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    Tire advice needed!

    I have a Jamis hardtail has a Geax Mezcal 1.9 rear and 2.1 front. It's a used bike and these are the tires it came with. I want to switch them out for something that will give me great cornering and climbing confidence, but not be too sluggish. I'm not sure what width tire the Dragon frame will accept, but I'm thinking around 2.2. I run 26" with tubes.
    Any suggestions for WNC-friendly XC tires will be appreciated!
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    If you ask 10 different people, you will get 10 different answers.

    I have the Kenda Honey Badger Pro's on my hard tail and they fit the bill.
    If you are keeping the tubes, the HB Sports will be fine.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    If you ask 10 different people, you will get 10 different answers.

    I have the Kenda Honey Badger Pro's on my hard tail and they fit the bill.
    If you are keeping the tubes, the HB Sports will be fine.
    Thanks! Do you have the same size on front and rear?

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    Yes

    They are both 2.2
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    A tire may help your confidence cornering but climbing comes from within or somewhere I've not completely found yet. I run an Ardent on the rear and High Roller on the front. If you like the Geax, the Sturdy is a good tire (especially if you want to stay narrow). It is one of the best I have ridden on roots and rocks, Tons of grip on those things. The tire itself is tall as hell. When I ran them I had a 1.9 rear and 2.1 front. Both with tubes.

    The HoneyBadger is a great tire as well. The only way to find the one you like is to try many. Yes, it can get expensive.

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    Front tires should be large with tall, triangular shaped, widely spaced, ramped center knobs and a good line-up of solid cornering/ edge knobs. Rear tires should either be the same as front tire or I prefer a more paddle-shaped center knob in the back- which does, IMO, help when climbing rocks, roots, and loose stuff. Brands don't matter at all to me.

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    I run a maxxis in the front. They tend to develop new treads and sidewall technology first and they do it well. Also, it says minion on it.

    I run a specialized in the rear because they follow what everyone else is doing and then do it better. Kind of what a rear tire should be doing.

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