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    29er Stout (front) with Race King (rear) - unbalanced?

    Just wondering if anyone has tried a WTB Stout up front with a Race King 2.2 out back? I have a pair of Stouts and am tempted to just go with both front and rear but was wondering about the old adage of "traction up front and less rolling resistance" in the back? If I keep the Race King out back I am guessing it will wash out when compared to the Stout up front but not sure. Any one else do this? If not, what tire to pair with the Stout?

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    I know a few guys who are much better riders than me who swear by a Rampage/Nano combo.

    If it works, it works.

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    I ran a similar set up for a 24hr race with a stout up front and an intense 29er tire in the rear. Intense is a low ramped knob with a smaller casing. It was fine for that use but I wouldn't want to hit anything overly gnarly with it. Either setting up for some nice pinch flat action or a some flat track oversteer. Either way could be scary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepanite
    Just wondering if anyone has tried a WTB Stout up front with a Race King 2.2 out back? I have a pair of Stouts and am tempted to just go with both front and rear but was wondering about the old adage of "traction up front and less rolling resistance" in the back? If I keep the Race King out back I am guessing it will wash out when compared to the Stout up front but not sure. Any one else do this? If not, what tire to pair with the Stout?
    I would run that pair. I have never had a rear tire wash out on any of my 29ers. The RK will have more volume than the Stout, and is an awesome tire in the back, especially on an HT frame. My preference would be to pair it with a MK 2.4 or WW255lt, depending on the trails.
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    Stout/Crossmark.....there I said it. It works great for me on a HT. I did it on a whim. Over a month now in Norcal Sierra loose, hardpack, loose rocks, granite slabs/boulders. I keep waiting for just one slip on the rear to put something knobbier back on. Sticking like glue so far. I'm old and slow, but I'm clearing stuff, now, I never have in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    I know a few guys who are much better riders than me who swear by a Rampage/Nano combo.

    If it works, it works.
    Proven performers, I could see this combo working very well for many folks in many locations.
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    Yep...

    Where it's especially pertinent is when you are not running suspension - rigid on both ends.

    For example I've already run a CX tire out back and a Nevegal up front on my rigid and it felt very balanced. It also suprised me how little rolling resistance was coming from the Never-go up front.

    "Grippage" - you need it most - bar far - is up front for cornering traction. Most anywhere else lack of traction can be overcome by technique.

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    Seems doable to me. I never wash out the rear except when I want to by giving it some english. With your weight planted over the rear tire it usually has loads of traction, esp tubeless.
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    I think the combo is pretty solid, but might also want to look at a Mountain King 2.4 (I just started this combo) as a front. The tire can be had for inexpensive, at least I think so, and has solid grip plus light.

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    Mtn King 2.4 is skinny for a 2.4. I like the tire but if you're looking for wide, it ain't it.
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