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Old 06-24-15, 08:52 PM
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New to the desert... Tires help?

Hey Y'all...

Back to the sport and forums after 7ish years away, dug out my old 2007 Kona Dawg and started hitting the Pheonix area trails, and quickly learned this Sedona desert is no joke, not like the terrain I rode in GA. My slightly worn out maxxis ignitors don't seem to have the punch...

I consider myself an All mountain rider, or I guess it's called Enduro now?? So I've been looking for a decently fast rolling, well climbing, loose/dry/hardpack grabbing cornering monster... I know that's wanting my cake and eating it too, but there's got to be something close right?

I thought about the Velociraptors, but they are a 2.1, I am worried that stepping down from a 2.35 to a 2.1 in this sandy and very bumpy terrain will be a step in the wrong direction. I also tend to go airborn a lot, and have taken a liking to downhills so the fatter tire is welcomed when I hit the ground again.

The nevegals seem to be a fan favorite, and the high rollers are there too.... Any advise?

I am new to the desert, been in it now for a 1.5 months.
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I am in San Diego and I think conditions here are similar but not exactly the same. hard pack dry loose rocky. My bike came with Slant Six. They get great reviews but not my thing. After soul searching and asking the local mechanic. He showed me several ways to go. I switched to a 2.3 Purgatory front and a 2.2 ground control rear. I do not think they cover the fast rollers for your requesting but check the other boxes.

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I've had good luck with Maxxis over the years, but their sizing is all aver the place. I've been testing some Michelin tires (RockR and GripR) and they seem up to the task. I particularly like th GripR Advanced compounds. I also ride in varying terrain, from desert to backcountry and they seem to be a decent compromise.
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Have you ever tried tubeless Schwalbe tires? I hate heavy tires and like love Racing Ralph Evos. Racing Ralphs are the gods of MTB tires. Robust snakeskin version on the back. How about a 2.3 Rocket Ron on the front and a 2.1 Racing Ralph on the back? I would just run 2.1 Racing Ralph on both and ride more conservatively but that's because I HATE heavy tires and trips to the emergency room. Sometimes I get about a dozen goathead punctures during a ride and they all seal up immediately. Lose maybe 5 psi when this happens. It's like a miracle.

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