Good winter tyres? 26" Smorgasboard?
Looking to change tyres on my 26″ anthem into something more winter ready that’s not a full on mud tyre. Currently running racing ralphs…which were terrible in last nights muddy night ride.
One one smorgasboards any good? Have the chunky monkey on the HT which is brilliant. thinking 2.2 wide as I don’t know what’ll squeeze in between the reba’s legs.
Any others/deals max £25!Posted 4 years ago
Errrr no, not IMO.
Good as a summer tyre in rocky conditions. Absolutely rubbish in the mud, or frankly, anything remotely soft or wet. Also, they’re very tall for their stated size so don’t leave much mud clearance in a lot of frames and forks anyway.
Spesh Purgatory seems to be becoming the defacto answer for an allround winter ready tyre that’s not a full on mud tyre. They’re pretty good in summer conditions too actually!Posted 4 years agomduncombeMember
I have just put smorgs (2.25″) on my anthem 29er and am very happy with them so far. No problems with fit, plenty of room on my 2012 anthem 29er.
I like them, in the greasy wet rocky, rooty trails of FOD, Ashton Court and Haldon they are much more confidence inspiring than the ralphs they replace. certainly sticking with them until it starts to look a bit more like california again in the summer.
not tried them in super gloopy mud but cant see they would be any worse than the ralphs.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Conti Baron is a great option if you want, basically, a mud tyre that isn’t just for mud- you get all the mud manners of a swampthing but far better grip on hard stuff, and faster rolling. It is a full mud, but not as limiting as most mud tyres are. Pricey, though!Posted 4 years agotomtomthepiperssonSubscriber
Tried out my mud-x last night for the first time in a while and they were shocking comapred to the smog.
Really? My Smorgaswotsit is appalling in mud* – clogs up and slides around like a greased weasel. My Mud X on the other hand has oodles of grip in even the gloopiest mud.
The Smorg is coming off my hardtail tonight – and on goes the Mud X. Have been running a Mud X on my Trance all year. Great tyre (not just for mud) but a bugger to remove (on Arch rims) and the sidewalls seem a bit delicate.
* thick, clay based Chiltern mud btwPosted 4 years agomudsoulMember
am i right in thinking running 2.3-2.4 is fine for the majority of riding and you only go 2.1 when its mega gloop/snow?
Maybe the narrower tires with a bit more pressure in them sink easier in the snow/mud and find traction in firmer ground below?
Also, I think Smorgasboards and Chunky Monkeys are great tires in all but the muddiest conditions.Posted 4 years agosuperfliMember
Panaracer CG soft 2.25 was very good last night in QECP mud. very impressive grip on the edges. Only annoyance was I couldnt get it to inflate tubeless, even sticking a tube in, when you let the tube down you can here it pop off the rim (flow). Therefore I got my first puncture in months last night!Posted 4 years agoarachnidloverSubscriber
I changed recently from Nobby Nics to Smorgasboards and I’m quite happy with them, fairly predictable tyre and it seems to shed the mud fine. I went from the “trail extreme” dual compound version. Hopefully they’ll see me through Winter and then back onto the Nobby Nics.Posted 4 years ago
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