Looking at some new tyres for General trail centre riding and Mainly Darwen Moor/Rivington and woodland stuff. So Loose stone, and a bit boggy/muddy ground.
Currently have Maxxis Advantage on at the moment and the Grip is acceptable in the wet and really good in the dry. But they roll like shite.
Have tried Conty Rubber Queens but not black chilli and found them quite good just huge in 2.2. Would a combination of Black Chilli 2.2 front and regular out back be fine. Or another conty tyre out back. Don’t mind a little bit of slide from the rear but want good grip on the front.Posted 4 years ago
Those Bonty xr4’s look ideal from the reviews. 2.2 front and rear? Only ever tried Maxxis highrollers – quite good, crap in mud Maxxis advantage – amazing in the dry, shite when wet. Schwalbe rapid rob – utter shite I binned it at Gisburn in the DRY on the snake. Took air out and it still washed out.Posted 4 years agorentachimpMember
Just gone tubeless with Maxxis LUST tyres. High Roller front and Ardent rear, both 2.35. Smashing PRs.Posted 4 years ago
Tried crossmark on the back, but suffered on the downhills, High Roller on the back but got left behind on climbs. Tried Minion DHF on the front for a bit, and the grip was peerless, but HRs have plenty of grip for my needs.
They’ll be tubed for now till I can afford new wheels. Tyres, forks, brakes, wheels and then upgrade the groupset to slx in that order. And then enjoy the summer on the bike then go for a bargain full suss the btwin 9.1 or 9.2 but I’ve heard its going 650b for 2014Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
You don’t have to use the same tyre front and rear. Most rolling resistance comes from the rear tyre, so try something grippy up front and something a bit faster rolling on the rear. I like Minion DHF 2.5 front and Ardent 2.25 rear, but the principle generally works and conveniently while losing the front tends to hurt, a bit of slither at the back isn’t really a big deal.
Fwiw, I’ve used the latest XR4 and thought it was a decent front option, though I still prefer the EXO Minion for sidewall protection if nothing else, but I thought it was still relatively slow rolling out back. I used to run a Racing Ralph out back all year round in the Peak where there’s relatively little proper mud and it was very quick and mostly grippy enough, but also slightly fragile and not super grippy on rocks.
I guess it all depends on how much slither you’re happy to put up with in a speed v grip sort of sliding scale of destruction. Anyway…Posted 4 years agoKalMember
I’ve run Spesh Captains, Purgatorys, High Rollers, Mud X, Nevengals, Racing Ralph’s and a few I’ve forgotten!
By far the best all rounder I’ve had is Michelin, currently running the Wild Grip’r version, grippy in the wet and by far the best rolling, only thing I’ve had roll better is the Ralph’s…..Posted 4 years agothegloverMember
@Kedmun – i agree entirely on the Schwalbe tyres. I have ripped side walls in Racing Raplhs and Nobby nics (both front and rear) with snake bite protection and without.
My girlfiend who weighs around 55kg manage to pinch flat a Fat Albert (twice in one ride).
They do roll fast but once the sidewall is gone there is very little chance of sealant stopping the leak.
I wouldnt touch them again. Ever.Posted 4 years agoflatpatMember
A wire Conti Explorer 2.1 up front and a Trailraker on the back is my favourite combo.
(but seriously, if Advantages are slow for you, your probably better off swapping to something faster on the back as a slippy but fast compromise – I use the much-maligned Crossmark, but perhaps something like Saguro, Captain, Aspen)Posted 4 years agoPJM1974Member
I’m incredibly fickle when running tyres and the fact that we have some seasons wetter than others doesn’t help matters any. To cap it all, I’ve three bikes, (xc hardtail, xc full suss and AM/Enduro/whatever) so its all subjective really.
That said, I’ve had great success running Specialized Storm (f) and Captain (r) on my xc bikes. The Storms really are incredibly grippy up front all year round, they feel like I can lean on them without any reservations.
My xc hardtail is currently running a Minion (f) and an Ardent (r), which roll incredibly well at the expense of traction – especially in the wetter months, but I’ve a High Roller on standby duty.
My AM bike is running Conti Rubber Queens in Black Chili compound. They’re a brilliant summer tyre, they roll very well and have a lot of grip but the slippery, chalky mud down my way is probably too much for them until Spring, so chances are I’ll swap them for something mud-friendlier.
Yes, you can run a Black Chili up front and a boggo Conti at the back.Posted 4 years agotrustySubscriber
Storms if it’s muddy / mixed, they’re not the biggest for thumping through rocks though. I’ve just started running a Spesh Butcher on the front and it’s blimming ace, much grippier that the purgatory. Oh, and a good tyre is generally a round one, preferably with air in 😀Posted 4 years ago
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