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    Bike/Tire Thread for DFW Trails

    Hi All,

    What is everyone riding / using for tires in the DFW area? It seems that most trails (except for parts of big cedar) are relatively 'intermediate', based on what I'm reading, which would lend itself to a mid travel trail bike or XC bike with fast rolling tires.

    Interested in what works and what doesn't?

    ps. I've never been to Dallas but am coming down for an extended period in about 2 months and want to prep!
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    I ride Maxxis Ikon out back and Ardent up front. I like them but I am not all about speed and weight either. Personally I will sacrifice a little speed if I have to so I can be more confident they won't wash out on me.
    Hope this helps.

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    ^^^^That's a good combo, Ardent Race up front might be even better for most trails. And Ikon/Ikon is good at the hard-packed trails like Erwin, RCP, LBH, etc. until they start to get broken up.

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    Great, thanks guys. Do you typically find that for most riding in the area you are better off with more trail/XC oriented bikes? I have a Tallboy 29er with 100mm of travel on both ends and am thinking that would work pretty well and I wouldn't really need anything more aggressive than that.
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    Ardent 2.4 Front and Ikon 2.35 rear or Ardent Race 2.2 rear is a safe bet.

    If you want faster rolling, switch the front to an Ikon 2.35

    I'd suggest getting the EXO versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrankscid View Post
    Great, thanks guys. Do you typically find that for most riding in the area you are better off with more trail/XC oriented bikes? I have a Tallboy 29er with 100mm of travel on both ends and am thinking that would work pretty well and I wouldn't really need anything more aggressive than that.
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    I actually went to marian samson park trails today, they just added some new trails and did some maintenance. It's a very nice ride with a nice waterfall at the bottom, Very fun, with both intermediate and advanced trails! A good way to spend the afternoon!

    Happy riding!

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    I am interested in bringing this thread back from the dead. I would love to hear more combos and recommendations from locals who have had good and bad experiences.

    I am about to replace my rear Rocket Ron that came on the bike and feel there is a better tire out there for me. I ride Northshore 1-5 99% of the time I am riding the bike. The bike is a Cannondale Habit 4 so 27.5 wheel size.

    Has anyone had good or bad luck with the Maxxis Crossmark IIs or Continental Mountain Kings? The Ikon is an option as well, but I am wondering if the DHR II or High Roller 2 are overkill for Northshore.

    My riding style is aggressive and my main focuses are increasing my average MPH and stability in the corners. Bottom line, I want to trust the bike and minimize my braking.

    Any recommendations other than those above?
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    I ride NS all the time and usually on a bike with Ardent Race 2.2 rear/AR 2.35 front. Ikons don't work too well on the kitty litter out there, front or rear. On my more aggressive bike (Pivot Switchblade) I run an Tomahawk back and Aggressor front and that combo sticks like glue, but is a little slower rolling.
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