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Old 07-02-11, 07:39 PM   #1
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Suggestion's For Really Top Shelf Mt Bike tyre's?? Thank You!

I wonder if you guys Had any other Suggestion For Really Top Shelf Mt Bike tyre that are worth the amount?

Also , I Would like to know If any of you have test out t the X-King line up From Continental??
SO far I like to try out the
X-King2.2 Protection 55-559 26 x 2.2 black Skin foldable
570 Grams 50 Minim 65Maxpsi

I'm already in love with there 700c Road Tyre's . My Set of Tyre are Gator's SKin in front and Hardshell In back. Only one Throne got threw my Reg Gator Skin tyre in 2 years. That was not a Gator Hardshell Tho
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Old 07-02-11, 09:01 PM   #2
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It would be quite handy to know what type of terrain, trail conditions and trail surface you wish to have a tire perform well in, for example do you wish to have one that works great for fast down technical (rocky and rooty)? One that grips well in muddy conditions? Do you want light-weight, fast rolling for dry, smooth singletrack? You will find that there are a good number of very, very good tires but each has its characteristics and compromises..A big fat cushy, sticky and knobbly downhill tire tends to be superb for technical downhill applications but are heavy, have sweat inducing rolling resistance on flats and steeps and generally suck for regular tame smooth trails..just the wrong tire for the wrong application yet it'll get 5-of-5 stars once reviewed and used for it's specialty. Fast tires tend to not have the best grip, puncture somewhat easily.

Right off the bat, the x-kings do look like a pretty nice tire. I have just had no experience with it say one way or another how it performs.

You really end up getting the "right" tire for the particular trail you ride and the type of riding you do.

Sorry not very helpful in stating what a 'top shelf' tire is, but again it all depends, it truly does. Schwalbe, Maxxis, Continental, Panaracer, Kenda are just some of the very well regarded brands.

I'll give you a for example of the tires I have on my bikes, although I like the tires I have a lot other more experienced riders might have more experience with a broader array of tires out there. I certainly am only familiar with a few because I use them, others have the experience of using dozens and have more fine tuned advise that I can offer.

On my SS Rigid 29er I have 2.1" Maxxis Crossmarks F&R, I tend to use my SS on fire road, gravel paths, and moderately technical (roots and rocks) in SE PA singletrack. These tires roll very well and I have not had any torn sidewalls altough I go thru pretty rocky areas. I really like these tires I dont tend to ride when it's actively raining out but I hear some folks say that on especially steep terrain on looser soil and across wet logs they have a tendancy to lose traction. I have not pushed this particular bike across that threshold in this scenario so for my application it has so far been stellar.

I have an FS AM bike that has WTB Prowler 2.5" in front and WTB Stout 2.3" in the Rear. They are quite heavy tires, are not appropriate for smooth singletrack as they have a high rolling resistance, you notice the extra effort and energy you expend pedaling and on soft ground and especially sand it'll wear you out...BUT when bombing down long steep technical descents I have cushion, control and grip to a degree that it is confidence inspiring. They are fat, cushy, sticky, knobby, heavy tires that are good at it's specialty but a chore for regular trails. I only ride this bike if I know I'm going to bomb down fast steep rocks, roots, loose descents...alas for me in order to go down I have to climb up and it kicks my @$$ when I do it...so into the granny gear I go and grind away until I make it up (or walk it up)...dems tha breaks! These tires on a big burly FS bike that probably weighs not too much under 40LBS is going to be a lot of work.

My XC 29er has Continental Race Kings 2.2, a great tire for smooth to mild terrain. roll quite well, have shallow tread that does not work so great in the wet or highly technical. Good at rolling over obstacles but not especially at "clawing" over them. A good lighter-thus-thinner tire to give you speed and control within it's performance envelope. Generally pretty grippy compound so does show some wear faster than others I have but not excessively so. A great tire if you need to race and ride a while when the weather and trail conditions are good (dry to damp)

That's just some...I have other bikes with other tires but you get the jist.. Also what is not uncommon is to get different types of tires for front and rear depending on the characteristics.. Easier rolling thinner (2.1" for example) on the rear with a grippier slightly more aggressive tread pattern for the front to give traction and control for descents and higher speed (2.3" for example) especially if you ride a trail with terrain varied enough to give you reason for specialization at either end of the bike..not an uncommon thing to do for Trail, AM and DH bikes.

The folks at forums.mtbr.com are great at drilling this detail down as they are purely dedicated to mtb and have a lot of knowledgeable folks.

Remember..state what bike you have, as best you can your terrain/trail and what characteristics you wish for..speed, traction in ups and/or down, wet/mud, bombing across and over roots and rocks...

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Old 07-02-11, 09:26 PM   #3
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Check out the new Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires. They're supposed to be the best all around, universal tires for most riding conditions.
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I had X-King RaceSport 2.4 and they were OK except that they wouldn't hold air as tubeless tires. I ended up giving two of the four to a friend who needed tires, and killed the other two while using them with tubes (one herniated casing, one major sidewall slice).

For cross-country riding, some people like the Schwalbe Racing Ralph too. They come in three widths (besides 700c cyclocross) and are tubeless-ready, not too heavy. I haven't tried them, the distributor was out of stock when I wanted to order them. In the meanwhile, I use the Continental Race King 2.2 Supersonic, which is German-made, very supple and easy-rolling, super-light for its actual size, and can give OK traction for cross-country on drier conditions, if it's run nice and soft. They don't resist sidewall cuts particularly well, and aren't intended for tubeless use.
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The only problem with the Hans Dampf is that for now it only seems to come in a 2,35 size, which for me makes it a little big for a rear XC/AM tire. I am waiting on the Kenda Slant 6 to get in stock which is supposedly also a good all rounder.
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The only problem with the Hans Dampf is that for now it only seems to come in a 2,35 size, which for me makes it a little big for a rear XC/AM tire. I am waiting on the Kenda Slant 6 to get in stock which is supposedly also a good all rounder.
Universal Cycles has those Kendas in stock. I think the Schwalbe's have better compound though and better puncture protection. But they're also almost 2x as expensive
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Old 07-03-11, 12:41 PM   #7
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They don't ship to here I don't think. I just have to wait til it is in stock again at CRC. Literally impossible to find the slant 6 in Germany =\.
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Literally impossible to find the slant 6 in Germany =\.
Cuts the other way too. Almost impossible to find Maxxis Wet Screams over here.
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I wish we had more deep mud over here...mud tires are on sale here constantly =P. I saw the wet screams for 25 euro or so the other day.
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