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Summer MTB Tyres

richard36richard36 Posts: 346
edited November 2017 in MTB buying advice
I know it's some way off but I want to get some tyres now for next spring/summer.

At the moment I'm running Maxxis High Roller II 3C Maxx Terra 2.30 29er tyres on my hardtail which are great for the winter conditions but I'm looking for something that is lighter and has better rolling resistance for a summer tyre.

Wiggle are selling the Continental X King Protection 2.2 29er Folding MTB Tyre for a good price (about £28 per tyre) and I'm wondering whether to get those. They seem to get good reviews.

I would appreciate advice on whether to go for the X King or whether someone would recommend a better tyre for a similar price (bearing in mind it will be a summer tyre used mainly on dry trails).

Many thanks

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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    The X King for me is not what you want for dry trails, from the Conti range the Race or Trail King, from Schwalbe a Ron or Ralph or the Maxxis Ardent or Ardent race.
  • richard36richard36 Posts: 346
    Thanks for your reply

    According to the Continental website the X King 2.2 tyres are meant to be "super fast with good grip" and for hardpack, dry, allround, loose and wet ish conditions.

    Whilst I expect the conditions in spring/summer to be dryish I would need something that can handle other conditions.

    I'll look at the others you suggest.
  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,250
    WTB Vigilante front and Trail Boss rear.
    Trail fun - Transition Bandit
    Road - Wilier Izoard Centaur/Cube Agree C62 Disc
    Allround - Cotic Solaris
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    Rock Razor - surprisingly versatile when new but goes off when the edges wear down
    Minion SS - quite good would be even better if it was 100g lighter
    Rocket Ron - amazingly fast, amazingly fragile
    Ikon - not bad if you can find one discounted
    Ardent/Ardent Race - like a Lite version of the Razor. Great when new.
  • I use the Continental RaceKing RS in basically all conditions. I think it is the best grip and lowest rolling resistance for my type of riding. I agree that Maxxis tyres are a bit expensive https://www.bikejungle.com/wheels-tyres ... and=maxxis
    So my recommendation is the Conti tyres :)
  • richard36richard36 Posts: 346
    Thanks chrisper

    I would go for the RaceKing but they are £50 a tyre whereas the X King Protection are £28 a tyre. Was hoping the X King would be good (accepted not as good as RaceKing) so that I could save some money.

    I would using the tyres in spring/summer on local trails where there isn't that much mud though quite a bit of rocky sections where traction is needed.
  • Richard36 wrote:
    Thanks chrisper

    I would go for the RaceKing but they are £50 a tyre whereas the X King Protection are £28 a tyre. Was hoping the X King would be good (accepted not as good as RaceKing) so that I could save some money.

    I would using the tyres in spring/summer on local trails where there isn't that much mud though quite a bit of rocky sections where traction is needed.
    I've been running a 2.4 X-King on the rear wheel since december last year, so its been used in a lot of different conditions. Has always worked well for me, i ride a mix of hardpack trail centre trails and loamy/muddy off piste natural trails and it has been a good all round tyre.
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  • I like to run a minion DHf II on the front and then the minion semi slick on the rear you never seem to lose grip in the summer unless it is extremely wet
  • Thanks Joshua
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