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  • davewalsh
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    Guessing that you don’t encounter too much mud in the lakes, I’d suggest an Ardent EXO. I’ve run Ardents and Advantages in the past and the Ardent definitely rolls better at the expense of some grip in mud and the EXO sidewall provides a bit of extra toughness.

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    Smorgasbord – 12.99 and has an EXO sidewall too

    Job done

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    Minion, all round tyre – and good in most conditions Extensively tested in all Lakes conditions.
    After that EXO ardent
    Also feeling the love with the HRII EXO

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    Dual ply minion out back will handle the rocky Lakes best.

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    You only need Dual Ply on HT’s and/or if you can’t pick a line 😉

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    Hi all. At present I am running Maxxis High Roller on the front and Maxxis Advantage on the back (both 26″ tubed) with a nice level of success for these awesomely rocky Lake District descents, but I wonder if you have any other suggestions for my rear tyre as it reaches the end of its tread life? I need something that I can keep on for a variety of wet / dry conditions throughout all seasons, but mainly a sidewall at the thicker end of the spectrum to limit punctures and pinch flats.

    Like I say, no particular problem with the Advantage, I just wonder if there is anything I’m missing out on that STW forumers swear by.

    Thanks.

    chunky monkey front and rear

    bjj.andy.w
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    Regular lakes rider here using a Ardent 2.25 exo on the back of my full suss. Great tyre, as said above can get a little over whelmed in mud but seen as the lakes is mostly rock it’s not a problem.

    geetee1972
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    You only need Dual Ply on HT’s and/or if you can’t pick a line are slow

    FIFY. You might as well make the same recommendation to a DH racer; oh you need dual ply tyres? You must be really bad at picking a line!

    I tend to run a 2.35 dual ply Maxxis either High Roller or Minion depending on what I can get hold of. It’s only about 50g heavier than a UST Rubber Queen of the same size and is more stable in the turns.

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    Minion DHRII new 2.3 tubeless ready trail version

    Awesome. DHR2 review

    Like the relatively beefy 2.25 Ardent LUST as a bigger volume rock absorbing rear too but its relatively shallow tread depth can’t touch the Minion for traction, cornering hard or braking. Draggy? Nah…..grow some quads.

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    geetee1972 – Member

    I tend to run a 2.35 dual ply Maxxis either High Roller or Minion depending on what I can get hold of. It’s only about 50g heavier than a UST Rubber Queen of the same size

    (about 250g- comparing 2.2 RQ with 2.35 Minion as they’re about the same size)

    liquid
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    Regular lakes rider here using a Ardent 2.25 exo on the back of my full suss. Great tyre, as said above can get a little over whelmed in mud but seen as the lakes is mostly rock it’s not a problem

    I’m lakes based +1 for this ^^ for front and back

    duir
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    You only need Dual Ply on HT’s and/or if you can’t pick a line

    Was in T’Lakes the other week riding with the local nutters. Almost all run 2 ply maxxis or exo rear and those people are seriously sh*t hot riders who are definitely not slow and can certainly pick a line.

    If you can get away with single ply tyres in the Lakes you are either an 8 stone weakling or most definitely not fast!

    I recently threw the new Minion DHR II on the back for a Torridon trip (where the trails are R.A.F. like the lakes) and never had a puncture where everyone else did. It’s a decent price, size, rolls quite well and goes up easily tubeless if that’s your bag.

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    Chunky monkey on the rear sounds like a cost effective option. Got one on the front and its great – as good as a triple compound Mini on that has an RRP of ££££££££

    @Rob Jackson- what’s a Chunkey Monkey like on the rear as they are quite wide for clearance etc?

    dantsw13
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    Smorgasbord rear matches really well with chunky monkey. It was ace in the Alps, so should handle The Lakes fine.

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    Thanks for all the comments. Definitely lots of interesting debate there. Two that stand out for me is the ardent and the smorgasbord. So, I’m going to take a punt on the On One Smorgasbord trail extreme version which is dual ply. I’m not the lightest rider, and I do like to put the hammer down, but more importantly, I don’t buy very heavily into the weight saving side of things, and would rather ride something that I know is going to stay inflated for longer. The peace of mind is worth the few extra grams. And the price point is fantastic!

    Thanks for all your comments.

    not dual ply

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    On the inside of the Chunky Monkey I bought it said dual ply printed in chalk, but doesn’t weigh like a zDual Ply

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    Maybe I meant dual compound, I dunno. Butt the gubbins about the trail extreme version defo said dual something! We shall see. In any case, if I get flats on every ride with my new tyre, I’ll certainly be letting you all know, and then switching to one of the other suggestions on here pretty quickly!

    In other news; I did one last ride around the Grizedale bridleways yesterday (got saturated) and had a right blast throwing my very loose and practically balded Advantage through some very slippy, wet rocky corners, and despite picking some fairly smart lines throughout, I still managed to find the odd vertical slate kerb of a rain gully here and there without any incident, so I think the sturdier tyre is definitely going to be the right option for me, as I’m sure I won’t always get the luck of the draw for punctures in those situations!

    Thanks again for all your help guys. Got some really useful pointers from this thread!

    chunky monkey so far superior to smorgasbord in every way

    geetee1972
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    (about 250g- comparing 2.2 RQ with 2.35 Minion as they’re about the same size)

    I think that’s the non UST version though. The UST RQ is quite a bit heavier and only about 50g lighter than a dual ply Minion/HR.

    Almost all run 2 ply maxxis or exo rear and those people are seriously sh*t hot riders who are definitely not slow and can certainly pick a line.

    Glad it wasn’t just me who held that view.

    grum
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    I used to ride in the Lakes all the time, weigh 16 stone, riding a Pitch with 160mm forks, and am obviously super-quick 😉

    No-one I know uses dual ply tyres in the Lakes. There’s really no need as long as you have sensible pressures and sturdy sidewalls. I like Big Earl wets but I dunno if you can get them any more. Specialized Purgatory Control are ok.

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    I used to ride in the Lakes all the time, weigh 16 stone, riding a Pitch with 160mm forks, and am obviously super-quick

    No-one I know uses dual ply tyres in the Lakes. There’s really no need as long as you have sensible pressures and sturdy sidewalls.
    Was kind of my point, know plenty who don’t you might not have seen them as the flashed past…

    I used them for a while and did on the HT till I left, with 150mm of travel under my arse and a properly inflated minion (32ish) I got the occasional puncture but it was worth it to avoid the draggy/sluggish DP’s

    If you can get away with single ply tyres in the Lakes you are either an 8 stone weakling or most definitely not fast!

    This 8)

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