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Old 06-19-05, 11:26 PM   #1
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lots of trail pics and tire question

I need some help to choose UST tires. I'm currently using Hutchinson Python UST tires. They are good in general, but I need more traction while climbing and cornering. I chose Pythons because I ride on road as well.

Here are some pictures of the trails I ride. I thought it would be easier than to explain it

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Old 06-19-05, 11:34 PM   #2
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nice trail!!!

I like to run these Kenda Sticky E, they are 2.35's though. Not sure what size your looking for but these grip very good in looser stuff and flys on the hardpack.
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Old 06-19-05, 11:52 PM   #3
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I don't think 2.35's will fit, or may be they'll fit but it will be very very close. I'd say 2.1 2.2 max
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Kenda Nevegal Lite 1.95 Stick-E's UST's!!! IMO, best tire out there right now! Actually, the Nevegal is the best tire out there period (in any size)! I run them on all my bikes. The 1.95's on my HT, the 2.35's on my Kona, and 2.5's on my DH bike!

Of course they're one of my sponsors so I might be a wee bit biased...
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I don't know if I agree its the BEST ...but I run one on the rear of my bighit and the nevegal is definately up there with the best I have tried.
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Thank's guys . Another question: How is the compound of the Nevegals? I think I'd rather have softer compounds for more traction. Don't really mind how fast they wear out (well... I mean reasonably fast).

There are also some other brands (like panaracer fire xc, hutchinson bulldog, or etc.) with similar pattern, like square knobs. Do you think they would also work well?

Today, I tried to concentrate on tire related problems while riding. The front tire washes out in some corners like in the 1st picture. Also, climbing solid rocks like in 6th picture is almost impossible, because there is no traction. May be I have wrong pressure or something, but these are the biggest problems I have now.
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Take a look at the Nokian Gazzaloddi Dual 2.1. It has a soft dual compound and offers a lot of grip and would be perfect for those conditions.

As far as the front washing out, where is most of your weight when turning? It should be low and over the front more then the rear. Aslo, what psi do you run in the tires? If you run a high psi it will also tend to washout more.

You should be able to clear those rocks easily since they are dry. Again, it could be your tire pressure or to hard of a compound. You should also hit them with some momentum which will make it a lot easier to get up and over.


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As far as the front washing out, where is most of your weight when turning? It should be low and over the front more then the rear. Aslo, what psi do you run in the tires? If you run a high psi it will also tend to washout more.
Sometimes, when I'm relaxed, and see an obstacle in the last moment, I quickly change direction to go around it. If the front washes out in this situation (and it usually does) it's totally my fault. Being caught unprepared. When I'm in the right riding position, it doesn't happen a lot, but it doesn't feel right either. I mean, I can't turn in confidently. I run the tires as low pressure as possible, around 28-29 psi.

Well, I don't know, may be it has nothing to do with the tires, may be it's just a combination of many things, like the surface, my riding style, fork...


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You should be able to clear those rocks easily since they are dry. Again, it could be your tire pressure or to hard of a compound. You should also hit them with some momentum which will make it a lot easier to get up and over.
I don't have any problems when I hit them fast. As you said, momentum helps me keep going. But imagine same kind of rocks with no room to speed up before. There is seriously no way I can clear those. One pedal stroke, it slides, and I clip out. I'm pretty sure that doesn't have much to do with my riding, or climbing technique. It must be either the rocks (some are polished with tires) or my tires

Thank you
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Hey those trails look awesome. Lots of man made stuff there. Nice!
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