Can't get on with Nobby Nic's…what to try next?
If you like expensive tyres, I can recommend Conti Rubber Queens in black chilli, I’ve found them excellent over everything except tarmac where they’re just a shade draggy.
I ditched my NN’s earlier in the year. Wish I’d have done it sooner instead of persevering for as long as I did… so many great reviews and yet, I just could not get on with them!Posted 6 years ago
Not really a fan of the NN either, at least not at full price, they wear stupidly fast and once the blocks have lost their edges they stop gripping.
Specialized’s Eskar is fairly similiar- a little slower, but a little grippier too. Better on the back than the front. And they seem not to wear at all (my original one has more use on it than my Nobby Nic managed in its whole lifespan, yet barely looks used)Posted 6 years agosteve_b77Member
How strange, I’ve got a 2.25″ NN on the front of my FS and think it’s a great tyre.
Run tubeless and flats are non-existent (cue me ripping a big hole in it next time out) run it with a Racing Ralph out back for most of the year, but might need to put a NN back out back soon.
Erm, try Ardents, my mate loves them on his FivePosted 6 years ago
“Specialized’s Eskar is fairly similiar”
I’d have thought (from my armchair) they’re more like fat alberts(/2.4″ alberts?). The shear size (massive 2.3″) could catch you out if dont’ have lots of frame clearance (or wide-ish rims)
I’m guessing you’ve not got ‘snakeskin’ versions. IIRC Schwalbe only offer snakeskin on Nobby Nics in 2.4″Posted 6 years ago
If you want to go a touch chunkier tread, snakeskin, but not have to go above 2.25, I’ve got on really well with Schwalbe Alberts this year. On-one hasn’t got any of the dual compound ones left somewhat less than RRP.
Having said that I think I’m probably overdue putting mud tyres on (though its only the almost bald rear thats making me think I should – the front has been pretty good for a non mud tyre)
I realise that. 2.5″ maxxis for eg ..
I was thinking about getting some 2.3″ eskars to replace my 2.25″ advantages (which I thought were big for a 2.25″) until I wheeled my bike upto an eskar’d enduro. Way biggerPosted 6 years ago
Admitedly the 2.3″ eskars would have been on slightly wider rims but even so
“I love my 2.25 nobby nic on the front, tubeless and snakeskin and no problems whatsoever. I bought a 2.25 advantage to try on the front but it ain’t as big as the nobby nic “
Really?Posted 6 years ago
My 2.25″ Advantage is noticably bigger than my schwalbe 2.25″ albert )I thought schwalbe sizing was pretty consistent? Maybe not then?van cough coughMember
If you get a lot of pinch flats perhaps you run pressures too low or the tyre is too flimsy for you and your riding? The Nobby Nic’s are only 550g-600g plus tyres right? Like a lot of the Continental tyres e.g. Mountain King?
I love my Prowler SS 2.3 (rear) and Stout 2.3 (front) combo and wish I had bought more of them when CRC had them for silly money. They are heavy at +800g but they rarely ever puncture with my 100 miles (50 of which is commuting) per week and 15 stone bodyweight. I also like my Spesh Eskars, which are light at 700g ish, but the Stout outperforms the Eskar on the front and the Prowler SS wears MUCH slower than an Eskar. Can’t believe the Prowler SS never caught on, it’s very much like a Kenda Small Block or Larsen TT, but much more mountain bikey….
I prefer a bit of pressure in the rear to be honest. 50-55 psi. When I went too soft, like 35, the bike got slower and I ended up putting the 5.1’s a little bit wibbly. Plus I got more pinch punctures. In front I stick in 35 psi.Posted 6 years ago
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