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\/__________CONTINTENTAL__________\/

Digga
"The new
Continental Digga swallows roots, rocks and whatever else you throw at
it with ease. It’s sharp-edged GravityArc lugs delivers sure-footed
stability in high-speed turns or under heavy breaking."


Digga Reviews:
I loved my Ardent but I haven't really tried too many other tires so decided to switch it up. Only took one day to fall in love with my new Continental Digga 2.5's. Rolling resistance was tolerable, much better tracking, great braking and tons of grab when leaned on. -BMeX



\/__________GEAX__________\/

Neutron (2.3)
"Designed for hardpack and compacted terrains. DH/freeride with 2-ply casing and double compound"

Reviews:
"I've been very happy with my Cam Zink 2.5" Geax Neurons. Holds up on any surface. Grippy on the rocks and cambered areas and fast on the flat sections. Don't wear out fast like the Minions do." -Mudd


\/__________HUTCHINSON__________\/

Barracuda
"Grippy and Stable. Aggressive profile combines stopping power, speed, lateral grip and stability. Good breaking and excellent grip in turns. MRC MEDIUM compound: excellent mix of performance/puncture resistance/grip. Tubeless tech: better grip, faster rolling, no pinch flats."

Barracuda Reviews:
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\/_______INTENSE_______\/

303
"The 909 is the broadest pattern in the Intense line. If you want a tyre that can be ridden just about everywhere, this is it."

303 Reviews:
2.7: Great in rocks, loose dirt, wet. Very high rolling resistance and wears fast, but it's biggest con is braking. Strong sidewalls, gave my pair away and they are still going strong.BMeX



\/__________KENDA__________\/

Nevegal
"The deep aggressive
knobs of the Kenda Nevegal Tire provide great wet condition control. The
new Stick-E slow rebound compound grips like flypaper! The CAP PLY
casing allows you to run the Kenda Nevegal tires at an ultra low
pressure without the fear of pinch flats."


Nevegal Reviews:
Most overrated tire ever. Intermediate knobs are way too big. As a front tire in loose over hardpack we have here in socal, they are worthless. Corner knobs will never be used. Completely unpredictable. With that being said, i run a modified nevegal up front with all the intermidiate knobs cut off. The modified nevegal rocks. A few of my buddies finally tried it and they all love it. The modified nevegal is the cheapest grippiest tires around. Unmodified, they are an ok rear tire. Pretty predictable but only ok grip.-92se-r

front: nevegal - rolls slow, sticks if it's leaned. transition is very vague, can be unpredictable. when riding it, if in doubt, lean the bike more. it will usually hook up. they seem to track really well in loose rocks and babyheads though for some reason. think railroad bed gravel, but looser... DH casing/rubber is good. stickier rubber, and the sidewalls are nice and stiff. bitch to mount them at first though (expect a battle). standard single ply casings are rubbish compared to maxxis or speshy. high volume on all sizes compared to many.-Bryguy



Excavator
EC built upon his vast product development experience to construct a tire that is adaptable to riders of all skill levels. Each knob has been carefully crafted by Eric to achieve a specific purpose. Cornering bite, straight line speed and predictability were among the important factors taken into account by EC when designing the Excavator. You don�t have to be blasting a berm at 30 mph in France to appreciate what this tire can do. Cross country racers, freeriders and downhillers rejoice. EC has delivered you a tire that you all can use.

Excavator Reviews:
The 2.5 excells in loose over hardpack conditions. Very predictable in turns and holds like nothing else in the loose stuff. Rolls pretty fast for such an aggressive tread pattern. Have only used in the front so far with a nevegal rear 2.35. Will run a 2.35 excavator in the rear soon. Let you know how it goes. Definitely recommend this tire to all.-STR8 DOWN

I thought the ECavators were ok, but I personally had 2 tires have the bead separate from the sidewall, a buddy of mine had several do the same thing. I was telling Mint Sauce about it and he looked at his tire, and sure enough, same thing. I haven't heard about this on any other Kenda model.-chuk2rs


\/__________MAXXIS__________\/

Ardent
"An aggressive tread in high-volume casings distinguishes the newest addition to Maxxis' downhill and mountain disciplines. Designed with great traction in mind, the Ardent doesn't forget the racer. Large block-style side knobs offer numerous edges for high-speed corners. Center tread, while designed for braking and accelerating traction, also features ramped knobs to minimize rolling resistance. With a wide variety of size offerings, the Ardent captures every mountain rider's needs."

Ardent Reviews:
Very unpredictable on turns with loose dirt. I played with air pressure from 35psi down to 23psi (I was also able to run this ghetto tubeless). I had 2 washouts and a lot of close calls... NEVER AGAIN!-Alonzo

2.6: Fastest DH tire I've ever ran hands down, but the lack of intermediate knobs makes it very twitchy in quick changes of direction. So far it has grabbed when I needed it too, just remember to lean HARD. Time will tell if it makes me faster or puts me on my ass. BMeX




High Roller
"Our most popular and versatile mountain bike tire, the High Roller's ramped leading edges roll fast while the side lugs offer stability at speed and a sharp edge to hold corners. The grooved center knobs provide straight-line control. The High Roller's tread design translates well to all mountain bike disciplines, including downhill, cross country, and freeride."

High Roller Reviews:
Highroller (DH bike, 2.5" 3C flavor), at least for the DH bike. rolls nice, hooks up when I actually lean (and slides to tell me I'm being a pussy otherwise). fun tire, pretty drifty though unless you're really railing the corners. braking is nice. transition area is pretty vague though. super tacky compounds hook up better, but get shredded within a few days of riding.-Bryguy



High Roller II
"The open and aggressive tread design gives the High Roller II excellent soil penetration and mud clearing ability. A square profile provides a solid, consistent feel across the knobs. Modified knobs on the shoulder and center improve braking performance and traction on hard surfaces. When gravity pulls you downhill, rely on the High Roller II to keep you upright."
Here's what's different on the II:
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Minion DHF
"The Minion DHF is the standard by which all other downhill tires are measured. The DHF incorporates ramped knobs for low rolling resistance and channel-cut knobs to increase gripping edges, giving straight-line control and precise cornering."

Minion DHF Reviews:
Minion DHF Fast rolling tire with great braking in the front, excellent turning traction, good in the dry and dusty, decent for hard pack and it is usable for wet stuff but if you can use something more wet-specific, do so. The tire runs more narrow than you would expect, 2.5 is like a 2.3. Flup the tire around and put it in the rear for a fast rolling, light, predictable rear that is remarkably good throught rocks, bites enough to cliff hang on off camber stuff, and floats through loose corners. It's hard to get to the amount of grip you get in the front with these, but they work great and are relatively cheap. These perform similarly to the big betty in my opinion.-grantw



Minion DHR
"The Minion DHR was engineered to meet the demands of the UCI World Cup downhill races. The DHR features ramped knobs, like the DHF, but the channels in the knobs are designed for braking and accelerating."

Minion DHR Reviews:
works nicely. great braking traction, fairly good cornering traction. not as slidey as a highroller, but doesn't really hook corners either (slides more than a DHF, at least the few times I've ridden a DHF). pretty good tire. casing is plenty strong for tubeless DH duty (only blew it up at bootleg, which noms on tires anyway). size is very good in the 2.5" size. not too big, not too small, good weight, etc.-Bryguy



Swampthing
"The rubber used in the Swampthing is firm enough that knobs won't fold, yet soft enough to hook up on wet rocks and roots. The rounded profile allows the Swampthing to hook up without digging into the soil. "

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Wetscream
"Designed for the muddiest downhill racecourse in the world: Les Gets France. Not for your local trail, the WetScream is intended for competition use only on professionally maintained courses. When the course turns ugly, trust the WetScream to carry you to victory."

Wetscream Reviews:
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\/__________MICHELIN__________\/

DH 24
"The DH24 is an all round tubeless downhill tyre suited to all terrain
types from mud to hard-pack. A directional tyre it features a
multi-functional knob pattern for optimum forward drive, braking
performance and cornering response."


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DH 32
- Soil penetrating, motocross-inspired block tread. Standard compound (SC) optimized for traction and durability. Tough 33 tpi DH casing with reinforced sidewalls resists punctures. Tire is both UST tubeless and tube-type compatible

DH 32 Reviews:
front: 2.8 michelin DH32 (now called wild gripp'r in 2.6" size (which is still the same size, but labeled differently)): HUGE tire. lots of floatation in loose stuff (sand, mammoth pumice, powder). not too heavy for the size though. traction-wise, its okay. braking is very good (never an issue), cornering is a little vague across the entire range though. never quite got that reassuring feeling of railing a loose corner riding it. casing is bulletproof. finished a race run from the horseshoe at bootleg to the bottom of reaper with it flat, and that tire is still going strong.-Bryguy

Great all around tire. Very strong and very grippy and rolling resistance is acceptable for it's size (it rolls better than a couple of 2.5's I've ran). I did destroy it before I had a chance to evaluate wear or get it wet, but to be fair I'm not sure any tire would have survived that incident.BMeX

\/__________SCHWALBE__________\/

Big Betty
"The large volume and HEAVY DUTY features make BIG BETTY really tough. The tread is optimized for braking performance and steering. Even so these qualities do not make it too heavy for uphill. Betty can also have a soft side - with super-soft Gooey Gluey Compound."

Big Betty Reviews:
love this tire, have not tried it in a while and want to try it as a rear with the muddy mary up front.92se-r



Dirty Dan
"Tall blocks bite into soft and loose terrain. Large gaps provide the necessary self-cleaning and braking traction."

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Muddy Mary
"Our new grip monster. The aggressive intermediate profile grips firmly
on any terrain. The SnakeSkin sidewall saves weight without losing
stability, while our Triple Compound gives Muddy Mary the optimal
combination of easy rolling, durability and cornering grip. The
extremely 'sticky' competition compound, Gooey Gluey, has for the first
time been paired with a flexible underbody that achieves an acceptable
rolling resistance."


Muddy Mary Reviews:
When we were at N* riding Russ Hammerd4flat had his Schwalbe Muddy Marys snakeskin sidewalls pinch flat 2xs even with a DH tube. They seemed to hook up great but the rocky trails always would bite the sidewall with any sharp edges and we even ran higher pressure and still flats.-colin m

love this tire. Grips predictably and just flat out grips.-92se-r




\/__________SPECIALIZED__________\/


Chunder
The Chunder was designed to be our most versatile DH tire ever, with reinforced dual-ply casing to stiffen the sidewall, preventing pinch flats and improving cornering ability

Chunder Reviews:
rear: Specialized Chunder (I used the s-works casing, 2.4"): hooks to everything. tons of climbing and braking traction, cornering is also very good. a bit more vague feeling than the clutch (no siping on knobs I'm guessing). pretty slow rolling unless you're on looser terrain. s-works casing was pretty thin, a bit better than kenda single-plies though. I tore a hole in the sidewall that kept leaking... I would imagine the DH or SX casing to be on par with the clutch though.-Bryguy



Clutch
The Clutch DH and SX are designed for railing high speed turns and plowing over the harshest terrain, with a low knob pattern that provides the best mix of speed, traction, and control in intermediate conditions.

Clutch Reviews
(2.4 control or SX casing for trail duty, 2.5 DH for DH). very very sticky tire. I'm running a year old one with rounded off knobs and it still hooks up very well. braking is good, transition is good, corner knobs are great. no funny stuff, very predictable. going to the 2.5 just adds more grip. both are very large tires for their size as well, and not too heavy. Clears mud fairly well as well, if you happen to encounter it. worked very well in Oregon loam last summer (though I think anything might).-Bryguy

Clutch DH 2.5 front and 2.3 rear... Slow rolling, but predictable on turns and grips good...I've also used Spez Clutch SX 2.3 front and rear... Rolls faster maybe because of weight difference, everything else is the same with the DH version.-Alonzo



Hillbilly
"WORLD-CLASS FREERIDE/DH PERFORMANCE - DRY/HARDPACK CONDITIONS. Manipulating the knob pattern of the wet-weather Storm DH, we've created a moto-inspired knob pattern designed for drier conditions. Knurled knob tops enhance traction on roots, rocks, logs, off-camber drops…this tire tames them all."

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Post by Cap'n on Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:54 am

This is inspired by a thread on RM. Tire choices ABOUND! SoCal is it's own animal. So what's good nationally, may not be the best here. We need SoCal specific reviews. I'll post a pic of each tire in manufacturer alphabetical order. Post up your review and I'll add it to this original post. Review any DH/FR tires and I'll add. I'm not gonna put msrp because there are so many variations of each tire(ust, folding, steel, etc). Just assume 2.5 unless specified. Tell me if anything is incorrect in this list.

  • Have thoughts on one of these tires? Just post your review. I'll add it and delete your post.

  • Have thoughts on a tire that is NOT in here? Post a small pic and review. I'll add and delete your post.

  • Want a review of a tire not listed? Post the name of a tire you want to see. I'll add and delete your post.

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Post by ALONZO on Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:33 pm

MAXXIS Ardent 2.4 - Very unpredictable on turns with loose dirt. I played with air pressure from 35psi down to 23psi (I was also able to run this ghetto tubeless). I had 2 washouts and a lot of close calls... NEVER AGAIN!
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Post by STR8 DOWN on Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:20 pm

Kenda Excavator 2.5 - Excells in loose over hardpack conditions. Very predictable in turns and holds like nothing else in the loose stuff. Rolls pretty fast for such an aggressive tread pattern. Have only used in the front so far with a nevegal rear 2.35. Will run a 2.35 excavator in the rear soon. Let you know how it goes.

Definitely recommend this tire to all.
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Post by chuk2rs on Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:00 pm

I thought the ECavators were ok, but I personally had 2 tires have the bead separate from the sidewall, a buddy of mine had several do the same thing. I was telling Mint Sauce about it and he looked at his tire, and sure enough, same thing. I haven't heard about this on any other Kenda model.

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Post by COLIN M on Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:21 pm

When we were at N* riding Russ Hammerd4flat had his Schwalbe Muddy Marys snakeskin sidewalls pinch flat 2xs even with a DH tube. They seemed to hook up great but the rocky trails always would bite the sidewall with any sharp edges and we even ran higher pressure and still flats.
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Post by 92se-r on Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:28 pm

Nevegal: most overrated tire ever. Intermediate knobs are way too big. As a front tire in loose over hardpack we have here in socal, they are worthless. Corner knobs will never be used. Completely unpredictable. With that being said, i run a modified nevegal up front with all the intermidiate knobs cut off. The modified nevegal rocks. A few of my buddies finally tried it and they all love it. The modified nevegal is the cheapest grippiest tires around. Unmodified, they are an ok rear tire. Pretty predictable but only ok grip.

Muddy mary: love this tire. Grips predictably and just flat out grips.

Big betty: also love this tire, have not tried it in a while and want to try it as a rear with the muddy mary up front.


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Post by DHmental on Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:44 pm

I gotta try the modified nevegal thing. I have them on my trail bike and they suck ass on anything but wet. Not much of that in AZ!
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Post by STR8 DOWN on Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:50 am

chuk2rs wrote:I thought the ECavators were ok, but I personally had 2 tires have the bead separate from the sidewall, a buddy of mine had several do the same thing. I was telling Mint Sauce about it and he looked at his tire, and sure enough, same thing. I haven't heard about this on any other Kenda model.

Oh. hadnt heard of that. I will keep an eye on mine.
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Post by grantw on Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:17 pm

Minion DHF Fast rolling tire with great braking in the front, excellent turning traction, good in the dry and dusty, decent for hard pack and it is usable for wet stuff but if you can use something more wet-specific, do so. The tire runs more narrow than you would expect, 2.5 is like a 2.3. Flup the tire around and put it in the rear for a fast rolling, light, predictable rear that is remarkably good throught rocks, bites enough to cliff hang on off camber stuff, and floats through loose corners. It's hard to get to the amount of grip you get in the front with these, but they work great and are relatively cheap. These perform similarly to the big betty in my opinion.
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Post by Bryguy17 on Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:54 pm

current favorite front:

Specialized clutch in size to fit application (2.4 control or SX casing for trail duty, 2.5 DH for DH). very very sticky tire. I'm running a year old one with rounded off knobs and it still hooks up very well. braking is good, transition is good, corner knobs are great. no funny stuff, very predictable. going to the 2.5 just adds more grip. both are very large tires for their size as well, and not too heavy.

clears mud fairly well as well, if you happen to encounter it. worked very well in Oregon loam last summer (though I think anything might).



rear of choice:

Highroller (DH bike, 2.5" 3C flavor), at least for the DH bike. rolls nice, hooks up when I actually lean (and slides to tell me I'm being a pussy otherwise). fun tire, pretty drifty though unless you're really railing the corners. braking is nice. transition area is pretty vague though. super tacky compounds hook up better, but get shredded within a few days of riding.

I also use a specialized Eskar Grid on the back of the trail bike. rolls okay, hooks up okay, no surprises. braking is pretty good. GRID casings are legit though, especially if you run tubeless. I kept destroying sidewalls on the control and SX casing tires (chunder), but no problems for 9+ months on the eskar. wearing really well too.



others I've used:

front: nevegal - rolls slow, sticks if it's leaned. transition is very vague, can be unpredictable. when riding it, if in doubt, lean the bike more. it will usually hook up. they seem to track really well in loose rocks and babyheads though for some reason. think railroad bed gravel, but looser... DH casing/rubber is good. stickier rubber, and the sidewalls are nice and stiff. bitch to mount them at first though (expect a battle). standard single ply casings are rubbish compared to maxxis or speshy. high volume on all sizes compared to many.

front: 2.6 nokian Gazz jr.: sticks to most everything. great in sand, loose, etc (rocks fontucky conditions). very heavy, but with fantastically strong sidewalls (4ply casing). small knobs dont wear well though.

front: 2.8 michelin DH32 (now called wild gripp'r in 2.6" size (which is still the same size, but labeled differently)): HUGE tire. lots of floatation in loose stuff (sand, mammoth pumice, powder). not too heavy for the size though. traction-wise, its okay. braking is very good (never an issue), cornering is a little vague across the entire range though. never quite got that reassuring feeling of railing a loose corner riding it. casing is bulletproof. finished a race run from the horseshoe at bootleg to the bottom of reaper with it flat, and that tire is still going strong.

that said, if you like to cut your own treads, all the knobs are big and blocky, and would lend themselves well to customization. it is a pricey tire though, and a bit tricky to find.



rear: Specialized Chunder (I used the s-works casing, 2.4"): hooks to everything. tons of climbing and braking traction, cornering is also very good. a bit more vague feeling than the clutch (no siping on knobs I'm guessing). pretty slow rolling unless you're on looser terrain. s-works casing was pretty thin, a bit better than kenda single-plies though. I tore a hole in the sidewall that kept leaking... I would imagine the DH or SX casing to be on par with the clutch though.



rear: Maxxis Minion DHR: works nicely. great braking traction, fairly good cornering traction. not as slidey as a highroller, but doesn't really hook corners either (slides more than a DHF, at least the few times I've ridden a DHF). pretty good tire. casing is plenty strong for tubeless DH duty (only blew it up at bootleg, which noms on tires anyway). size is very good in the 2.5" size. not too big, not too small, good weight, etc.
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Post by Cap'n on Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:43 pm

Couple tires added. All reviews added. Looking good.

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Post by ALONZO on Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:57 pm

I've used Spez Clutch DH 2.5 front and 2.3 rear... Slow rolling, but predictable on turns and grips good...

I've also used Spez Clutch SX 2.3 front and rear... Rolls faster maybe because of weight difference, everything else is the same with the DH version...

Now I'm trying out the Spez butcher SX 2.3 rear... I'll wait till I get my 2.5 front when I get it from Mike L's shop, then I'll post a review on both SX's version... so far, I'm liking it!
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Post by BMeX on Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:29 am

Intense 909 2.7: Great in rocks, loose dirt, wet. Very high rolling resistance and wears fast, but it's biggest con is braking. Strong sidewalls, gave my pair away and they are still going strong.



DH32: Great all around tire. Very strong and very grippy and rolling resistance is acceptable for it's size (it rolls better than a couple of 2.5's I've ran). I did destroy it before I had a chance to evaluate wear or get it wet, but to be fair I'm not sure any tire would have survived that incident.



Maxxis Ardent 2.6: Fastest DH tire I've ever ran hands down, but the lack of intermediate knobs makes it very twitchy in quick changes of direction. So far it has grabbed when I needed it too, just remember to lean HARD. Time will tell if it makes me faster or puts me on my ass.
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Post by ALONZO on Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:28 pm

INTENSE EDGE [Freeride]: Anyone run these? Thinking of trying for front n rear
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Post by Cap'n on Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:32 pm

Added the 303, and your review Sean.

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:56 pm

ALONZO wrote:INTENSE EDGE [Freeride]: Anyone run these? Thinking of trying for front n rear
im selling 2 new intense edge dh 2.5 tires for $20 each. i rode the 2.35 tires and really liked them. cap'n sold me some conti diggas otherwise i would ride the intense.
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Post by BMeX on Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:21 am

ALONZO wrote:MAXXIS Ardent 2.4 - Very unpredictable on turns with loose dirt. I played with air pressure from 35psi down to 23psi (I was also able to run this ghetto tubeless). I had 2 washouts and a lot of close calls... NEVER AGAIN!



I'm still loving my 2.6, so much so that I think I'm done testing tires for a while. I was thinking about your experiences and I might be having such a good time on mine because of my super wide rim (doubletrack). I'm betting the wide rim has had an effect on the tire's profile.
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Post by Mudd on Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:35 am

I've been very happy with my Cam Zink 2.5" Geax Neurons.
Holds up on any surface. Grippy on the rocks and cambered areas and fast on the flat sections. Don't wear out fast like the Minions do.
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Post by ALONZO on Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:43 am

BMeX wrote:
I'm still loving my 2.6, so much so that I think I'm done testing tires for a while. I was thinking about your experiences and I might be having such a good time on mine because of my super wide rim (doubletrack). I'm betting the wide rim has had an effect on the tire's profile.

You are probably right, my rim would have gave it a more rounder profile where I would have to lean the bike harder to contact the side knobs with the dirt...
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Post by BMeX on Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:29 pm

I loved my Ardent but I haven't really tried too many other tires so decided to switch it up. Only took one day to fall in love with my new Continental Digga 2.5's. Rolling resistance was tolerable, much better tracking, great braking and tons of grab when leaned on. Thanks for hooking me up Steve!
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Post by STONE on Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:18 pm

So whats the best tires for these parts we ride at :)
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Post by 92se-r on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:25 pm

New favorite tire. Specialized Butcher Front/Rear. Came on my Demo. LOVE LOVE LOVE this tire.

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Post by jd"MF"grimes on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:40 pm

92se-r wrote:New favorite tire. Specialized Butcher Front/Rear. Came on my Demo. LOVE LOVE LOVE this tire.

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Post by chuk2rs on Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:54 am

I think Specialized would sell a lot more tires if they didn't say Specialized on them. They are great tires.

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