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    Good tire for climbing and rough decending?

    I am running a 2.4 MK front and 2.2 rear and so far I happy with the front but the rear just doesnt feel good. I am in Europe with a ton of climbing mainly hard pack to loose over hardpack with a ton of rocks and roots both up and down. I have read about the Crossmarks, the Saguaros, Ardents, Rampages, Stouts, and well pretty much all of the favorites. I am not concerned with weight.I want better handling with stability and traction that setup nice on Flows tubeless. I am running SS hardtail rigid and soon with suspension up front.

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    I would wonder if the conditions you are in are primarily dry, wet or combination? Everyone I know who rides the Rampages seems to like them except on wet roots. If the rubber on the Stout is soft enough, that would probably be a great tire in the wet... What are the locals running for tires there? Most likely 26" - but the brand/model may translate to a tire that will work for you.
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    Most of the Euro's are running Schwable but I have heard bad things on them reading through here. I was considering a Stout/Ardent combo but the 2.4 MK seems to do the trick so far.

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    WTB Prolwer SL run in reverse direction (on the rear) Thing climbs like a goat, even when nearly worn out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino
    WTB Prolwer SL run in reverse direction (on the rear) Thing climbs like a goat, even when nearly worn out.

    i don't know why i never thought of turning mine around... i ran a prowler out back for about a week in forward direction and ditched it because it climbed like an asthmatic goat with a bad knee. i'll have to give it another go in the reverse dir.

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    I like Ardents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnitedWeRide
    I am running a 2.4 MK front and 2.2 rear and so far I happy with the front but the rear just doesnt feel good. I am in Europe with a ton of climbing mainly hard pack to loose over hardpack with a ton of rocks and roots both up and down. I have read about the Crossmarks, the Saguaros, Ardents, Rampages, Stouts, and well pretty much all of the favorites. I am not concerned with weight.I want better handling with stability and traction that setup nice on Flows tubeless. I am running SS hardtail rigid and soon with suspension up front.
    Since your in the land of great beer - take a look at the Schwalbe Little Albert. The Albert was my all time favorite 26" tire - great grip all arounder. It'll be roughly same volume wise as the 2.2 MK. Another tire I'd look at, based on my familiarity with your terrain - is the Michelin XC AT, again, should be fairly easily sourced within Europe. Lastly - consider the new Geax offerings - another Euro friendly option.
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    How about the conti race tire? Or a panaracer fire xc? What size of tire are you going for?

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    RK 2.2 is a good combo with a MK 2.4 up front.

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    Being in Switzerland, riding a rigid SS, I like MK 2.4 tires when it's wet or in the snow. The tire is too soft and has too much rolling resistance on dry trails. I loved it in the snow last winter. Since spring I've had a Resolution up front and a 2.2 Karma in the rear. I didn't think the short knobs on the Karma would provide much traction, but these tires proved to be awesome for the trail conditions this season. I'll run that combo again.

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