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    XCL / EVO Tire Recommendations

    I'm looking to spec out some tires for the bikes, and wanted some input. What would you guys run for thte XCL and the EVO -- sizes would be good too. Thanks in advance.
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    I'm running the Maxxis minions Fr/Rr ( 2.35 ) Been liking them. Very predictable.

    Thinking of trying the Schwalbe Nobby nics 2.4Fr/ 2.25Rr.

    Another thought may be the Maxis Advantage.

    Also the New Wtbs are looking good.

    Lots of good choices out there.

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    What's the max rear tire size on the XCL?

    I've been running Panaracer Cinders on my old hardtail, and I like the grip. But the 2.25 just barely fits in the rear. In fact I had to redish the rear wheel to get it to fit without rubbing.

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    I'd run Schwalbe Big Betty's (2.4) on the EVO, great tire! A lot of people around here run them on 5-6" travel bikes, best selling tire for me last year in that size range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama
    I'd run Schwalbe Big Betty's (2.4) on the EVO, great tire! A lot of people around here run them on 5-6" travel bikes, best selling tire for me last year in that size range.

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    Cool, I will definitely look into those Big Bettys...
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    The Betty's are good but Damn are they heavy. I ran them all summer last year and have been enjoying the minions over them, especially on the climbs. Plus the Gooey Gluey compound wears very quickly. Very short life span for such a pricey tire.

    My original post mentioned the Nobby Nics which share a similar tread to the Bettys but are a ton lighter and have a larger variety of sizes.

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    Gotta go with Minions

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    Third vote for Nobby Nics. They would fit nicely on either bike.

    XCL: Panaracer Rampage 2.35", Maxxis Ignitor 2.35"

    EVO: ADvantage 2.4" front Minion DHR 2.35" rear

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    Well judging by my screen name you can guess which tire I'm partial to.

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    The Betties are just all around excellent. For next year, they go on a diet, as I hear from one of the reps. Currently I am running the Prowler XTs - except for the slight weight difference, they're not a better tire. They do roll fast and are pretty grippy, but I'm noticing that they are wearing quickly on our rocky terrain. For more loamy soil conditions, they'd be good.

    The Evo with Betties would be ideal, IMO. Far and away better than anything Kenda makes in that realm.

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