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    29er tire opinions

    I can't seem to find many opinions on the Schwalbe Little Albert, Maxis Ignitor, or WTB Exiwolf 29er tires. How do they compare to the WTB Nanoraptors?

    If this info is already out there and I can't find it, sorry, just point me in the right direction.

    Thanks.

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    Not much info yet...

    I bashed the Little Albert (mostly for being too skinny and not working tubeless) in a thread maybe a month ago. Not sure anyone else has posted a review - they also retail for $60 each or something ridiculous.

    The other two (Ignitor and Exiwolf) have yet to hit the trails under any significant number of riders. That should change in the next week or so. Stay tuned and I'm sure folks will post their impressions.

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    $39.99

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt
    I bashed the Little Albert (mostly for being too skinny and not working tubeless) in a thread maybe a month ago. Not sure anyone else has posted a review - they also retail for $60 each or something ridiculous.

    The other two (Ignitor and Exiwolf) have yet to hit the trails under any significant number of riders. That should change in the next week or so. Stay tuned and I'm sure folks will post their impressions.

    -Walt
    Actually you can buy Little Albert for $39.99 at UC:
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...p?category=196
    ...but as you can see there are equal or better tires for less.
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    I like the 26" Little Albert very much. The Little Al is good in the sandy over hardpack around Ashland. On the front it corners and tracks very well. Good braking and climbing traction rear though it breaks away a bit early in the corners. Easy to control it. Street price should be under $45.

    It is basically the same volume as a Conti 2.1.
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    On loose gravel, my girlfriend likes the Little Albert as a rear tire, as it has unreal levels of traction. She doesn't like a slipping rear wheel, and you just can get that to happen with the Little Albert 26". The 29" version seems to be a bit narrower still and slightly less high-performance in terms of casing and such. I can't expect a 29" Little Albert to be much better than a (wider) IRC MythosII for instance. Well, maybe in cases where narrow tires are good (mud?).
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    Perhaps a bit off-topic, but some weeks ago i just looked in the net for some (non-slick) 29" Tires that aren´t narrower than 1,9".
    Here´s What I Fond:

    Maxxis Ignitor
    Kenda Karma / Kenda Klaw
    Schwalbe Little Albert
    IRC Mythos XC II
    IRC Mythos
    Conti Vapor

    Do you know any other tires like these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LionelCSG
    Perhaps a bit off-topic, but some weeks ago i just looked in the net for some (non-slick) 29" Tires that aren´t narrower than 1,9".
    Here´s What I Fond:

    Maxxis Ignitor
    Kenda Karma / Kenda Klaw
    Schwalbe Little Albert
    IRC Mythos XC II
    IRC Mythos
    Conti Vapor

    Do you know any other tires like these?

    Ciao, Franz
    The Karma is not going to happen
    The Mythos and Mythos XC II are the same tire.

    You missed ALL of the WTB tires. They gave us the first one: the Nanoraptor plus the Motoraptor.
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    Bontrager Jones ACX and XR
    Schwalbe Big Apple 2.0 and 2.35 (road tires)
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    Yes, Youre right - sorry.
    In my opinion, the NanoRptor is quite cool as a front tire, when youre driving on hard ground.
    For completing the list of 29"WTB-Tires:

    WTB MotoRaptor
    WTB MutanoRaptor
    WTB NanoRaptor

    Bontrager ACX
    Bontrager XR (didnt find link)

    I dont like the Kenda Karma as well (besides: it looks a bit like the Bontrager XR), but The Kende Klaw (front + rear) looks promising. Has anyone tested those yet?

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    The Klaws have been around for a couple of years. Good all-rounder and currently the best 29" mudder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    The Klaws have been around for a couple of years. Good all-rounder and currently the best 29" mudder.

    On a related note, and repeating myself - anybody in U.S. selling 29" (28") BlackJack. ? Very nice tire IMHO...

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    The Mutano 44 is hardly 40mm, so doesn't belong in the list as 1.9"+ tires IMO. Nice adventure tire, though. As is the Black Jack. Should I come across them cheap here in NL, I'll try some, for kicks. Might be nice for combined commuter/trail duty.

    I do have the seemingly very rare Black Shark 1.85/47c, which is also too narrow (~39mm) to qualify, tough it's 45mm wide knobs do make it look impressive at first glance. Lots of traction in mud, a bit too much even the one time I tried them.
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    Kenda Karma is actually on...

    I spoke with Mike at Maxxis on Friday and he says that the 29er Karma is definitely a GO, but he did not have any delivery info of any kind. It shows as a good part number which would seem to indicate they are a production item... but it may be a couple months before we have available product.

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