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  • Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    warning the alps is a big place, what do you plan to do and where?
    If it’s mostly pointing downwards then I’ve never had issues with 2.5″ minion dual ply. The HR2 and Minion2’s look good too. They look similar to the RQ.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    My bot rules dictate that I do some fanboying here…

    Specialized Butcher, in the carcass of your choice. I got on OK with my Rubber Queens but these are IMO better at everything, apart from being a bit slower rolling, and about the same at rock-bouncing. Miles better at mud. Control version is tubeless ready, tough but light- feels far more solid than my old RQs did despite being lighter, I don’t really know where the weight goes on Contis tbh. SX version isn’t officially tubeless ready but goes up as if it is, slightly stickier, bit heavier, but tough as old boots- raced these at fort william, and a week of fast trailbike riding around Les Arcs. Mint.

    Premier Icon rickon
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    Hi chaps,

    I’m running Rubber Queen folding 2.2 BCs front and rear, and love them.

    They’re a little squirmy, but sticky as a sticky thing, and pretty fast rolling.

    One is a little threadbare, so I’m looking at replacements. I’m off to the Alps soon so I’ve been thinking either…

    Another 2.2 RQ, or a UST 2.2 Rq, or a 2.4 mountain king II protection.

    I’m not sure on what to replace the 2.2 with, so anyone with opinions? 😉

    Oh, and here’s a picture of a cake because its a what tyre thread.

    Premier Icon rickon
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    I thought I was asking between three Conti tyres 😉

    anyone else ridden both RQ and MKII as a rear?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    I thought I was asking between three Conti tyres

    Why limit your choice!

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    On one chunky monkey

    thats me helping you spend not so much money and get a better tyre!

    Premier Icon rickon
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    Why limit your choice!

    I’ve gone through most tyres…

    Maxxis, I used to love, but they’re floppy and a pain to tubeless compared to others.

    Schwalbe – again I used to race on RocketRons, which were my favourite tyre, but the Pacestar compound is terrible on wet rock, and they’re fragile – so pointless in Scotland – plus Stan’s don’t recommend them on their rims due to them unexpectedly detonating.

    Bontrager, I’ve tried the XR4 and found it unsupple, draggy, and heavy. Although it tubelessed very very nicely indeed.

    On-one…. I’ve used the Smorgasboard, which is a decent tyre but heavy and draggy. Isn’t the Chunky Monkey a bit heavy compared to similar tyres?

    Conti for me ticks most boxes, the black chilli rubber is bonkers good – really sticky, soft, but seems to last forever. My concern with going for another RQ non-UST is the sidewalls destroying themselves in the Alps.

    slackalice
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    Schwalbe – again I used to race on RocketRons, which were my favourite tyre, but the Pacestar compound is terrible on wet rock, and they’re fragile – so pointless in Scotland – plus Stan’s don’t recommend them on their rims due to them unexpectedly detonating.

    Where do Stans say that please?

    Or is that an urban myth?

    I’m coming to the conclusion that the 2.2 UST BC Rubber Queen is an almost perfect rear tyre. I haven’t found the perfect front tyre but I suspect a Butcher Control with the RQ’s particular black chili compound would be pretty close, or a Rubber Queen with bigger side knobs. I think I’m going to order a Butcher Control anyway and see how it gets on, despite the different brands front and rear making me feel a little OCD bothered… 😉

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Maxxis, I used to love, but they’re floppy and a pain to tubeless compared to others.

    Currently running Ardent EXO’s and minions all up first time tubeless

    discapade
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    I’ve tried most (RQ were my faves for a long time) now running Ardents, 2.4 front and 2.2 rear…love em

    huw
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    Schwalbe Nobby Nics, and Racing Ralphs, Snakeskin walls. Used them for years on Stans rims, tubeless. Not had a problem, and used them everywhere. Wales, England, Scotland, Alps, Canada. Never felt the need to change or try anything else.

    white91
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    Rubber Queen 2.4?

    Premier Icon rickon
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    SlackAlice:

    Where do Stans say that please?

    Or is that an urban myth?

    There was a post on the Stans site a while back, but it’s been removed:

    http://forums.bikemagic.com/showthread.php/106914-Schwalbe-and-Stan-s

    http://www.notubes.com/RecommendedTires.aspx

    I’ve been fine with the pre-2011s, but broken the bead on two brand new 2012 PS Nics with them blowing off the rim on some Crests.

    Ardents….. hmmm…. will have to have a look, what are the walls like? pourous? floppy?

    I’m leaning toward the UST RQ, as I’ve used the 2.2 RQs as my sole tyre for the last almost 12 months, and they’re been bang on – if a little squirmy when leant over hard.

    2.4….. it’s a huuuuuuuge tyre, the 2.2 is a stonkingly good size tyre, and can’t really see me wanting it bigger just now.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Ardents….. hmmm…. will have to have a look, what are the walls like? pourous? floppy?

    The EXO are good, tough and went (and lasted fine) tubeless no hassles, not much fluid came out/through them.

    Premier Icon rickon
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    Cheers Mike – what are the Ardents like size wise? are they a true 2.2, voluminous? compared to a RQ 2.2?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    about 2.3/2.35″ on an XM719 and about 2.5″ on a EX721 (measured across the tread) no idea on the Conti Sizes

    I wouldn’t recommend an Ardent on the front because they haven’t got proper cornering knobs that bite, they just flex. It makes a great rear tyre, though. I run one on the back quite often with a Minion on the front.

    discapade
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    I think the ardents are superb mate, 2.4 exo front is nice and big, like a hans dampf, and the 2.2 is a tiny bit smaller than the RQ. They went up first time tubeless, no probs since and don’t leak at all…!

    Agree with Kimbers, highly rate the chunky monkey

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    Black Chilli Protection have the tough side-walls and are TL ready. The Mountain King 2 front Race King rear works well for me in the dry.

    andyrm
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    Chunky Monkey Enduro up front, Ikon 2.2 rear. Sticky front, fast rolling rear, sensible weights and go up tubeless easily.

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