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    What's a good tire for a frame with minimum tire clearance?

    Not much room in the Ferrous frame I'm building up, put a bontrager tire that came stock on a rig in there and it's definitely going to rub. I'm thinking that a Nano rear with Weirwolf up front would work out well...

    Just wondering what tires people are running with tight rear clearance?

    Also is there any fear of rubbing so bad that it cuts into the steel? Or is that ridiculous?

    EDIT: I'm in Roeland Park, KS (KC, KS) with tons of rocks and mud so sticky you can't ride when it's wet (so I don't)
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed
    Not much room in the Ferrous frame I'm building up, put a bontrager tire that came stock on a rig in there and it's definitely going to rub. I'm thinking that a Nano rear with Weirwolf up front would work out well...

    Just wondering what tires people are running with tight rear clearance?

    Also is there any fear of rubbing so bad that it cuts into the steel? Or is that ridiculous?

    EDIT: I'm in Roeland Park, KS (KC, KS) with tons of rocks and mud so sticky you can't ride when it's wet (so I don't)
    I have an older Gunnar singlespeed, so I am well versed here . . .

    Bonti XDX 1.75 (just get ready for folks to call it a cyclocross tire - - but it is not).
    Bonti Jones 1.8
    Cross Mark 2.1 is pretty narrow and fits my Gunnar
    Continetal Race King 2.2 (but I have an older version that may be skinnier than current offerings)
    Stans's Crow (cue up the cyclocross comments again)
    The nanorapter you mentioned for sure.
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    thanks man, out of that list I'll probably go with the Nano or race king, always liked the nano's though
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed
    Just wondering what tires people are running with tight rear clearance?
    Nanoraptor, Small Block 8, Crow and CrossMark. In a lot of ways I like the Nano the best -- it has pretty substantial volume as it seems to be a "tall" tire. The Crossmark offers the best traction (IMO).
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    what about something like the vulpine or the rampage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed
    what about something like the vulpine or the rampage?
    lol, those two options are pretty much at opposite ends of the spectrum. The Rampage is a nice tire but it's quite big, grippy and somewhat slow. The Vulpine is smaller than a Nano and would be very fast, but I've heard it doesn't have much climbing or braking grip on any kind of loose trail surface

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    Kenda Karma 1.9. Light, fast, decent traction...
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    IRC Notos would probably work as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    The Vulpine is smaller than a Nano and would be very fast, but I've heard it doesn't have much climbing or braking grip on any kind of loose trail surface
    Vulpine rear on my Rock Lobster monster climbs ok, surprising actually, but it is a real scary thing descending, and the back of the bike brakes loose when you touch the brake lever, trying to pass the front wheel. Yikes! It does not roll as well as you would expect, not sure why.......

    Nano on the front is solid as a rock, may move it to the rear and add a Race King up front. I was given the Vulpine and it rolls ok on the road where this bike spends 70% of it's time, but sucks when I see dirt that needs to be explored.

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    I used a Nano or a Python on my fast bike
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    Is the Geax Saguaro too large? I think it's a great tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    Is the Geax Saguaro too large? I think it's a great tire.

    The problem with the saguaro isn't really that its too wide, its that it is such a tall tire. I can't even get one in the back of my Dos Niner for that reason.
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    You can't go wrong with the 29" in back.....

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    python vs sb8

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Cabletwitch
    I used a Nano or a Python on my fast bike
    I have a Python 2.1 on a rigid SS and a Small Block 8 2.1 on HT (both on rear). I do XC for fun on mostly hardpack and loose rocks.

    The Python is 2.09in wide (casing) and the SB8 is 2.04 (casing)
    The Python's tread is very narrow, narrower than the casing, this kinda makes the tire "rectangular".
    The SB8's tread is wider than the casing and very round.

    I THINK I prefer the python over the SB8. When I turn with the python, I kinda get that feeling that the narrow tread digs in. Imagine the python tire cutaway profile as a rectangle, when you lean it feels like the corner of the rectangle digs into the ground.

    Conversely the SB8 is very round, so when I lean, i don't get that "digging in" sensation.

    Both are equally as fast, SB8 wears out kinda fast though...

    I am curious to try the nano raptor.

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