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tyres please

BoomskiBoomski Posts: 17
edited July 2007 in XC and Enduro
look sorry for asking as i no its a boring question but for general cross county track and trail riding normal uk conditions various surfaces what size tyres should i be running front and back?
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  • Red LemonRed Lemon Posts: 3,433
    Panaracer Fire XC 2.1 are perfect for most of our conditions and good for people who can't be arsed changing their tyres for different conditions.
  • BoomskiBoomski Posts: 17
    thanks.
    some of my mates are going slimmer than that and they think that they are faster is this right

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  • ddoogieddoogie Posts: 4,159
    Summer tyres a 2.0-2.3" is perfect. You get less roling resistance with thinner tyres but you also sacrifice a bit of grip as the tyre has a smaller footprint.

    I really recommend the Michelin XCR AT tyres. They are lightweight and offer plenty grip without being terribly slow rollers. Pretty useless in the deep mud though.

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  • KeelKleinKeelKlein Posts: 144
    Can't understand all this fat tyre stuff, back in the day we were using 1.25's and 1.5's Hardpaks and MudDawgs, then the Panaracer Smoke and Dart came out along with the Onza Porcupines (in white). I'm using Panaracer XC's 1.8's at the moment but am seriously thinking of going back to a pair of 1.5's just to get some decent speed up on the trails during the summer as wide tyres seem so "draggy" when climbing and then see how they go in the winter.

    If you look at motorsport they tend to go one of two ways, narrow to cut through the mud to solid(ish) ground or wide to float over, I have never got a Landy stuck with narrow tyres as they aways seem to cut through but mates with wide tyres seem to get a harder time and need towing or winching a lot more.

    I know the sport has evolved but true XC equipment (narrow tyres, long top tube hard tail frames, etc, etc) is hard to find ;).
  • Red LemonRed Lemon Posts: 3,433
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by KeelKlein</i>
    I know the sport has evolved but true XC equipment (narrow tyres, long top tube hard tail frames, etc, etc) is hard to find ;).
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    You mean out of date XC equipment...

    That's like saying a true car has carburettors, no synchro-mesh gearbox and no catalytic converter.
  • KeelKleinKeelKlein Posts: 144
    You've seen my mini then?
  • breezerbreezer Posts: 1,225
    No decent modified car in sprints and hillclimbs that I do wouldnt dare have a cat, loads have carbs are they are much better than standard fuel injection and cheaper than the only other alternative, throttle bodies. I give you the synchro mesh ones though, drove a Fiat 126 a while back which doesnt have it on first, would get tedious in traffic!! :)

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  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Back on point... nobbly nick on front and racing ralph on the back with another nick for the back in winter. I'd go for 1.8 or 2.1

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  • S_J_PS_J_P Posts: 908
    I like the cushioning effect of a wide rear tyre, it may be draggy as hell, but I think the improved traction and softer ride more than make up for the extra width!

    I like the Panaracer Fire XC Pro too, but I think the Panaracer Cinder is that little bit better in all conditions. The Panaracer Rampage is supposed to be good too, but I've not tried it yet.

    I'd love to try the renowned Knobby Nick / Racing Ralph combo, but they're so expensive!!

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  • Dan67Dan67 Posts: 658
    Im running racing ralph front and back and in the right conditions they are extremly fast. Well worth the money

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  • T-XCT-XC Posts: 38
    im running kenda nevegal on the back and kenda blue groove on the front. they are soft compounds but have lasted me well, and still got more tread to go. the nenegal is quite fast and grippy! good tyres i reccomed them

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  • T-XCT-XC Posts: 38
    forgot to put they are 2.1 front and rear

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  • munchkin2munchkin2 Posts: 238
    but the blue groove and nevegal are really heavy.

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  • okioki Posts: 123
    happy with my new panaracer cinder tyre.
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  • CoolnickCoolnick Posts: 380
    Just fitted some new Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1 folding tyres and they are great, roll pretty fast too, even on tarmac (on way to local trail). Big difference over the stock Spesh tyres I had prev.
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  • BRUNBRUN Posts: 51
    S_J_P wrote:
    I'd love to try the renowned Knobby Nick / Racing Ralph combo, but they're so expensive!!

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    get them from www.bike24.com
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