Anyone else find Nobby Nics dicey in the wet?
Often tyres are blamed as being crap when it is just the pressure that needs adjusting.
There is no correct pressure, as it depends on your weight and the trail conditions (and other stuff probably), but are you running them too hard?
FWIW – I am 70kg, and my front 26inch N/Nic (ghetto tubeless) normally has 30psi and grips well in wet and dry conditions. If I stick 40psi it skates like a good un.Posted 5 years agodantsw13Member
S’funny, I’ve just lent my spare bike to a mate for a few weeks. It has Nobny Nics on it. He raves about how grippy they have been in the wet. Maybe not as good a deep mud tyre as a MudX, but still good. Maybe the OEM ones with the harder rubber compound and wire beads aren’t as good.Posted 5 years ago
Just started using the fabled NN/ Racing Ralph combo and I realise they’re prob more suited to drier conditions, but the NN doesn’t inspire confidence in damp grass and mud with its preference to go sideways rather than straight on. Anyone else find this?Posted 5 years ago
I prefer to fit and forget tyres and leave them on all year, so am thinking of swapping the Nobby Nic for a Continental Mountain King protection. Any other suggestions? I don’t like very draggy tyres if that helps.
I’ve used Nic’s in the wet and dry, on: rocks, sludge, snow, dust, loam and roots. I’ve used mud-x in the same, and Ralphs, and SB8, and Bont xr4, and Ardent, and… You get the picture.
If you want more grip – DROP THE PRESSURE!
If you are getting pinch flats – use a higher volume tyre and/or run it tubeless.
If you are still hitting the rim – learn to manual/lift the back wheel.
Pick a tyre you like the look of, because it’s all in the mind.Posted 5 years agoKryton57Subscriber
dantsw13 – Member
S’funny, I’ve just lent my spare bike to a mate for a few weeks. It has Nobny Nics on it. He raves about how grippy they have been in the wet. Maybe not as good a deep mud tyre as a MudX, but still good. Maybe the OEM ones with the harder rubber compound and wire beads aren’t as good.
This – the Orc compound is rubbish. I’ve just finished a ride in 3 inches of mud type trails with 2 x tubeless pace star, 28psi front , 30 rear. They were passable at all except short steep slopes where the rear span out. I ridden the and the triple evo’s for 3 years now all over the country with excellent results. Yes the rear wears quicker, and the wear quick on rocks.
Pressure is king with Nics. No more 30 psi for grip max 35 on the rear end.Posted 5 years agoRoter SternMember
I used to use the older NN/RR combo for racing and found that the NN are OK when it has been wet in the warmer months as they find grip under the slop where the ground is still hard. In winter I find that they would let go without warning on turns where the ground under the slop is also slop. I have been using the Maxxis Medusas for a while now in winter and find them to be a good compromise between grip and rolling resistance if you are looking to try another tyre.Posted 5 years agocardoSubscriber
Just come back from Afan and found the N/N worked great at speed on a variety of surfaces both front and rear, even better when I dropped the pressures a bit, I go by feel rather than using a gauge. Have been using them on the FS and the hardtail for a couple of years and have no complaints other than flints on our local trails love to cut through them, but that can happen to any tyre I spose.Posted 5 years ago
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