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Feb. 22, 2019, 9:37 p.m.
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Spesh Control, soofter than Schwalbe Pacestar?


 Last edited by: tungsten on Feb. 22, 2019, 9:38 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Feb. 23, 2019, 7:55 a.m.
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It strikes me that  everyone is looking for a tire that is as good as the maxxis

Feb. 23, 2019, 8:10 a.m.
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Posted by: XXX_er

It strikes me that  everyone is looking for a tire that is as good as the maxxis

I strayed from Maxxis a couple of years ago - lured by a cheap online deal. And regretted it instantly. Maxxis all the time. Though I recently switched to DD casing and love it.

Feb. 23, 2019, 10:02 a.m.
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Schwalbe dont do Pacestar/Trailstar/Verstar anymore.  They have a new compound called 'Addix' and it comes in Speed/SpeedGrip/Soft/UltraSoft as denoted by the color of the strip.  I run a Soft Magic Mary on the front and a SpeedGrip Nobby Nic on the rear in the summer months and they are great.  Their website compares all the durometers to the old Pacestar compound.  Sorry this doesnt actually answer your question about Spesh tires.

Feb. 23, 2019, 12:09 p.m.
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Posted by: XXX_er

It strikes me that  everyone is looking for a tire that is as good as the maxxis

Where did I say the "M" word in my post? I ain't never run Maxxis. Geez.......

Sorry this doesnt actually answer your question about Spesh tires.

Me too. 

I bought a MM Addix orange awhile back and was so disappoint when it inflated smaller than my old Trailstar MM. It's too draggy to put on rear w/E13trs on front.

So digging around in tire stash looking for 26" 1.50 road tires and the Presta valve tubes that match them to set up wifes bike on wind trainer, I found a lightly used Butcher/Purgatory combo. Thinking Purg surely better for wet/cold than Pacestar, eh?

Feb. 23, 2019, 3:56 p.m.
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Posted by: XXX_er

It strikes me that everyone is looking for a tire that is as good as the maxxis

Current trail tires are so close in performance that I couldn't declare any of them as the "best". It comes down to tiny details. Personally I don't use maxxis because their 3c rubber doesn't deal well with temperatures close to freezing.

Posted by: tungsten

Me too.

I bought a MM Addix orange awhile back and was so disappoint when it inflated smaller than my old Trailstar MM. It's too draggy to put on rear w/E13trs on front.

So digging around in tire stash looking for 26" 1.50 road tires and the Presta valve tubes that match them to set up wifes bike on wind trainer, I found a lightly used Butcher/Purgatory combo. Thinking Purg surely better for wet/cold than Pacestar, eh?

If I remember correctly, the old Spec trail rubber was 60a, so a bit more grippy than pacestar but a lot slower as well.


 Last edited by: Timer on Feb. 23, 2019, 3:58 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Feb. 23, 2019, 5:12 p.m.
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I've been running a set of Hutchinson TORO I bought last year for almost nothing, and they are a very good surprise.

I had Magic Mary's before, but I might buy Hutch' again ...

I've never been a fan of M.xx...

Feb. 23, 2019, 8:16 p.m.
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Posted by: Timer

a lot slower as well.

I so slow they'll never no the diff.........mounted it, omg, it's tiny!


 Last edited by: tungsten on Feb. 23, 2019, 8:19 p.m., edited 2 times in total.
Feb. 24, 2019, 6:20 p.m.
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i like Spesh tires. i have a 2.6 Eliminator black diamond on my Patrol that has seen far too little use due to this stupid winter. heavy as fook for sure, but i don't want to deal with the flats i had last year and i want to ride with reckless abandon chasing younger faster guys than i so.....

Feb. 25, 2019, 8:17 a.m.
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Backcountry has a decent sale on tires right now

Feb. 27, 2019, 8:14 p.m.
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Maxxis tires are great but pricey....  take a look at the new Michelins.  Great tires and good prices.  I believe the retail is around $75

Feb. 28, 2019, 3:29 p.m.
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Pirelli has just entered the market. 🤔 Here's hoping they do better than Goodyear.

March 17, 2019, 5:52 p.m.
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What's taller? 2.40 DHR or 2.40 DHR Widetrack?

30mm width good for WT?

March 18, 2019, 10:11 a.m.
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Not sure on height, but I run 2.4WT DHR II on 30mm inner rims and they are awesome, nice profile without being too squared off.

March 18, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
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i'm surprised there's not more Michelin tire fans out there.  the LBS has a wall of Max, a subsection of Mish, a bunch of new Contis and the latest WTB's and E13's. it's a tire fan boy shangri la.

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