Mountain King or Rubber Queen?
I’m doing this on a budget of about £20 per tyre so the black chilli option on the rubber queens isn’t an option.
Maybe give On One’s Smorgasbord / Chunky Monkey combo a go instead then.
Well under budget and I’ve got them on my HT now, they’re good.
I found the queens to not have enough tread for my liking. Front end washing out on many corners.
Me too.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
The non-black-chili Rubber Queen is absolutely awful, waste of £20 and waste of whatever bike it’s attached to frankly. You will get better value taking your £20 and paying a tramp to kick you in the balls. The chili one is pretty good but as you say expensive.
It’s a slow option but I picked up most of my Specialized Butchers from ebay and classifieds- they come as OEM spec on a few Specializeds and some people replace them straight away without riding. Their loss my gain, they’re ace 😉 Slightly used Minions and Highrollers are also generally not hard to find.Posted 4 years ago
I did have 2.4″ rubber queens on my bike. Strava told me a road climb was 27 minutes. I swapped to 2.4″ X-Kings and the same climb was 18 minutes.
I really liked them up until that point!
You can have my lightly used black chilli 2.4″ rubber queens for £30+postage if you want them. I’ve got a 2.2″ as well. £40 the lot! Just don’t ride up any hills or with anyone else.Posted 4 years ago
Following on from a recent thread about softening up my hardtail, I’m looking at some large volume tires. The shortlist is as follows:
Mountain King 2.4
Rubber Queen 2.2
Rubber Queen 2.4
I’m doing this on a budget of about £20 per tyre so the black chilli option on the rubber queens isn’t an option. I’m tempted to go with the 2.4 Rubber Queens but the general consensus is they are very large for a 2.4? Bike is a Genesis Core 30 and riding is rocky stuff in the Peaks.Posted 4 years ago
Before you splash the cash, take a look at Merlins site.Posted 4 years ago
Selling the Panaracer Rampage 2.35″ & i picked up a regular for the rear and a soft compound for the front for £45.
Fast rolling, large volume tyre.
only used them twice so far and done just under 60 miles but happy with them .
5thElefant, if those are all black chilli versions i’d take them off your hands for £40…. posted?
Yeah they are. Well I’m 99% sure they are. If you know how I can confirm it I’d be glad to double check and/or send you photos.
We can continue the conversation on email…
<myusername>@googlemail.comPosted 4 years agoMilitant_bikerMember
I’m hoping the non chilli 2.4 Rubber Queens aren’t that poo, twas all I could get my hands on in the LBSs here, other than a bunch of 1.8 or 2.2 summer treads. Just discovered my sidewalls on the old treads were showing threads and I’m off to the Lakes later today.
They were only £17 though, so won’t be too upset if they suck.Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
I’d looked at the Smorgasbord tyres but they are only 2.25 so not much bigger than the 2.2 Mountain Kings I’m currently running.
The Smorgasbord is bigger than the old 2.4in Mountain Kings, let alone the 2.2s!
Different manfrs tyres come up quite varied widths.
It’s a good size, honest.Posted 4 years agoGaryLakeMember
You could do a lot worse than a Stick-E Nevegal or Blue Groove upfront in my opinion and on that budget. You might find some in the sales. DTc version’s aren’t all that though which is probably to blame for their not so favourable reputation these days. Stick-E Blue Grove 2.35 will be vastly better than the basuc compound Queen or King…
Both Kendas are a bit slow for the rear but some of the WTB tyres come up pretty big and work well on the back and are very fast (Weirwolf and Wolverine) and they do a cheaper version.Posted 4 years agoadshSubscriber
I’ve got the 2.2 MK snakeskin black chilli on my mud/hack and really like them. They are small for 2.2s which is what I wanted for my XC717s.
Tyres are not something to scrimp on IMHO. Probably have more true effect than the difference between deore and XT as well as being a safety issue if unpredictable etc.Posted 4 years ago
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