Summer Tyre Combo……what do you run?
2.1 SmallBlocks here. Rode MachX & Tarw at CyB last weekend, loads of grip. Very impressed. Come up nice & big also, as big as some "2.2" tyres I've had. Ran them at about 38psi & no pinch flats on all them Welsh rocks. Local for me is Cannock's Monkey trail. They're ok on that, fine where its hard but they are a bit sketchy where its loose. That said my 2.1 Nev & BlueGroove struggled sometimes.Posted 7 years ago
Planning to leave the SB8's on until things get mushy again.
Very impressed with them. Practically zero rolling resistance has you barrelling into corners too fast sometimes.
Saved a pound in weight when I swapped from 2.35 Nev/BlueGroove to the SB8's.
Peter; are the small blocks really that grippy?
I think so. To me they're like a motorbike tyre – Rounded profile and the same grip all the way over to the edges. I find it seems like I can lean a bike right over and the grip just stays the same. No big edge knobbles to flex. 🙂Posted 7 years ago
I currently run the same size tyre on both the front and back of my two bikes (2.0 & 2.1 respectively Intense System 2 & Ithos IRC)
I am reading more and more that for summer/dry folk are running a smaller width tyre out back but still running a wide width tyre out front.
I understand the rationale as to why some folk choose this but what do people tend to run?
Would a Minnion (DHF) suit? (I only ask as I have a pair?)Posted 7 years ago
Ran them at about 38psi & no pinch flats on all them Welsh rocks
I'd bloody well hope not!
BigAirNig, why the Ralph? Rons are lighter, yet grippier, the only reason I can really see to run Ralphs is that they're slightly tougher with a stiffer carcass. Why not put a Ron, or even a Fred on the back?Posted 7 years ago
what about cornering on loose stuff e.g. sandy trails like in some areas of teh peak or even woburn etc?
It's sorta loamy round here. It gets dusty in summer, but not sandy as such. To be honest, I'd use them anywhere. They'll be on for Bikefest (Unless it rains) and it's fast and a bit rocky there. Once I find a tyre I like I tend to stick to it. 🙂
I think people tend to think no knobbles = no grip, which aint necessarily so. 🙂Posted 7 years agolocalhero94Member
njee20 – Member
They're not that tough.
I run my 2.1s at 25-30psi without any problem, but I'm only 10.5 stone. They do squirm more than some, and they wear out pretty fast.
But… they're very light and grip very nicely. My favourite all-purpose tyre.
Hmmm… I'm over 2 stone heavier so I'm not sure they'd suit. I usually run 2.25 snakeskin ralph on the rear that works well so could try one on the front but I'm not sure I've got enough skill for the lowered levels of grip from the minion I've got at the moment (you've seen me ride njee20 – it's not a pretty sight!).Posted 7 years agoBigAirNigMember
njee20 – the Ralph reportedly rolls better as a rear, but used the Ron up front for cornering grip …..
One of those eternal searches for what's best in which situation and taking advice from others who have tried combo's.
I didn't go for a Fred on the rear as it's seldom dry enough, often enough to keep one on there – this is English weather we're riding in !! I couldn't be arsed to change it all the time, so went for what I hoped would be a good compromise of weight/rolling/grip etc for british summer in different parts of the UK, for rides when I go away ……Posted 7 years agoflipiddyMember
SB8 really are a highly overrated tyre when it comes to grip. Late braking into corners is not encouraged and overall not a good all-round "ragging it" tyre. They do grip well sometimes, but not consistently. Fast & loose off camber stuff us where they often come unstuck. *
Best compromise I've found is the Nobby Nic (Front) and Racing Ralph (Rear). Good enough for 3 seasons and the ralphs are almost as fast as SB8's. Nobby Nic has some tenacious grip for leaning into corners too.*
Not cheap, but worth it.*
*All in my very honest and humble opinion of course
😀Posted 7 years ago
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