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29er tires

May 16, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
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I had Ardents on my SJ'r but the Purgs are far superior for traction. A Ground Control in the rear should make for a great rear in the dries months.

Anybody know who has 2.1 GC x 29 in stock?

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May 16, 2012, 4:16 p.m.
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2.1 GC is really narrow (like 1.9-2.0 i'd guess), in case that matters to you. for some reason all their tires are full size except that one.

May 16, 2012, 4:31 p.m.
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ardent 2.4 - 800g
i don't like the ardent, except run backwards in the rear, where it seems to work quite nicely. big volume, very round tread. good climbing traction, loose braking (not much worse than when its run forwards), loose but stable cornering. i've had good luck with the sidewalls, but friends running them with tubes get a lot of pinch flats.

Anyone else try running the Ardent backwards?

May 16, 2012, 4:35 p.m.
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2.1 GC is really narrow (like 1.9-2.0 i'd guess), in case that matters to you. for some reason all their tires are full size except that one.

That's the biggest listed in 29 for it..

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May 16, 2012, 7:58 p.m.
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I have been pretty happy with my Hans Dampf front tire, the Nobby Nic out back has been jut meh for me though. I didn't think I liked either better than DHF, but rode a bike with DHF's very briefly on a ride recently and almost washed out.. so maybe the Schwalbe's are better than I realized.

May 16, 2012, 8:13 p.m.
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DB can order a 2.3 GC

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May 16, 2012, 9:01 p.m.
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backwards ardent is still a turd, just a bit less turdy. blew out the "exo" sidewall eventually, that was the last straw. there are far better options.

May 17, 2012, 10:52 a.m.
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These Bontys look like they could be pretty good. Has anyone tried them yet?

May 17, 2012, 12:12 p.m.
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been trying to find one to try, it does look good. the 26" version is impressive, a little cornering machine like the butcher. rubber durometer feels 60-ish, could be a great summer front tire.

May 17, 2012, 2:07 p.m.
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I was looking for something tackier than that… 60a is OK when its dry, but when the weather goes back to normal I need something softer for the greasy roots.

May 17, 2012, 7:42 p.m.
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it was a prototype version that i checked out. sounds like the production version has softer side knobs.

May 17, 2012, 8:02 p.m.
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2.1 GC is really narrow (like 1.9-2.0 i'd guess), in case that matters to you. for some reason all their tires are full size except that one.

My GC (on Crest rim) isn't undersized for a 2.1. I really like it on my singlespeed (Purgatory up front).

I think if you want larger (2.3) the Purgatory is probably a better way to go anyways (once you are turning a 2.3 the Purg is more confidence inspiring under hard riding).

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May 17, 2012, 11:23 p.m.
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These Bontys look like they could be pretty good. Has anyone tried them yet?

I've used these on my Rumblefish since December. Awesome tire! I was using Ardents before, it's like night and day. I do alot of riding at the Delta Watershed, it has alot of different surfaces and I can't think of one it doesn't hook up well on. Maybe really loose gravel but who really rides alot on gravel. I'm running the tubeless in the back and it holds air great (DT rim, tape and goo). Also ridden Seymour and Fromme without any issues, wet or dry.

June 3, 2012, 10:44 p.m.
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Anybody know who has 2.1 GC x 29 in stock?

Corsa in Squamish has them in stock.

After 2 days of riding the Ardent in Pemberton [HTML_REMOVED] Whistler, they are coming off. They just don't work well in the damp early season conditions. The knobs seem to small and to short.

Based on the recommendations in the thread I picked up a couple of Specialized Purgatory tires from Corsa on the way down. I'll post my comments after a few rides.

I'm planning to use the Ardents for BC [HTML_REMOVED] Washington interior road trips later this year.

June 9, 2012, 2:02 p.m.
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Mother of pearl the 2.25 Ardents are bad in the muck. Both treads packed up in the steep section of Ridge. Made for some interesting moments on the bike.

Right about the same place where the DHer(s)(ette) skidded the rest of the way down. CUTTIES!!!!11!!1

Might have to order a Hans and Nick combo

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