Ard Rock Enduro tyre choice
I ran Minion front EXO 3c and a HR2 EXO 60a rear. Just make sure you increase usual pressure(s), particularly in rear. Bloke on Maxxis stand said no less than 30psi in rear. Was a bit dubious at first, having never ridden there before. It’s bloody rocky! Wasn’t running tubes, didn’t puncture.Posted 1 year ago
I don’t think tread pattern is the important part of the choice process at Ard rock, the way it is at the likes of tweed valley enduros, when a bit of rain can make so much of a difference.
IMO a fast rolling, yet very robust rear is the main consideration. It’s all pretty gravelly and grassy (and bugger all grips well on wet grass).Posted 1 year ago
Just delivered and about to get thrown at the bike is a Maxxis Aggressor 27.5×2.3″ dual compound double down for the rear and a Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5×2.5″ Wide Trail Exo 3C MaxxTerra for the front.
Slightly concerned that the Aggressor doesn’t quite have the volume I’d like but the Minion on the back isn’t available in double down with a durable enough compound.
Getting hold of that DHF WT was a Labour of love though.Posted 12 months agovincienupSubscriber
Tough casings, high volume front and fast rolling rear of choice.
Ardrock is quite a tough one to call tyres on, the stages are mostly sharp rocks apart from an inevitable final stage riding down wet grass, but there’s a lot of pedalling and even tarmac road climbing in between. It really would punish someone on a bike set up for ultimate descending.Posted 12 months agovincienupSubscriber
It’s much sharper than the Dark Peak. Scree, lots of loose, sharp rock that can slice sidewalls and lots of rough rocky terrain that can lead to trouble if not unweighting appropriately. I wouldn’t mind betting this accounts for a lot of the events’ reputation for killing rear tyres. There’s a bit of rooty muddy in there now too to mix it up a bit. I’ve seen plenty worse, but it’s a long way from coiffed Trail centre and has caught people out on that basis before.
It’s the 30+ km of transitioning and the big uphill road slog between the first cluster of stages and the second half that are the real killer though, you really do need to compromise bombproof DH and peddlability.Posted 12 months agoAlexSimonSubscriber
I ran a Minion SS EXO rear Minion DHF EXO 3C front last year when it was dry.
It was great for grip/speed, but finished the last stage with a soft tyre (didn’t notice on the stage) and limped back to the campsite.
I would happily run an HRII out back, but now that they are £50 I can’t bring myself to do it. £35 is my max so I may switch to Specialized Grid.Posted 12 months agobedfordrdSubscriber
Last year on the Trance: Rock Razor Pacestar, Nobby Nic Trailstar – both standard Evo SnakeSkin and run tubeless – didn’t have any issues with that setup.
This year on the Jeffsy: Magic Mary Evo Snake Skin Trailstar on the front, with the bike’s original Onza Ibex on the back, pumped up hard!! For my level of riding, it’ll be fine. Again, tubeless.
If it’s wet, I’ll swap the rear for a Super Gravity Magic Mary Trailstar, but I’m hoping it’ll stay dry as I really don’t want to push that thing round!Posted 12 months ago
Onzadog – Part worn 2.3 Minion DHF exo thingies front and rear. I don’t usually ride rocky terrain (Aston Hill has some but not prolonged) so plenty of life in them to ruin during this ridiculous race I have been persuaded to enter. My legs, knees, toes, arse etc. are aching just thinking about it.Posted 12 months agoJon TaylorSubscriber
Haven’t heard anything about a new stage… tell us more. Is it 6 stages now? Or one in, one out?
p.s. I have my tyre combo from last year (27.5 WTB Vigilante Tough/High Grip & Trail Boss Tough/Fast) for sale, can deliver them in time for the Friday practice 😉Posted 12 months agosimon80Member
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I have had a love/hate relationship with these over the past year.
They are definitely not fast rolling (though the rear is much better now it’s worn).
They ALWAYS leak sealant through the sidewalls, but once set up tubeless stay up.
They wear well (especially the side knobs compared to dhf & dhr2 3c).
They do that horrible thing on roads where you can hear them sucking down onto the tarmac.
However they grip almost everywhere, and seem to shrug off the Dales rocks with ease.
I’ve done 2 recent rides around Reeth to test my fitness and tyre pressures. First ride was at 25/29 psi and was fine. Second ride I forgot to let out any air after pumping up the tyres and pressure was somewhere in the low 30s. It was a pingy, horrible ride.
I am going to try 24/28 on Thursday, I would go lower but the transitions have scared me a little…..
Semi slicks have crossed my mind – I’ve found Maxxis DD Minion SS in 26 ” but the thought of trying to brake on sheep shorn , damp grass has kept me away so far.
I’m seeing if I can stay off the coward levers on the next ride, if I find any way of enlarging my testicles I may plump for the above option….
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