Ground Control for this weekend but the Maxxis tires may be a special order for me.

    OR would I be better off just riding the (less than ideal) tires I'm used to instead of riding a new tire on race day.

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    It depends upon what you're riding in. If it's wet mud and roots, The Rocket Ron has race-caliber weight. The ones you listed are really trail bike tires and may be more slice-proof in sharp rocks. Here is the 29er tire weight database, you can see what I mean:

    http://tinyurl.com/7vk2ugg

    Remember that a tire with a grippy all-mountain tread may cake up with mud, making it much heavier. I'd recommend checking out the new Rocket Ron 2.1.

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    A ground Control 2.1 front and rear would work well in the muck. Maxxis Beaver is also really good, if there aren't sharp rocks around.

    Don't run the renegade in the wet, if it's sloppy. I've had decent luck with fast traks and even Ikons on wet roots and sandy wet soil.

    I've also found Rocket Rons to work well in mud/wet, but they are thin... so you have to use them on the right courses.

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    I do have a Fast Trak that I can throw on the back if I can't find something that is a bit better.

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    I spent good coin and ordered the expensive Rocket Ron Snakeskin with Pacestar.
    Installed it as soon as I got it. Then I actually rode on them. This was damp Vancouver island conditions. It rolled well,felt light ,almost forgot,this was a front install, anyways this thing simply did not give me confidence in tight turns whether hard pack or loose. I get the impression it's the compound as the tread design appears quite straightforward. On wet rocks I never knew when that braking point would be.
    I replaced with new conti MK2 2.4 with awesome black chili. Huge improvement everywhere.My riding bud couldn't believe how much those tires held me back as I was normally a ways behind but now I'm right on his wheel. Just proves the massive differences a tire makes.

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    I have 2 hardtails one with a Rocket Ron front (SnakeSkin) and another with a Conti Mountain King 2 2.4 just like you mentioned above. Granted two totally different bikes I run the Rocket Ron with an Ikon rear on a carbon race bike (niner air 9) and the MK2 is more a training/winter fun bike that is a heavy steel cromo bike setup 1x10 for longer mountain rides where I am not worried about speed more getting out on the bike with friends and being safe in a variety of conditions. They are not really comparable, I am faster on the bikes with the Ron but there is some care there.

    That said Bottom Line: 2 different tires, each has their advantages but need to use which is right for your intended purpose and riding conditions.

    Both great tires I would not hesitate to use over and over again.
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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