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how bout a good ol fashioned tire thread

Oct. 5, 2018, 10:05 a.m.
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surely not everyone has just put on 2.5/2.4 Minions and called it a day? i love those tires like everyone else but like to try quality tires at lower prices if possible. 

MM 2.6 on the front of the Patrol is awesome. i had 2.6 Bonty SE4 out back but it wobbled prematurely and Trek warrantied the tire (thanks Trek), i'd have kept running it but in reality it was slightly too large and would leave rub marks so i've gone down to DHF 2.5 in back. i got an SE5 2.6 which will be the next front tire when the MM wears out which should be a while given how it's wearing. 

MM 2.35 on the front of the Smuggler is fantastic. a bit smaller and lighter than Minion 2.5, endless grip. Purgatory grid 2.3 out back is great and well priced. 

anyone run new Kendas? big Bonty's (2.6 available across the range in all wheel sizes)? Vittorias or Contis? has Conti fixed their hookless rim bead incompatible issue?

Oct. 5, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
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2.3 EXO Minion DHFs F&R on my Samurai all summer, usually switch to 2.3 Magic Mary's for the wet season

2.5 DHF/2.4DHRII (F/R) DH casings on Reign, occasionally dabble with shorty's depending on conditions/terrain/season

I pretty much never deviate from this, why mess with a good thing?

Oct. 5, 2018, 12:51 p.m.
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do you shuttle or climb on the Reign? that's a lot of heavy tire! the youngest gun (also weighs a buck 50 at most) in our riding group has DH tires on his Reign and it doesn't slow him down to the top that's for sure. i gather you find it worth the trade off for how you want to ride?

Oct. 5, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
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I love my 2.4 Conti TK's...best tire I have ever run....but their old sidewall, hookless rim issues almost killed it for me. I bought a few cheap(ish) ones from MEC as they were selling out their old stock, and I found that if you paint the inside with orange sealant they seal up to my hookless rims with no issue...been great so far.

I was chatting with one of the guys in my LBS and he said that the new Conti's resolved the hookless issues...but they made their 2.4's smaller wich I am not a fan of. I'll give them a try when the current ones wear out.

Oct. 5, 2018, 2:58 p.m.
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Posted by: JBV

MM 2.6 on the front

What id of rim?

2.35's - Addix soft MM on 25id rim is actually smaller than Trailstar MM on 23id rim.

I got 2.6 Forkasters they measure 2.4 after couple inflated months. Look natural good on 30id Affect rims.

Above are "Speed" and no logo tread compounds, what was I thinking? I wasn't.

Got DHF/DHR both Exo Terra 2.6 look like they need wider than 30id but someone here say it works?

I think the DHR probably won't fit in the back of the Scout. Still in package.

Never put any Maxxis above to dirt. Brand freaking new! Might sell at low ball price if new 2.35 Hans Dampf with reworked tread comes in higher volume than the old ones.

Wife wants to pile 3 decades of tyres in the alley and light 'em up..........

“Taking away someone’s opinion is no different than sewing a man’s butthole shut.”


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Oct. 5, 2018, 5:41 p.m.
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Michelin Wild Enduro 2.4 Gum-X. Stellar. Got ‘em for $66 each from CRC.

Oct. 5, 2018, 9:40 p.m.
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Posted by: JBV

do you shuttle or climb on the Reign? that's a lot of heavy tire! the youngest gun (also weighs a buck 50 at most) in our riding group has DH tires on his Reign and it doesn't slow him down to the top that's for sure. i gather you find it worth the trade off for how you want to ride?

occasional shuttle (few times a year), park once or twice a week in evenings, mostly climb, I hate fixing flat tires. I don't think I've flatted once in the past 3+ seasons on that bike, including a couple weeks of trans provence and finale, among a lot of other extremely rocky stuff. Maybe it's overkill, but the people who give me grief about heavy tires are usually the ones I'm waiting for to fix flats.


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Oct. 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
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I had pretty shit experiences with Butchers 2.6's. Found the tread a bit weird (don't know how to explain it better, just didn't gel with it up front) and blew the back one out in short time. Ran DH (dhfwt 2.5/dhrwt 2.4) casings on the trailbike for a while, loved the feel but can't do a toonie on those things thats for sure. For fall i'm running dhfwt's in double down front and rear. Seems like the winning situation for me and i think ill continue on that, especially if i find deals on them.

Oct. 6, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
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Got a Magic Mary on the front now. Gonna try it tomorrow after running Kenda Nevegal Stick-E for years.

Oct. 7, 2018, 12:38 p.m.
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35mm inner on the DT XM521 rims.  i don't think i'd go this wide again. i like the 2.6 options but 30mm rims are enough from what i've seen around, and read. the weight gets up there and i think 30 internal is a sweet spot for almost all reasonable width bike tires including 2.6 without issue.

Oct. 7, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
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Posted by: Stuminator

Got a Magic Mary on the front now. Gonna try it tomorrow after running Kenda Nevegal Stick-E for years.

lolz or for real?

Oct. 7, 2018, 6:39 p.m.
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For island riding The 2.6 Butcher Slaughter combo is great for summer riding. Winter and Minion wide trail DHF 2.5. DHR 2.4 for winter riding. 

For. My XC bike I run DHR 2.4 WT front and back. All on 30mm rims.

Oct. 8, 2018, 9:17 a.m.
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E13 TRSr front and TRS+ rear. A little slow rolling but otherwise the grippiest combo I've ever used. Especially super nice this time of year. I found the E13 2.35's measure the same width as Maxxis 2.5 WT tires.


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Oct. 8, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
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For old fashion tires, I would have to go with the WTB Velociraptor. The beauty of the Velociraptor is, you can still get them.

Oct. 8, 2018, 10:27 p.m.
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Running a few options depending on the season and bike.

On the Chromag:

Summer - Butcher/Slaughter.

Spring/Fall - Butcher/Butcher.

Winter - Hillbilly/Butcher. All 2.6 Grid

On the Reign:

Summer - DHF 2.5 Exo MaxxTerra/Aggressor 2.5 DD.

Spring/fall - Shorty Exo 2.5/DHR2 Exo 2.4

Also on the Reign: DHF or Shorty 2.5/DHR2 2.4 DH casing MaxxGrip on separate wheels for the bike park.

Pretty happy with these selections after years of switching around aimlessly. All on ~30mm id rims, run tubeless apart from the bike park setup.


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