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    Faster Tire Suggestion for Ibis HD3 in Vermont

    I mainly ride in VT. Almost 100% of our trails are decomposed leaves. Beautiful soil if you want to grow something. Great grip with most tires if they don't get plugged up with moist dirt.

    I slapped a DHF/DHR 2.6 combo on the bike and I guess I like them. To be honest they are too aggressive for my daily riding here. I'll sacrifice some speed for less grip.

    I want a faster combo for putting in more miles, getting up faster and less weight if I can.

    I "think" I like the 2.6 width, but I'm open to 2.4-2.5 if its the right tire and they have a nice profile on wider rims.

    I used to ride the last gen Hans Dampf on my Ripley and I liked the combination of rolling resistance and grip. The new ones look pretty good.

    Hans Dampf/Nobby Nic?
    Throw a Forekaster on the back and keep the DHF?
    Bontrager? Specialized?

    Thanks for the help.

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    I would ditch that slug of a tire the DHR and slap a Forekaster 2.6 on the rear. Then if you want more speed slap a Forekaster 2.6 on the front as well.


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    Good thing I have a 2.6 forekaster that started out on the bike before I got the DHR. Braking not as good, but that just means you go faster.

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    I love me some Minions for Western Mass. riding. That said, 2.4 Ardents are a decent mix of traction and rolling.

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    Nobby Nic speed grips are pretty fast. Bontrager XR4 probably aren't too bad either. I have a pair sitting right here if you are near Wmass.

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    For an HD3 I would stick with minions or similar. That's a great aggressive bike, don't neuter it. You might consider an Spec Eliminator grid for the rear which may roll a bit faster than the DHR2 (i have both in 29er size). XR4's are decent when new, but the side knobs undercut fast and then the tire feels like it rolls over while cornering. The casing is a bit thin on the XR4's too, i got multiple punctures through the tread base while running them.

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    Maybe Magic Mary front and NN rear (or Hans Dampf for more traction)? I've been riding this combo last two season on my Intense Spider. I like that the weight is decent and for me, durability wasn't a problem. The MM is my favorite tire... I used to run Ardent 2.35 F/R but the MM is just in another league for cornering. This summer I'll have a Ripmo with DHF/Agressor in 2.5 so I'm looking forward to try this setup.
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    I was running the new 2.4 Conti Trail King on my HD3 which came out to about a 2.5 on 35i rims. They seem to be pretty fast for their weight and really excelled in our loose over hard conditions.

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    Try the rekon 2.4 in the back. Itís a better version of the ardent.


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