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    So what is everyone using for tires? I'm moving back east after some time in CO and right now I have Maxxis Ranchero's on my bike. Going to switch to Monorails this weekend. Both are good on the decomposed granite/hard pack/rocky terrain we have out here. What is best for the loamy rooty trails of the east?

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    Quote Originally Posted by truepatriot09
    So what is everyone using for tires? I'm moving back east after some time in CO and right now I have Maxxis Ranchero's on my bike. Going to switch to Monorails this weekend. Both are good on the decomposed granite/hard pack/rocky terrain we have out here. What is best for the loamy rooty trails of the east?
    Kenda Nevegals 2.35 front and back....they grab everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushtrack
    Kenda Nevegals 2.35 front and back....they grab everything

    x2.....

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    Agreed.

    Just bought them and I absolutely love them.

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    Sweet...good to see a triple endorsement on the first tire posted.

    How do you think the Maxxis I've been riding will do?

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    I've never been a fan of Nevegals or Kendas in general. My favorite tire is the Hutchinson Barracuda, in a soft or medium-soft compound. For wet or mixed-conditions riding, I really prefer a tire with a squarish profile and heavy side knobs like the Barracuda...some of my other faves are the Maxxis ADvantage and High Roller.

    BTW, I'm in Western Mass. In dry conditions you can ride just about any tire out here...trouble is that it's never dry. For east coast riding, sticky rubber is key.

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    I had nevegals for a couple of days when my bike was new. Sidewall got torn on rocks. May grip good but the sidewalls are paper thin.

    I like WTB Stout 2.3's or Motoraptors in 2.2/2.4 combo. Stouts are way stickier though.

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    Conti Mountain King Supersonics.

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    I have had a couple pairs of the Rancheros on my xc bike and they work pretty well out here. If your rides stay more on the xc end of things, they do very well. If more tech singletrack is your thing, I would maybe look at a slightly bigger tire to help with the abundance of rocks you will typically see on the trails. Personally I try to shy away from anything larger than a 2.2 as they really are just too sluggish IMO and I rarely see that I need alot more grip. During the summer months when things get dry and packed, and you get tons of traction, I usually switch to a fast rolling almost semislick tire.I just picked up some WTB Wolverines I am anxious to mount up.
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