- Maxxis Larsen TT v Crossmark
Bugger off 🙂 Somehow I manage just fine on every other tyre I've used there, but these things just didn't grip on anything. Rocks, hardpack, aargh a root! I know some people like them on the rear for exactly this reason, they slide all over the place under no provocation.
They're a bit like the tioga factory XCs my kraken came with, in that they're like a little time machine back to the early 90s.Posted 7 years agono_eyed_deerMember
I dunno… I've got Larsens front and rear that came with my Supernormal. I find them pretty much okay. I wouldn't say they were awesomely confidence inspiring, but they seem to hook up pretty well on anything that does not contain organic matter (brown stuff), or clay. So that leaves – gritty soil, gravelly soil, rocks, stones and sand. Water doesn't seem to bother them. Basically, for example, they work well-ish in the dark Peak at this time of the year, so long as you don't try to go over any peat-laden, mud-infested moorland. I run the rear backwards, for some reason. Oh yes, that's because I don't trust the ramped blocks to provide any forward grip whatsoever.
On the road they are as draggy as hell, in fact I often find people on the streets turning around in surprise, expecting to see a convoy of Hummers bearing down on them.
After reading this now, I think I've almost convinced myself they must not be a good tyre! They're not bad, really! Quite light too..Posted 7 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
i'm continually suprised how well my rear Larsen deals with gloopy stuff, preditctable break away and amazing grippiness climbing in sloppy stuff if you use correct technique, opposite to above they worked really well at GT for me in the wet, maybe it's just my riding style, got a crossmark on the back of my 29er and it doesn't perform aswell as the TTPosted 7 years ago
currently running panaracer fire xc on the front and TT on the back
SF – you're right, you can't always tell how a tyre will handle from simply looking at the tread but the two tyres you've chosen to compare are both made by the same company, both available in the same size, compound and casing and are a similar weight so all there is left to compare really is the tread design.Posted 7 years ago
one has very closely spaced knobs with no real edge while the other has a slightly more open tread with a half decent edge. in a straight line there won't be a great deal of difference between the two but lean em over in anything loose and take a guess which one will shine?emac65Member
happysv – Member
Does anyone else rate the Kenda small blocks over the larsens ?
Well just done 43 mile around Cannock with a small block(29" version) on the back & it wasn't half the tyre of the Bonty ACX that it replaced – slower rolling,virtually no grip what-so-ever in anything that looked like mud & as for anything off camber ! The Bonty will be going back on very soon …..Posted 7 years ago
Huh, I've ridden ACXs and they're certainly better in mud but they don't come anywhere near the pace of a small block. Maybe the 26er and 29er ones act differently. I thought the ACX was a decent enough tyre (though I'd sooner have my nevegals tbh) but pretty different in intent and function to the small blocks.Posted 7 years agochameleon78Member
I ride a Larsen 2.35 (maxxpro) on the rear and a high roller 2.35 ST on the front of my chameleon.
I've also ridden this combo at sherwood pines in the gloopiest conditions and i'll be honest I had no probs.
When its dry I find this combo awesome both in speed and grip but then i guess its also down to a bit of rider skill too 😉
Not a fan of kenda's and would plump for Maxxis anytime.Posted 7 years ago
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