Trail kings, anything as good?
Ok so one of my pair of trial kings id comming to the end of its life. Its a 2.2 protection version (black chilli) running tubless on stans crest. Ive been impressed with it for most of what i ride.
I was thinking of trying something else however. Just to see if there is anything better out there. Now i appreciate that people have different opinions on tyres but im looking for people that have compared their tires to this type.
Im thinking poss trying the mountain kings (2.4) or a high roller 2Posted 3 years agoadventurer85Member
Trail kings are top draw, hard to beat unless its super muddy.
Magic marys seem like a good tread pattern, although I’d steer clear of Trailstar compound. Its not sticky in the wet (compared to BlackChili) and the knobs rip off quickly (hans dampfs too). I’m yet to ride my Vertstar compounds but a mate rode his hard on the front wheel in the Alps over 40,000m descent and they held up MUCH better than Trailstar.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Wouldn’t put a Purg on the front tbh, especially if you’re used to the sticky rubber of a chili Queen.
TBH I wasn’t that blown away by the Rubber Queen, I went back to Nevegals from them and thought they worked better most of the time. Specialized Butcher is pretty similiar, better in mixed/damp conditions though not as grippy in the dry- just a wee touch too hard compound to be perfect imoPosted 3 years agotrustySubscriber
I thought the 29er butcher was really good, but I’ve had a few rides on the hr2 (admittedly in 650b flavour) and I’ve been really impressed. So much so I’ll probably put one on the front of my bike. In the standard compound (not 3c) they’re not too expensive eitherPosted 3 years ago
still non the wiser folks, considered a mk2 2.4 as a rear but its wider then the 2.2 rq up front and wondered if it would make the bike handle strangely?
so could try a HR2 60a rear. but if it doesnt have anything better than the trail king am i wasting my time and money?Posted 3 years agodeviantMember
I go for maximum grip on the front and something more playful on the back
On my 26 inch bike I have a High Roller on the front and a Larsen on the back.
On my 650b I have a HR2 on the front and an Ardent on the back….I have also had a Trail King on the front and an X-King on the back…. and I’ve done similar with Schwalbe tyres with a Nobby Nic front and a Racing Ralph rear…. all good fun combinations where the back breaks traction before the front but in a predictable manner…. Not sure what I’ll do this winter though, probably go back to the road again until the trails are rideable in the spring!Posted 3 years agoSodajimMember
Sorry what size? If its 26″ Baron front Trail King rear.
I used to run 2.2 Rubber Queens F&R summer and Baron F&R winter but this summer I left the Baron on the front and I much prefer it. cant really say it feels any draggier to me and you don’t have to lean it right over to get it to bite in the corners like the 2.2 Rubber/Trail/ Queen/KingsPosted 3 years ago
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