- Mud Tyres
Probably done before, but search isn’t very forthcoming….
I was out and about between Bristol and Bath last night with Maxxis Minion/High Roller front/rear, and the mud was so claggy my wheels would not spin (partly due to poor wheel clearance)
I’m not a particularly confident rider, so to make me feel safer I’m looking for a set of tyres that will provide reasonable grip on wet roots and rocks, be quite quick and shed mud easily?
AndrewPosted 7 years agothepuristSubscriber
Mud X – not a full-on mud tyre like a swampthing, but great for variable wet conditions with some bog, some firm bits, wet roots etc. Top tip – Evans will price match JE James @ 19.99 (or whoever you can find cheaper) and their mail order service is pretty good.Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Mud X is great at what it does but they’re a bit random on anything but mud. Likewise Medusas.
I know some people hate swampthings but I really rate them, they’re a bit abrupt when they stop gripping and yes they’re slow but they work. The supertacky’s more able to deal with stuff that isn’t mud than any other mud tyre I’ve used.Posted 7 years agochakapingSubscriber
Presumably over Bristol/Bath way it’s mostly woodland riding?
I’d go for Mud X or Medusas if so. Both are v good, the latter marginally wider and perhaps a little more stable. Also both fine for normal riding too IME.
Swampthings give amazing grip but they feel a bit tall and wobbly to me – even though they can be quite difficult to actually fall off on in the mud. Plus they are slow! It’s like riding a two-wheeled tractor.Posted 7 years agoPeterPoddyMember
Mud X is great at what it does but they’re a bit random on anything but mud
I don’t think they are. I think they’re one of the best all round XC tyres ever made, that just happen to be very good in the wet: I’ve not found anything that works anywhere near as well on wet roots, I did the Transwales on them (It was wet) and the only sketchy bit was a rocky chute, but I’d pumped them right up and they are pretty skinny.
I use one on the rear of my 18 year old Cindercone all year round (Not much chainstay room) I think it’s a mark as to how good they are then when Bontrager updated their entire tyre range recently, pretty much the only tyre left unchanged was the Mud X.
A Trailraker will be better in deep clag, but how many times is a whole ride in deep clag? Not often! 🙂Posted 7 years agoOscillate WildlyMember
mud x + 1,000,000,000.
and rubbish about them being not much kop on anything else other than mud…
they are pretty fast rolling, so decentish on road, superb on singletrack, hardpack, mud, roots (about the only tyre ive ever had confidence on wet roots)…
and also not really true about the rocks, i ride up the peaks 3 times a week and these have been on since october running tubeless and ive not once had a problem (touches wood quickly), ok im only light 10.5stone, and dont ride hard i suppose, but i go down every rocky descent there is available and they have always done me proud….they are an absolute superb tyre, i shall be running them for most of the year until we hit dusty trail territory (so never).
great all round tyre!Posted 7 years agoclubberMember
Mud X and I’d totally disagree with the comment that they’re random off mud – I’ve tubeless’d mine because they’re such a good all year round tyre. As stated though they are relatively narrow so not the best choice if you’re doing lots of rocky riding but otherwise (and for Bristol type riding), they’re great.Posted 7 years agoMrTallMember
I have a set of wire bead trailraker 2.1 which i could sell you for £20? I don’t ride 26″ bikes anymore so these are surplus to requirement. Good nick as they don’t wear much in the mud.
I had Mud X but ripped the sidewall on about the first ride so lost faith in them. Having said that, i have the 29er version and they seem fine although a little narrow for my taste.
My sister is in Thornbury and i’ll be seeing her on the weekend if they are of any interest to you and you can pick up?
Also have a mint Specialized storm tyre going spare as well.Posted 7 years agobrassneckSubscriber
A Trailraker will be better in deep clag, but how many times is a whole ride in deep clag?
Nail – Head
Used to run trailrakers, but Mud X are capable enough everywhere to be truely all round which is probably what you want.
I only take them off in spring as they are a bit draggy and to save them for next winter, gives that little lift for the warmer months and longer days.Posted 7 years agoTrent SteelMember
Also run Swampthing 2.35 40a front & Mud X on rear. Used to run a mud x up front, the swampthing beats it hands down for grip in mud, cornering, camber and roots tbh on the front doesn’t feel much/any slower than the mud x, confidence in the mud gone up 100% since fitting.Posted 7 years agogingerflashMember
I’ve used Trailrakers and Mud-X and they’re both pretty good. Trailrakers are a bit scary on tarmac or rock as the knobs can be a bit bendy. I prefer Mud-X of the two.
If you want mud performance with light-weight and low rolling resistance, then you want a 1.8in Maxxis Medusa. Awesome tyres.Posted 7 years agoScamperMember
Tried Mud X this winter and find them great and roll pretty well. In fact will try and use them whenever its wet all year round. Lots of grip on wet roots and solid rock, although a bit twitchy on loose rock – i presume something a bit wider on the front would help here as they only go up to 2.0. Perhaps a wider swampthing in winter.Posted 7 years ago
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