Great Cornering Grippy Confidence Inspiring Front MTB Tyre Suggestions Please
I’d look at what your mates use since you’re riding the same stuff. I’m the same area as you and like highrollers and mountain kings. You do have to adjust your riding a bit round here when its dry, I reckon theres always more grip when its wet as the sand and gritsone dust just slides over the rocks in summer.Posted 6 years agolucienMember
Try letting some air out – pressures around 25-30psi suit me (tubeless) in the very loose, sandy and dry New Forest – and I’m running an S-Works Captain 2.0 on the front and a SB8 on the rear on my XC bike and then on my bigger bouncer running the same combo but at 2.4 and 2.2 widths – similar pressures.Posted 6 years ago
Pretty new to the world of MTB but have been raising my game over the past 6 months, fitness technique etc comming on nicely thanks to lots of encouragement from local club.
Got to the point where I can push quite aggressively but having trouble finding a good summer front tyre so looking for suggestions.
My bike is a Lapierre X Control and I live in the Calder Valley/Kirklees area, so rides range from open Moorland runs to tight twisty steep single track.
I love the bike and yes it’s a little twitchy as it’s set up for XC, but to be honest I like it that way. Found a great winter/mud set up with a Storm Control up front and Trailraker in the back.
But have lost the front regularly in the current dusty loose conditions when pushing on downhill, on my summer tyres. 😯
Have tried Kenda Nevagal Stick e, Continental Race King (OE with bike) and Maxxis Ignitor.
Cheers 🙂Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Highroller supertacky’s a good safe bet for anything, draggier and heavier than it should be probably but very effective. I always feel like Minions need to be ridden harder to get the best out of them, which isn’t ideal if you want a confidence inspiring tyre, when I’m not on my game I find them pretty confidence sapping tbh.
Also remember the sizing comes up ridiculously small, the 2.35 is about 2.15 across frinstance so don’t feel like you’re getting a massive tyre.Posted 6 years agomttmSubscriber
Try a 2.25″ Advantage 60a (Maxpro, folding) – excellent high volume tyre with very good cornering performance. Going softer compound is going to be way too draggy in the summer, so personally I’d steer clear of all these Super Tacky (42a) recommendations you’re getting. They have their place, but that place is generally somewhere wet.
Highrollers give great cornering performance – but that’s pretty much it. They’re also a very aquired taste, so perhaps not the best choice if you’re fairly new to this? I’ll probably get flamed now for casting aspersions on a STW favourite. 😉Posted 6 years agoDelSubscriber
can’t comment on your location but the nevegal is an all-rounder, the blue groove is specifically a front tyre i believe. i use blue groove front, nevegal rear all year round.Posted 6 years ago
wouldn’t go too low on pressure as you’ll find the front rolling over under hard cornering and pinch prone.
tried panaracer rampage on the rear. found it liable to spin up in cold/damp conditions on the road climb to local trails, and i managed to get a rock to pierce through the centre of the tread and puncture, even at 35~40psi. avoid IMHO.mttmSubscriber
High Roller 2 coming soon, be interesting to see how they can improve on it…
Hmmm, I can think of quite a few ways…
1. Increase the air volume in line with their latest releases.
2. Keep the ace edge tread, but give it more/some medial tread so it’s a bit more useable.
3. Multi-compound it – 42a edges and 60a centre would do it for me.
4. Exo version? (Maxxis might already do this, to be fair – I haven’t checked)
5. Revise centre tread to cope better with muck.
Or save a lot of development time and just beef up the edge tread on an Advantage 🙂Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
Maxxis Minion DHF for me and I’m a similar weight to you. Great tyre, loads of grip and confidence inspiring even on the 60a model. I’ve only ever pinch flatted the front tyre once, which was the result of landing nose-heavy on a jump landing, at which point a flat tyre was the least of my worries 😆Posted 6 years ago
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