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March 19, 2019, 9:23 p.m.
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I am really liking the bonty 29x2.6 SE5 front and 29x2.4 XR4 rear in my hardtail. 

The big SE5 is no real surprise, it is like a frickin moto tire it is a beast. But the xr4 is really surprising, very good traction, predictable, and pretty fast rolling. I certainly prefer the combo to 2.5/2.4 wt minions on my other bike (although they are 27.5 so not a perfect comparison).

March 21, 2019, 8:58 a.m.
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love Bonty tires. the SE5 2.6 is a killer tire.

March 21, 2019, 9:36 a.m.
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XR4 2.6 on front I try 'cause round on 30?!


 Last edited by: tungsten on March 21, 2019, 10:13 a.m., edited 2 times in total.
March 21, 2019, 8:21 p.m.
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Posted by: tungsten

XR4 2.6 on front I try 'cause round on 30?!

That looks like a really nice bike.

March 22, 2019, 8:15 a.m.
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I have been eying up the Cotic Rocket Max...just a damn fine looking bike!

March 22, 2019, 2:25 p.m.
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Posted by: Kenny

2.4 XR4 .... the xr4 is really surprising, very good traction, predictable, and pretty fast rolling.

How tall is it compared to other brands 2.4/5/6 offerings do you reckon?

March 24, 2019, 5:18 p.m.
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I’d recommend rubber; but tungstain will demand to know if it’s vegan-carbon neutral-free trade built under an oppressive regime backed by a Russian Times article saying how good said dictator is and that the west are big meanies.

March 24, 2019, 10:07 p.m.
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Posted by: Endur-Bro

I’d recommend rubber; but tungstain will demand to know if it’s vegan-carbon neutral-free trade built under an oppressive regime backed by a Russian Times article saying how good said dictator is and that the west are big meanies.

Specitivity. If you ain't got it I can't use it.

March 25, 2019, 7:33 a.m.
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Posted by: tungsten

How tall is it compared to other brands 2.4/5/6 offerings do you reckon?

It measures just over 29.5" on a 30mm inside width rim. I believe that is on the taller end of the spectrum for a 2.4.

The only thing I have for comparison is a 2.4 Minion DHR WT in 27.5. It measures right at 27.5 or just a hair over. So including ttakingwheel size into account the xr4 seems to be taller. It's a larger casing in general, it also measures wider lug to lug even though the side lugs are a little shorter than the minion. Not that this is huge news, since we all know maxxis tend to be optimistic on their sizing, but that's the comparative I have handy.

April 25, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
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Mounted up an E-13 the other day. Couple good rides on it. Impressed. Big love for it, as big as love for DHF's and Magic Marys. 

Sideknob grip is tenacious and casing is Maxxis level lovely. 

2.349" width at side wall

2.371" at tread

980grams...? Shit maybe it was 930. Anyhow, robust sidewall for the weight. Knobs alone look like they weigh a kilo.

Not at all too square on my 25mm rim, very Minion-like profile. 

My current fave.

April 27, 2019, 12:56 a.m.
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How does it roll? Heard amazing things about the e13 grip and horror stories about their ability to suck all the power out of your legs on the climbs.

April 27, 2019, 1:05 a.m.
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I bought the hard ones. I only ride dry. Rolls quick. Center knobs are low, like almost Aggressor low. 

It's just the softer compound tire that's slow.

April 27, 2019, 8:56 a.m.
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Posted by: Timer

How does it roll? Heard amazing things about the e13 grip and horror stories about their ability to suck all the power out of your legs on the climbs.

I have the TRS+ in the rear (slightly harder) and TRSr in the front and they roll just fine. Maybe a tad slower than the Minions I was on before but really not noticeable. I don’t understand the complaints about them being super slow rolling. The grip is amazing though. Best I’ve tried, and as Hepcat said they are my new faves. My buddy runs TRSr in the front and rear for more grip and has no rolling complaints either. 

If you want fast rolling I’ve seen they do an aggressive SS tire that works and grips much better than a Minion SS according to internet folk. Might be a good rear tire for the dry.

April 30, 2019, 12:34 p.m.
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I've been running the new WTB Vigilante 2.5s front and back, tough casing high grip compound. Probably the grippiest allrounder tires I've had yet, but they roll slow as hell and wear out pretty fast. I just put an e*thirteen LG1+ on the front and I'm very impressed with it. Fantastic cornering grip, casing feels great, reasonably fast rolling, and best of all: cheap. $54 (US) apiece, compared to nearly $80 for anything comparable from WTB or Maxxis. If they perform well when things get wet then they'll probably be my new go-to tire. 

I'd really like to try one of those new WTB Verdicts sometime. Probably overkill for my riding, but more grip is good.

May 1, 2019, 7:53 a.m.
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2.6 Spesh Eliminator black diamond on the rear of the Patrol, finally being ridden in anger recently. fantastic tire and gives great confidence that flatting is highly unlikely. essentially a DH casing. went as fast as possible down a rocky run that is known to slice and puncture tires and couldn't avoid a couple of the nasty edges and despite the ugly sound from out back, came away unscathed. i'm convinced that this is the wheel protection and anti flat solution, combined with a HN for almost any riding.

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