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  • Premier Icon uphillcursing
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    Situation is as follows:
    Lived in Northumberland. Never bothered that much about tires as was nearly always wet. Pick something knobbly and replace when bald worked for me.

    Now in the sunshine and riding bone dry trails, think baked earth with some small gravel and loose sand in the worn parts. Not sure if just lacking the skill set for this riding or different rubber required. So far have tried:

    Maxxis Advantage…. Dont like the way they seem to squirm about on the baked earth and suddenly find grip

    WTB Enduroraptor ….. Lethal in the small gravel

    Schwalbe Fat Albert….. Heavy, slow

    Schwalbe CX…. strange but seemed very good but was just mincing along with the kids so not a real test.

    Panaracer Fire XC pro #Cough# seemed the bet bet so far but as they get slated on here I assume there must a decent reason for this.

    Suggestions most welcome as I do not want to just take a random stab.

    Thanks

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Where did you end up??

    Swapped to Maxxis Ardent after Minion/HRII types. Only had a couple of rides but quite positive.

    Premier Icon uphillcursing
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    Hi Mikewsmith. Ended up in Melbourne. Off to look at Ardent..

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Would suggest My Mountain on Lygon or Specialized dealer in Brunswick if you heading for a shop. My Mountain seemed good for a chat and a browse and some advice.

    Over in Launceston by the way

    Premier Icon uphillcursing
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    They are a bit far North for me. Located down on the Peninsula but have a shop I can go and fondle stuff.

    Correct me if I am wildly wrong but I think I need something with quite an “open” tread to allow the small knobs, needed for the hardpack, to bite through the loose gravel and sand.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Not entirely worked it out yet….

    the minions/hrII’s were fine down but dragging more than the benefit of grip. Round here the ardent looks like the top end it goes racier with less tread after that. Not really seen any mud tyres out here yet.

    tinsy
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    Dry you say, gravel you say, intermitent sand you say..

    Try a Kenda SB8 I say.

    Premier Icon uphillcursing
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    Tinsy, SB8 had crossed my mind for the rear as had a Maxxis Larson.

    Suggestions readily sought especially for the front.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    go on ride with some locals, see what they use, buy the same stuff.

    There must be an LBS that organises weekly rides or something?

    wiltsrider
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    I tried the Conti X-King (front) and Race King (rear)and was well impressed with the grip provided both front and rear – they should be fine in the conditions you are describing… sounds lovely out there!

    Premier Icon uphillcursing
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    Most of the locals I have seen are all on very race orientated bikes and Ralphs seem to be the rubber of choice. I guess I ought to get down to the local shop and ask questions and fondle some treads etc.

    traildog
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    I’d suggest a Maxxis Larsen

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    I’d need to come and ride your local trails in order to recommend something authoritively, so would you mind paying for me to fly out with my bike.

    A three-week stay should make it worthwhile, otherwise the flight’s a bit of a chore.

    🙂

    Premier Icon uphillcursing
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    Good idea Chakaping. I hope you don’t mind business class?

    Roter Stern
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    I would give a shout for the Maxxis Crossmark. I’ve been riding them this season for the first time on my race bike and have been really impressed with them. They roll as well as the Schwalbe tyres and are much more sure footed in corners. They are also much more resilient over rocks. I have the UST version and not one puncture the whole season, even after two weeks riding in the Italian and Austrian Alps.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Heads up for bike Buller we are doing the premium event. Mire UK style trails. Over for 2 weeks in march if you fancy some riding

    PaulD
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    Look at Schwalbe Furious Freds for excellent dry weather use on smoothish trails. I have them on a HT that I thrash round Swinley and Tunnel Hill…excellent in the dry, scary/exciting/nervous in the wet.

    PaulD

    asterix
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    whats wrong with Wensledale Panaracer Fire XC pros? Cant find any -ve comments by searching the forum.

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