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    Best front tire for rigid?

    I want to keep my rigid fork but its beating me up. What's the best, big front tire for shock absorbtion? I have a Bianchi SASS and am currently running a Kenda Kinetics 2.35. I am 200 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjfinch
    I want to keep my rigid fork but its beating me up. What's the best, big front tire for shock absorbtion? I have a Bianchi SASS and am currently running a Kenda Kinetics 2.35. I am 200 lbs.
    I like the WTB Mutanoraptor 2.4" and the Kenda Nevegal 2.5".
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    I have also enjoyed some rigid fork riding, but also needed to find some way to soften those bumbs, (42 years old). The 2.4 mutanoraptor at about 27-29 psi upfront seems to be my favorite, and have had no pinch flats on some 700 miles so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjfinch
    I want to keep my rigid fork but its beating me up. What's the best, big front tire for shock absorbtion? I have a Bianchi SASS and am currently running a Kenda Kinetics 2.35. I am 200 lbs.
    The Kinetics 2.35 is a fairly small 2.35. If you're looking for something with more volume, decent grip and fairly low rolling resistance, I think the Kenda Cortez 2.4 is a good option.

    Other options would be Racing Ralph 2.4, Nobby Nic 2.4, Z-Max 2.35, Klein Deathgrip 2.35.
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    i have a continental vertical pro 2.3 on my rigid and it does a good job.

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    So what kinds of air pressures are you guys running on these tires (with rigid forks)?

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    like I said earlier, keep it under 30
    But it all depends, are you trying to get there fast, or enjoy the scenery? When I take the rigid SS, its all about having fun, and enjoying the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjfinch
    So what kinds of air pressures are you guys running on these tires (with rigid forks)?
    I run mine around 30psi. And I'm running Stan's. And I weigh 180ish with gear. And I like walks in the park by the moonlight...
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    I like my Schwalbe 2.4 Big Betty.

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    Conti Diesel 2.5s have been working well for me for a while now. Looking for something different at the moment though (just for the hell of it).

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    I guess it depends on what kind of terrain you are riding.

    I have been reallt happy with the WTB Weirwolf 2.5.
    Works great on Northeast singletrack. (NY)

    I think that Greenfish had them for 19.95 or something.

    I have not tried the newer 2.55 LT version.


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    Quote Originally Posted by burtondogs
    I guess it depends on what kind of terrain you are riding.

    I have been reallt happy with the WTB Weirwolf 2.5.
    Works great on Northeast singletrack. (NY)

    I think that Greenfish had them for 19.95 or something.

    I have not tried the newer 2.55 LT version.


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    What terrain your riding makes a difference, I've never found a single do everything tire. I rode a Kinetics 2.3/Nevegal 2.1, they're the same size. I switched to Blue Groove 2.35 DTC and it made a huge difference in traction, with more shock absorbtion, and quite a bit biger. I like Weirwolfs too, but a 2.3 Weir is smaller than the BG. It's time to discover Shiggy for the real scoop on tires.

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    I use a 2.5 Timberwolf race, usually around 25-8 psi. A fantastic tire, but a slow one. When/if I want a speedier fattie, I'll likely get on of the new Weirwolf 2.55 LT, looks very cool.

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    I am also @ 200 lbs, and run a Specialized Enduro Pro 2.2 on my SS (Marzocchi front fork) and this tire is very nice. Huge for a 2.2 (barely clears the fork), rolls nicely, and has a great tread pattern (for SoCal riding). They run in 2.2-2.4.
    Have at it!

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    I am in the same place and am considering one of the following:
    1) IRC Trailbear
    2) WTB Mutanoraptors
    3) WTB Weirwolf
    4) WTB Motoraptor

    These are all 2.4-2.5" tires. I still wonder if I should just get a suspension fork and be done with it instead of buying a fat tire and then end up buying the fork later.

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    I would second the timberwolf. A slow tire but it is cushy and it just eats up the corners. To bad there isn't a 29er version I'd be on it right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by JZ19
    I am in the same place and am considering one of the following:
    1) IRC Trailbear
    2) WTB Mutanoraptors
    3) WTB Weirwolf
    4) WTB Motoraptor

    These are all 2.4-2.5" tires. I still wonder if I should just get a suspension fork and be done with it instead of buying a fat tire and then end up buying the fork later.
    I have tried your first three up front, and the 2.4 mutano seems to be best. I ride in the dusty loose rocks of the southwest.

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    Nokian Gazzaloddi 3.0 May not fit your fork however.

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    Conti Gravity Pro 2.3 w/Stans @ 25lbs. Best cornering front tire I have ever run. No washouts w/this on the front and great at eating up the bumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhc
    I have tried your first three up front, and the 2.4 mutano seems to be best. I ride in the dusty loose rocks of the southwest.
    I'm in the northeast, lots of wet roots and rocks....not a good place for this tire imo
    It's pretty good for dry conditions but sketchy in the wet, plus packs up with mud easily.

    I'm having good luck with weirwolfs on the rigid bike, also the trailbear somebody mentioned is a good front tire.

    One of these days i will stuff a Panaracer FR in there if it fits, 2.4 or 2.5 whatever they are it 's a big tire

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    Quote Originally Posted by burtondogs
    I guess it depends on what kind of terrain you are riding.

    I have been reallt happy with the WTB Weirwolf 2.5.
    Works great on Northeast singletrack. (NY)

    I think that Greenfish had them for 19.95 or something.

    I have not tried the newer 2.55 LT version.


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    Jim,
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    i am in the Saratoga area

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    I'm also happy with the Conti Deisal. Its really 2.4. I have the wire bead. I run it at 20 - 25 psi and it takes big hits without pinching. Rolls nice and floats well in sand.

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    Yes I need a 12 step for tires but it's cheaper than a similar bike problem The 2.5 Diesel is closer to the stated width than most but works best as a rear tire in the southwest and is a fast roller and floats well in sand. I own Kenda Kinetics, blue groove and nevegal all sticky rubber 2.35 and they are more like 2.1s on Rhino lights and weigh about the same as the Diesel (740g) but roll slower; all the Kendas are better fronts than the Diesel. Mutano 2.4 is tall but more of a 2.1 in width but works on both ends, rolls well but isn't the most durable. Conti vert and gravity 2.3 are more 2.1s but the verts a good front decent rear while the gravity works best out back. My new favorite tire company is Schwalbe; 30g lighter than stated on all 4 tires I've bought. The Racing Ralph is fast wide cased and light at 510g for the 2.25 (actual 2.15) and 550g for the 2.4.(actual 2.25) The RR works best in back but still dosn't lean into corners all that well. The 2.35 King Jim Light and 2.4 Nobby Nic are both more like 2.25s but are very aggressive treads that weigh under 600g. The 2.35 KJL is a better front while the NN 2.4 works great on both ends, is as aggressive as the 2.35 Kendas but wider and 150g lighter while a fairly fast roller. The 2.4 Firepro FR is HUGE 2.5 plus, mostly tread and weighs 1080g (kevlar) and grip (and roll) like velcro. The Maxis 2.4 Advantage weighs 880 g rolls OK slips on slickrock but paddles through sand (while throwing it in you're face if up front) and measures just over 2.25 wide but is very tall.

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    I have Conti Diesel (front)/Gravity (rear) on a hardtail. I am mainly happy with them, except there must be something better for wet rocks and roots.

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    Diesel UST at 17.5 psi if I need to go fast.
    Gazzy 3.0 at 7.5 psi if I just need to run into things. The Gazzy is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys (Assuming the monkeys aren't dead. There's nothing fun about a barrel of dead monkeys.)
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    I've been pretty happy with my Mutano Raptor so far.............

    Alot of guys around here are running Weirwolfs, especially on the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JZ19
    I am in the same place and am considering one of the following:
    1) IRC Trailbear
    2) WTB Mutanoraptors
    3) WTB Weirwolf
    4) WTB Motoraptor

    These are all 2.4-2.5" tires. I still wonder if I should just get a suspension fork and be done with it instead of buying a fat tire and then end up buying the fork later.
    1: Haven't used.
    2: High volume, narrow for the size. Great dry all around tread, very fast.
    3: Fatter and lower profile. Folks seems to either love or hate their cornering ability.
    4: Great all around tire (if it's like the 2.24), especially on rocks and loose gravelly gunk.

    If you get a sussy you can always use the fat tire.

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    I like the 2.4 mutanoraptor with stan's notubes at least 40mm of travel
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