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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Tire was brought to my attention from a buddy. Looks like a great tire but haven't heard much about it and doesn't seem too popular..? Just curious if anyone has ran this tire and has any info on it ?
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    ive been looking at it too. id like to see some real world pictures. from what i hear its a more aggressive ardent
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    Looks like Maxxis response to the new Nobby Nic?
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06HokieMTB View Post
    Looks like Maxxis response to the new Nobby Nic?
    definitely possible, idk why they keep adding these random new models when they can just update some of what they have though
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    Quote Originally Posted by obs08 View Post
    ive been looking at it too. id like to see some real world pictures. from what i hear its a more aggressive ardent
    Lighter and more aggressive then ardent?? Might be worth a try
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    Quote Originally Posted by F29Lefty View Post
    Lighter and more aggressive then ardent?? Might be worth a try
    735 for a 29x2.35. Almosttoo light

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    Quote Originally Posted by obs08 View Post
    735 for a 29x2.35. Almosttoo light
    I wonder what the rating is for rolling resistance..?
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    This one is on my radar, after I burn through a couple in my tire stack. Agree, it looks very similar to the new NN.

    The Ardent was a shitshow of a tire, so glad Maxxis is fixing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    This one is on my radar, after I burn through a couple in my tire stack. Agree, it looks very similar to the new NN.

    The Ardent was a shitshow of a tire, so glad Maxxis is fixing it.
    There is a new ardent coming out???
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    Looking at the tread pattern, it's basically an Ardent with thicker side knobs and a more punchy center tread that should work better on loose surfaces. Still has the staggered side knobs and they've blocked off every other cornering knob with a transition knob. Doesn't look all that promising to me, I'd much rather use a Michelin Wild Grip'r Advanced than this Maxxis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    Looking at the tread pattern, it's basically an Ardent with thicker side knobs and a more punchy center tread that should work better on loose surfaces. Still has the staggered side knobs and they've blocked off every other cornering knob with a transition knob. Doesn't look all that promising to me, I'd much rather use a Michelin Wild Grip'r Advanced than this Maxxis.
    I'm a huge fan of Michelin motorcycle road tires. How are their mtb tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by F29Lefty View Post
    I'm a huge fan of Michelin motorcycle road tires. How are their mtb tires?
    In a word: good. The Wild Rock'r is exceptional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F29Lefty View Post
    There is a new ardent coming out???
    No, that's not what I am implying.

    I meant to say that the Ardent is such a crap tire that Maxxis should fix it. Instead of fixing the Ardent, they released the Forekaster, which looks to address the Ardent's crappiness (huge dead zone, weak cornering knobs).

    Did I mention I hate the Ardent??? LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    No, that's not what I am implying.

    I meant to say that the Ardent is such a crap tire that Maxxis should fix it. Instead of fixing the Ardent, they released the Forekaster, which looks to address the Ardent's crappiness (huge dead zone, weak cornering knobs).

    Did I mention I hate the Ardent??? LOL.
    Which Ardent do you hate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Which Ardent do you hate?
    Both 29er versions, skinny and fat one. Don't remember the sizes exactly.

    No experience on Ardent race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F29Lefty View Post
    I'm a huge fan of Michelin motorcycle road tires. How are their mtb tires?
    I'm never buying another Maxxis, Schwalbe, or Continental tire as long as Michelin keeps their current lineup going. I bought a set of Wild Rock'R2 recently and was impressed by its overall performance and amazed by its ridiculous cornering. It corners better than anything I've ever ridden and that includes the DH versions of the DHF. The Wild Grip'R which I just got has been pretty good as well. Seems pretty close to the Geax Goma I've been using for a year except it actually works when the trails are wet or sloppy. I run the Gum-X rubber compound in all my Michelins, hard to say how durable it is since I haven't had the tires that long, but it has a good combination of grip and rolling speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    Both 29er versions, skinny and fat one. Don't remember the sizes exactly.

    No experience on Ardent race.
    Interesting. I really like the 2.4 on the front.
    Running them on the 26 and 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    I'm never buying another Maxxis, Schwalbe, or Continental tire as long as Michelin keeps their current lineup going. I bought a set of Wild Rock'R2 recently and was impressed by its overall performance and amazed by its ridiculous cornering. It corners better than anything I've ever ridden and that includes the DH versions of the DHF. The Wild Grip'R which I just got has been pretty good as well. Seems pretty close to the Geax Goma I've been using for a year except it actually works when the trails are wet or sloppy. I run the Gum-X rubber compound in all my Michelins, hard to say how durable it is since I haven't had the tires that long, but it has a good combination of grip and rolling speed.
    Yeah, they're great tires until you put them on the scale and realize how much weight you're adding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porch View Post
    Yeah, they're great tires until you put them on the scale and realize how much weight you're adding.
    Unless you're running a Wild Race'R Advanced Ultimate.
    The air used to pump them up weighs more than the tyres.


    The air also has more grip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porch View Post
    Yeah, they're great tires until you put them on the scale and realize how much weight you're adding.
    I'm fine with the extra weight when it means the tires actually last. Every time I go under 700g or so in a tire, they either get the sidewalls shredded or the casings end up with a bunch of wobbles after a few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    I'm fine with the extra weight when it means the tires actually last. Every time I go under 700g or so in a tire, they either get the sidewalls shredded or the casings end up with a bunch of wobbles after a few weeks.
    This. Everyone raves about Maxxis Exo being strong but I can't make them last, constantly tearing sidewalls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F29Lefty View Post
    Tire was brought to my attention from a buddy. Looks like a great tire but haven't heard much about it and doesn't seem too popular..? Just curious if anyone has ran this tire and has any info on it ?
    I have a Forekaster.

    I have not ridden it yet, but I do have it mounted. I also have a new Ardent 2.4 and Ikon 2.35 as well. I measured the weight of all three, as you can see in the pictures. I also measured the Bead to Bead of each. The Forekaster appears to be smaller based on Bead to Bead measurement and visual appearance. I will measure the width on the rim (tread and casing) tomorrow to verify, They are all mounted on 22mm internal width rims.

    Bead to Bead (tires are brand new, before mounting)
    Ikon 2.35 152mm (relaxed) 155mm (stretched by hand)
    Ardent 2.4 152mm (relaxed) 159.5mm (stretched by hand)
    Forekaster 2.35 145mm (relaxed) 149mm (stretched by hand)

    The Ardent is a non-EXO casing and therefore stretches approximately twice as far as the Ikon and Forekaster. Also, people complain that Specialized tires tear easy. I can say with confidence that the non-EXO casing is thinner than a Specialized control casing. The Ardent's 60TPI casing is somewhere between a S-Works and control 120TPI casing. I compared them with tires I have laying around.

    I plan to compare the Forekaster and Ardent back-to-back as a front tire within the next few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by projekZERO View Post
    I have a Forekaster.

    I have not ridden it yet, but I do have it mounted. I also have a new Ardent 2.4 and Ikon 2.35 as well. I measured the weight of all three, as you can see in the pictures. I also measured the Bead to Bead of each. The Forekaster appears to be smaller based on Bead to Bead measurement and visual appearance. I will measure the width on the rim (tread and casing) tomorrow to verify, They are all mounted on 22mm internal width rims.

    Bead to Bead (tires are brand new, before mounting)
    Ikon 2.35 152mm (relaxed) 155mm (stretched by hand)
    Ardent 2.4 152mm (relaxed) 159.5mm (stretched by hand)
    Forekaster 2.35 145mm (relaxed) 149mm (stretched by hand)

    The Ardent is a non-EXO casing and therefore stretches approximately twice as far as the Ikon and Forekaster. Also, people complain that Specialized tires tear easy. I can say with confidence that the non-EXO casing is thinner than a Specialized control casing. The Ardent's 60TPI casing is somewhere between a S-Works and control 120TPI casing. I compared them with tires I have laying around.

    I plan to compare the Forekaster and Ardent back-to-back as a front tire within the next few weeks.
    Looking forward to hearing back. I'm currently running an Ardent 2.4 Exo on front and just ordered an ardent race for rear. But the forekaster is intriguing
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    No, that's not what I am implying.

    I meant to say that the Ardent is such a crap tire that Maxxis should fix it. Instead of fixing the Ardent, they released the Forekaster, which looks to address the Ardent's crappiness (huge dead zone, weak cornering knobs).

    Did I mention I hate the Ardent??? LOL.
    Ohhhh hahaa I get it now. I live in Idaho. I feel like that ardent 2.4 has crazy traction. Far better then it's 2.25 little brother
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    Looks like they are finally available. Just ordered one off backcountry.

    Going to replace a 2.35 ikon out front on my xc wheel, now I just need to wait to kill my rear ikon to switch them out and the forecaster will get put out front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRPABT1 View Post
    This. Everyone raves about Maxxis Exo being strong but I can't make them last, constantly tearing sidewalls.
    I can't either, and neither can several other folks who I ride with. Most of them went to 2-ply DH casings for the DHF and HR2 whereas I went over to Vittoria and Michelin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    This one is on my radar, after I burn through a couple in my tire stack. Agree, it looks very similar to the new NN.

    The Ardent was a shitshow of a tire, so glad Maxxis is fixing it.
    just put my ardent 2.4 back on... first ride back on it.. crashed broken collarbone.. i have had 3 rides on that tire and crashed on 2 of the 3.. not sure if its the tire but thats definitely the common denominator. ugh.. no riding for a bit. had the surgery.. i have couple months to decide on a new set of tires
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    Seems to have a bit more tread than the Ikon and better spacing than the Ardent, and the weight is decent. Just not sure how durable they will be....but, they are an XC tire and not and enduro tire, so there ya go. First ride here:

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    I've got a few rides on my Forekasters (front and rear). I'm running them on my Yeti SB4.5c with Nox Composites Teocalli wheels. Things I noticed right off the bat is that they're not as high volume as the ardent 2.4 or ikon 2.35. The tread is more "beefy" than I anticipated, but they don't roll slow.

    The trails around here in Arkansas really seem to suit them. Braking traction is fantastic, cornering is very predictable. It's too early to comment on durability, but I can tell you they're better than the new Nobby Nics I was running. My brother and I rode a trail system that hadn't finished drying out from a rain, he was running Ikon 2.35's front and rear, and I was following him watching him slip and slid all over the wet rocks and roots but i was feeling very confident. So far I'm really liking them!

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    Have they stretched out anymore in volume? Usually the 120 tpi tires get a little bigger after a little use.
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    Replaced the stock front tire (Spec Butcher) on my SJ with a Forekaster last week. It has definitely grown a couple mm and now measures just under 60mm wide on a 29mm internal rim. So far I dig it. Excellent traction and no dead spots when cornering. Significantly better grip than the Ikon I used as a back tire, which I used to think was a grippy tire. Can't decide if I should buy a second for the back wheel or try an Ardent Race.

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    I've run the Forecaster as a front paired with a Ikon out back here in FL and it works really well. Rolls faster than I expected, not noticeably slower than the Ikon. I've also run it as a rear with DHR up front in the mountains. As A rear I liked it better than the Ikon/Minion SS because it actually has some straight line braking ability. I give it a thumbs up.

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    I'm also running a Forekaster on the front with a ikon in back. Previously running a 2.35 ikon on front. It is slightly smaller volume than 2.35 ikon, but more tread as others have said. Still might stretch.

    Mine was 718g.

    So far I really like it. I'm using it on loose, rocky, sandy, gravely terrain. Good bite, and rolls fast.

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    Completed my first ride on a pair of Forekasters last night.

    Bike is a rigid singlespeed with 26mm internal rims. Primary use is xc riding and racing. I weigh around 160 lbs. Trails have a little of everything including roots, hardpack, loose over hard, loose, big rocks, small rocks, etc.... For reference, here's some of the tires I've tried recently.

    Front:
    Ikon 2.35 3c tr exo
    Ground Control 2.3 (control casing and grid casing)
    Ardent 2.4 tr exo
    DHRII 2.3 3c tr exo
    DHF 2.3 3c tr exo

    Rear:
    Ikon 2.2 3c tr exo
    Ground control 2.1 (control and grid)
    Ardent Race 2.2 tr exo
    Ikon 2.35 3c tr exo
    Minion SS
    Minion DHRII 2.3 tr exo

    Impressions below are on a trail I'm very familiar with. It's a 5 mile loop with around 500' of climbing. I've done over 100 laps on it within the past year.

    Rolling Resistance:
    First thing I noticed was I could feel the knobs on hardpack, and that the rolling resistance seemed somewhat high. Following people on flowy downhill sections, I had to pump and pedal a little more than with my most recent tires, which were the ground controls. So far, I'd say rolling resistance is the biggest weakness of the tires, but I feel the tires more than make up for it in other areas.

    Climbing Traction:
    Riding a singlespeed, I typically have to run a more aggressive rear tire since it's not always possible to be smooth with power delivery. Ikon 2.2 and the Ardent Race slip a lot on loose climbs for me. Ground control 2.1 did better than those, but the low volume caused it to bounce and skip. The forekasters have the best climbing traction of any of the tires I listed above. I could really be lazy with my weight balance, and the tires just hooked up. The knobs bit in to loose over hard and the high volume allowed them to conform to the trail. 100% satisfied with climbing traction!

    Climbing Weight:
    I noticed the light weight of the tires while climbing, and it was somewhat of a strange feeling. I've never had a tire anywhere near this light with this level of traction. With the perceived rolling resistance leading up to a climb, it just felt like I was about to have to lug a big, heavy, and slow tire up the climbs, but the weight just wasn't there. On loose over hard climbs, this is the fastest tire I've ever used. Similar weight to the 2.35 ikon and 2.2 Ardent Race, but with a LOT more traction than either.

    Cornering:
    These are among the best cornering tires I've tried. Max grip levels seem to be above the ikon, ardent race, ground control, and ardent. Not quite up to minion cornering grip, but not too far. Need more time on them, but it seemed the knobs might have been rolling over a little when at their limits, causing the tire to break loose. Just seemed somewhat vague compared to a minion, but overall they are far superior to the other tires. When the tires broke loose, it was a little more abrupt than some of the other tires, but they also hooked back up sooner. The 2.35 ikons for example break loose very gradually, slide some, and then gradually hook back up. The forekasters would break loose, slide for a very short time, an then hook back up. The tires never fully washed out though and as of now I feel very confident riding right at their cornering limits. I've had other tires that were just unpredictable, and you'd never know when they were going to cause you to lay the bike over, but I have confidence in the forekasters. Also worth mentioning that I didn't feel any dead spots in the cornering traction at various lean angles.

    Braking:
    Better than any tire listed above except for the minions. Stopped quickly on a variety of surfaces and never felt squirrelly.


    Overall I'm very happy with the tires, and don't see myself changing to something else anytime soon.

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    Running a forekaster front, big ikon out back. Finally mounted up the forekaster, after fussing with a valve stem that didn't want to seal.

    After a few days of stretching, the forekaster measures 59mm on 24mm id rim.
    In comparison my ikon out back, measures 58.5mm on a 21.5mm id rim. The ikon I had out front on the 24mm rim ran in at 60mm before I took it off. All measurements at the casing. So I'd say size is very comparable to the big ikon.

    Best yet this tire is light! Lighter than the ikon it replaced, with much beefier tread.

    First ride is in, solid middle of the road tire. The biggest thing I noticed was how well it spun up, not used to a tire this light. Rolls alright, corners alright, breaks great, and the times I reached it's limits it's let go in a manner that didn't put me on my back side.
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    How do they compare with Continental X-Kings? I understand that there are no problems in the gripping department, but what about the rolling resistance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnea View Post
    How do they compare with Continental X-Kings? I understand that there are no problems in the gripping department, but what about the rolling resistance?
    Iv run a 2.4 protection x king, as well as a few mkii protections and I'll start by saying I won't buy conti tires again....

    But the x king rolled well, was more comparable to the big ikon for grip, wore super fast, seeped out of the side walls as soon as they got a little skuffed(same thing happened with every conti tire I own), that and the protection casing is not the most supple. The grip was not in the same league as the forekaster in my opinion. The forekaster is a pretty knobby tire. I'd compare the forekaster more to the mkii than the x king.

    Then the maxxis, maxxis exo/tr casing rocks. Holds up, doesn't weep, isn't super pressure sensitive. Can't speak of wear, but if the forekaster wears like other maxxis tires Iv used I'm sure I'll be happy. My x king lasted all of 300 miles.

    The forekaster is an awsome tire so far, totally happy with it for trail riding. Might even be a great rear tire, if you can deal with the lighter casing for rougher terrain

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    Holding my breath for the 27.5 version.

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    Thanks.

    So the Forekaster is noticeably slower than X-King. It is good reference for me, because I've used 2.4 BlackChilli X-Kings for last year. I find them bit slow for my riding and trails. They are tolerable, but little bit faster would be good. They have good grip on wet roots. On the other hand, they pack up on sticky mud very fast and loose the grip.

    I was hoping that there is a large volume tyre that will roll not worse than X-King, but sheds mud better and has good grip on wet roots. That would be universal tyre for my riding.

    If Forekasters are like Mountain Kings then they are probably too knobby for my usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnea View Post
    Thanks.

    So the Forekaster is noticeably slower than X-King. It is good reference for me, because I've used 2.4 BlackChilli X-Kings for last year. I find them bit slow for my riding and trails. They are tolerable, but little bit faster would be good. They have good grip on wet roots. On the other hand, they pack up on sticky mud very fast and loose the grip.

    I was hoping that there is a large volume tyre that will roll not worse than X-King, but sheds mud better and has good grip on wet roots. That would be universal tyre for my riding.

    If Forekasters are like Mountain Kings then they are probably too knobby for my usage.
    Have you tried the 2.35 ikon?

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    Compared to the Ardent 2.4, these grip better, how do they roll?

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    Forekaster on a 26mm internal rim. Not too round or too flat, which allows it to work well on both the front and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus75 View Post
    Compared to the Ardent 2.4, these grip better, how do they roll?
    I raced on them last weekend. When coasting on downhills, I didn't seem to be any slower than other bikes. When on hardpack or pavement, the knobs definitely make a lot of noise and there's rolling resistance, but out on the trail they don't seem slow at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawnboi View Post
    Have you tried the 2.35 ikon?
    Friend had Ikon 2.2 that he was not using, so I've tried this out. It is pretty good, grip on wet roots is as good as X-King. I will test Bontrager XR2 next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coke View Post
    I raced on them last weekend. When coasting on downhills, I didn't seem to be any slower than other bikes. When on hardpack or pavement, the knobs definitely make a lot of noise and there's rolling resistance, but out on the trail they don't seem slow at all.
    Thanks. Replaced an Ardent 2.4 on the front with it. 60 slick miles and I'm really liking this tire. Probably put one on the rear this fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coke View Post
    I raced on them last weekend. When coasting on downhills, I didn't seem to be any slower than other bikes. When on hardpack or pavement, the knobs definitely make a lot of noise and there's rolling resistance, but out on the trail they don't seem slow at all.
    You ran them front and back, with little resistance? The ikon on the back is now way out gripped, think of putting a Forekaster on the back if the US dosen't get the AR 2.35 soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus75 View Post
    You ran them front and back, with little resistance? The ikon on the back is now way out gripped, think of putting a Forekaster on the back if the US dosen't get the AR 2.35 soon.

    It's working for me. On the rigid bike, I typically run a more aggressive tire anyway since the rear is bouncing and slipping up most climbs. Definitely slower than an ikon, but not too bad out on the dirt and rocks.

    I'm interested in the ardent race 2.35 as well. It would probably be a better rear for most applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coke View Post
    It's working for me. On the rigid bike, I typically run a more aggressive tire anyway since the rear is bouncing and slipping up most climbs. Definitely slower than an ikon, but not too bad out on the dirt and rocks.

    I'm interested in the ardent race 2.35 as well. It would probably be a better rear for most applications.
    I'm hoping as well for the 2.35 AR. I'm on a hard tail. The AR with more volume would be ideal match for the summer. I know I'll put the forekaster on this fall.

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    Currently considering Forekaster front, AR 2.35 rear (have about a month or so of life left in my current tires so I can wait) for my next tire combination. These would be on 32 internal rims, anyone run the Forekaster on wider rims? Profile okay? These seem to me to be similar to profile/grip/rolling resistance to a Nobby Nic, anyone else think so?

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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Pic of Forekaster on my Mach 429 Trail - took it on very quick ride, tried to cause it to wash out on sand over hardpack but held firm. Very Nobby Nic'esque. Feels pretty light also. Will try this with AR 2.2 back.



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    The Forekaster does look to have some single speed rear potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDMTB'er View Post
    Pic of Forekaster on my Mach 429 Trail - took it on very quick ride, tried to cause it to wash out on sand over hardpack but held firm. Very Nobby Nic'esque. Feels pretty light also. Will try this with AR 2.2 back.



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    Have a 2.35 AR on order so will be interesting to compare as front tire.
    Where did you order the 2.35 AR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpearce1475 View Post
    Currently considering Forekaster front, AR 2.35 rear (have about a month or so of life left in my current tires so I can wait) for my next tire combination. These would be on 32 internal rims, anyone run the Forekaster on wider rims? Profile okay? These seem to me to be similar to profile/grip/rolling resistance to a Nobby Nic, anyone else think so?
    I have one on a 30mm internal rim. The profile is very similar to the 26mm rim I posted above, except slightly more square. Sitting side by side, it's hard to see a difference.

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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Just had my first ride with the Maxis FK 2.35. Here is a short review:

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    Shock: Fox Factory DPS 116mm set to "race" mode on the sag indicator; rebound 4 clicks from full out (slowest)
    Wheel size: 29"
    Wheel material: Light Bicycle carbon (I can't recall ID, but they aren't wide)
    Hubs: DTSwiss 240s; 28 spokes front and back
    Front tire: Maxxis Forekaster, 2.35 @ 22psi, tubeless
    Back Tire: Maxxis Ardent Race 2.20 @ 25psi, tubeless

    Where I ride:

    Mostly SoCal / San Diego / Greater San Diego Area (Hodges, Daley, PQ, Noble, Cuyamaca, La Costa, Calavera, San Juan, Black Mountain) etc.

    Conditions can only currently be described as:

    - Sand over hard pack
    - Deeper sand over hard pack
    - Rocks with sand and / or deeper sand over hard pack
    - Rocks

    Today's ride was around Lake Hodges where I happen to live near one of the trailheads. I ride this trail a lot before work and know almost every rock, turn, etc. by heart. Conditions were super dry and blown out. Temperature was around 80 degrees with winds around 5-10mph from the west. Lake Hodges is considered easy MTB riding with occasional mildly technical features along the way. The route has lots of twisty single track and frequent off camber turns. Total distance ridden today was 19.6 miles.

    Maxxis markets the Forekaster as a wet weather tire, but I think after today this tire has become my go to front tire for light trail / XC in SoCal where dry, dusty, and loose conditions prevail.

    Cornering: This tire was exceptional for holding a line through corners even off camber. I found that I could even be a bit sloppy in my technique (i.e., leaning body with bike as I turn vs. moving bike beneath you) and the Forekaster did not flinch. I often ride a Minion DHF on this bike as a front tire and found the Forekaster to corner at least as well as the Minion DHF and certainly better than an Ardent 2.4 I recently used. 5 stars.

    Rolling resistance: I could perceive no less rolling resistance than the Ardent 2.4 referenced above, and maybe a bit less resistance than a Minion DHF. Having the additional confidence with this tire allowed me to carry my speed through turns without that little "feather brake" I often do when I feel like I might just lose traction. The only tires that I have ridden that beat this tire's rolling resistance are a 2.35 Ikon, 2.20 Ardent Race and then of course Racing Ralph's. However, an Ikon or a Racing Ralph would not do well in these conditions unless you pay attention to each and every turn. The other day I tried Ikon 2.35s front and rear and liked the combo, but you had to really watch what you were doing with the front tire. 4 stars

    Weight: This tire is surprisingly light - Maxxis says it is 735 grams and I think that feels about right. Definitely lighter feeling than a Minion DHF and felt this tire would be superb for 30-50 mile rides. I would put this on par with a Nobby Nic, but for whatever reason the Forekaster feels like it holds it's line better (shape of casing?) This weight, for it's confidence inspiring traction is very good so I am giving this 5 stars.

    Off camber traction: Where most of the Maxxis line I am used to (Minion DHF, High Roller II, Ardent Race) sort of relies on those corner knobs for traction in off camber turns as well as the perfunctory erosion channels that pervade SoCal trails, the Forekaster seems to use the entire tire to achieve this. I didn't feel like I was hanging on to the last set of knobs before losing traction. Excellent traction and the longer the ride got the more confident I felt. 5 stars.

    Deep sand: This is the one I was most curious about - you know those times when you see sand coming up that is 4-8 inches deep and you are always surprised by how your wheels move - where other tires often made moderately or even severe directional changes, the Forekaster tracked very nicely with only minor steering corrections. It was actually pretty cool and I never felt this kind of control through deep sand (yes, I know fat bikes can do it better blah blah). 5 stars.

    Installation: Super easy with the Tubeless Ready - 5 stars.

    In summary, if you are looking for a light-ish tire at 735 grams for dry, dusty, loose conditions like here in SoCal, I highly recommend this tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDMTB'er View Post
    Just had my first ride with the Maxis FK 2.35. Here is a thorough review:
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    nice review. i just got one of these last week, haven't mounted it yet. it will be my new front tire on my dual purpose "race" wheelset. I'm eager to get it on and go for a test ride (insert joke here). I'm in upstate NY where it's currently dry as a bone, I know not like west coast, but have a wide variety of trail conditions here. I'm hoping it lives up to all the reviews I've read. i'll post my review after my first ride....
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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?-tallboy-3-forekaster-logo.jpgAnyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?-tallboy-3-forekaster.jpg

    Mine arrived yesterday and I installed it. It replaced a Minion DHF as my front tire, which was overkill (too heavy and slow) for my trails and riding.

    Rear tire is an Ardent Race 2.35. I think this will be a good combo for me.


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    Nice review thanks for that, goes exactly along what I was thinking the tyre would perform like and your trail conditions are exactly what we've had here for the last year as rain has been more than scarce. Just a little FYI, people seem to be reading the descriton for this tyre wrong, it in fact meant for loose conditions or wet and this is why I think this is going to be my tyre of choice going forward for down here.

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    got mine mounted last night (EXO/TR) and did a long test ride today. really a very good performing tire at a great weight. mine is setup in front on a 35mm rim. I'm 205 lbs. setup tubeless great with floor pump on hookless rim. very little sealant leak in the first 5 min, then was solid.

    did a total of 37 miles over 4.5 hours. started the day really wet slick conditions. roots, rocks, loose over hard, hard, sand, mud, i covered all of it today. it never broke loose hard enough to dump me, it was almost hard to get a good feel for the tire because the conditions were changing so much, but every time is started to slide i was able to catch it.

    it rides pretty well, less harsh then my last protection tire (Conti). some of that may be due to the carbon rim vs aluminum? it has slightly less grip than the MK2 2.4 but it's not a lot less. really acceptable given the weight savings. (this is for my race wheelset).

    i really like this thing. looking forward to the next one for more thrashing, i mean, testing.
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    I went on a ride that's pretty rocky today. With loose over hard in the turns. When I ride this trail I put a bit more air in my tires so I do bang my rims. So I aired it up to the point it's almost firm when I squeeze it. (26psi on my pump) tire still gripped very well.

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    FWIW, the Forekaster 29x2.35 is on sale right now at Competitive Cyclist for just under $52. I just picked up (2) to give them a try. Going to put 1 on the rear of my SS and one on the front of my FS. Curious to see how they compare to my recollection of the Ardent, and my current front Nobby Nic.
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    Mine arrived yesterday and I installed it. It replaced a Minion DHF as my front tire, which was overkill (too heavy and slow) for my trails and riding.

    Rear tire is an Ardent Race 2.35. I think this will be a good combo for me.


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    How do you like it paired with the AR 2.35? I'm eggar to try it as a rear tire.

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    While waiting for the 2.35 AR in the states, I decided to put a Forekaster on the rear as well. With the rain we've been getting (Frederick MD) the it's been slick or very loose compared to last year. So my Ikon has been a bit skittish. I didn't notice much resistance compared to the Ikon on the trail. I was actually faster since traction on climbs and turns were a breeze.

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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Another trip on Forekasters - this time East loop in Cuyamaca State Park here in SoCal - trip had tons of climbing and lots of loose rock. These tires are simply amazing. There were times the only climbing lines were on loose off camber ruts and these tires stick like glue. Excellent tires!


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    this tire continues to impress me. I just did a 24 hour race this weekend on a really rocky/rough course with lots of loose over hard and this thing performed flawlessly. it grips like a more aggressive tire, and took a pounding under my 205 lbs for 94 miles and 8,600 ft of climbing without washing out or showing any signs of weakness. at 730 grams it's pretty impressive IMO.
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    I have this as a front tire on 4 bikes now and a rear tire on 2. It's becoming a favorite.

    Was really surprised at the last race. There was a 2 mile paved section, and I was racing a singlespeed in a geared class. Due to big climbs, I had to gear down lower than normal. I was shocked that I was able to tuck and draft behind a geared rider on the road without him pulling away. Rolling resistance seems fairly low for how much grip these tires have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coke View Post
    I have this as a front tire on 4 bikes now and a rear tire on 2. It's becoming a favorite.

    Was really surprised at the last race. There was a 2 mile paved section, and I was racing a singlespeed in a geared class. Due to big climbs, I had to gear down lower than normal. I was shocked that I was able to tuck and draft behind a geared rider on the road without him pulling away. Rolling resistance seems fairly low for how much grip these tires have.
    interesting. what do you think of it on the rear?

    right now i have a Conti MK2 on the rear of my SS and love the grip over my old tire, but it's really a better front tire IMO. i'm starting to consider a Forekaster as the next one. faster rolling, lighter, and only slightly less grippy? i ride a lot of loose over hard, and wet roots/rocks.
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    I'm curious about this tire after reading this thread. Last spring I rode a HR2 (f), Ikon 2.35 (r) combination and I thought that was a great combination of grip and speed until trails got dry and loose and I jumped to DHF/DHR2. It sounds as though the Forekaster might be a good alternative to the fat Ikon for summer conditions.

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    I'm "patiently" waiting for our dealer to get in their next shipment which includes Forekasters and DHR2s, with intention of running Forekaster R/DHR2 F, but the shipment is delayed until middle of August last I checked Currently running Minion SS R/DHR2 Fand liking it alot, but we've had some rain, so surfaces aren't nearly as loose as they had been for over a year,so SS is doing pretty decent going DH, but I know once it dries out or if we get more regular rain, the Forekaster will prove to be a better tyre to deal with the loose over hard dry conditions or the wetter conditions.



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    I'm curious about this tire after reading this thread. Last spring I rode a HR2 (f), Ikon 2.35 (r) combination and I thought that was a great combination of grip and speed until trails got dry and loose and I jumped to DHF/DHR2. It sounds as though the Forekaster might be a good alternative to the fat Ikon for summer conditions.
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    Anyone heard if Maxxis is going to make the Forekaster in 27.5"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Anyone heard if Maxxis is going to make the Forekaster in 27.5"?
    I heard they are. Fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    interesting. what do you think of it on the rear?

    right now i have a Conti MK2 on the rear of my SS and love the grip over my old tire, but it's really a better front tire IMO. i'm starting to consider a Forekaster as the next one. faster rolling, lighter, and only slightly less grippy? i ride a lot of loose over hard, and wet roots/rocks.
    It's hard to say for sure. I've had climbing traction issues with the tire in 2 races this year. The climbs were very steep with loose gravel / rock. In both races I was also geared lower than normal (32x20 vs 32x18). The climbs had tight switchbacks and were too steep to stay seated, so I was forced to climb out of the saddle. Riding out of the saddle with lower than normal gearing on loose terrain made it very difficult to regulate my power so I didn't spin. Unfortunately the trails aren't local, so I can't test different tires or gearing on those climbs to determine what the issue was. Other than those climbs during the races though, I've had no issues with the forekaster on the rear.

    I have 180 miles on these tires on my primary bike now. They seem to be wearing faster than other Maxxis tires I've used, but they still have a lot of life left.

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    Picked up a set F/R to replace some 2.35 Ikons on some Ibis 941s.

    For Austin trails (loose rocks, loose over hardpack, etc) these are ideal. I hadn't realized how much grip I was missing in the rear with the Ikons. These things just motor up damn near anything.

    Only downside is that these things tend to kick up a ton of tiny rocks/roots...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Anyone heard if Maxxis is going to make the Forekaster in 27.5"?
    Maxxis employee here. Yes we are, 27.5x2.35 just landed and should be making its way out to distributors and shops over the next few weeks. 27.5x2.20 and 29x2.20 should be hitting the market shortly thereafter.

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    Curious, have you guys managed to sort the casing issues you've been suffering? Guys down here are knocking casings out of whack with not hard impacts, or even removing them and then when they re-install casings are wobbly. Really a shame as Maxis is my go to brand and recommendation to others, so much so pretty much the entire MTB scene down here runs Maxxis rubber, even got the local distributor who usually only deals with motor vehicles to start bring in bike tyres.

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    Maxxis employee here. Yes we are, 27.5x2.35 just landed and should be making its way out to distributors and shops over the next few weeks. 27.5x2.20 and 29x2.20 should be hitting the market shortly thereafter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Curious, have you guys managed to sort the casing issues you've been suffering? Guys down here are knocking casings out of whack with not hard impacts, or even removing them and then when they re-install casings are wobbly. Really a shame as Maxis is my go to brand and recommendation to others, so much so pretty much the entire MTB scene down here runs Maxxis rubber, even got the local distributor who usually only deals with motor vehicles to start bring in bike tyres.
    Is it an increase compared to the past? We havent noticed any trends towards an increased number of failures up here. DoubleDown tech is going to be available on a lot more tires over the next few months; it might be worth looking into a staggered setup with a DD rear tire and EXO front tire in order to allow a little extra rear support for impacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTscoob View Post
    Maxxis employee here. Yes we are, 27.5x2.35 just landed and should be making its way out to distributors and shops over the next few weeks. 27.5x2.20 and 29x2.20 should be hitting the market shortly thereafter.
    Great news, thanks.
    What is the weight on the 27.5 x 2.35 and will this be available with the 3C?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelly_NH View Post
    Picked up a set F/R to replace some 2.35 Ikons on some Ibis 941s.

    For Austin trails (loose rocks, loose over hardpack, etc) these are ideal. I hadn't realized how much grip I was missing in the rear with the Ikons. These things just motor up damn near anything.

    Only downside is that these things tend to kick up a ton of tiny rocks/roots...
    How are they volume wise on the 941's compared to the Ikon 2.35? I'm very familiar with the Ikons and would like to try the Forekaster for more aggressive XC riding.

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    this doesn't answer your question exactly, but in the interest of posting a variety of info.

    2.35 EXO Forekaster mounted tubeless on a 35mm external rim measures 58.5mm at the casing, and 59mm at the knobs.
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    Now I will beg/plead/grovel for a Forekaster in a 2.8/27.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    this doesn't answer your question exactly, but in the interest of posting a variety of info.

    2.35 EXO Forekaster mounted tubeless on a 35mm external rim measures 58.5mm at the casing, and 59mm at the knobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Great news, thanks.
    What is the weight on the 27.5 x 2.35 and will this be available with the 3C?
    690g for the 27.5x2.35 tire with EXO/TR construction. 3C is not available on the Forekaster at this time.

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    Now I will beg/plead/grovel for a Forekaster in a 2.8/27.5.
    All the plus tires! For real though, we'll have the 27.5x2.80 High Roller II, Minion DHF, and Minion DHRII soon enough. Have you tried a Rekon+ yet? There's a good chance between the Rekon+ and the other new tires that you'll get the performance you need.

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    I'm really liking the Forekaster front with the Ardent Race 2.35 rear tire. My Tallboy 29er came with a DHF front and the AR 2.35 rear. I felt the DHF was too heavy and slow rolling for me, so I put the Forekaster on the front. It's interesting that they market the Forekaster as a wet conditions tire, because the only place it has lost traction was on a wet section of trail. It only briefly lost grip, though, and quickly hooked up again. The AR 2.35 has also been great -- it seems to roll pretty well and the only place I've lost grip was on some damp rocks. I've typically used Specialized Purgatory/Ground Control or Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires, but I think the Forekaster/AR is my new favorite combo.

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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    So I admit I'm kind of a tire whore. I run 4.5 sets of 29er wheels usually between 3 bikes but currently 2 bikes as I'm probably going to build a lite rowdy hardtail.
    I've got the big DHF a DHR2 and they usually pair together. Then I've got a 2.4 Ardent and 2.35 Ikon, Nobby Nics 2.35TS and 2.25 DD, a Chupacabra and Racing Ralph's 2.35/ 2.25. I've mostly been running the Ardent and Ikon as we'll as the NN's then the Minions depending on the terrain. I think I'm going to add the Forekaster and then sell the Racing Ralph's. My thoughts are that the Forekaster can be a front tire with the Ikon or a rear tire with the Ardent and best served on sub 29mm IW wheels. The Ikon is also a fast rear tire with the big RR. My guess is the Forekaster rolls fast and has more grip than the big RR. The Forekaster also could be a rear tire with the DHR2. I might keep the 2.35 RR bit it's splitting hairs with the Ikon and Forekaster and the Maxxis tires are tougher no doubt in my mind of experiences. I've trashed a few Schwalbes but nary a Maxxis.
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    Hey guys, I have a clearance issue on my new RIP 9 (O.D. of tire vs seat stay arch). Can anyone who has a Forekaster 2.35 mounted give me the measurement from the top of the rim (spoke nipple side) to the top of the center knob? Also if you could give me what rim you are using, I'll find your rim height if you don't know it........ thanks!

    I know an Ikon 2.35 fits, just want make sure the Forekaster would:Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?-ikon-2.35-clearance.jpg

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    I ordered 2 FK from Competitive Cyclist and both were ~ 780 grams. I sent them back since my Bontrager XR4 only weighs 20 grams more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    I ordered 2 FK from Competitive Cyclist and both were ~ 780 grams. I sent them back since my Bontrager XR4 only weighs 20 grams more.

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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Quote Originally Posted by manitou2200 View Post
    So I admit I'm kind of a tire whore. I run 4.5 sets of 29er wheels usually between 3 bikes but currently 2 bikes as I'm probably going to build a lite rowdy hardtail.
    I've got the big DHF a DHR2 and they usually pair together. Then I've got a 2.4 Ardent and 2.35 Ikon, Nobby Nics 2.35TS and 2.25 DD, a Chupacabra and Racing Ralph's 2.35/ 2.25. I've mostly been running the Ardent and Ikon as we'll as the NN's then the Minions depending on the terrain. I think I'm going to add the Forekaster and then sell the Racing Ralph's. My thoughts are that the Forekaster can be a front tire with the Ikon or a rear tire with the Ardent and best served on sub 29mm IW wheels. The Ikon is also a fast rear tire with the big RR. My guess is the Forekaster rolls fast and has more grip than the big RR. The Forekaster also could be a rear tire with the DHR2. I might keep the 2.35 RR bit it's splitting hairs with the Ikon and Forekaster and the Maxxis tires are tougher no doubt in my mind of experiences. I've trashed a few Schwalbes but nary a Maxxis.
    Running FKs front and back. Maintaining grip up steep 15 percent plus loose trails where my buddies are losing traction.

    And right after I wrote that I decided to split the FKs up - wheelset 1: light trail / XC - Forekaster Fromt, Ikon 2.35 back. Wheelset 2: technical trail: HR 2 front, Forekaster rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDMTB'er View Post
    Running FKs front and back. Maintaining grip up steep 15 percent plus loose trails where my buddies are losing traction.

    And right after I wrote that I decided to split the FKs up - wheelset 1: light trail / XC - Forekaster Fromt, Ikon 2.35 back. Wheelset 2: technical trail: HR 2 front, Forekaster rear.
    I almost never run the same front and rear tires. Sometimes I use the same tire but a smaller size rear. I'll probably add one Forekaster to my mix.


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    Quote Originally Posted by manitou2200 View Post
    I almost never run the same front and rear tires. Sometimes I use the same tire but a smaller size rear. I'll probably add one Forekaster to my mix.


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    Me neither - but in this case it's a good combo in my neck of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manitou2200 View Post
    I use the same tire but a smaller size rear.
    I abandoned this train of thought a few years ago along with most of my friends and have seen no ill effect but only positives.

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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    I abandoned this train of thought a few years ago along with most of my friends and have seen no ill effect but only positives.
    Good for you! With 29ers and traction, pushing them hard to the limit always breaks traction on the front tire first with same tires f&r. By running a smaller or slightly less aggressive rear tire this moves the break point more to the rear, so you can drift and maintain traction up front. It also helps to have a slightly quicker rolling rear tire to maintain higher speeds pedaling and climbing.
    I've played around with this for many years and the more aggressive front tire is a better match for more predictable handling, especially for 29ers. This is not my idea and I'm surly not the Lone Ranger on this concept.
    The only exception to this in my fleet is my 29+ bike but that bike doesn't get pushed nearly as hard as my trail bikes. I even run a larger front tire on my road bike 25c/f 23c/r.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Bone View Post
    Hey guys, I have a clearance issue on my new RIP 9 (O.D. of tire vs seat stay arch). Can anyone who has a Forekaster 2.35 mounted give me the measurement from the top of the rim (spoke nipple side) to the top of the center knob? Also if you could give me what rim you are using, I'll find your rim height if you don't know it........ thanks!
    Anyone with a set of calipers want to help a brother out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Bone View Post
    Anyone with a set of calipers want to help a brother out?
    I have a brand spanking new, not even ridden yet, Forekaster 2.35 mounted on a DT Swiss X1700 wheel; and a digital caliper. Happy to help.

    You want the top of the rim to the top of the center knobbies? The distance between the two blue lines in the attached picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Bone View Post
    Anyone with a set of calipers want to help a brother out?
    "spoke nipple side" if i'm understanding that correctly, i don't think that's going to be very accurate as ERD is different on every rim.

    I measured mine like the pic randyharris posted and got 52mm on the Forekaster. for comparison i checked two Conti Mtn King 2.4's (which run on the small side) and got 55.6 and 55.7mm.
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    Thanks guys, I just need the center knob to the top of rim...... I know it isn't exact, but it's good enough. My rim is 20.5mm deep and once I know your rim, I can do the math real quick..... Thanks for any help!

    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    I have a brand spanking new, not even ridden yet, Forekaster 2.35 mounted on a DT Swiss X1700 wheel; and a digital caliper. Happy to help
    Your rims are 20mm deep, so your measurement would basically be the same as mine would be.... Thanks in advance!



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    Quote Originally Posted by D Bone View Post
    Hey guys, I have a clearance issue on my new RIP 9 (O.D. of tire vs seat stay arch). Can anyone who has a Forekaster 2.35 mounted give me the measurement from the top of the rim (spoke nipple side) to the top of the center knob? Also if you could give me what rim you are using, I'll find your rim height if you don't know it........ thanks!

    I know an Ikon 2.35 fits, just want make sure the Forekaster would:Click image for larger version. 

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    If that Ikon is a 2.35 you will have plenty of room with the forekaster. Mine measures 2mm narrower and shorter than my Ikon 2.35 on the same rim. Hope that helps.

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    Not sure if anyone mentioned this but the Maxxis Forekaster looks quite a bit like the Maxxis Aspen which is one of my faves in 29er size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonL View Post
    If that Ikon is a 2.35 you will have plenty of room with the forekaster. Mine measures 2mm narrower and shorter than my Ikon 2.35 on the same rim. Hope that helps.
    That helps a ton..... THANKS!

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    On my DT Swiss X1700 rims the 29x2.35" Forecaster measures:

    56.23mm tire width
    56.08mm from the top of the rim to the top of the center knobby
    73.47mm from bottom of rim to top of knobby

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    On my DT Swiss X1700 rims the 29x2.35" Forecaster measures:

    56.23mm tire width
    56.08mm from the top of the rim to the top of the center knobby
    73.47mm from bottom of rim to top of knobby
    Perfect, thanks! My current Spesh Ground Control 2.3 measures 74mm and fits in between the seatstay arch fine, so that means I'm more than good with the Forekaster.

    I have never owned a Maxxis tire - of any kind - before so hopefully it doesn't weep sealant like the Spesh GRID tires do.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Bone View Post
    I have never owned a Maxxis tire - of any kind - before so hopefully it doesn't weep sealant like the Spesh GRID tires do.

    Thanks again!
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    Just ordered a Forekaster 29, not sure what I am going to do with it... I am also getting a second wheelset with Flow MK3's, identical to my other so my two bikes will have interchangeable wheels. The current one id running an Ardent 2.4 f and ikon 2.35 r, and I am unsure if I should try an Ardent 2.4 f FK r, or try to get my hands on an Ardent Race 2.35, and then run Forekaster f Ardent Race 2.35 r on the new wheelset? Both bikes are SS, and the only issue with the Ikon's I have had is standing climbing up steep, slightly loose stuff, so Forekaster rear sounds great, however I have heard that the Ardent Race is considerably better with traction than the ikon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garcia View Post
    Just ordered a Forekaster 29, not sure what I am going to do with it... I am also getting a second wheelset with Flow MK3's, identical to my other so my two bikes will have interchangeable wheels. The current one id running an Ardent 2.4 f and ikon 2.35 r, and I am unsure if I should try an Ardent 2.4 f FK r, or try to get my hands on an Ardent Race 2.35, and then run Forekaster f Ardent Race 2.35 r on the new wheelset? Both bikes are SS, and the only issue with the Ikon's I have had is standing climbing up steep, slightly loose stuff, so Forekaster rear sounds great, however I have heard that the Ardent Race is considerably better with traction than the ikon.
    The AR does indeed provide more traction than the Ikon. I tend to like moderately agressive tires, and the Ikon didn't provide enough grip for me. The AR (29x2.35) is giving very good grip on rocky/rooty climbs. I have used a Nobby Nic and Spec Ground Control on the rear, and the AR provides climbing traction at least as good as those tires and probably better.

    I'm really liking the Forekaster front, Ardent Race rear combo.

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    Anyone get their grubby mitts on the 27.5 version yet?

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    I'm liking the Forekaster as a front tire overall. The only issue I've had is that it seems to wash out in sand a lot worse than I'd expect. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    I just received my pair of 29x2.35 Forekasters to run front/back on my RIP9 in the high desert of SoCal. They weighed 740/748g which is pretty close to spec.

    I won't have them mounted for a few weeks, but I will update this with my impressions after a few rides... Just looking at them, they look very similar to a Specialized Ground Control, and to me, that's a very good thing.

    Hopefully they won't weep sealant like the Specialized GC Grid does, because that makes me weep too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabrabu View Post
    I'm liking the Forekaster as a front tire overall. The only issue I've had is that it seems to wash out in sand a lot worse than I'd expect. Has anyone else experienced this?
    It does wash out worse compared to what tire you were used to? What kind of sand? Hardpack, loose, or loose over hard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeroenK View Post
    It does wash out worse compared to what tire you were used to? What kind of sand? Hardpack, loose, or loose over hard?
    I'm mostly used to Nobby Nics, Ground Control, and Purgatory tires.

    The Forekaster has great grip in nearly all conditions. My trails are mostly hardpack with plenty of roots and rocks, but there is also some loamy stuff, gravel, loose over hard, and some occasional sandy spots. The Forekaster has provided good grip in all those conditions except for the sandy patches. I know any tire will tend to wash out in sand, but the Forekaster surprised me with how quickly and easily it washed out, especially given its great grip everywhere else. I was never that surprised when I hit the sandy patches with my other tires.

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    Strange, as it really is not that much different to the other tires you mention. Also, in sand, my experience is that volume and pressure seem to have more influence than tire tread.

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    Well, no way those Forekasters were going to sit around my house without getting installed, so on they went a few days ago and I have 3 rides on them at my home SoCal high desert, loose over hard, sand, pure rock, gnarly as hell terrain.

    They are mounted tubeless on my RIP 9 on Race Face Aeffect wheels which are 23mm inner width. They installed without any issues, have not leaked/weeped a drop of sealant and are holding air perfectly. The width of the tread is 58.3mm on my rim, and I run 28F/32R psi. They have a nice profile that's more round than square, and there is no open area between the center and cornering knobs....... I like them, a lot.

    The extra width compared to my previous Specialized Purgatory/Ground Control Grid 2.3s is noticeable. The EXO sidewall feels comparable to the Spesh Grid casing, and they came in 71g/97g lighter too. They are right at home on my trails, with plenty of climbing and braking grip. The best part is the transition knobs, as it makes corning in my terrain far more confidence inspiring........... It's very sketchy to get a whole lot of lean angle on my trails - think hard pack with kitty litter, BBs and marbles of all sizes on top.

    My best description of the Forekasters is they look just like a moto tire.... Just good old fashioned knobs spaced apart from one another, ready to grab what they can........ There is no fancy "row of angled center knobs for less rolling resistance" or any other gimmicky designs that seem to litter the MTB tire market these days.

    As for rolling resistance, I felt no difference whatsoever compared to the Purgatory/GC combo that they replaced. No worse, no better. I'm probably not the best guy to ask about rolling resistance as getting my 6' 215lbs up each climb is all the resistance I worry about, and that's enough for me.

    I'll update with the results on their life span (I typically kill rear tires every 600 miles/4 months in my harsh conditions) or any other issues..... As I sit here typing this, I highly recommend the Forekasters for everyday aggressive trail riding.

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    Had my first couple of rides with the 29 Forekaster EXO mounted as a front tire.
    Bike: Turner Sultan 29er
    Wheels: Older Stans Arch with 19 mm inner width. (being replaced soon with wider rims)
    Rider: 220 lbs ready to ride with pack, etc., pretty fast on downhills (Top 2% on some Colorado trails), slower climber
    Setup - Tubeless, about 21 psi up front

    Overall I really like the Forekaster as a front tire. Conditions out here range from very rocky, loose and dry to smoother sand over hardpack. It is almost never wet conditions except for snow melt season. The Forekaster absolutely blew away the Ardent 2.4's I was running in terms of cornering grip. My downhill times were noticeably faster and I was able to keep tighter lines in corners then with the Ardents. I haven't really pushed them to the limit yet since the conditions right now are extremely dry and loose and would like a little moisture first. The side knobs really dig in and are much bigger then the Ardent's. The volume is noticeably lower than the 2.4 Ardent's however but it is not really noticeable riding, at least up front. I don't notice a difference in rolling resistance but that is not easy to notice up front.

    If it holds up well in the front for a few more hard rides I will probably replace the rear as well to see how they do. If they could produce this in a true 2.5 and keep the weight under 850 this would be just about the best all round tire out there.

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    a bit off topic guys, but don't discount the maxxis beaver 2.25 on the wagon wheeler. i'll be trying a forecaster asap, but the beaver has been excellent as a rear tire on a transition smuggler. it was great in loose dust in the BC interior xc, and it's been fantastic on the west coast roots n rocks. i wince a bit going into a rock garden on descents due to my carbon rims, but so far no problems. grip at all angles has been good. not quite dhr good but very good. thanks for all the details about the forecaster, i may try them both front and back for a very climby set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    No, that's not what I am implying.

    I meant to say that the Ardent is such a crap tire that Maxxis should fix it. Instead of fixing the Ardent, they released the Forekaster, which looks to address the Ardent's crappiness (huge dead zone, weak cornering knobs).

    Did I mention I hate the Ardent??? LOL.
    Perhaps you were using the Ardent in areas it wasn't designed for. I used it for a long time. It's a good all around "XC" tire.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GRPABT1 View Post
    This. Everyone raves about Maxxis Exo being strong but I can't make them last, constantly tearing sidewalls.
    Ditto. I run heavy pressure, about 36 psi, which prolly makes it more susceptible to cuts. I've been running the Double Down casing and it does much better for cuts. I can run 34psi just fine too.


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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Russhole View Post
    Perhaps you were using the Ardent in areas it wasn't designed for. I used it for a long time. It's a good all around "XC" tire.


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    The Ardent 2.2 is not very good except maybe as a XC tire. The 2.4 EXO is much better with bigger side knobs but still a little vague in transition when leaning it over. The thing I like about the 2.4 is its volume and the ability to run low pressure on wider rims. I use it as a rear tire in loser conditions on either a 24mm or 29mm internal width rims and run from 20-24 psi in them. Then they're not as susceptible to cutting.
    The 29er Forecaster looks good from a tread pattern standpoint and reminds me of the latest Nobby Nic. Regarding its volume it should be rocking the same casing as the Ardent 2.4 and Ikon 2.35. I'm very disappointed that it has the lower volume casing of the 2.3 Minions.
    I'd love to see this Forecaster as a 2.4 or 2.5 with the HV casing like the DHF 2.5 except it'd be around 900-925g swapping between the two as front tires. Then I'd run the smaller Forecaster in the rear or the big Ardent or my DHR2 2.3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porkchop_Power View Post
    Had my first couple of rides with the 29 Forekaster EXO mounted as a front tire.
    Bike: Turner Sultan 29er
    Wheels: Older Stans Arch with 19 mm inner width. (being replaced soon with wider rims)
    Rider: 220 lbs ready to ride with pack, etc., pretty fast on downhills (Top 2% on some Colorado trails), slower climber
    Setup - Tubeless, about 21 psi up front

    Overall I really like the Forekaster as a front tire. Conditions out here range from very rocky, loose and dry to smoother sand over hardpack. It is almost never wet conditions except for snow melt season. The Forekaster absolutely blew away the Ardent 2.4's I was running in terms of cornering grip. My downhill times were noticeably faster and I was able to keep tighter lines in corners then with the Ardents. I haven't really pushed them to the limit yet since the conditions right now are extremely dry and loose and would like a little moisture first. The side knobs really dig in and are much bigger then the Ardent's. The volume is noticeably lower than the 2.4 Ardent's however but it is not really noticeable riding, at least up front. I don't notice a difference in rolling resistance but that is not easy to notice up front.

    If it holds up well in the front for a few more hard rides I will probably replace the rear as well to see how they do. If they could produce this in a true 2.5 and keep the weight under 850 this would be just about the best all round tire out there.
    What rear tire are you using with the forekaster up front ?


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    Running the Ardent 2.4 EXO in the rear. Going to replace it soon with another Forekaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTscoob View Post
    Maxxis employee here. Yes we are, 27.5x2.35 just landed and should be making its way out to distributors and shops over the next few weeks. 27.5x2.20 and 29x2.20 should be hitting the market shortly thereafter.
    Did the 27.7 x 2.35 get delayed? Been searching Euro & NA dealers for the last month and can not find any for sale.

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    i've also inquired and sent emails directly. no responses. it's a mystery tire.

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    Anyone run both the Forecaster and Tomahawk in back? Comparison?
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    Briefly ran a well used Tomahawk outback on my Phantom after running a Minion SS and then DHR2 and would have to say it rolled very good and had amazing traction for what it looks like, definitely much more than the SS, still good braking like the DHR2, but I honestly only had like 2 rides on it.
    Have been running a Forekaster since, tyre has truly impressed, fast rolling, yet amazing grip, great on a wide variety of surfaces. Actually, doesn't matter the situation, I haven't been able to spin/break it loose, no matter the surface, only place I haven't ridden it in yet is wet and that will soon change since we're getting some good rain - expect it will also perform very well in wet/muddy conditions, although not so sure on wet roots and rocks with the Dual compound, but we'll see..

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    Has anyone tried a 29 Forekaster front with a 29x2.25 EXO Beaver in the back? I don't have any experience with the Beaver. I just don't want it to be grippier than the Maxxis Forekaster.

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    Curious as to the why of that combo, seems to me they're a fairly similar tyre, frame have lack of clearance in the rear? Personally I'd be more looking to run it either as a matched set or with something a bit more XC in the rear like an Ikon or Crossmark.

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    Has anyone been able to compare a 2.2 AR vs 2.2 FK in the rear matched to a 2.35 FK up front?

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    Just ordered two Forekasters in 2.35 size for my Fargo for the winter. Thought about getting a 2.2 for the rear, but I suppose a matching set will be okay. No crazy fast cornering/sliding will be happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider76 View Post
    Anyone run both the Forecaster and Tomahawk in back? Comparison?
    I've run the Tomahawk on the rear of my SS Honzo for the last few weeks, not liking it much so going to get rid of it. Climbing out of the saddle on anything loose would have me spinning on the spot a lot (comparatively did not have this issue with a 2.35 icon or 2.4 x-king).

    Rode it in some pretty wet conditions yesterday and it was hopeless climbing anything - was sliding all over the place in descents (in straight lines?!) and then would hook up like a boss in corners and when leaning it over. It was pretty hilarious but not something I could get used to.

    Gonna go pick up a Forecaster today ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cunningstunts View Post
    i've also inquired and sent emails directly. no responses. it's a mystery tire.
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    Did the 27.7 x 2.35 get delayed? Been searching Euro & NA dealers for the last month and can not find any for sale.
    Not delayed and definitely available. We've got them sitting in our warehouse and available on our eStore but sometimes it takes a few weeks for tires to trickle out to the online and brick and mortar bike shops.
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    How about the 2.6" version, will that only come out in 650B or 29" as well? Swear I heard/read it will be both, sure as hell hope so, 2.6" Forekaster would be a perfect tyre for a rigid that won't fit a 2.8" PLUS tyre, but still give a bit more cush than a 2.4" Ardent or 2.35" Ikon can give. Really liking the 2.35" as a rear on my Phantom, has worked well in a wide variety of trail surfaces and conditions, just need to find some to pair it up with to try as a faster more XC setup that still has braking traction to match.

    Also noticed that they snuck in the 29"x2.35" Ignitor I had always been asking for, wondering how that'd compare to the Forekaster, expect kind of similar, but expect Forekaster would be a bit better in really loose/wet unless you do some knob trimming on the Ignitor, then who knows.

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    I gave up waiting and ordered a set of 27.5 in 2.25 and 2.35 from pushys. Took 13 days to get to my door in GA from the day I ordered them. It bothers me that I had to order from australia, when maxxis headquarters is 25 minutes down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    How about the 2.6" version, will that only come out in 650B or 29" as well? Swear I heard/read it will be both, sure as hell hope so
    Only the 27.5x2.60WT Forekaster and Rekon have been confirmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    How about the 2.6" version, will that only come out in 650B or 29" as well? Swear I heard/read it will be both, sure as hell hope so, 2.6" Forekaster would be a perfect tyre for a rigid that won't fit a 2.8" PLUS tyre, but still give a bit more cush than a 2.4" Ardent or 2.35" Ikon can give. Really liking the 2.35" as a rear on my Phantom, has worked well in a wide variety of trail surfaces and conditions, just need to find some to pair it up with to try as a faster more XC setup that still has braking traction to match.

    Also noticed that they snuck in the 29"x2.35" Ignitor I had always been asking for, wondering how that'd compare to the Forekaster, expect kind of similar, but expect Forekaster would be a bit better in really loose/wet unless you do some knob trimming on the Ignitor, then who knows.
    I currently have a 29x2.35 forekaster on the front of my rigid bike. For the weight, traction, durability, and rolling resistance, it's the best tire I've ever used. A 29x2.6 would be perfect though, assuming it wasn't too heavy. Planning on buying a 2.6 nobby nic, but I generally prefer maxxis tires and am hoping for a 29x2.6 forekaster.

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    Have to say, this makes me very sad, no use for a narrower 650B option, for 650B, 2.8"> :-( Really have enjoyed the Forekaster like Coke said, weight, traction, durability have been an amazing combo.
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    Finally got a ride in with the new tires. 27.5 forekasters with 2.35 front and 2.2 rear. When mounted, there only seems to be a slight difference in width (front vs rear). So far I'm loving them. Way more rear climbing traction than my previous 2.35 xr3 which was surprising. Mostly hardpack and loose over hard trails with abundant roots and rocks. The only spots these tires seemed challenged were on gravel or really loose sections. Coming from a 2.4 high roller and 2.35 xr3, I wasn't nearly as worn out at the end of a familiar ride. I'm sure that's due to the big weight reduction.

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    DHF 2.5 / 2.6 Forekaster rear sounds like a nice all around combo

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    Would love a 2.6 forekastor in 29"

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    Picked up my Forekasters at the LBS last week (29 x 2.35's) and just mounted them up tubeless. They look awesome, can't wait to try them out. Setup went surprisingly smooth on WTB Asym i29 rims with an oversize floor pump. Holding air good so far. Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?-image.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyeballs View Post
    I gave up waiting and ordered a set of 27.5 in 2.25 and 2.35 from pushys. Took 13 days to get to my door in GA from the day I ordered them. It bothers me that I had to order from australia, when maxxis headquarters is 25 minutes down the road.
    Same here, I could not find the 27.5 for sale anywhere. Pushys was awesome often emailing me back within minutes. They shipped with a tracking No. one hour after I ordered. 12 days from OZ to Western Canada - I will be ordering from these guys again.
    Did you weigh your 2.25?

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    Just mounted up Forecaster 29x 2.35 front and rear on my single speed. Significantly smaller than the Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.35s that they replaced, but way better grip both cornering and climbing on the duffy trails I'm riding right now. Also not as shock absorbing, although I am running them at a bit higher pressure (mid 20s psi) than the Schwalbes. I'll see how much they stretch, and how low I can run them over the next few rides, but I love the feel of them.

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    I'm looking for something with more grip than an Ardent 2.4 in the corners but rolls a bit faster than a DHRII

    Think the Forkaster might be in between the two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    I'm looking for something with more grip than an Ardent 2.4 in the corners but rolls a bit faster than a DHRII

    Think the Forkaster might be in between the two?
    Yep, pretty much sums up the Forekaster........ I still don't know why people like the Ardent? At least not on my loose over hard meets sand meets rock meets hard pack terrain anyway.

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    I would not include the Ardent in the same sentence as the Forekaster and DHR2, just no comparison. From what I can recall of my trials with Ardents, the Forekaster rolls as fast or faster than them, but grip is closer to the likes of the DHR2, excellent all round tyre, can't wait to see if they do a bigger version of it. My only request would be to offer it in the Double Down casing, as it definitely punches with the big boys.

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    I'm looking for something with more grip than an Ardent 2.4 in the corners but rolls a bit faster than a DHRII

    Think the Forkaster might be in between the two?
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    Yep, pretty much sums up the Forekaster........ I still don't know why people like the Ardent? At least not on my loose over hard meets sand meets rock meets hard pack terrain anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    I would not include the Ardent in the same sentence as the Forekaster and DHR2, just no comparison. From what I can recall of my trials with Ardents, the Forekaster rolls as fast or faster than them, but grip is closer to the likes of the DHR2, excellent all round tyre, can't wait to see if they do a bigger version of it. My only request would be to offer it in the Double Down casing, as it definitely punches with the big boys.
    I am loving this tire. My set up right now on my Ripley LS is Forekaster front and DHR2 rear. The Forekaster really digs in a grips as a front tire. I was running them front and rear but hit some high speed rocky chunder and slashed a sidewall in the rear. Like you said this tire hangs with the big boys and a DD casing would be a nice option.


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    Do you like it better with forekaster f/r or with the dhr2 in the rear ? Aside from the slash?

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    Based on this thread alone I've got a 2.35 Forekaster on order. To replace the HRII 2.30 I have on the front atm. I find the HRII a bit draggy on climbs and for general xc. Amazing at the gravity park but hard to live with on the day to day. Lots of chat on the internet about the the Ardent being rubbish up front. Without the Forekaster in the Maxxis range that really ruled out Maxxis for a decent aggressive xc tire. Their tires were either very aggressive or not aggressive enough. In the UK I found one shop on eBay with 3 forsale and no UK reviews. I guess that shows how new these tires are. I'll report back when I've got them on. FYI Ardent Race out back 2.20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonlui View Post
    Do you like it better with forekaster f/r or with the dhr2 in the rear ? Aside from the slash?

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    Only have 3 rides with the DHR2 rear set up. But to answer your question I like it equal to the Forekaster front and rear. The set up now is a little more aggressive and works better for higher speed rocky chunder. The stiffer sidewall of the DHR2 helps give more confidence to hit the rocky stuff faster. It does roll a tad slower and is 100 grams heavier than the Forekaster. So both setups are excellent depending on your terrain.


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    My bike came with the Crossmark in the rear and the Ardent in the front. Really looking hard at the Forekaster to replace both.

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    Mounted up Forekaster 27.5 x 2.35 as a front tire. This is a very low volume tire in height as well as width as its only 2.25" wide on LB carbon 23mm internal width rims. Disappointed its so narrow as the 2.25 Rocket Ron it replaced is also exactly 2.25" wide and the RR is a larger volume tire as well. I wonder how narrow the 2.20 is?
    The side walls are beefy on the Forekaster. As a front tire I didn't notice it any slower rolling than the RR, on the rear I am sure it would be noticeable. This is one great cornering tire, riding mostly damp but not sloppy mud trails and it really bits great.
    Also rode several greasing sidehills with wet roots and leaves and it sticks amazing well. I run the RR for XC and XC Marathon races, but its gonna be very hard to remove the Forekaster [despite it being 200 grams heavier ] and put the RR back on for racing as this tire just has amazing traction and rolls very well up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Same here, I could not find the 27.5 for sale anywhere. Pushys was awesome often emailing me back within minutes. They shipped with a tracking No. one hour after I ordered. 12 days from OZ to Western Canada - I will be ordering from these guys again.
    Did you weigh your 2.25?
    Nope, didn't weight either one. But yea, I had a good experience with Pushy's as well. Still loving these tires.

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    I fitted a 2.35 Forekaster up front on my 28mm internal Nextie Carbon rims on my Norco Sight with a 2.3 Minion SS in back and did about 25 miles on it in Rotorua NZ on Saturday.

    This is a great tire.
    It is light at under 700 grams, grips well at all lean angles, and rolls great. My only gripe is that it seems pretty small for a 2.35, but on the trail I really didn't notice that at all, after riding an 890 gram Aggressor and a 810 gram Tomahawk up front. I have a 2.2 en route from Pushys to go on the back. This should make for a light, great pedalling ride that does everything well. I'm even thinking of leaving them on for an enduro race in December.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ononecarbon456 View Post
    Based on this thread alone I've got a 2.35 Forekaster on order. To replace the HRII 2.30 I have on the front atm. I find the HRII a bit draggy on climbs and for general xc. Amazing at the gravity park but hard to live with on the day to day. Lots of chat on the internet about the the Ardent being rubbish up front. Without the Forekaster in the Maxxis range that really ruled out Maxxis for a decent aggressive xc tire. Their tires were either very aggressive or not aggressive enough. In the UK I found one shop on eBay with 3 forsale and no UK reviews. I guess that shows how new these tires are. I'll report back when I've got them on. FYI Ardent Race out back 2.20.
    Same here...I have also tried the DHR2 2.3 and the Ardent 2.4 up front, also got the AR 2.2 out back...

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    Any consensus on the forekaster as a rear?

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    That's how I've been running mine paired with a DHF 2.3" on the front, love it, rolls really nice and can't say I really notice any loss of performance compared to the DHR2 I had on before, like having the speed of an Ikon, but grip of the DHR2, just as said, would love it with a DD casing to take a bit more abuse.

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    Looked like a very promising tire for my XC riding, price in the all-right range, so I thought I'd give it a try despite lack of proper reviews. Clearly wasn't meant to be. Most local retailers aren't listing these tires on their website yet. Contacted one of those who are and they said they're expecting to receive them by the end of the year or first thing January.
    Too bad, since I needed a new tire ASAP.

    The big question I haven't seen anyone ask in this thread: Has anyone been able to put some serious mileage into the tire yet? How is the tread durability? Does it survive tarmac and rocks?
    Hopefully not another Nobby Nic in terms of tread durability. That would be a bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    That's how I've been running mine paired with a DHF 2.3" on the front, love it, rolls really nice and can't say I really notice any loss of performance compared to the DHR2 I had on before, like having the speed of an Ikon, but grip of the DHR2, just as said, would love it with a DD casing to take a bit more abuse.
    That's exactly what I'm looking for. I've got 2.5/2.4 dhf/dhr2 on now and I'd like an easier rolling rear for everyday trail rides without giving up all the grip..

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limited Garry View Post

    The big question I haven't seen anyone ask in this thread: Has anyone been able to put some serious mileage into the tire yet? How is the tread durability? Does it survive tarmac and rocks?
    Hopefully not another Nobby Nic in terms of tread durability. That would be a bummer.
    I've had these front and rear on a rigid singlespeed, riding on a variety of trail surfaces. I think I've put approximately 800 miles on them so far and I haven't worn down through the siping yet. The rear was looking a little worn but still useable, so I gave it to a friend to try, moved my front to the rear, and put on a new front. Overall, they don't seem any less durable than other maxxis tires I've used.

    No knobs have torn off.

    Sidewalls seem good. It's fairly rocky here and I've had no issues. For reference, I can't make specialized control tires last here and with that brand I have to use grid casing for my local trails.

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    Same here, run EXO Maxxis without issue, tried 1 SpecialED Control casing Purg and it lasted 3 rides. Only real reason I'm having issues with rears right now is a not so good back and legs and not really being able to move about properly on the bike, so rear is getting smashed into the coral and getting sidewall punctures from my bad riding technique. Figure the 2.3" in Double Down casing would top out somewhere around 900g max and be as bomb proof as it could get, probably more around 850g.

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    ....Sidewalls seem good. It's fairly rocky here and I've had no issues. For reference, I can't make specialized control tires last here and with that brand I have to use grid casing for my local trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coke View Post
    I've had these front and rear on a rigid singlespeed, riding on a variety of trail surfaces. I think I've put approximately 800 miles on them so far and I haven't worn down through the siping yet. The rear was looking a little worn but still useable, so I gave it to a friend to try, moved my front to the rear, and put on a new front. Overall, they don't seem any less durable than other maxxis tires I've used.

    No knobs have torn off.

    Sidewalls seem good. It's fairly rocky here and I've had no issues. For reference, I can't make specialized control tires last here and with that brand I have to use grid casing for my local trails.
    Thank you very much. This is exactly what I was hoping to hear. Not really afraid about straight up damage to the tire. Just the tread wear. During the summer, I do over 1000km a month easy, so that is definitely a huge concern to me, even though I intend to use this as a front tire.

    Was running Ikon both rear and front, but I've seen most of the interesting places in 40km radius so I have a lot of stuff I can just get into and ride. My rides are getting more aggressive now and I need more grip.

    I already had to go for Ardent as a front, kept a very slightly worn Ikon on the rear. However, the Ardent probably won't exactly be my kind of tire and the Ikon, while great, doesn't suit my needs fully.
    I expect to run the rest of the Ikon down before the season starts, so for next year, I'm thinking something along the lines of Forekaster front, Ardent Race rear. Will either sell the Ardent or keep it as "just in case" tire.

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    I've had one for about 150 miles as a front on both my squishy and rigid SS. Its a good tire. In terms of grip and feel it falls between the 2.35 Ikon and the DHR; more forgiving, less on/off than the HR2 and DHF.

    Its undersized vs Bonty and Schwalbe 2.35's for sure.

    Compared to the NN, I prefer the NN. NN brakes a little better and has bigger cornering knobs. FK rolls faster.

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    First ride last night with 2.35 up front and 2.2 rear. Norco Sight Carbon with i28 Nextie carbon rims. Two weeks ago I was riding the same trails with an Aggressor front and Tomahawk rear. Then the bike felt solid and sure footed but fairly sluggish and overshod for the trails I ride. Changing to the Forekasters has removed 375 grams of rotating weight and the bike has been transformed. It feels fast and poppy, but still planted. The Forekasters don't have the outright grip of the old combo, but it just feels right.... like it should have all along.
    I love these tires.
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    Anyone know where to get a 27.5, 2.35 Forekaster?

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    I have 459 miles on my set of 29x2.35s F/R and I will easily get well over 600. You can see the terrain that I ride on in post #111........ Damn impressive and way better than any other tire I have used, and it isn't even close.

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    Can someone comment on a F-dhf and R-forekaster combo. I have both a DHF and DHR2 and want to run with a forekaster rear. Whisch front do you think will be better.

    I ride a Yeti 5.5c 29er and ride in SoCal on dry and rocky trials. I climb alot and was running the DHF and DHR2 combo. I wanted a faster rolling rear and wondering which pair would give me the least rolling resistance. I have run the DHF upfront on my last 3 bikes and was wondering what running a DHR2 is like vs the DHF.

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    That's the combo I've been running since I got my Forekaster and it's work well for me so far, was running DHR2/DHF before and also Tomahawk/DHF, MinionSS/DHR2. I think the DHF on the front is the ultimate for grip in nearly all conditions, the DHR2 is about as good and better depending on what you like or want. I'd say since you have both, give them a both a shot and see which you prefer

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    Can someone comment on a F-dhf and R-forekaster combo. I have both a DHF and DHR2 and want to run with a forekaster rear. Whisch front do you think will be better.

    I ride a Yeti 5.5c 29er and ride in SoCal on dry and rocky trials. I climb alot and was running the DHF and DHR2 combo. I wanted a faster rolling rear and wondering which pair would give me the least rolling resistance. I have run the DHF upfront on my last 3 bikes and was wondering what running a DHR2 is like vs the DHF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowsed341 View Post
    Can someone comment on a F-dhf and R-forekaster combo. I have both a DHF and DHR2 and want to run with a forekaster rear. Whisch front do you think will be better.

    I ride a Yeti 5.5c 29er and ride in SoCal on dry and rocky trials. I climb alot and was running the DHF and DHR2 combo. I wanted a faster rolling rear and wondering which pair would give me the least rolling resistance. I have run the DHF upfront on my last 3 bikes and was wondering what running a DHR2 is like vs the DHF.
    I honestly couldn't tell much difference on my trails between a 2.3 DHF and 2.3 DHRII up front. It's been a while, but if I remember correctly the DHRII/DHRII combo was fairly fast considering the amount of traction it had. I recently tried a 2.5DHF/Forekaster combo. Lots of fun and amazing grip, but the rolling resistance and weight was just too much on my rigid SS.

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    Running a 2.4 DHR2 front/ 2.35 Ikon rear. The dhr2 is my favorite front tire I've ever been on. Ikon needs to go though, need more braking out back

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    Have been running this tire front and rear the last few months. 29x2.35 EXO/TR version on Velocity Blunt SS rims (26.6mm internal). They were just over 2.25 when I first mounted them, haven't had the chance to measure since. Overall I really like it as a rear tire. Rolls pretty well and haven't had any issues with traction in the rear. Going to be switching to a DHF 2.3 up front here pretty soon though, seems like some of yall have had good results with that combo. Just looking for more grip up front. For reference I ride in the front range of CO, pretty rocky and loose everywhere.
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    So got a ride in with my DHF 2.3 and Forekaster 2.35 on 30id rims.

    I really like this as a rear tire, it has better RR than the DHR2 it replaced but i didnt feel i lost any traction at all while climbing. I have not had much downhill time on the tire yet but i am liking it so far.

    Going to try my DHR2 on the front to see how I like that combo.

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    Any word on the 2.6 650b version availability yet?

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    Can anyone help me real quick? I think I goofed.

    My wife asked me what I wanted for xmas and I said a Forekaster 27.5x2.35.

    I have been looking up the specs on my wheels, and it looks like they have a inner width of 19mm (Alex TD26). I am and plan on running tubed until I can upgrade my wheelset.

    Everything that I can find is basically telling me that I need a wider wheel to run a 2.35 on a 19mm IW wheel, but the information is conflicting because it is mostly talking about running tubeless.

    The plan as of now is to run the 2.25 Ardent that came with the bike on the rear, donate the Crossmark to charity and have the Forekaster on the front.

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    My 29x2.35 Forecasters run just over 2.2. Should be fine on a 19mm rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfn_pie View Post
    Can anyone help me real quick? I think I goofed.

    My wife asked me what I wanted for xmas and I said a Forekaster 27.5x2.35.

    I have been looking up the specs on my wheels, and it looks like they have a inner width of 19mm (Alex TD26). I am and plan on running tubed until I can upgrade my wheelset.

    Everything that I can find is basically telling me that I need a wider wheel to run a 2.35 on a 19mm IW wheel, but the information is conflicting because it is mostly talking about running tubeless.

    The plan as of now is to run the 2.25 Ardent that came with the bike on the rear, donate the Crossmark to charity and have the Forekaster on the front.
    Your fine because the 27.5 x 2.35 is way under sized. Actual width is 2.25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loadnreturn View Post
    My 29x2.35 Forecasters run just over 2.2. Should be fine on a 19mm rim.
    How much wider do you think it would be on a 25 IW rim?

    I want to get the 2.35, but not if it's wider than 59mm (OCD parameter), on my 25 IW rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    How much wider do you think it would be on a 25 IW rim?

    I want to get the 2.35, but not if it's wider than 59mm (OCD parameter), on my 25 IW rim.

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    I have a 29x2.35 Forekaster on my 30mm id wheels. They have been on for two months. Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?-img_3684.jpgAnyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?-img_3686.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhand80 View Post
    I have a 29x2.35 Forekaster on my 30mm id wheels. They have been on for two months. Click image for larger version. 

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    Think that says 58.50?

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
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    Think that says 58.50?

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    Can confirm, 58.5mm at the knobs on a i29 rim for at least 2 months now. Only thing I want is them in a DD casing.

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    How much wider do you think it would be on a 25 IW rim?I want to get the 2.35, but not if it's wider than 59mm (OCD parameter), on my 25 IW rim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowsed341 View Post
    So got a ride in with my DHF 2.3 and Forekaster 2.35 on 30id rims.

    I really like this as a rear tire, it has better RR than the DHR2 it replaced but i didnt feel i lost any traction at all while climbing. I have not had much downhill time on the tire yet but i am liking it so far.

    Going to try my DHR2 on the front to see how I like that combo.

    I really like this combo for fast but aggressive in loose riding. Works great with the fallen leaves and some mushy corners. Very little trade off from the DHF. Both front and rear seem to lock up and skid about the same time so at least it's very predictable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhand80 View Post
    Sorry bad lighting. Haha. Yes 58.50mm or 2.3 inches


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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Those calipers measure in mm, inches and furlongs?
    Yes they measure in every unit. What are you asking?????


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    Got the tire in today, mounted up no problems. Seems pretty dainty size wise (those side knobs are huge though). It may be that I am used to seeing a 2.1 Crossmark on the rear, now my 2.25 Ardent will be doing rear tire duty.

    Looking forward to putting it through the paces. I'll try to get some pics once the tire settles a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Those calipers measure in mm, inches and furlongs?
    Fractions. The F stands for fractions.


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    Anyone ran a Maxxis Forecaster?

    Just mounted up a pair front and rear on some ~24mm id rims and am slightly disappointed in the size.

    I ripped both a goma and a tomahawk ( which was pretty much destroyed already ) in the last 2 weeks and decided to give these a try.

    I usually run a beefier tire up front and the forekaster looks very small compared to the 2.4 Goma I removed, which was over 2.4 after it stretched.

    I measured 2.125 at the caseing and 2.25 at the widest part of the knobs. Here's hoping for traction and some stretching.
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    Had the first ride on mine yesterday. Where I ride there is a lot of sand so having the higher volume Ardent in the rear definitely helps when it comes to the sugar sand not sapping my momentum.

    I'm impressed with the Forekaster. Bike feels more responsive, more predictable, practically point and shoot. I did get a flat though, found a pinhole in the tube. It might be time to go tubeless.

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    Running the FK 2.35 up front and AR 2.20 out back, for me works well. The HR2 2.30 I had on the front before was a beast of a tire compared to the AR at the rear and overkill for the type of riding I do. But at the time there was no middle option between the ikon and the HR2. Didn't even entertain the idea of the Ardent up front, too many bad reviews. The HR2 is no doubt a good tire for gravity parks etc. But for me was just too draggy and while offering stacks of grip made the riding feel labored. The FK offers enough grip to keep out to trouble and is significantly lighter than the HR2 to notice the difference. I've tried the FK over varied terrain in varied conditions. From Trail Center hardpack to natural trails, consisting of loose rock, mud sand. It never felt sketchy or loose.

    I think if I did visit a gravity park I'd move the FK to the rear and put the HR2 back up front. That would be an awesome combination.

    I recorded some figures when swapping over. 29mm ID roval rims, the HR2 had less than 100 miles on them.
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    Forekaster 2.2

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    Any consensus on the forekaster as a rear?
    I have 2 questions for everyone.

    Why should/would someone go from a partially worn out Ardent 2.25 dc to a Forekaster 2.35/2.2 in the rear? Equal rolling resistance, less weight, better braking in loose?

    Does the knobs of the 2.2 version stick out past the carcass or no?

    Thanks.

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    Because they want a tyre that's not just mediocre at everything at best and good really at nothing. The Forekaster is like the Polar Opposite of the Ardent, good at so many things I'm currently running mine in the rear TUBED, I haven't voluntarily run a tube in a bike, except to get home in over 7 years, it's just that good and can't afford a new one and can't get the hole I put in the side above the bead to fully seal. Only wish is for it in the Double Down casing for use with nasty coral who aren't managing to ride as accurately as we used to right now or for those who only know how to bash straight at/through stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by ljcap View Post
    I have 2 questions for everyone.

    Why should/would someone go from a partially worn out Ardent 2.25 dc to a Forekaster 2.35/2.2 in the rear? Equal rolling resistance, less weight, better braking in loose?

    Does the knobs of the 2.2 version stick out past the carcass or no?

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    The Forecaster didn't work for me on the rear riding loose over hard pack. Too much spacing between knobs ...tore casing --not sidewall --twice. One datapoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlazedHam View Post
    The Forecaster didn't work for me on the rear riding loose over hard pack. Too much spacing between knobs ...tore casing --not sidewall --twice. One datapoint.

    Damn, you jinxed me! I cut my rear Forekaster a couple of days ago...... 1st tire I've ever cut through the sidewall.

    No LBS stocks the Forekaster and I didn't feel like waiting over the weekend for Amazon/Jenson, so I bought a High Roller II 29x2.30 to replace it. It's heavier, but the sidewall is also sturdier..... I'll see how it rolls, grips and lasts. (in no particular order)

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    He said he cut his in the actual tread, not on the casing (sidewall), which is something I wondered about with how spaced the knobs are, but I haven't had this issue yet on our coral or on a 4 day trip to CO, but hence why I am hoping for it to also be released in the DD casing option which would take it up to about 900g and build like a tank.

    I can tell you all that, especially if it's the 3C version - MUCH SLOWER rolling, grip wise, depends on the conditions, definitely should find more confidence in/on the wet

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    Damn, you jinxed me! I cut my rear Forekaster a couple of days ago...... 1st tire I've ever cut through the sidewall. No LBS stocks the Forekaster and I didn't feel like waiting over the weekend for Amazon/Jenson, so I bought a High Roller II 29x2.30 to replace it. It's heavier, but the sidewall is also sturdier..... I'll see how it rolls, grips and lasts. (in no particular order)
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