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    Taller profile tires

    My 27.5 trail bike is pretty prone to pedal strikes so I am running taller profile Trail Kings front and was wondering what other options are out there (now running a 2.8 rear that I had, but want something a little narrower)? Would like to try Mountain Kings out back but wonder if they are as tall, or any other really good tire in the ~2.4 width and tall. Seems like Maxxis aren't particularly tall, but I may be missing someone. Need tubeless, folding, mid level protection, all conditions tire.

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    Havenít seen any discussion of tall profile tires for this purpose but think rim width and tire pressure also play into it. Most address the geometry such as an external lower headset cup to raise the BB or reducing crank length from 175 to 170 or riding style to ratchet pedal through rough terrain.

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    Mtb tires carcasses are circular in cross section so you can't select width and height independently.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Mtb tires carcasses are circular in cross section so you can't select width and height independently.
    This an interview with a tire specialist, maybe this will explain
    MBA:

    How do tire designers decide between a round and square profile?

    FS:

    For me, itís all about understanding the tireís intended application. For example, rounder, inflated profiles are typically found on XC tires to achieve a fast-rolling, lightweight feel at the pedals.

    Flatter, inflated profiles are typically found on trail and enduro tires designed to perform on a wide range of terrain and provide a good balance of characteristics for climbing, braking and cornering.

    Downhill tires have the flattest inflated profile. The focus is on hard braking and a quick transition from straight-up to extreme lean angles when cornering. You want the shoulder knobs to bite hard.

    https://mbaction.com/tire-tips-every-rider-should-know/

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    Just reading the heading, before I even clicked into and read the OP... Continental Tires popped into my head. I've run the Race Kings extensively. They are clearly a 'tall' tire. It's noticeable both visually and in the ride. I do not know of any other tire that has this same characteristic (tall for given width).

    Just another thought... what length cranks do you run? If you are running 175s and you are under 6' tall, you could try going down to 172.5 or less. Sure, you'll give up some torque but you'll make it up in spin efficiency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TTUB View Post
    Just reading the heading, before I even clicked into and read the OP... Continental Tires popped into my head. I've run the Race Kings extensively. They are clearly a 'tall' tire. It's noticeable both visually and in the ride. I do not know of any other tire that has this same characteristic (tall for given width).

    Just another thought... what length cranks do you run? If you are running 175s and you are under 6' tall, you could try going down to 172.5 or less. Sure, you'll give up some torque but you'll make it up in spin efficiency.
    Thanks, Continental is what I am running now, Trail Kings and they are really tall, the 2.4's are about as tall as some 2.8's (but really more like 2.6) I had on there, I didn't know if it was their entire line of just the TK's. I'm going to keep running the Trail Kings in dry, just don't bite much when slick and just wanted to explore more options. I'm pretty tall, and my son that rides the bike as much as I do is even taller, 6'1 and 6'2. I thought about shorter cranks, but I wanted to try this first. Maybe try some De Barons, they are supposed to be a good wet season tire.

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    I think you need to look at bikes that are not a low/slack Geo & overfork them. I had to abandon my Deity TMAC's because they would hangup a lot in areas rutted out or rocky tech stuff. That's a big damn pedal. I also go through deraileurs faster than tires. But that does not sound like your problem.

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    WTB Trailblazer " 2.8'' " has the biggest height/width I've seen so far-, mine measured 62 mm (2.44'') on a 25 mm rim. Though the light version has super flimsy sidewalls and lacks any side knobs so sidewall protection is minimal and I'd only run it as a rear tire unless the riding is leisurely cruising.

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