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Old 02-18-15, 12:27 PM
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Tire recommendation for 26" XC riding.

I am piecing together my 1996 specialized stumpjumper M2 frame and need some tire recommendations. The terrain will be mostly dirt single track that is fairly rooty with some leaf cover, but not all that loose. It gets ridden a lot so the dirt gets pretty packed down. Not too much mud since the locals prefer you don't bike it when it is really wet...apparently there is erosion and rutting issues. I will also be riding a trail system that has packed fine gravel like some of those rails to trails routes, but very twisty and hilly and no roots. I haven't been shopping for mountain bike tires since about 2001 so I don't know what is good and what is junk. I won't be racing, but will like the bike to be agile and fast feeling.

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I'd go Race King 2.2" for $25

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When I'm in a weight weenie mood, I go Kenda Klimax Lite.

Kenda Klimax Lite XC Tire 26x1.95 | Fast L3R compound | 345g
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I'm running 2.25 shwalbe rapid rob. I find they slip a little on the really loose stuff. But they're quick, Grabby on packed, and clean off well. I've read lots that shwalbe tread wears fast but I have about half a season on mine and they're not showing much wear and tear imo. Plus they have an option for neato white striping
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I'm running 2.25 shwalbe rapid rob. I find they slip a little on the really loose stuff. But they're quick, Grabby on packed, and clean off well. I've read lots that shwalbe tread wears fast but I have about half a season on mine and they're not showing much wear and tear imo. Plus they have an option for neato white striping
I've been dying to try some Furious Freds or Thunderburts but I haven't spent more than $30 on a tire since 1994, so gonna have to wait for the ultimate sale of sales to get up on those.
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I like using Specialized tires. Their prices are reasonable and setup the easiest for tubeless.

I run a S-Works Ground Control up front and a standard Ground Control in the rear. The GC is a bit of overkill in my area, which is mostly loose over hardpack...but I like the bit of extra traction at the expense of some rolling resistance. Its a pretty good all round tire if you're not sure of what tire to run. I'm going to put a Fast Trak in the rear when Spring rolls around.

I also have a Racing Ralph that I was trying to put on in the rear...but man...no matter what...I cannot get the bead to set on the rim.
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I like the Maxxis Ikon and Ardent Race. They're both 2.2" - I assume that clears your rear triangle and fork. (They also have a 2.35 Ikon, but that might not clear.)

The Ikon is extremely fast but it grips much better than you'd think, just looking at the tire. The Ardent Race gives up a little bit of speed in exchange for more grip, especially cornering in loose or loose-over-hardpack.

Since you said '1996 Stumpjumper frame' I'm not sure how new or old the rest of your components are... or your budget. On a tight budget, definitely scour the web for sales. Or get a Bontrager XR3 Comp from your local Trek shop. They might have to order it in, but they still have 'em, and for $35-40 they are hard to beat.
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I prefer the Maxxis High Roller II over the Ardent. I honestly think my 2.4s roll as well as, or better than, my 2.2 Ardents did and the bite is way better. I see that you can get the HR II in a folding 2.3 with the 3C compound - - I'd go that way.
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A High Roller 2 might be a tad overkill for XC and rails-to-trails.
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