Best 29x2.6/2.5/2.4 Tire Combo for a Rowdy Hardtail?-
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    Best 29x2.6/2.5/2.4 Tire Combo for a Rowdy Hardtail?

    The initial tire setup on my aggressive singlespeed 29er was 2.6 Shwalbe Nobby Nic's F&R on 30mm internal width rims.

    The rear is now toast so I've been shopping around for some new rubber. I've been happy with the size and grip of the 2.6 NN as a rear tire, but the NN in the front doesn't hook up enough for me when leaning into corners.

    It bugged me so much that I've gone back to a fresh set of DHF/DHR 2.3's to see if it might just be the fact that the 2.6 width is still too squirmy for my riding style. For my local New England terrain, I noticed enough of difference in that size jump that I know that I still want a bit more width. The 2.3's had less grip on the bony/rooty, off camber sections where I normally carry more speed and now I get a whole lot more feedback resulting in more fatigue. I'm not riding full Amish, but i'm still hitting the tough sections and beating myself up enough with only one gear so I'd gladly take some of the benefits of the wider widths.

    So where do I go from here? Maybe try a new size combo that falls in between or just adding a front 2.6 tire that's got more bite?

    So far my ideas are:

    1. Add a 2.6 Magic Mary up front and keep a 2.6 NN in the rear (since I still have a good one)?

    2. Try the new WTB duo of Vigilante 2.6 or 2.5 with a Trail Boss 2.4?

    3. Maxxis DHF WT 2.5 up front w either DHR WT 2.4 or a HR2 WT 2.5 in the rear?

    Anyone have experience with any of these combos? All recommendations or feedback is welcome!

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    Ive been running a hansdampf 2.6 in the front with Nobby Nic rear. Works well for me. Although I know a lot of people say it should be rear only. I find it rolls just as well as the nn but bites better.

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    2.6 XR5 or SE5 in the front, 2.6 or 2.4 SE4 in the rear. Bontrager has a 20% off sale and 30 day no questions policy. Why do I love these? they are voluminous, round, predictable, hook up well, climb, brake, and roll pretty good all around.

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    XR4 2.6 up front, SE5 2.6 out back.

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