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Old 10-31-09, 08:20 PM   #1
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Alright seriously here ballers...2.3 or 2.5?

I'm fixin' to put in my order for some K-Rads and I'm still on the fence. I'm planning to pop up over some ledges and hop some benches. I want to launch some stairs. Maybe once in a great while take it to the trails. I'm leaning toward the 2.5's but I don't want to disappoint myself by going overboard. I don't suppose I'll be doing any intricate Park riding b/c I'm too old and oafish to learn how to "flair" at this point. I will be dropping docks and hopefully one day learning to 3.

Scrub...what where you using on the Flow? I don't recall.
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Run small block 8's if you plan on taking it to the trails once in awhile.
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Dirt tires, since it was built up as a trail rig for me. 2.1 and 2.3 meats of the Nevegal variety, and something else I don't recall what was.

Suppose it gets down to: one do it all set of tires, or swap tires from trail to dirt?

I like the short knob dirt tire idea, but maybe something with a bit more toothiness than the SB8?

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...r+Ss+Tire.aspx

Or Maxxis Ignitor?

Treaded, but not super huge chunky blocks.

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Yeah...if I weren't roped to Kenda...I'd prob. give Maxxis a gander. It's mainly going to be a pavement pounder, so the KRads are ma meats.
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What's Maxxis?

Go with the 2.5s.
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I have the ingitors, work great on the trails, I think they are a little to agressive for the road still, they grip well on all surfaces however. I've only had a major slip once, and I was riding on a very steep slanted, wet brick/cobblestone surface.
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I have the ingitors, work great on the trails, I think they are a little to agressive for the road still, they grip well on all surfaces however. I've only had a major slip once, and I was riding on a very steep slanted, wet brick/cobblestone surface.
Good to know cheeto. Glad you like them.




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I really like the holly roller a lot better than the Krad. The Larson TT would make a great all around tire as well.
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I have the 2.3 K-Rads. They are pretty nice and wear forever. I would get the 2.5 if I did it again though. If you believe the Kenda website, they are essentially the same weight. The 2.3 can run a higher pressure though.

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2.5 as long as they fit. bigger is mo betta.
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Better yet, stop recommending. Recommend after you have some years and have ridden some.
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Better yet, stop recommending. Recommend after you have some years and have ridden some.
And have tried/used enough different tires to have a viable opinion.
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2.5 F
2.3 R

SB 8's F are terrible on any kind of dirt. Larsen TT R not much better.

If you weren't gargling kenda koolaid, I'd recommend Vulpine 2.1 R, Mutano raptor 2.4 F. That setup is hardpack/pumptrack trailworthy and worked well for me at Rays this weekend.
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Those 2.5 Kendas you have pictures of in your other thread look like balloons. Not that that is a bad thing or anything...
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2.5 F
2.3 R

SB 8's F are terrible on any kind of dirt. Larsen TT R not much better.

If you weren't gargling kenda koolaid, I'd recommend Vulpine 2.1 R, Mutano raptor 2.4 F. That setup is hardpack/pumptrack trailworthy and worked well for me at Rays this weekend.
Interesting...I was thinking about the 3/5 setup...but then I thought...what am I gaining there for my application? Def. on a pump track...I can see the cornering benefit up front and a snappier acceleration and less mass to hoist around. Is this the motive?

But for 99% urban...would I benefit as much? Should I get the 5/5 for loading dock drops. (to flat) I've never been so "on-the-fence" about meats b/c I've always purpose-built for trails. That's alot easier for me for some reason.

Good suggestion, man. Now I'm even more on the fence.




Okay...Gastro has brought something new to the table. 2.3 Front / 2.3 Rear is now dead. I won't even entertain that thought anymore. It's either 3/5 or 5/5. I'm typing this and liking the thought if it more and more...even as I near the end of this sentence I'm starting to close the door on 5/5...oh wait...it's closed. I just closed it.

2.3/2.5 hmmm...


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I went from a SB8 F/R to a Nev F / SB8 R on the crapper...oh what a difference in confidence and stability.


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Hey Ed Macaskall

The reason I'd go with the smaller rear is for SPEED. It's important for my style of erbun riding, which is a lot of banks, gaps, transitions, & short run-ins. I haven't dropped a dock or landed on stairs in years - NTTAWWT. I used to do it on 1.95's though, if that makes things any simpler.

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The reason I'd go with the smaller rear is for SPEED. It's important for my style of erbun riding, which is a lot of banks, gaps, transitions, & short run-ins.......
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True dat! I wish the flying w could have been here to expound on new rubber.
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I can't offer any advise on the type of urban riding you do, but i do ride the same downtown section as you and a 2.0 Maxxis minitaur with 28 PSI had me hitting the rim while climbing stairs on a tubeless setup yesterday. However I did take this same setup off the judicial center drop to tranny on the carbon hardtail. It was butta. Don't know if that helps at all.
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Panaracer Fire XC Pro?????? They are good all around. I like smoke/dart but those are horrible for the road.
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