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    Tire Suggestions

    I'm looking for some input on what a decent all round wtire would be for my SS 29er. I'm needing a versatile/do-all type tire for both urban and light trail riding, mostly urban. I currently have WTB Prowler SL's on there and they are overkill for where I ride (West Central Florida) on the single track we have and definitely are not great on the road, or paths/paved trails that I ride.

    Here are a few tires I have looked at online;
    -Kenda Kozmik Kite II
    -Kenda Small Block 8
    -Schwalbe Marathon HS 428
    -Schwalbe Land Cruiser HS 307

    I was originally planning on leaving the WTB's on there as I was going to get a Raleigh Furley as my do all type of bike, but am not going to be able to get one for awhile now so I've decided to just put a better suited set of tires for urban riding that would still allow me to hit some light single track, mostly smooth rolling grass trails the few times a year I get to and also handle some light offroad if I'm riding and see somewhere to get off the pavement from. I'm also looking for something with decent puncture resistance seeing that I do ride quite a bit on road in bike lanes and on paths and we have some wicked sand spurs that have gone right through tires before into the tube.

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    Kenda's SB8's are nice rear tires--I like them a lot on my SS 29er.
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    Nano raptor? Have the 26er version. Good all arounder but watch the flat protection. They puncture just looking at them.
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    For Schwalbe look at the Smart Sam.
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    I am currently running a 2.3 WTB Wolverine on the front and a 2.1 WTB Nanoraptor on the rear of my 26" rigid single speed, this has been a great combo for light trail use. they can usually be had for cheap at Bike Nashbar!

    I haven't found the Nano to be any more prone to flats than any other tire that I have used. We have a huge goat head thorn problem here in NorCal.

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    SB8. [/end]

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    +1 for the SB8

    Also another tire I like a lot for the rear is the continental race king. Prefer RK over the SB8 as it sticks rather well in muddy conditions for a non-aggressive tire.

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    slant 6

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    WTB Exiwolf 2.3's are a reasonable choice as well

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    Geax AKA's are nice tires and are similar to small block eights and you might be able to save a few bucks on them as well.

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    Hate WTBs I love the Nevegals for 29er

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    Geax saguaro?

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    I bought a set of Michelin Racer 2.1's last Jan I think. Still running them and the front tire is in great shape but the rear is needing replacement. I do about 40/60 road/trail and they handle it all decently. Foliage this time of year they have a little trouble sliding on me, but spring and summer, they are great. They roll fast and get good enough bite on dry/damp ground to make riding anywhere fun.

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    X-King rolls very fast on pavement and hooks up well in most environments /unless super loose. They wear well on pavement as well.
    Go 2.4.

    Also, my experience is that Schwalbe's don't wear well on the road.

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    I like my Specialized Fast Trak's on pavement, gravel and trails. I think they have better offroad traction than nano's and they are just as fast on pavement and gravel. And they do tubeless very well.

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