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    New Tire Questions

    I need to buy new tires for my 2004 Specialized Rockhopper. The original tires are 26x2.00's. Is it possible for me to go with a wider tire on this bike? Advantages/Disadvantages? I have read stuff about going with a wider tire up front? I am new to mountain bike tire selection, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    What type of riding do you do?

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    Sorry, I guess that detail would help... I ride a little bit of everything, with the exception of pavement.

    Also, I am a big guy, 6'1" 220lbs, if that matters.

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    Hmm so more like an all rounder? I would look at the Maxxis Highroller, 2.35" at the front and 2.1" at the rear and the Kenda Nevegal 2.35" front and 2.1" rear DTC version. The DTC version will last much longer then the stick-e version especailly if you are going to ride on pavement. The Continental Vertical Pro 2.3 is also something to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sS-bEn
    Kenda Nevegal 2.35" front and 2.1" rear DTC version.
    Run a Blue Groove in front, it's basically a directional Nevegal. Make sure wider tires will clear your frame/fork tho.

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    i say this to all of the people that ask tire questions. the best place to ask about tires is at your lbs. go in there and say the place you ride and they will be able to give you a tire that has worked the best for them.

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    You could run much larger tires in the front and rear. They feel much better, roll over rocks and objects better, but weight a little more. I hardly notice the difference in weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason222
    You could run much larger tires in the front and rear. They feel much better, roll over rocks and objects better, but weight a little more. I hardly notice the difference in weight.
    If he has disc brakes. If not, there are may be clearance issues with the v-brake pads on front tire. I have a Stumpjumper with a Manitou shock that always hangs up on the brakes for any tire over 1.95". It's a true pain in the nether regions to have to deflate the tire every time you what to remove the wheel.

    If you have discs, you can put as wide a tire as you want in there.
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