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    2.6 Front Tire

    Im thinking to try a 2.6 front tire on my Top Fuel. The goals are:
    1) Improved cornering grip (ranges from hardpack to sandbox here)
    2) flotation for sandy condition in WI
    3) little more cush in the front

    The bike came with Bontrager XR3 2.4 front and rear. Plan was to leave the rear as-is for the time being. What I initially wanted was a Bontrager XR4 2.6, but those appear out of stock. I wanted to keep the weight not too much over 1000g or so.

    Whats good? There are so many options, I have analysis-paralysis.
    whatever...

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    Have you looked at some of the Teravail tires like the Honcho? Might work for what you are looking for. https://www.singletracks.com/mtb-gea...l-tire-review/

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    Mezcal, Barzo, XR4, XR5, Ranger, Hans Dampf, off the top of my head.

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    Similar but different... I was looking for a 2.6" Barzo to try as a front. It seems like they are out of stock in the US. I came here to see if others were having an issue with Vittoria supply, but after reading around a bit it looks like All Brands are having supply issues! I guess a lot of us are riding our bikes during COVID!

    I'm looking for a fast XC type 2.6" front on 40mm rim to pair with my 2.6" Mezcal rear on 35mm rim on a Devinci Django 29. Currently running Bomboloni front but want to shed some weight. Sounds like I'm in a similar position as OP but want more volume.
    I'll be patient and check back here, good luck OP!

    -Tom

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    That Honcho looks interesting, but I dont have any experience with that brand, so Im a little cautious.

    I ordered up a Bontrager SE4 2.6well see how that goes.

    https://www.pinkbike.com/news/review...-se4-tire.html
    whatever...

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    Teravail is owned by QBP, which makes brands liike Salsa & Surly. I've been seeing good reviews from the bikepacking & grave community for their tires. Good luck with the new tires!

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    The Michelin Wild Enduro 2.6" has been great for me.

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    The Bontrager tires have a no questions 30 day return policy.
    Try it and decide.
    40mm rim wheel would contribute towards good performance.

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    I think we finally found that thread where eb's "2.6 on a 1000mm rim" advice makes sense.

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    Ha, the bike came with carbon 30mm rims.

    If it doesnt work well with 2.6, which I honestly doubt, Ill go back to 2.4 rather than buy a new wheel at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steadite View Post
    Ha, the bike came with carbon 30mm rims.

    If it doesnt work well with 2.6, which I honestly doubt, Ill go back to 2.4 rather than buy a new wheel at this point.
    2.6's should be fine with 30mm internal wheels.

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    I put a 2.6 Vittoria Agarro on an i25 rim. Based on my test of one ride so far, it works great. I wouldn't worry about a 2.6 on an i30.

    That said, I think the 2.6 Agarro could be what you are looking for. Just under 1000g and measures probably 2.55 on an I30 rim once it stretches.

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    Yeah, that Vittoria looks perfect.
    https://www.competitivecyclist.com/v...l-4c-tire-29in
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    I am really happy with it so far. It has really good sidewall support for its weight and I was running it at 13.5 psi and it felt great. I also have cushcore XC in so not as worried about my rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadite View Post
    Ha, the bike came with carbon 30mm rims.

    If it doesnt work well with 2.6, which I honestly doubt, Ill go back to 2.4 rather than buy a new wheel at this point.
    I'm running a Michelin Wild AM 27.5x2.6" on 30mm rim and the profile looks good, and so far I'm happy with the cornering grip. I forgot to weigh mine before mounting but it might be <900g. (not a beefy tire like Wild Enduro)

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