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  • rhysyd
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    After some new tyres for a hardtail, I’m mostly riding llandegla/moel famau area. Just wondering if you can give us some tyre options? Looking for a bit more grip going down rocks/hill? Any suggestions thanks.

    Anything between £20-£40 should do.

    Premier Icon darrenspink
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    Everyone has their own opinion and preferences on tyres. What have you got at the moment, do you run with or without tubes and how much do you want to pay?

    timc
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    know & ride the area, presume a 26″ wheel? £40 for x1 or x2 tyres? What bike do you have?

    Coming from a few years of Nevegals and various Schwalbe options, I’ve had my eyes opened by a Specialized Butcher on the front. Miles more grip than I’m used to. You can pick them up for under £30 if you shop around.

    I’ve just had my eyes opened to the amazing lack of grip on anything slightly slippy with the Spesh Purgatory – and that’s coming from an Eskar that I was really happy with

    lee170
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    I’ve gone from nobby nics to a conti x king on the front and a race king on the rear, fast, grippy. Swap out the race king for mountain king for wet conditions.
    I’ve heard conti trail kings are pretty good to.
    The x king is an amazing front tyre. 2.2

    grum
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    Specialized Control – Butcher front/Purgatory back.

    Mackem
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    Does anyone run the on-one tyres tubless? Or is that a daft idea?

    slackalice
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    Specialized tyres seem to get a lot of love on here, being good value for money in terms of compounds, grip, longevity. So much so that I’ve just replaced a 2.2 Mountain King, that I managed to deform, with a 2.3 Ground Control Grid version for the front. Hoping to ride it this weekend, so no definitive opinion on it yet, except that it is big and looks the part – in that it’s black and round and I find the tread pattern aesthetically pleasing 😀

    unovolo
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    Geax Saguaro, no idea if they suit the area you ride but they seem pretty good where I ride and are fairly cheap too.

    As mentioned, Specialized tyres are great for the money, usually £30rrp. I’m currently very pleased with a Purgatory up front and Captain out back.

    TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTR – Member
    I’ve just had my eyes opened to the amazing lack of grip on anything slightly slippy with the Spesh Purgatory – and that’s coming from an Eskar that I was really happy with

    I’ve got an eskar I’ll swap you for!.

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Most of our tyres are Specialized. Im running Clutch control on the front and Purgatory Control on the rear. Abigale has a Butcher on the front and a Purgatory on the back. Kevin is sill running Enduros front and rear as is Katie. Use them all year round in all conditions including trips to the Alps. Have tried other brands but they have never been as good in our opinion.

    al1982
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    i ride the on one tyres tubeless without any problem – smorgasbords front and rear

    mmel
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    Ok, so I’ve always been a fan of Specialized tyres and gone on about them on here before. I’ve been using a Purgatory on the front for ages with a Captain on the back. Time came today to put some new ones on (there were visible holes in the sidewalls on the rear) so I got a new Purg for the front, and have tried a new Ground Control for the rear. It has the new Grid side walls that are supposed to be stronger.

    Best thing about Spesh tyres for me is the ease at which they go up tubeless. I find that I can just pump as normal and they go up, even without sealant (there’s Stan’s in there now).

    Oh and an even better thing is that with the tyre amnesty the concept stores have at the moment they only cost £20 each!

    I could go on….

    Grid sidewalls are good, put a new purg grid on the rear and had a day on helvellyn, and a day on kentmere horseshoe and down nan bield. Not a mark on them, whereas the standard purgs were pretty marked last year.

    rhysyd
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    alright lads, its a boardman HT PRO, I think there Continental Speed King 2.1in, they seem to just completely wash out on damp rocks etc, slipping everywhere?

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    Might just be me but I pinch-flatted loads when I used the Conti Race Kings. The bog standard Mountain Kings are good, though.

    mindmap3
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    I really like my single ply High Roller DH tyres on my Stanton….super tacky up front, 60a on the rear. Seem to grip well and don’t fare to badly in most conditions and can usually be picked up pretty cheap these days.

    For a bit more money, I’m a big fan of my Gans Dampf’s and Magic Mary from Schwable. Grip really well in most conditions, easy to set up tubeless and not too heavy.

    Gans dampf? Is that the Geordie version? 😀

    I have a chunky monkey (the sticky one) on the front and love it, seems to be wearing pretty well too.
    The Smorgasbord on the back a bit less so, I find its a bit sensitive to pressure, and not desperately grippy on grass – locks up on the way down grassy slopes easily.

    Sounds like you’re wanting more grip as opposed to speed so something chunky and agressive. I would say the biggest volume tyre your frame clearence and rim width allow. Hans dampf, High rollers and
    and Rubber queens are all good from this respect. My usual is Hans dampfs from ze Germans. Excellent price and a pace star rear and trail star front works well. Sme frames wont fit the tyre though as it is more like a 2.5 than a 2.35. High volume takes the sting out of the rear and allows you to push a bit harder on it.

    i really like these.

    like

    change from £30 a pair – just look at the reviews

    There’s absolutely nothing I’ve found that they are not good on. IMHO

    I love High rollers too.

    tymbian
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    @ roughrider …I had a set of them, really rated them for soft loamy trails like Woburn, good on road bridalways etc. Took them to Wales on some Damp Brechfa trails and they are deathtraps! Be warned.

    @mmel. …is the Specialized tyre amnesty still on?

    wiggles
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    Amnesty is “while stocks last” so may well still be on depending on how long you LBS is running it. We have sold huge amounts of purgs on the offer.

    rhysyd
    Member

    Think I’ll go for the high rollers at £20 , so what is folding bead and wire bead? What width also.. 2.1 or 1.9?

    rhysyd
    Member

    High roller super tacky? Are they ok?

    fr0sty125
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    Rhysyd what were your old tyres?

    rhysyd
    Member

    Continental mtb king 2.2

    The Pilot
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    Good deals here.
    http://welovemountains.com/26-xc-am-tyres
    Bit gutted as I just paid 50squid for a new Ardent 🙁

    fr0sty125
    Member

    It’s a compromise between grip and rolling resistance, weight and strength.

    If you are looking to be more aggressive then I would consider HR rear DHF front or Smorgasbord rear and chunky monkey front. Folding tyres are normally lighter than wired.

    mmel
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    tymbian – Amnesty was on in the Chester store yesterday, managed to get a Ground Control grid that should of been £35 and a Purgatory for £40. I traded in a very old pair of fast tracks that we’re no good to man nor beast!

    Rhys, I had those tyres on my Boardman – they roll very fast but don’t grip very well at all, and are hopeless on wet rocks/roots. Almost anything will be grippier but many tyres will feel harder work to pedal.

    I’d put one of these on the front: http://welovemountains.com/maxxis-high-roller-kev-60a-black-26×235

    And one of these on the back: http://welovemountains.com/maxxis-ardent-kev-60a-black-26×225

    Or two Specialized Purgatory Control 2.3, or two On-One Smorgasbord 2.25

    Avoid super tacky tyres, middling compounds 50-60a like these will be far stickier than what you’re used to!

    rhysyd
    Member

    Are these on crc mate? are they the same ardent and high rollers even tho it says ‘kev’ or am I being stupid?

    tymbian
    Member

    Yea..I don’t think We love Mountains are big on descriptions.
    Very vague, couldn’t even see whether they were folding or not.

    tymbian
    Member

    Rhysyd…if you’re not really knowledgeable on what tyres to go for or not I’d go for the On-One Chunkey Monkey 2.4 front, Smorgasbord 2.3 rear. I had these set up tubeless ( ghetto) and was really impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to buy again. Good grip especially where you need it wet rock d roots. They are really draggy on grass n sand though. They are £20 each.
    Or take advantage of the Specialized deal. Swap your old ones in. Spesh make good tyres ( read the Bikeradar reviews)…these will also cost you £40 the pair.

    The ones I linked are folding (Kevlar) bead, the lower priced ones on CRC are wire bead.

    A Chunky Monkey is probably way more grippy and thus draggy than you need.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Does anyone run the on-one tyres tubless? Or is that a daft idea?

    They work great tubeless, though I use a compressor to inflate so can’t vouch for how they go with with a track pump.

    Rhys – The On One tyres might be a bit draggy for you coming from Speed Kings tbh and might be overkill for Llandegla.

    Shameless plug for something a bit thinner…
    http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1580173/

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