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  • Help! So much tyre choice

     Robmet updated 5 years, 4 months ago 3 Members · 5 Posts
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  • Nobbly_Robbly

    14 August 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hi all, I assure you I have tried, but I cannot seem to find consistent advice or indeed make up my mind (It is probably this). So, hence me being here! Apologies in advance for the long post!!

    I am after some opinions around tyre choice for my 26″ hardtail. I am an older (approaching 40) rider, but am fairly new to actually using my MTB for what it is intended for! I currently have a rather odd setup of 1 Bontrager Jones AC 2.2 on the front and a Mythos semi slick on the rear. Yes I know!

    I bought a Continental X King 2.2 RaceSport a month back, but have not got round to fitting it. I was going to just stick it on the front leaving the semi slick on the back, but as I say I am wanting to be more adventurous now. My routes I have planned will include a bit of road on the way to the trail, but are then mainly hardpack soil and loose stone paths/tracks. There are some short sections that include going through more medium and soft soils and then back to very short section of tarmac. From there I will try something like Sherwood Pines which is not far to travel for me and is more traditional trails.

    I have budget for a good tyre, but this is where it gets confusing for me as I am not sure whether to utilise my current 12 year tyres or I should be throwing them out. I don’t mind changing tyres too much, but if I can avoid it then all the better. At some point I would like to have 3 tyres that cover me for “all” conditions……if that can be done.

    So, do I keep the X King up front and get something else on the rear to give me a good all rounder for 3 seasons and is tricky in soft/wet conditions

    Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO SnakeSkin 2.1

    Maxxis Ikon 3C EXO 2.2

    Maxxis Aspen 3C EXO 2.1

    Maxxis Ignitor 3C EXO 2.1

    or another X King

    or stick the X King on the rear and get something more aggressive upfront?

    Conti Trail King RS 2.2/2.4

    Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO SS2.2

    Maxxis Ardent/Ardent Race3C EXO 2.25

    If you could tell me where I should put the X King front/rear and then what you would put on the other wheel considering what my needs are and also what I should do with my old tyres that would be appreciated 🙂

    Thanks in advance


  • Nobbly_Robbly

    16 August 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Should I have asked this differently?

    Would 3 types of tyres cover most conditions?

    X King front in the summer and rear during the winter.

    A fast rear for summer.

    Maxxis Ikon, Schwalbe Rocket Ron, Racing Ralph.

    A grippy front for winter or poor conditions.

    Conti Mountain King

    Schwalbe Hans Dampf


  • Magnus

    17 August 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Trouble is there is no right or wrong answer and it has been done to death on here. it is what ever works best for you on your chosen terrain and at your skill level.

    I run on Verdestein spotted cats or Specialized Renegade S works most of the year, then Shwalbie Ice spikers in snow and ice but then I am on hard pack and gravel most of the time with a bit of tarmac here and there.

    try searching the archives; you will be amazed how many tire related posts there are out there.

  • Magnus

    17 August 2015 at 4:07 pm

    try a Minion up front and a high roller on the rear, that seems to be a popular combo especially on the trails.

    i find the X kings a bit draggy for me

  • Robmet

    4 September 2015 at 2:31 pm

    All year round i run something less aggressive at the rear, normally a Michelin racer on the back and something grippy on the front, the back just follows the front anyway so why make it harder.

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