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Old 08-16-22, 06:24 AM
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Tires for Tallahassee

I have been in Florida (Tallahassee) for 6 or 7 years now and am back to riding more off the road on my mountain bike after a hiatus. Tallahassee is hilly for Florida, but obviously we don't have mountains. We also have very little mud. We mostly have packed sand. My daily riding has been a mix of pavement, a little grass, a lot of packed sand, and very little mud. There are lots of root in the singletrack portions, but very few rocks. One bike has a pair of Stan's Ravens that need to be replaced soon the other has a pair of Kenda Slant Sixes that have some life left in them. Both seem to work well enough here.

The worn out Ravens are 29x2.1. Whatever i replace them with should serve well here. It would be nice if they weren't terrible if i travel somewhere with mud and rocks, but that isn't a requirement. I am willing to swap tires for travel if what I wind up with is really unsatisfactory for a trip to somewhere. I probably have some suitable mud tires around for both bikes. For sure I do for the 26" one (even a spare wheel setwith tires mounted). For the 29er I have the original wheelset with the original tires, but I don't recall what they are. I don't think they were too bad.

So, any suggestions for something that suits the terrain here? I am considering the Small Block 8, but am open to suggestions.
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Old 08-29-22, 08:00 AM
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I have the same issue here in Tallahassee. it’s the loose sand on the trails and forest roads that get me. The Continental Cross Kings look good, and I may switch to those at some point.
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What are the largest tires you can fit? I am using Maxxis Ardent 29 x 2.4" tires on one of my bikes and it seems to perform well in sand (relatively well ) --

But the Ardents have a smaller tread design - probably more similar to the Slant Six, - not as fine tread as a Small Block 8 -
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Sorry I didn't reply. I don't find I ride in that much sand here it is sandy, but most of my trails are hard packed sand. There are probably loose sand trails nearby, but not where I have been riding. I wound up buying some Kozmik Lite II Pros and they have been working out well. I may branch out to the surrounding area where I may find I need a sand tire and if so I'll have to put some on my second set of wheels.
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