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Old 08-16-2011, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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wide dh/ all mountain tires

currently running a surfas swoop 2.35" rear and a WTB velocipator 2.1 front. bike is a haro shift R7. i ride alot of muddy trails that are flat (northern IL) with large shelf drop off's. looking for tires in the 2.35-3" range. not really finding anything i like. what you got guys?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't help with advice, but I do have a question. Beyond the obvious advantage of floatation, will you have cons for normal riding?
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i ride my bike as a DD quite a bit. about 1.5 miles one way. its still faster than driving and saves a ton of money.

i used to run maxxis semi slicks and it was definitely an easier riding/pedaling tire for city use. im tired of changing wheels out just to go ride and need new tires regardless. the big meats definitely slow you down on the long haul on pavement.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maxxis DH Minion, 2.7 front, 2.5 rear.

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Old 08-19-2011, 09:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I run Kenda Nevegal 2.5 on front and rear of my 2009 Giant Reign. No real cons other than a bit of speed loss!
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Panaracer Fire 2.4-2.6 Lotsa meat and really sticky. Not the best on the road, as the wear fast and are super loud.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I run Kenda Nevegal 2.5 on front and rear of my 2009 Giant Reign. No real cons other than a bit of speed loss!
Same as me. Not so happy with how easy I have punctured the tires/tubes. I am almost ready to get a thicker tire and take a hit in weight.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Same as me. Not so happy with how easy I have punctured the tires/tubes. I am almost ready to get a thicker tire and take a hit in weight.
the swoops have what they call FPS. flat protection system. they only come in wire bead but they are heavy as shit and never had a flat or pinch flat yet.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Pump em up for hard pack, air down for traction in the loamy stuff.
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I picked up some Continental Diesel 2.5's for the front and rear of my GT Force 2.0 all-mountain and they are hugely better than the 2.35/2.1 Nevegals that were on it before. These are as tight a fit (both width and height) as my frame and front fork can fit. I LOVE the width and the traction - it makes me want a Surly Pugsley that much more!
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Heavy but never get flats lol

NOKIAN Gazzaloddi 3.0 front and rear
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The best way to pick tires is go to the locals see what they ride. Here it is alot of Nevigals and Minions I wouldnt run them where trails are buff though.
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Heavy but never get flats lol

NOKIAN Gazzaloddi 3.0 front and rear
maybe if i was building a trials bike... 2.63's are a squeeze on the rear as it is. i doubt i could fit a 3.0 on either end.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Kenda Nevegals in 2.5". Best tires ive ran, Mine are the Stick-e compound though, the rear wears out quick but im running lift access mountains and a lot of steep dh.
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I'm a huge fan of WTB tires. I really like the Weirwolf LT 2.55. It's pretty lite (mid 700s) for a strong large volume tire, rolls fast and corners on rails. Great freeride/all mountain tire.
If you need more traction, a couple great choices are the Maxxis Swamp Thing and the Geax Lobo Mas Loco. Both are monsters with huge lugs and serious volume. Both are also killers to pedal and are far better suited to gravity riding.

For XC riding, I love the WTB Mutano Raptor 2.4. Similar to the Weirwolf but sub 600 gram with good solid sidewalls. It's also a great rear tire to match with a Weirwolf up front.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:30 PM   #16 (permalink)
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i too have been fairly pleased with the WTB tires so far. my bike came with velociraptor 2.3's when i bought it and quickly killed the rear with a serious pinch flat that tore out the sidewall.

the swoop i have now has a taken a serious beating and head up fairly well. theres spots in the sidewalls where the nylon cords are showing from rock rash and no leaks or rideability issues yet.
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I run an Intense 2.7 sticky on the front. Love it.

I've got a Tioga Factory DH 2.3 in the rear. Hate it.
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Maxxis DH Minion, 2.7 front, 2.5 rear.

Amazing.
Yep....the minions are the tires to run.
Most of us BC riders use them....
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I run bontrager jones xc kevlar and i love em for freeride and short xc rides. In the 90's I got used intense dh tires that i would get from john tomac.
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I run a WTB Moto-Raptor 2.4 on the front, Maxxis Highroller HD 2.35 on the rear, great set-up for lift biking and hitting the harder/rocky trails. Switch over to a set of WTB Mutano Raptor 2.25 for everyday trail/road riding.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:41 AM   #21 (permalink)
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kenda nevegals would be my choice, in the 2.35. any tire that works really good in mud sucks everywhere else so these would be a good compromise. you don't want a huge tire that floats as you'll have less traction then if your tire digs through the mud to traction underneath.
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Arrow Savage 26 X 3.0

I have one on the front and it's perfect!

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Maxxis Ardent up front(I run 2.25, can get 2.4), and Maxxis Crossmax (me 2.1, up to 2.25) out fast, nice mix of speed, flotation, and grip.

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Conti Rubber Queen 2.4 Black Chili Compound (or Trail King same tire, different name) front and 2.25 Maxxis crossmark rear.
I'm not sure why you would want a 3" wide tire, but I don't think anyone still produces them anyway.
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Found my new biggest/bestest tire; 2.4 Schwalbe Big Betty.
Running them F&R on the "big bike"
Huge volume, make my 2.55 Weirwolfs look small and they have incredible grip.
Not too heavy for their size, in the 800 gram neighborhood.
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