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    New question here. Tires for TRT, SLT etc?

    Hey fellas, what tires and/or tire combos are you running in Tahoe/Truckee, less Northstar?

    I havent ridden in the decomped granite in ages so curious what seems most popular now with more climbing and rapid shredding?

    TIA

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    I just spent a week there on a DHF 2.5 front, Aggressor 2.3 rear and it worked great going up and down.

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    I prefer DHF front and rear for any and all terrain.

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    Everyone likes DHF/DHR's, but checkout WTB Vigilante. The transition knobs on them might make your ride a bit more fun if you haven't ridden in Tahoe in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Everyone likes DHF/DHR's, but checkout WTB Vigilante. The transition knobs on them might make your ride a bit more fun if you haven't ridden in Tahoe in a while.
    Thx 5k!

    Please explain your reasoning?

    Also, Vigilante front and rear?

    Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by verrocchio100 View Post
    Thx 5k!

    Please explain your reasoning?

    Also, Vigilante front and rear?

    Thx
    See those transition knobs on the WTB Vigilante as compared with DHF? Makes the tire more forgiving on loose stuff. If you are a rider who is quick on the edges and rails corners, then I'd go with the DHF as it has huge grip on the side knobs. But, if you're not, I'd go with the WTB on the front as it has better transition grip. On the rear I like a fast rolling tire like a Minion SS or Aggressor.

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    I've been curious about the new Vigilante, but f-me is it heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SikeMo View Post
    I've been curious about the new Vigilante, but f-me is it heavy.
    There is a "light" version, but yep they are heavy. I'd pair with a fast rear end to compensate.

    If you want light, take a XC tire, knock out it's front teeth, and you get.....

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    Guys race these things. I couldn't imagine riding one of these on anything other than a golf cart path. But, they are ultra light and roll fast, I guess.

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    You could also just ride on the rim.

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    I've been riding Vigilante 2.5 front, High Roller 2 rear. Great grip as things get loose around here, but the Vigilante cornering knobs are undercutting way faster than other tires I've owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SierraOutsider View Post
    I've been riding Vigilante 2.5 front, High Roller 2 rear. Great grip as things get loose around here, but the Vigilante cornering knobs are undercutting way faster than other tires I've owned.
    Which model/compound?
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    I've done a lot of Tahoe trails this summer on DHF/DHRII 2.3", and it has worked great (including Toads yesterday with a rather worn down rear tire).

    It's nice to have some knobs on the rear for the occasional sandy uphills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Which model/compound?
    29 2.5 light casing high grip.

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    Tahoe trails are pretty dusty and loose right now so you are going to want something with decently sized knobs for bite. Depending on the trail you are riding this may be more or less granite pumice which tends to have its own grip characteristics.

    Also depend on the trails I would not necessarily recommend a "light" tire as I have seen my fair share of slashes from roots and the few trails that have shale (like Glass Mtn) cutting tires. I have run Vittoria TNT based tires for YEARS without any issues where as with my new bike this year I have destroyed two EXO+ Maxxis tires on the same trails. Literally had a backup Vittoria GOMA TNT that was getting a bit long in the tooth (Currently riding its 4th season without puncture or issue "knockonwood") that I had to use as a front in a pinch when I destroyed a DHF 2.35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Tahoe trails are pretty dusty and loose right now so you are going to want something with decently sized knobs for bite. Depending on the trail you are riding this may be more or less granite pumice which tends to have its own grip characteristics.

    Also depend on the trails I would not necessarily recommend a "light" tire as I have seen my fair share of slashes from roots and the few trails that have shale (like Glass Mtn) cutting tires. I have run Vittoria TNT based tires for YEARS without any issues where as with my new bike this year I have destroyed two EXO+ Maxxis tires on the same trails. Literally had a backup Vittoria GOMA TNT that was getting a bit long in the tooth (Currently riding its 4th season without puncture or issue "knockonwood") that I had to use as a front in a pinch when I destroyed a DHF 2.35.
    This.

    I've run Mezcal 2.35s on a 120/100mm bike pretty damn quickly on the trails mentioned. Pretty durable casing which is also surprisingly supple.
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    Currently on a 2.6 Magic Mary up front and a 2.4 Eddy Current on the back. Both are fantastic tires. The next set i'm sitting on are a 2.5 Vigilante x 2.4 Judge Combo which i'm stoked to try out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    This.

    I've run Mezcal 2.35s on a 120/100mm bike pretty damn quickly on the trails mentioned. Pretty durable casing which is also surprisingly supple.
    Yep! I've run the Mezcal TNT G+'s, and they are bulletproof. But, for Tahoe might be a bit under-gunned unless you are a very, very precise expert level rider. They are not forgiving of mistakes, like my current Cross Kings.

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    E13 tires in the sand and loose dirt are awesome. The new gen 3 is even better all around. But lost some of its squared shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    There is a "light" version, but yep they are heavy. I'd pair with a fast rear end to compensate.

    If you want light, take a XC tire, knock out it's front teeth, and you get.....

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    Guys race these things. I couldn't imagine riding one of these on anything other than a golf cart path. But, they are ultra light and roll fast, I guess.
    I rode the Whole Enchilada from Hazzard with Thunder Burts (was coming back from Leadville and didn't change tires from my race setup), worked fine (not that Moab is super loose, but it has it's moments). You would be surprised how much traction tires like that have, yeah there isn't much tread, but the casing is extremely supple, so if you have the pressure perfect there's tons of grip. Unlike a real AM/DH tire though, once you lose traction it's gone, there is no drift zone.

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    For Tahoe I would ride DHF front High Roller II rear, EXO case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatWhite415 View Post
    I rode the Whole Enchilada from Hazzard with Thunder Burts (was coming back from Leadville and didn't change tires from my race setup), worked fine (not that Moab is super loose, but it has it's moments). You would be surprised how much traction tires like that have, yeah there isn't much tread, but the casing is extremely supple, so if you have the pressure perfect there's tons of grip. Unlike a real AM/DH tire though, once you lose traction it's gone, there is no drift zone.

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    For Tahoe I would ride DHF front High Roller II rear, EXO case.
    On a hardtail! Hardcore!

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    Wow awesome info fellas!

    I asked a few of the local bike shops (OTE et al), DHF/Aggressor are the current most popular.

    How about the TrailBoss for the rear?

    My riding style isnt noteworthy borderline sloppy at times. Tend to keep the tires on terra firma rather than airing it out. Spin rather than smash.

    Keep the info coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by verrocchio100 View Post
    Wow awesome info fellas!

    I asked a few of the local bike shops (OTE et al), DHF/Aggressor are the current most popular.

    How about the TrailBoss for the rear?

    My riding style isnt noteworthy borderline sloppy at times. Tend to keep the tires on terra firma rather than airing it out. Spin rather than smash.

    Keep the info coming!
    I have found that if you ask any shops in the area the consensus answer is always going to be something Maxxis. That is what 99% of the shops have a large inventory of unless they are a dedicated Spesh/Trek shop, then it will be Bontrager tires (SE/XR4 or 3 for this area). Outside of that they will usually have a few of the other big names like Schwalbe and Continental, maybe WTB. But that really depends. I usually use shop recommendations as what type of tread pattern works best and then pick something similar from my favorite brand.

    Nothing wrong with going with Maxxis, everyone has them and you can easily replace with your flavor at any shop. I like stuff that has a tendency to give me more bang for my buck ($80+ for a tire, really Maxxis?) so that is why I have always gravitated towards Vittoria. So bummed they have gotten ride of the Goma from their line-up currently (I have a feeling it is getting redone in the G2.0 fashion).

    Previous favorite setups were
    Goma 2.4 TNT Front/Martello 2.35 TNT rear
    Goma 2.4 TNT Front/Rear
    Goma 2.4 TNT Front/Barzo 2.35 TNT rear

    Thinking of giving Martello 2.35 TNT front and Barzo 2.35 TNT rear a try soon here. My last Goma is dying and not overly impressed with the Maxxis Ardent 2.35 in the rear (seems to break traction at the weirdest times).

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    I will check into WTB, Vittoria, e13!

    Thx fellas!

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    Yes, tire thread! Or tire tread?
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