- Nobby Nic on front – direction ?
Just for balance I like the one I run up front on my 26 hardtail (pacestar evorun tubeless). Seems predictable and well balanced to me, but then I tend to run the fastest rolling tyres I can get away. As an XC tyre (which is what it is) I rate them – most of my riding is woody/rooty with little rock. I run it in the direction proposed on the tyre wall.Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Been running a pair of the cheap ‘Performance’ compound version for a couple of months – £18.00 each from Germany, damn good value.
Just back from a week in Wensleydale & they were fine – no moments on wet roots & rock, gripped fine on sopping wet rocky climbs.
Fine round Calderdale in mixed conditions too.
Not the most confidence inspiring, not a lot of ‘feel’ but the grip is there.
Awful in mud though (clog very quickly and don’t seem to clear very well) and draggy on all surface.
They also seem very dependant on tyre pressures – there’s quite a narrow window where they feel comfy & still grip without risking snakebites.
However, I’ve just checked and realised I’m running them the ‘wrong’ way round!
They recommended direction seems to be at odds with a lot of recent designs.
Ah well, I’ll try them the ‘right’ way round & see how it goes. 😀
Still prefer XR4’s, Ignitors, Purgs and Smorgs, but they are very good value.
No issues at all with the cheaper ‘Performance’ compound, despite many warnings of impending doom from many on here.
Mind you, I utterly despise High Rollers and other flatter tyres with a pronounced gap between centre and side tread, so fully understand why some people don’t like ’em.Posted 4 years agotomlevellMember
I run as directed and the expensive version front and rear. Makes sense on the front when you think about how little you actually turn the bars at speed.
1500 miles on the front and 1000 on the back. Still running but well worn now.
Excellent where I am in the dry. Fine at trail centres.
Get by in the winter but wouldn’t buy them as winter tyres.
YMMVPosted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
I agree with brakes on both points ^^Posted 4 years ago
but back along i got lucky and bought a couple of ust ‘evo’/triple compounds at 50% off, so rather hard to get on and off, a bit heavier i suppose but durable and sidewalls don’t rip like the racier schwalbe tyres of yore, even at comedy lower pressures. They have worn pretty well and grip fine on the front; in our local mud and the quantocks, I find very little difference between my 2.1 triple compound NN on the front and a 2.0 mud x or a spesh captain in similar size. Never tried one on the back mind, always gone for lower profile tread.
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