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    Moving to Montana...Looking for tire advice

    I will be packing up next week and heading to Big Sky Country from Texas, Im needing to get some new tires for the bike before leaving. I was hoping some of the local Montana folk could give me some suggestions on the type of terrain I will see up there so I can get them on the way....

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    You'll probably get lots of opinions on this. You cant go wrong with Maxxis DHF for front and rear. There is a lot of mountain riding here and these tires are very appropriate for that. Tough tire, good traction, good price.

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    i agree with sidehiller1, most of the terrian the Maxxis DHF is a good fit. but billings is different than bozeman, which is different from helena, which is.....

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    And application is important, too. XC, AM? I wouldn't overthink it. Just choose your favorite all-rounder with the grip and rolling resistance to match the type of bike.

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    Thanks for the replies...Im moving to Butte so most of my riding will be done close to that with some trips out Im sure. Im a bit more of an XC guy...

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    I've been very pleased with my switch to Maxxis Minion DHF tires. I had been running Tioga Psycho Geniuses for their low rolling resistance and light weight but decided that I don't like climbing regardless of which tires I use. I really enjoy the extra bite of the Minions and don't notice much of a penalty on climbs.

    If I can ask, what will you be doing in Butte?

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    Of course, you would probably want some studded Nokians today.

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    Ardents work quite well. Although I'm in Missoula, I've ridden some of Butte's awesome trail system and if you're more cross country oriented, a 2.4 Ardent, or even a smaller Ardent race may be exactly what you're looking for.
    And I second the suggestion to get some studded fatty action going. Otherwise you're grounded for several months a year.

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    I would get some Yokohama ice guards or blizzaks for your vehicle. We are due for a long hard winter. Where we get snow until June and icy roads all winter and spring. A fat bike maybe a good call as well? Safe travels!
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    Quote Originally Posted by demondan View Post
    We are due for a long hard winter. Where we get snow until June and icy roads all winter and spring.
    Unfortunately, I think we've seen the last of those (I'm here for the snowboarding).

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    Love the Minions on my fat bike....Love the WTB Bridgers on my 27.5+ bike. Kalispell here.

    Snow tires are over rated, its cheaper to just not drive like an idiot.
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    Snow tires are over rated, its cheaper to just not drive like an idiot.[/QUOTE]


    Good luck with that! As a professional driver/ equipment operator there are a lot of bad drivers on the road. Also most bike riders ride like ding dongs and give us all a bad yet deserved name
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    Quote Originally Posted by demondan View Post
    Snow tires are over rated, its cheaper to just not drive like an idiot.

    Good luck with that! As a professional driver/ equipment operator there are a lot of bad drivers on the road. Also most bike riders ride like ding dongs and give us all a bad yet deserved name[/QUOTE]

    Most bike riders try not to get crushed by thousands of pounds of steel operated by distracted, medicated, entitled monkeys.

    I have studded rubber on the bike and car for when mother nature pisses ice down on us. You will be expected to drive when no sane person should be on the roads here and probably have to get pulled out of a ditch a time or two. Good times!
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