- Small Block 8 alternatives?
Hi, I am currently running 2.1″ Kenda Nevegals at the moment, but once the weather starts drying up I am thinking of putting a Small-Block 8 type tyre on the back to speed things up a bit. Then in summer I was thinking of chucking the Small-Block on the front, and putting a lo-profile tyre on the back (a WTB Nanoraptor I have kicking about). Et voila – tyres for all seasons. I was just wondering if there are other choices I should be considering instead of the Small Block – particularly from less obvious manufacturers (I am already aware of the Maxxis Larsen).
FYI: I ride recreationally, mainly XC type stuff although I try to sniff out as much technincal stuff as I can find to hone my ‘skills’. Terrain is mainly rooty singletrack – not many rocks round here.Posted 9 years agochunkychewMember
Just go for the small block 8. Brilliant tyre. I’m running one (2.3″ DTC) on the back of my hardtail with a (2.3Stick -E) nevegal up front. Its a great combo. Small block 8 is great on the back in hardpack or looser sand and was also great at a damp (but not wet) Coed-y-Brenin and Marin Trail.
It’s light, largish volume, low rolling resistance and grippy.Posted 9 years agobombermanMember
for dry trails you could try a small block 8 on he back and a larsen tt on the front that’d be an amazing combo. you’d get the rolling speed of the small block plus a bit more grip on the front for last minute braking. If theres one thing i didn’t like about running SB8’s front and rear it was that i couldn’t really push the braking limit too hard over the loose stuff. a TT up front might solve that.Posted 9 years agoBearBackMember
The Dread Tread is also a fast rolling tyre.. not as easy pedalling as the SB8 and IMO, not as much traction either. that said, it seems a much tougher/hardier tyre that is still quite capable.
Raced both, prefer the SB8, but prefer to ride the Dred Tread on trail and keep the SB8’s for race day.Posted 9 years ago
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