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Let's talk tires....
« on: November 28, 2008, 06:43:29 PM »
Ok, as I sit here digesting the last couple of days food, and basking in the glow of a good ride today at Alafia with my son, I have decided that within the next couple of weeks it will be time to get some tires.

First let me give you some parameters.

I am riding about 400 miles a month and don't anticipate that changing anytime soon. I ride Alafia, Boyette, and Santos. about 40 percent of my riding and the remainder due to location primarily Flatwoods/Trout Creek/Morris Bridge.

I like a tire that sheds mud well. Weight is a factor preferably 480 grams or less, and I will be running them on Stan's Arch rims with out tubes. They do NOT need to be UST or Tubless ready. If you think it matters I ride a Kona Four Supreme. It is a very quick handling bike.

Currently I am riding on Maxxis Ignitor eXCeption series 26x2.1. I like them they do most things well, and they are light.

I have, in the past ridden Panaracer XC pros, and feel that while they are terrific tires, that I can find a better balance.

So I have heard lots of good things about pythons, karmas, kosmic lites.... Talk to me....

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 07:00:57 PM »
What do you want out of the tire?  Grip/traction, rolling resistance, light weight, etc?

While over your target weight, I'm real happy with my Kenda Blue Groove front and Small Block 8 rear.  The BG is a good tire for directional stability with some nice aggressive knobs for biting in and the SB8 works surprisingly well in just about anything minus mud where it packs up easily and doesn't shed very well. 

I've been curious about the new Continental Mountain Kings as they are available in bigger sizes and weigh surprisingly little though their sidewall durability may be a bit questionable given their weight.
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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 07:01:19 PM »
Is this like 26 inch tires?

Ok if its 26in tires Panaracers are the BEST

Of if its 29er tires then Panaracer Rampages are the best!  Check mines out tomo.

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 07:01:31 PM »
Look at the Michelin XC Dry2 at 480 grams That was on the test bike at Boyette, very nice.
I am really liking the Specialized captains, 2Bliss ready bead at 550 grams in the S-Works version.

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 07:33:02 PM »
26" Nevegal front / Small Block rear
29" Rampage front / Crossmark rear

you're welcome  ;)

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 07:39:37 PM »
Thank you?

I ride a 26 inch bike.

That is why I mentioned that I am currently riding 26x 2.1 right now. ;)

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 07:46:28 PM »
Thank you?

I ride a 26 inch bike.

That is why I mentioned that I am currently riding 26x 2.1 right now. ;)

26ers are awesome.  My nine year old and my five year old both ride 26ers!  They lovem! ;)

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2008, 07:52:56 PM »
I think it's great that your kids SHREAD skillz have advanced to the point that they no longer need a 29er crutch :)

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2008, 07:57:13 PM »
LMAO! 

Alas, they have never felt the power of 700C.

One day they may.

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2008, 07:59:33 PM »
Thank you?

I ride a 26 inch bike.

That is why I mentioned that I am currently riding 26x 2.1 right now. ;)


26ers are awesome.  My nine year old and my five year old both ride 26ers!  They lovem! ;)



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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2008, 10:37:41 PM »
Thank you?

I ride a 26 inch bike.

That is why I mentioned that I am currently riding 26x 2.1 right now. ;)


26ers are awesome.  My nine year old and my five year old both ride 26ers!  They lovem! ;)





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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2008, 11:43:47 PM »
I love kosmic lite II's and I see tons of fast guys running them...especially i you are stan's

they are super light and grip fine unless it is muddy....then again there aren't many tires that are great in the mud anyway.

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2008, 08:57:11 AM »
I'll be getting new rubber soon. Been running the Kozmik Lite II's. Been really happy with them and don't think it is worth switching to another tire.  For me its not worth experimenting with others if I  am satisfied with what I've got. Running the Kozmik Lite II's on old American Classic  wheelset , using Stans no Tubes. Absolutely zero problems. Individual ride style and needs will determine a riders perfect tire. 
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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2008, 09:43:24 AM »
26" Nevegal front / Small Block rear


I have also had great results with a Small Block rear, although I am running a Continental Exporer on the front I will soon switch to a Nevegal front and have a spare Nevegal for the rear depending on trail/weather conditions.  The SB8 is supposed to be pretty terrible in wet conditions (I have yet to be out on a wet trail with that tire) but I have found it to be the perfect tire for dry conditions.  Have you had any experience with your Small Block on wet trails?  How does it work out for you?

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Re: Let's talk tires....
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2008, 10:31:40 AM »
I love kosmic lite II's and I see tons of fast guys running them...

+2, my kozmik's have been great and are nice 'n light. 

what don't you like about your current tyre? 
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