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xand_xandxand_xand Posts: 271
edited August 2009 in MTB buying advice
I think im going a little mad with the amount of tyre choice available.
Im currently running conti speedkings 2.3 which came with my mtb.

Im need of some new tyres now - would like to stay around the 2.3 / 2.25 region.
Do mainly XC trails, bridlepaths, woods etc - some roads occassionally.

Was looking at nobby nic on front and racing ralph on rear as an option?
Should I go for conti mountain kings perhaps?
People I speak with local to me suggest Panaracer XC Fire.

Looking at reviews of all the above there are alot of negative comments

any other ideas???

Lastly - and sorry fro being a new bit newbish - but can i opt for Tubeless tyres OR do i need to have wheels/rims on my mtb which are designed for tubeless tyres???
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  • davcowdavcow Posts: 51
    You can run tubeless tyres on any rim you want (with a tube)...

    But if you want to run them tubeless then you will need either tubeless compatible rims,

    or a conversion kit, from Stans or Joes No-Flats, to adapt your current rims to tubeless.
  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    Nobbies and Ralphs are a great choice for summer riding, but being as though we aren;t having one I've stuck with Nic's fromt and rear.

    I wouldn't use anything other than Nic's and Ralph's now, I really rate them.

    I wouldn't bother with tubeless either personally, not sure the advantages outweigh the disadvantages really, and these tyres are plenty light enough for me with tubes.
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  • xand_xandxand_xand Posts: 271
    thanks chaps - anyone know of a good competitive online supplier of tyres?

    or should i just try the usual retailers wiggle, leisurelakes etc etc
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  • davcowdavcow Posts: 51
    Wiggle are usually good for tyre prices, depending on what brand your looking for.

    Also have a look at Chain Reaction they have quite a wide range of tyres and free postage as well! That is usually next day, always been good for me.
  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    best off "googling" your tyre choice, prices vary greatly so worth having a good shop around.
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  • Stoo61Stoo61 Posts: 1,394
    I feel your pain, there is SOOOOO much choice. I'm sticking with Panaracer Fire XC Pros.
  • stueyscottstueyscott Posts: 112
    Just gone with the Kenda Nevagal & Blue Groove combo 2.1s (both available as 2.3s I think)

    Will let you know how they ride.

    Typically do the same sort of stuff as you.
  • Mark909Mark909 Posts: 456
    I just swapped my tyres last nite from WTB prowler mx 2.3 to Panaracer Fire XC Pros 2.1.

    The prowlers were great for flying down hill but had too much rolling resistance for flats and uphill.

    I havnt had a chance to ride on the Panaracer Fire XC Pros yet but they look really really skinny compared to the prowlers!
  • mellexmellex Posts: 214
    I've been running a mixture of Racing Ralph (up front) and a Kenda Tomac Stick-E Nevegal on the rear. Road riding doesn't seem too much of a chore. I have to cycle six miles before I even hit my chosen trail so I just get on with it. General wear is very good and punctures have been few and far between.

    Best price for Racing Ralph rubber that I've found is here: RALPH
  • kitenskikitenski Posts: 218
    I've been running Conti Verticals on my hardtail, very happy with them and the price can't be beaten...

    £11.96 from Wiggle!
  • xand_xandxand_xand Posts: 271
    grt tips chaps thanks ever so much
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  • ads4ads4 Posts: 698
    kitenski wrote:
    I've been running Conti Verticals on my hardtail, very happy with them and the price can't be beaten...

    £11.96 from Wiggle!

    Running Conti Verticals too. Great all round tyre IMO.

    http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle ... ical.shtml
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  • rhyko7rhyko7 Posts: 781
    if its speed you want then go for something light weight
    if its cornering grip you want then go for something with a big aggressive shoulder tread.
    for snake bite resistance you want a tall tyre or thick side wall

    my choice for trail centre rides and some DH:
    single ply Maxxis minion or high roller (2.35) up front, excellent cornering grip whilst not too heavy
    Maxxis ADvantage 2.25 folding on the rear, very light and quite tall, good climbing and braking grip too
    Dont look at it-ride it! they are tools not f*cking ornaments

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  • Hi guys,

    I can't stand my Spesh "the captains" in the wet, and being from N Wales, it's always wet!
    They seem to have no grip whatsoever as i corner.

    The width is 2.0, and they're on my stumpjumper expert. What do you guys reckon for a good all round tyre, ie wet and dry? I do mostly XC, but do venture down the black at LLandegla.

    You think i should go wider?
  • I'm also having tyreache. I don't think a lot to the wtb prowler ones that came with it, but since I'm doing 95% tarmac surfaces I'm tempted to get some slicks or trekking tyres but still dunno what to do. Looking for puncture protection which is one thing but I do worry about grip & suitability over wet/dry/damp surfaces, It's such a damn big market!
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    17st 10lbs August 2009
    17st 4lbs October 2009
    15st 12lbs December 2010

    Final planned weight 12st 7lbs
  • blister pusblister pus Posts: 5,780
    Slicks = Schwalbe Marathon plus / Specialized Nimbus Armadillo are the usual go to

    All rounders = Conti Traffic 09 / Kenda Small Block 8 / Specialized Sauserwind are regular recommends
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