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Which tyre combo?

markfogelmarkfogel Posts: 29
edited June 2016 in MTB buying advice
I am currently running Trail King front and X King Rear, which seems to be a good combo dry conditions but feels a bit slippery when its wet. I am looking for a do it all front tyre combo which will roll nicely but will handle welsh trail centres with confidence. Something which works well in tight turns especially when conditions are less than perfect.

Just wondering if anyone can share their experience with different tyre types?



  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,252
    WTB Vigilante (with a Trail Boss rear).
    Trail fun - Transition Bandit
    Road - Wilier Izoard Centaur/Cube Agree C62 Disc
    Allround - Cotic Solaris
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    What surfaces do you ride on, what type of riding?

    Are the current tyres cheap OE jobs with the plasticky tread (they are evil in the wet)?
  • markfogelmarkfogel Posts: 29
    edited June 2016
    The Rookie wrote:
    What surfaces do you ride on, what type of riding?

    Are the current tyres cheap OE jobs with the plasticky tread (they are evil in the wet)?

    The Trail King is a Black Chilli compound Protection tyre, the X king on the rear is a cheap wire tyre. Drifts and rolls nicely but doesn't offer much grip.

    Surfaces, anything from natural, to rocky hardpack with tight turns, berms, trail centers in south Wales. Just need something which I can put on for all year around.
  • markfogelmarkfogel Posts: 29
    WTB Vigilante (with a Trail Boss rear).

    Thanks! Will take a a look.
  • Chris71127Chris71127 Posts: 71
    WTB Vigilante (with a Trail Boss rear).

    That's what I run on my Whyte all year round. Works for me :wink:
  • Paul0975Paul0975 Posts: 14
    The Rookie wrote:
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic

  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,854
    Knobby nics front and rear but only get the evo snakeskin version, liteskin version is to weak.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Specialized Purgatory
    The best all round tyre I've used. Grips well even when really worn.
  • markfogelmarkfogel Posts: 29
    Cool thanks!
  • Lungs94Lungs94 Posts: 160
    I use Maxxis High Roller 2 & Maxxis Minions all year round front and rear
    2013 Mondraker Dune XR - XX1 XO1 Hope, Easton Carbon, Fox
    Voodoo Bizango XT - Hope, Pikes, Mavic
  • step83step83 Posts: 4,016
    Last time I did BPW it was magic mary up front and nobby nic on the back. no problems. Could be done easily with nics all round I just like daft amounts of front grip.
  • markfogelmarkfogel Posts: 29
    Just thought I should share, I managed to get Geax Gato 2.3 for a ridiculous price of £9.99 per tyre these are wet weather xc specific tyres. Got my local shop to install them tubeless on my 29er to replace Schwalbe Tough Tom front and Rapid Rob on rear. Done a whole day riding red trails in Afan yesterday and it was raining continuously, overall the grip Gato tyres offered felt stronger in the wet than the old plastic Schwalbes gave in the dry! I am really impressed with the Geax Gato rolls really well and the grip is amazing, will be buying again for sure.

    The original post was for my full sus bike which I did not have a chance to upgrade yet however if anyone looking for a good wet weather tyre for their XC bike definitely consider Gato 2.3

  • Rez 27.5Rez 27.5 Posts: 21
    Vigilanta front, trail boss rear. Seems to hold the ground well in my rekindling.

    Much better than my evil twins on my HT P2.
  • Der Baron on the front Trail king rear

    Der Baron is the grippiest front tyre ive ever ridden
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