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    Rode the RRalph 2.1s again today, and

    ..and a couple pics of the 2.25 along side for grins. Well, somebody had to ride today, eh? Ran my poor dog to death today. Well, almost.

    Love these tires. Kickass on anything resembling hardpack. Much easier to "manage" in loose stuff to mud then the Karmas(especially)or Python Airlights. FAST. Was somewhat wet today, but no biggie.

    The 2.25 on my spare race wheel. The 2.1s are almost identical to my 2.0 Comp S lites in width and height for size reference.


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    Note the bent flange on this Amclassic hub'd and now because ot...spare race wheel. Bigass Clyde feel on it when I was outta the saddle trying to pass him last summer, and he didn't know I was there...and came over on me. My fault. Note the small stress risers on the column in the upper middle of the pic. Hmmmmmm.....

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    Took the bigass aircaps off and stuck these little alum caps from the local Autozone. Figure it saved 20gms or so. Fork should be slightly under 3lbs. Just before this ride today, I took the bike up to the LBS in Roswell next to the trails, called Cycleworks, being a Trek Dealer. They hung it on theyre scale and it showed an even 22lbs. The mechanic said..."nice rig!"...My Walmart fishy scale says its 5oz. more. Damn, whats a WW gonna do? Gotta have closier man.

    More tire reference too.

    Oh yeah..ride number 12 on the infamous "Noleens fail like Crazy"....um..fork. Stiiiill gooooing...


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    Ops, forgot one of the pics

    ..."shake it like a polariod picture"....

    Oh, sorry. Got that song stuck in my head...
    Sorry. Little profile shot action going on.....


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    How are they in the mud and wet?

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    Not too shabby, being not nearly as bad as other race tires. In fact, while not a mud tire by any stretch, it cleans better(assume the open and otherwise alternating center knobs help here, say compared to a Karma)say when up right and just have'n glazed thru a wet clay section, and..the side knobs do an admirable job while leaned over since they actually are pretty well designed. Fine in wet and loose mud, but as always, beware our wet red clay with any short race-ish knob design like these(hell for that matter, ANY tire I've used, and i have over 80+ tires). They REALLY shine on anything off camber from dusty dry to tack and loomy. Very predictable. Seems like one has all day to react if the rear starts to let go, or the front starts to push while driving thru the apex. Easy as pie tho, which I like bigtime. I thrive on cornering speed(said the old roadracer), and these blow my Karmas, Comp S lites and Comp S ust, Python airlights, Mosqiutos, or whatever...away. Decent volumn for the 2.1s(but i think the 2.25s will be the [email protected], especially with HT racebikes), despite hearing otherwise. The 2.1s run around 450gms and the 2.2s around 490-500gms. Not too shabby. Rode about 12 miles of singletrack today, and most was pretty wet. No probs, crashes, scares, or otherwise fopaws, FWIW.

    Heres more knob action then anyone prob would want, but its a front row seat for sure. 3 diff compounds are used, plus a new carcas construction technique that this tire is the first to employ..called Evolution. Supposed to help with its faster rolling then most anything else avail at this point in time.

    2.25 and the 2.1...Enjoy...

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    Thanks, your big photos are killing the thread though!

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    Sorry about that. I fixed it.
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    how about durability

    Quote Originally Posted by Duckman
    ..and a couple pics of the 2.25 along side for grins. Well, somebody had to ride today, eh? Ran my poor dog to death today. Well, almost.

    Love these tires. Kickass on anything resembling hardpack. Much easier to "manage" in loose stuff to mud then the Karmas(especially)or Python Airlights. FAST. Was somewhat wet today, but no biggie.
    Any indication as to how they wear and how are they on the road. You can wait a few rides to respond. I've got an NBX lite on the rear and although it does roll nice at moderate speeds it wears really fast and isn't as predictable as I'd like. I'm going to post about this and the Vapor I'm running on front once I get my story together - I expect nino is going to attack me if I say anything bad about the NBX ;-)
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    3 rides so far on the 2.1s only(saving the 2.25s for later testing and if needed for my first race in March).

    Only pavement was up and down my neighborhood street. Seems fine tho, meaning better then some..like Explorer pros, Mosq(these are really bad on pavement), Jimmy lights, etc. Roll very smoothy. Not as much knobby feel by a good margin. The center fast rolling compound is supposed to be harder then the s side compounds(transition and of camber knobs). Just looked close to see any hints of wear. See a tiny bit on the rear at the leading corner of very most side knobs(the ones with the addtional little angled groves cut into them. I "think" these use the softest of they're compounds, being the otherwise front only(sticky)compound when used thru out the entire construction for the tire, ie. front use only versions of the Little Alberts, Jummy lights, etc. Center shows no wear that i can see. Would say they should wear somewhat better then say Python Airlights.

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    Well Duckman, I think that you've just talked me into a set for my hardtail!! I'm currently running 2.1 explorers, but I reckon the 2.25 RR's with stans might be the go??

    Cheers, Dave.

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