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    What tires for XC/Trails at Whistler?

    I'm planning a trip to Whistler this year, and most of our riding will be XC/trail rather than in the bike park (we may even hire bigger bikes for the park). I currently ride a 2.25 Nobby Nic up front and a 2.25 Racing Ralph rear. We plan on doing a few miles so I don't want anything too heavy or slow rolling, but also want something that is best designed for the XC/Trail conditions in the area. Any suggestions? Will my current tires be OK or will I need something more heavy duty?

    I've also got some Nevegal 2.35's, but don't ride these anymore as they are too slow for my normal conditions, but would they be a good fit for Whistler?

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    Lots of people use 2.35s in Whistler even for xc. Please search for info on Whistler Mountain Bike trails and you might find information on the guidebook that I reviewed. A simple search goes a long way.
    Locals' Guide to North Shore Rides http://mtbtrails.ca/

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    My wife and I run the 2.35 Nevegals Stick-E as fronts and 2.1 version as rears on the XC/AM bikes.

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    I was watching guys coming down on old hardtails at taht park yesturday.....

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    Whistler XC trails are really rough. I would run a big tubeless tire. Something like a 2.25 CrossMark would be perfect.

    I generally ride a smaller tire when I am there, but I am always wishing for something a bit bigger.

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    I ride 2.35 for AM here. For every day riding I wouldn't want any less. For racing or epics I might opt for something a little smaller, at least in the back, but there are a lot of steep techy trails here even in XC world so more tire is not a bad thing.
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    Since i only have a hardtail right now (Trek 4300 3-4 years old) I am riding more road tires witha little grip but next time i get a flat or am bored i'm going to put the old default tires back on and they should be fine.

    I would recommend the trail A River Runs Through It. Its by mar my favorite trail but it is a free ride but the feutures are all optional. If you want a guide i can take you tho I am very busy with Work on the weekends and then school I'm not the fastest eather but i get to my destination.

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    your current tires will be fine. I ride 2.0s everywhere but the park and they are great everywhere from the stunts of River Runs Through It to the relentless Comfortably Numb (which I just rode today, conditions are dry, sunny but not too hot, perfect). That said, a bigger tire would obviously give you more confidence and stability as long as you balance that need with a light enough weight so the uphills aren't too much of a slog. Most girls I ride with run 2.0s or 2.1s for XC. Guys anything up to 2.3.

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