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    Your Favorite Light Tire

    So far Id have to say the IKON EXO's are the best combo of super light, traction and durability Ive tried yet.

    Whats your favorite super light tire?

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    +1 on the Ikon's !

    I still like the RaceKings 2.2 too....they have better traction in wet stuff and on wet roots.
    Maybe I need to play some more with the pressure on the Ikon's.
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    Ikon EXO. Best all around tire I have used on a 29er.
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    Not super light, but the X-Kings are my favorite.
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    Ikon w/ EXO sidewalls. Although, I've yet to try the RaceKing, but I've heard the sidewalls are weak, which means that's a no for me.

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    I had no idea there were so many running Ikon's... Anyone have experience with how the Aspens compare?

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    For me it's larsen TT 1.9 Ex series(390g) in the rear plus kenda klimax lite(340g) in front, of course only in summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jk_Alentejano View Post
    For me it's larsen TT 1.9 Ex series(390g) in the rear plus kenda klimax lite(340g) in front, of course only in summer.
    How do you like that Kenda? I think everyone knows that Maxxis makes awesome tires of all kinds from super light to super tough. Im particularly curious about some other brands that are making very sticky, light tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    I had no idea there were so many running Ikon's... Anyone have experience with how the Aspens compare?
    Slightly lighter, a little faster rolling, slightly less grip. I personally loved the Aspen's before I tried the Ikon's, and I honestly probably would have never tried the Ikon's, but I was cutting too many Aspen sidewalls.

    Those 1.9 larsen's are also great, but only as a race day only tire (unless your loaded!). After about 2 months majority of the side knobs were torn off. They were ridiculously light, I had one come in at 345g!, and had tons of grip, they just weren't durable enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    I had no idea there were so many running Ikon's... Anyone have experience with how the Aspens compare?
    I had cuts in the tread of my Aspen's. I bought 6 of them then swore them off. For me, the Ikon grips a variety of surfaces much better and offers much improved resistance to rocks. I didn't like the Aspen on the front, worked pretty well on the back. If they make an Exo version, I could see myself running Ikon front and Aspen rear.
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    It seems as far as light, grippy tires go especially in a 29" flavor, Ikons cant be beat... I searched through pretty much every major brand name in tires last night and couldn't find anything sub 600grams with a full grippy tread (RR excluded)

    I think most other tire brands have some catching up to due in the 29" department...

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    I just picked up a pair of the new Fast Trak Control FEA tires in 26x2 and they were 520g, they are working well and are the lightest I'd consider using tubeless for a "daily driver" trail bike.
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    The only other tire thats even close in weight to the Ikons in a 29" are the "Renegade Controls" at 530 grams and then the S-works Renegade is a claimed weight is 470g!!

    Anyone have experience with these?

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    I use the Renegades sworks in the 26 version and love them.
    They weigh 450 roll great and feel very fast on hardpack. I have ridden them in rocky and root areas and have not encountered any problems. Running them tubeless :-)

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    26" my favourite is the Kenda Karma DTC 2.0, 650B is the QuasiMoto 2.0 and 29" its the Racing Ralph Evo 2.4.

    The Klimax Lite is basically a tire I'd only use for road riding or maybe on a cross-racing conversion of a full rigid mountain. They claim 1.95 width but in reality its closer to 1.7" and while the tread blocks are deeper than your typical semi-slick, that's not saying much given the narrow casing of the tire (the 1.7 is the tread width, the casing is even less).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG! View Post
    Schwarble Rocket Ron, no questions!
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    My kenda klimax has the same width as the larsen 1.9 and has very reasonable grip for the weight at low pressure, as DeeEight said in the middle the tread has height and directionality.
    The Larsen i only use it for about two months where i have a campionship and then out and in with the karmas at 12 a tire!

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    For Race" Bontrager 29-0, pretty impressed with how much grip these things have front and rear for such a little tiny knob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG! View Post
    Schwarble Rocket Ron, no questions!

    Agree. Mine weighed in at 370 grams & 390 g But i found treat with care when stopping or kiss good by nobbies.

    When i come to replace i may try Maxxis 310?

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    love RaceKing's

    my favourite all-rounder got to be RaceKings! I have used 2.2's and loved the versatility of it and thinking of going 2.0 tubeless...another one is the WTB Wolverines which are overlooked by most people, the race compound is sticky as anything in most conditions and with fold-bead it's superlight as well. I use them with Continental Supersonic tubes and for racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_c33 View Post
    my favourite all-rounder got to be RaceKings! I have used 2.2's and loved the versatility of it and thinking of going 2.0 tubeless...another one is the WTB Wolverines which are overlooked by most people, the race compound is sticky as anything in most conditions and with fold-bead it's superlight as well. I use them with Continental Supersonic tubes and for racing.
    How much do the WTB's weigh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogdaysunrise View Post
    How much do the WTB's weigh?
    1.95 is 474g and 2.1 is 520g for the Race tyres...if you get their UST it's 60g more or their TCS version is 100g more...

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    Schwalbe RoRo EVO !!!

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    Maxxis Ikon 2.2 up front, Aspen 2.1 on the rear. Works great so far.
    480 and 475gr respectively.

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    Full 3500km season on the RK SSs tubeless, tread is about 3/4 gone on the back. No punctures or sidewall issues.

    I'm not gonna say they're my favourite lightweight tire, because that would falsely imply I've tried other lightweight tires.
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    I've been running the bontrager xr2's I dig them

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    Regular Race King Supersonic 2.0 on tubeless wheels. For me it is a great tire, But I am not hard core.

    I like the Larsen 1.9 too but it looks the walls are weaker than the Rks.

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