I just bought a Lapierre Zesty for UK trail riding and general MTB fun. The first thing I am going to swap is the Conti Raceking tyres on it, I am sure they are good for some but they look a tad sketchy for me and for UK conditions. Can someone suggest me a good replacenment tyre that will do justice to a bike like this, I trail ride uk centres mainly and whilst I need a tyre that gives me plenty of confidence on the downhill stuff It'd be nice to be able to avoid sacrificing everything on the way up. I had some Panaracer Fire XC pro's before on my stumpy, but I reckon they'd be a bit skinny for a bit more of a burly bike like this.
What size should I be looking for ? I understand some 2.2's size up like 2.4's, and some 2.4's size up like 1.9's !!! So some specific advice on model and correct size would be ace.
I was sort of looking at Conti MK protection 2.4 or 2.2, Maxxis Advantage, Maxxis Ignitor, Conti vertical Pro ??
Would appreciate some advice