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    What's your winter tire setup for NorCal ?

    I'm going through my semi-annual tire dilemma as I switch them out for the season. I currently have a DHF/Aggressor combo that has worked out great for the summer months. I am going to try putting a Hans Dampf I have sitting around on the rear as I hear the Aggressor is no bueno in the mud. Will have to see how it goes. What are you all riding this winter?

    BTW: Winter riding grounds
    - Auburn
    - Granite Bay
    - Ft Ord
    - Wilder Ranch & UCSC
    - Salmon Falls
    - South Fork trails

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    Bongtrager XR4 2.6 at around 14psi. I ride mostly SC and nisene on a rigid SS. Works great for me!


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    Dhf / dhf

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    I run the same combo year round.

    Assegai / DHRii.

    All of the traction all of the time. My typical trails are either very steep and loose or very steep and grippy (winter) so always solve for grip vs. rolling speed.

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    Ass/DHr2 or Dissector

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    whatever is already on the bike... swapping out tires is just too much work...

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    No winter specific set, DHRII front and rear just about always. Maxx Grip up front is nice.

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    WTB Vigilante 2.5 and Kenda Hellkat 2.4

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    WTB judge f/r on the big bike, vigilante/trail boss on the little bike

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    Based on the shi*ty forecast for our "Winter" I don't think many of us need to change a thing.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT View Post
    Based on the shi*ty forecast for our "Winter" I don't think many of us need to change a thing.....
    Is it supposed to be bad? November so far has been better than the last few years with more rain on the way in two weeks. My local trails are perfect rn.

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    DHF/Assegai front, DHRII/Aggressor rear year round. Haven't tried Dissector.

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    Got a weird combo on my ebike right now. Hutchinson up from, Big Betty out back. Donít like the casing or rubber on the Hutchinson, but thought Iíd throw it on to give it a try since I know Iím not a big fan of the Mary that came stock up front on this bike.



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    Same year round. DHF front and DHR rear on my Sentinel.

    Assegai DD Max Grip front and Eddy Current rear on my Decoy
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    just put Knobby nics 2.6 front, 2.4 rear. working well in loam.

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    26 x 4.8.....not sure what the rest of y'all are talking about......

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    Iím not rich, so I run the same tires that were on my bike in the Summertime. Specialized grid Butcher up front, and a Maxxis DD aggressor in the back...hopefully it doesnít rain this year, otherwise Iíll have to get a new rear tire.

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    WTB Verdict wet front and rear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endubro45 View Post
    Is it supposed to be bad? November so far has been better than the last few years with more rain on the way in two weeks. My local trails are perfect rn.

    Unfortunately, no. It's supposed to be Drier & Warmer with a return to Drought conditions for the Southwest.....

    And that's great for our burned-crispy communities but we need the water.
    Especially here on the Central-Coast.
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    I ran 2.4 dhr2 front and rear last year and the combo is grippy for sure and if its too muddy for that combo, the trails are probably too muddy to ride anyways. But the combo is slow so I ditched the dhr2 for a semi slick rear and now that winter is coming I may throw a dissector on the back.

    The highroller 2 works amazingly well in the wet but it rolls painfully slow, at least in the 2.3 size where the 2.3 highroller rolled noticeably slower than the dhf when mounted at the front wheel of the bike.

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    same tires, only wetter.
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    My winter tire setup is my summer tire setup.

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    Thought I would check back in. Put the Hans Dampf on the rear paired with a DHF up front. Got to admit, the HF was faster rolling and much better traction now the dirt has firmed up a bit vs the Aggressor, although my Aggressor has served well in the summer, it is past it's prime and will most likely be allocated to my "just in case" tire pile I take when riding out of town. The one downside is that it is a 2.6" tire and is a tad bit fatter than the 2.5 WT on the front. For now, it will be my winter setup, although, I am considering playing around with putting an Assegai that I have around that I was saving to use for Shuttle/Park days.

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    If it's muddy enough that my tires (Assegai / DHR) clog up, I should be digging, not riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Got a weird combo on my ebike right now. Hutchinson up from, Big Betty out back. Donít like the casing or rubber on the Hutchinson, but thought Iíd throw it on to give it a try since I know Iím not a big fan of the Mary that came stock up front on this bike.
    Curious what you didn't like about the MM?; that is my all time favorite front tire with grip for days and the only draw backs I find with it are high rolling resistance and wears pretty quick but that shouldn't be an issue on the front of an Ebike

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliikane View Post
    My winter tire setup is my summer tire setup.
    I am the exact opposite of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Curious what you didn't like about the MM?; that is my all time favorite front tire with grip for days and the only draw backs I find with it are high rolling resistance and wears pretty quick but that shouldn't be an issue on the front of an Ebike
    I think with those type of tires (magic and assguy), they have so much grip I get trust issues. The DHF will lose traction, but itís extremely predictable and I can adjust my riding to prepare for that so it never catches me off guard. The assguy (and likely magic though I havenít ridden it in a long while) will almost never lose traction, but when it does you will end up on your face because you did not expect it.

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    Trying out some Maxxis Shortys front and rear after the next rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I think with those type of tires (magic and assguy), they have so much grip I get trust issues. The DHF will lose traction, but itís extremely predictable and I can adjust my riding to prepare for that so it never catches me off guard. The assguy (and likely magic though I havenít ridden it in a long while) will almost never lose traction, but when it does you will end up on your face because you did not expect it.
    Makes sense - youíre right that they are so grippy and donít really break loose, and Iíve had similar issues with rear tires where I want a certain amount of predictable breaking loose and they are almost too grippy, but never really wanted this in a front tire but I can see why someone would


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    Quote Originally Posted by jct View Post
    Bongtrager XR4 2.6 at around 14psi. I ride mostly SC and nisene on a rigid SS. Works great for me!


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    I have that tire up front, on a 27.5, but I run 18psi with a rider (+gear) weight of 210 lbs. max. I'm curious about going lower, but that setup seems pretty low for my weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I think with those type of tires (magic and assguy), they have so much grip I get trust issues. The DHF will lose traction, but itís extremely predictable and I can adjust my riding to prepare for that so it never catches me off guard. The assguy (and likely magic though I havenít ridden it in a long while) will almost never lose traction, but when it does you will end up on your face because you did not expect it.
    I switched from a DHF to XR4 up front and it seems to break loose more gradually (in very dry conditions), so this is interesting to hear, as I was planning an assguy for my next tire. I think I'd take gradual over predictable, but once you've been on a tire for a long time, I imagine that is the safest bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b rock View Post
    I have that tire up front, on a 27.5, but I run 18psi with a rider (+gear) weight of 210 lbs. max. I'm curious about going lower, but that setup seems pretty low for my weight.
    i'm same weight as you but on the 29er and rigid. my rim id is 35mm. you may be able to go lower depending on the feelings you like.
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