Best 26" tyres. Opinions please.
Depends on what you want…
Right now I’m running Spesh Storms up front and Captains on the back of two of my bikes. I love the grip and feedback, although the Captain is out of it’s depth on slippery chalk at this time of year. My AM bike has a Conti Rubber Queen Black Chilli up front, with a boggo folding Mountain King at the back.
I’ve tried all sorts of tyres, from Ardents, High Rollers, Rampages, Minions, Nevegals etc…I rarely settle on one setup for long but I’m pretty pleased with my Spesh setup.Posted 4 years agoalthepalSubscriber
I have nobby nic evos (old) front and back running tubeless.Posted 4 years ago
They’re ok in the wet and mud, but they’re pretty grippy for trail centres and they’re light too considering their size.
I’ve ran chilli MKs, Cinders, fire pros and various older spesh tyres (a long time ago).
Merlin have a panaracer sale at the mo and on-one have a sale on Schwalbe at the mo!chakapingSubscriber
Conti Mountain King 2 in 2.2in black chilli variant.
Very fast-rolling, but also grips well in most situations. Even sheds mud well.
Best all-rounder I’ve ever used. Only weakness is a thin carcass (because it’s only about 600g), so can be a bit fragile if you ride a lot of rocks.Posted 4 years ago
Ardents in Exo. They do everything. Though somebody will be along shortly to tell you you’ll die if you put one on the front or something. Don’t listen. Great all round tyre.
You will die (someday) – currently my tyre of choice for dry dusty lower tech stuff. Still have the minions for “proper riding” thoughPosted 4 years agomotozuluMember
Ha Ha you could get a 100 answers and each one different. I’m new myself and will just experiment til I find what’s best for me. Old tyres have just worn out on my first bike and I’ve just equipped it with a 2.4 Chunkey Monkey on the front and a 2.25 Smorg on the back from On-One. Going out on ’em for the first ride today. Main reason? cheap as chips and designed for UK trail centres (what I ride).
In April I’ve got a Cube Reaction Pro coming which has Ralphs and Ron’s on – when they wear out I’ll replace em with Nobby Nic’s probably as they seem to be a bit of a ‘go to’ tyre with a lot of bikers.
Experiment and have fun doing it!Posted 4 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
Been running a 2.2 RQ UST front, 2.2 X-King Protection rear for almost a year now. Both ends tubeless. Can’t fault the combination in anything except the sloppiest gloop.
Prior to that was running a Michelin combo – 2.25 Wild Grip’r front with a 2.1 Wild Race’r on the back. Good but a bit lairy on tarmac and wet roots.Posted 4 years agomotozuluMember
I’ve got to say – and I know it’s not for the weight conscious – but the Chunk/Smorg combo was absolutely brill at Cannock today – rolled well enough and the Chunk out front felt like it was on rails…just went where it was pointed…very impressed. Just need to test em in wet conditions now, who’d have thought I’d be waiting for the wet? 😯Posted 4 years agovickypeaMember
I use Maxxis crossmarks most of the time because they are great on rock. They stick like octopus suckers to rock and also to tarmac but they’re not great in mud. If I know I’m predominantly going to be in mud, I use Panaracer trail rakers, which are brilliant for slippery mud.Posted 4 years ago
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