Lightweight summer tyres for Full-suss?

wadsy
wadsy Posts: 70
edited April 2010 in MTB buying advice
I'm trying to decide upon some tyres for the 'summer' having just removed my Bonty Mud X from my Spark.

Looking for lightweight tyres (as it's a light build) and as I've got 355 rims probably a tubeless ready tyre.

I was thinking of Racing Ralphs or maybe Maxxis Ignitor. Not sure though, and not sure on size! can't decide between the extra volume of the 2.25 RR or the lighter weight of the 2.1; thinking that the suspension can do the work rather than the tyre! ;)

All input and advice welcome :)

Cheers

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  • llamafarmer
    llamafarmer Posts: 1,893
    2.1 RRs on my Anthem are stunningly good. Very, very quick :D
  • Pudseyp
    Pudseyp Posts: 3,514
    Maxxis Folding Ignitors £30.00 a pair posted from On One.....used them last week and they are great on compacted trails
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  • njee20
    njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Ralphs or Rons if you don't live somewhere rocky. Or a Fred for the back if weight really matters!

    The Evo ones convert nicely to tubeless.
  • handful
    handful Posts: 920
    Pudseyp wrote:
    Maxxis Folding Ignitors £30.00 a pair posted from On One.....used them last week and they are great on compacted trails

    Or Kenda Nevegals for the same price, a bit knobblier probably but narrower (2.1 v 2.3) and lighter at 580g v 780g. A good tyre for all conditions as well. Obviously not going to be in the same class for speed as RR's but less than half the price. :)
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  • hotnajers
    hotnajers Posts: 61
    Im just about to put my Kenda small block 8s back on for the summer , dont think there that easy to get now.
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    Small blocks are the business... Fast as hell and they don't just instantly murder you when it gets wet as some summer tyres do. They're not good at it mind, they just aren't awful which is a step up ;) And available in nice big sizes too. They're not great at big roots though, you need to run lower pressures to get them to do well with those but that's pretty minor.

    They're like a Larsen that works ;)
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  • cavegiant
    cavegiant Posts: 1,546
    Ignitors are great, but the 29er sucks so now I am on WTB Weirwolf LT.

    Stunning grip in everything and VERY fast.
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  • +1 for Small Block 8's....
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  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Razer mx....


    Beyond blisteringly fast, so fast they flay the flesh off your bones...


    A touch terrifying in the wet up front, but the huge volume and low weight means they do still sort of hook up!
  • bails87
    bails87 Posts: 12,998
    Razer mx....


    Beyond blisteringly fast, so fast they flay the flesh off your bones...


    A touch terrifying in the wet up front, but the huge volume and low weight means they do still sort of hook up!

    I found that with 2.25 RRs on my hardtail. Can't wait to put them back on!
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  • jairaj
    jairaj Posts: 3,009
    the Nevegal is a all condition / intermediate tyre, it has loads of grip but is slightly sluggish compared with the fastest

    If they are for dry conditions only, some popular choices are:

    Maxxis CrossMark
    Specialized Sauserwind
    Swalbe Rocket Rons

    From personal experience the Crossmark is very fast and fine in the dry but useless in anything more than damp conditions. Dunno about the other two, but they have been highly recommended to me by other riders I know.
  • wadsy
    wadsy Posts: 70
    Thanks for all the replies :)

    Any thoughts on size? Is the weight saving of the 2.1 over a 2.25 or 2.3 worth it? Just wondering as it's to go on a full-sus. ;)

    Cheers
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    Depends on the tyre, some 2.3s are smaller than some 2.1s...
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  • wadsy
    wadsy Posts: 70
    Northwind wrote:
    Depends on the tyre, some 2.3s are smaller than some 2.1s...

    True, my '2,3' conti speed king is about a 2.0!
  • +1 for SB8's and they come in 2.1 which should be ok for you. I run the 2.35 are they are fairly chunky. Gotta say that I do love them on the back now the trails have dried out. Fast and with plenty of grip even in the wet unless the mud is sticky. I seem to remember that Kenda have one or two new 'summer' style tyres coming out very soon.
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  • thel33ter
    thel33ter Posts: 2,684
    wadsy wrote:
    Northwind wrote:
    Depends on the tyre, some 2.3s are smaller than some 2.1s...

    True, my '2,3' conti speed king is about a 2.0!

    And my 1.95 Tioga Factory XC rear (Great back tyre but not light) is wider than a 2.1.

    Ignitors are great 3 season tyres Ihmo but not very light, probably gonna be my first weight saving upgrade on my Kona.
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  • The Spiderman
    The Spiderman Posts: 5,625
    I`d have a serious look at the new Maxxis Aspens.Large volume and only 480g in a 2.1.
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  • ads4
    ads4 Posts: 698
    Running 2.35 Ignitor LUST upfornt with a 2.1 Highroller LUST rear.....still find the HR a little draggy so might go back to a 2.1 Crossmark on the rear soon....
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  • peter413
    peter413 Posts: 5,120
    Maxxis Minion 2.35 60a Sp or Ignitor 62a 2.35 or 2.1 up front (depends on how much grip you want, 2.1 ignitor rolls best but grips worst, kinda hard to tell rolling between the other two but the minion grips best)

    On the rear, 2.4 60a Maxxis Holy Roller

    Rolls amazingly well but works well in wet/damp conditions as well and they grip sooooo well :D