- Good rear winter XC tyre.
I'm liking the new Kenda Excavators, they're like a nevegal on steroids really. Good mud shovelling, not up to the standard of a real mud tyre but you'd not expect that. Slight lack of side grip I think, they don't climb out of ruts too well but that's about the extent of their drawbacks. The 2.1 grips like a 2.35 Nevegal, but rolls faster and weighs less. All in all pretty nice.
I have a theory, myself, that on the trails I ride if I need a mud tyre, i should probably not ride that section at all- anything I can't ride on something like these, I reckon could do with being rested instead of plowed. But ymmv of course.Posted 10 years agosingletrackbikerMember
Northwind – you've clearly not had to get through a Cotswolds winter. Mud, mud & more mud. Being Cotswolds, add in slippery rock and some road sections to link trails & you get the picture. Tyre has to grip in mud but not be lethal on rocks or roads. Ran a mud x up front last winter – replaced a big 2.35 Bonty wet as I had clogging issues. Rear tyre – it's as much about balance & weight shifting as it is tyre tread to be honest. Opted for a low tread that collected less as rear tyre clearance on current HT isn't huge. Have found 2.25 advantages on FS work in most conditions, but it doesn't come out in the depths of winter.Posted 10 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
singletrackbiker, you're spot on, I live in civilisation 😉 But the OP doesn't seem to need a full on mud tyre from his post, if he's considering highrollers. The Excavator's in a similiar vein, just a bit better at the squishy stuff, and a bit slower. Everyone jumps to recommend serious mud tyres but not everyone actually needs them, a lot of folks are better off on a sensible trail tyre depending on their riding.Posted 10 years ago
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