Serial tyre swapper
Does any one else constantly have the urge to buy new tyres to try out. In the past year I have had 6 different tyres on my bike, the tyres have to match brand wise so no cross branding, it’s costing me a fortune.
Now I have a set-up I’m happy with which is a 2.4 maxis high roller 2 on the front (contreversial I know) and an ardent race in 2.35 on the rear. It’s great in this dry dusty conditions but will be crap when it turns wet.
I have been looking at the new Continental range in miniplus 2.6, primarily the Der Baron in 2.6 and a trail king in 2.6 for the rear. Any one have these two and can share their experience?Posted 5 days agoNorthwindSubscriber
Aye, tbh I just enjoy it and find it interesting so no regrets. Though I’d be perfectly happy to stick with my current sets (dhf, shorty, dhr, rockrazor)forever really.
2.6 is a letdown so far though, on account of practically none of them are actually any bigger than normal tyresPosted 5 days agoexcaliburMember
Ive got the Contis almost as you describe. Baron front, Mountain King rear. The new Contis do measure up exactly at 2.6. They are quite different to the old Handmade in Germany tyres of old and even hold air well! I haven’t used them in very wet or muddy yet. So far my impressions are v grippy and v comfortable ride, and the MK on the rear rolls OK too. chose MK over TK rear as it looks like a less cloggy tread which goes well with the Baron and I also read some good stuff on it’s rolling resistance, MTBR forums.Posted 5 days agomikewsmithSubscriber
Used to ride with a guy who would swap declare the new set the best ever and get shot of the last ones cheap, after a 6 month cycle he would be back where he started proclaiming those were now better than anything else.
Throw in blaming any problems on the tyres and it gets quite dull. Just go ridePosted 5 days agorussyhSubscriber
Think I have settled on two tyre sets being as we seem to have either Damp or minging conditions in the FoD…albeit it’s dusty at minute!
Spring/summer – Minion DHF 3c WT front and aggressor WT rear occasionally a semi slick
autunn/winter – Magic Mary front and either fat Albert or Hans Dampf rear
i am constantly looking at new rubber, but I have just decided to ride the bike with what’s on it nowPosted 5 days agoTrimixMember
I swop mine around a lot – condition dependent. At the moment as its dusty dry I’m running a Rock Razor on the rear of my Jeffsy. When it gets slippy I will put a HR2 or the E13 equivalent on it.
I’ve got a selection of other tyres which get used on my Capra for different places / conditions.
But I always leave a grippy one on the front as I like to go into corners way too fast.
I also experiment with pressure a lot, conditions dependent.Posted 5 days agochiefgrooveguruMember
The full-sus has had DHF 2.5 & DHR2 2.3 on for a while. The Shorty 2.5 tends to come on away trips as a back-up for added confidence on steep muddy stuff.
The hardtail changes more, Shorty 2.5 or High Roller 2 2.4 front, DHR2 2.3 or Minion SS rear – basically winter or summer. Occasionally the Shorty 2.3 goes on the back for extreme filth.Posted 5 days agomark90Member
My main preference of tyres are Shorty, Mary, DHF front and Aggressor, DHR2 rear. But I also have Specialized Butcher, Purgatory, and Ground Control in ‘stock’ Used across both FS and HT now that they are both on the same sized wheels. Swap around depending on conditions – 3 wheelsets shared between two bikes makes for easy swapping.
I would like to try Assagai, Vee Flow Snap, Kenda Hellkat, Michelin Wild Enduro, Vittoria Mota. Yes I think I may have a problem.Posted 5 days agofranksinatraSubscriber
I have tyres on my bike. I have no idea what they are or what pressure they are at. I do not care much. I swap them only when I need to fit ice spikers.
I know I am in the minority but I will ride them until they wear out then buy some more, probably whatever is in the sale and fits.Posted 5 days agocynic-alMember
Not at all, I just get tyres that look reasonable and ride them.
I remember someone on a ride telling me about his problems with “mid-knob transition problems on loose corners” or some such (obviously read in a magazine), I had to snigger as he’d taken about twice the time on the descent I had (and I am not fast).Posted 4 days agojohnw1984Subscriber
I try not to be a tyre swapper, but I’ve broken my DHR II / HR2 combo on my bike and replaced it with Baron / Kaiser.
Wondered why my Hightower feels like a slug recently, then I looked at the weights of the tyres!
Going to replace with the ADDIX Hans Dampf / Nobby Nic combo to see if I like them. Think a Magic Mary will be a bit overkill on the front?Posted 4 days ago
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