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Tire for a 29" hardtail

Old 07-13-20, 03:30 PM
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Tire for a 29" hardtail

Yes, another "which tire" thread...

29". hardtail. (REI Novara Ponderosa ~2012)
San Diego CA area (ie dry, a bit rocky, lots of steepness)
Has stock 2.25" WTB ? tires (rear is almost gone, front has OK tread still on the centerline)

My dilemma is that I usually ride the hardtail to the trails ( 5-7 miles pavement and 10-15 miles dirt is normal) and an occasional commute (30 mile round trip) so I want something that is not too slow on pavement and has a reasonable centerline for those moments.

Suggestions?
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Old 07-13-20, 03:40 PM
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Make sure that it comes with a lockout knob for those smooth paved roads.
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Old 07-13-20, 03:43 PM
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Small Block 8's or any of the similar options, there are a few now.
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Old 07-13-20, 04:12 PM
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It has a lockout. I am only looking for tire suggestions here though as the rear tire has almost worn off the tread blocks completely...
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Old 07-13-20, 05:48 PM
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I think you might enjoy a wider tire. In repeated tests, wider tires actually roll better and faster. Can your bike handle a 2.6"?
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Old 07-13-20, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by SoldSpartan View Post
Make sure that it comes with a lockout knob for those smooth paved roads.
Tires with lockouts?
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Old 07-13-20, 06:23 PM
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I ride my hard tail XC 50+ miles mixed terrain with 2.25 WTB Bee Line/Nine Line TL. Previous tires I tried were Conti Trail King and Schwalbe Nobby Nic, both too much geared towards rougher trail and loose and not XC in my opinion and noticeably slower on anything hard. Bee Line and Nine line are discontinued but I bet the 29'r version of the Riddler would be a close second if less mud is involved. Any "Cross Country" or XC designated tire would be a good place to start. There are lots of choices.

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Old 07-13-20, 07:33 PM
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I love Continentals cross king in 2.2 with black chili compound. Don't think they have a tubeless version though. When mine wear out I'll probably look into a tubeless wheelset and tires.
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Old 07-13-20, 07:41 PM
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WTB Riddler 2.25 inch
Panaracer Gravelking SK 50mm
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Maxxis Minion DHR II Mega Exo

Not entirely kidding... I want my trail tires to work on the trail and I'll tolerate wear elsewhere. I am using a less aggressive rear tread than the front, though.
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Old 07-14-20, 07:58 AM
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Not sure how wide I can go, but the 2.25 leave a lot of room so maybe...
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Old 07-14-20, 09:01 AM
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Maxxis Ikon
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Old 07-14-20, 02:47 PM
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Well after a bit of digging around I ordered a Continental Race-King Protection from Amazon. I really like the reviews I saw for bot the Ikon and the Mezcal but I could not find them for less than ~$68 where the RaceKing was about $50 and had a good review at https://www.bicyclerollingresistance...rotection-2020. Hopefully it won't be too fragile or quick-wearing. Sizewize I got a 29x2.2 after realizing my current tires were only a 2.1 so I was not sanguine about fitting a 2.4"+ tire and this is for the rear anyway and it seems most people but the bigger tire on the front (opposite of on road where I spend more time).
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Old 07-15-20, 11:43 AM
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My cross king protections have worn very well with all the pavement I've put on them. They're also very fast to me, so I was surprised to read that Continental uses different black chili compounds, and the cross kings are supposedly "much slower" then the race kings!
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Old 08-02-20, 12:54 PM
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Vittoria Martello worked well for me in this kind of half trail and half commuting scenario
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Old 08-04-20, 06:32 AM
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Maxxis Ikon
I'll second the Ikon. I also ride to my rides, and this tire works well on the road and on New England singletrack. I also use the Maxxis Ardent for more technical trails, and while they are a bit slower than the Ikons on the road, they are still acceptable on the road and the knobs are holding up surprisingly well.
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Old 08-10-20, 10:25 AM
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The race Kings roll fast. I like the traction.

If you ride shale, the sidewalls aren't up to the task. I got a huge gash, that I tried like hell to repair but ultimately, is not salvageable - right where it's printed "shield wall system"
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Old 08-17-20, 06:06 AM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I ended up getting a Conti race-king (2.2) I found on sale. Have had it on the front with the old rear for ~200 miles and its definitely an improvement on the WTB Nano 2.1 that wore out. I am waiting for delivery of a 2.3" cross-king which when it arrives will go on the front and the race king will switch to the back. There are other tires I wanted more (Mezcal & ikon) but the crossking was only $31 and basically the set cost just slightly more than one tire of either of those.
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