Quote from: ejosrq on Yesterday at 04:30:40 PM
... I use a larger 2.4 tire as well. Makes all the difference on our rocky/rooty trails.
Wow, 2.4??? You can mount on those on a motorcycle ,or a major downhill bike I am sure they give you plenty of grip on the loose rocks and slick/wet roots. But aren't those keeping you glued to the hard pack stuff? I used 2.3's for the longest cuz they came with my bike but I am down to 2.0/2.1 and considering a 1.9/2.0 setup now.
Just busting your chops.... ---- quote from Sandpine
Well let me tell you this. I switched to a race tire and although it is very very fast, it sucks for everyday riding. Once I put this tire on the bike
it took me several rides to adjust to how the bike handles differently. Basically, it barely handles at all in the corners. Its great if everything is dry and hardpacked, but anything loose and you better be paying attention, or you are sliding out and maybe going down. This tire is a 1.95 but it could pass for a 1.85. Notice how the tread tapers from the high center to the sloping sidewalls with hardly any knob at all protruding out to grab trail. Those protruding sideknobs make a big difference if you lean your bike at all and the lack of sidewall knobbies is noticeable. Look at this tire
notice first off how much wider it is across the top of the tire. (This is a Kozmik Lite II - 2.0) This extra width helps out so much more than what the race tire has. If you lean your bike with the Kozmik LiteII that firm sidewall knobby will bite in and hold your line for you vs. the race tire that almost goes to a slick if you lean too much. The tradeoff is the weight savings and how much faster the tire rolls vs. confidence in handling and an increased chance that you will slide out. Now look at this tire
this is a Nokian Gazza 2.3. After compression from rider and bike weight, you are almost riding on a wide flat surface and those knobs will almost allow you to bite into the sidewall of benchcut and ride above the trail. Big confidence in bombing stuff and rolling over babyheads.... However, the tradeoff is all that frickin weight and slow slow rolling speed. This tire weighs more than 3 times what the race tire weighs. (this is a downhill tire, just using it as an example) This tire is way wider than the picture makes it look.