Just curious on what the consensus is these days. I’m currently using a Vee crown gem 2.6. What I’ve noticed is that it seems to have a tendency to slip on roots when climbing over them. My daughter likes the Duro Wildlife, but that is one heavy tire. There’s also the big roller in 2.8.
Apparently the Gazzaloddi used to be the best, but those are rare these days and used ones have ridiculous prices on ebay.
So for those of you who still ride muni on 24ers, what tires do you like and why?
Maxxis High Roller 24 x 2.5 1150g (I like this tyre but it’s hard to get)
Specialized Big Roller 24 x 2.8 835g - some camber initally
Kenda Slant Six 24 x 2.6 ~750g - haven’t tried yet
Maxxis Hookworm 24 x 2.5 (not an offroad tyre, good for other surfaces though)
Holy Roller 24 x 2.4 730g (not so wide but nice to use)
Innova Pro Podium 24 x 2.8 785g - i don’t know about this but worth a look
The camber effect is reduced on the Hookworm if you pump it to maximum pressure but the grip is even worse then.
My 29 road uni has a Maxxis Torch 29 x 2.10. Less than half the weight of a Hookworm. Excellent ride and grip, low rolling resistance and minimal camber effect. My rim is only 38 mm wide though. Might be a bit small for a 48 mm rim.
I love to ride my 24" Muni and the best tire is the Duro Wildlife, but it’s very heavy 1,49 kg the tire. And the tire works well in mud, in too much mud it’s a little bit slippery but it goes. If you won’t you can slide 1-1,5 meters with it in the mud. Keep cool on your Muni if you slide, when it goes very well with this tire.
The second 24" is more a road runner but I used sometimes for rode some Muni with it. The Tire is the Innova. It have not the crazy Profil and always i slipped in the mud and I have many problems to hold me on my Muni. For Road it’s pretty well, it works good, in the Wood it’s not so good or i makes something wrong with the air pressure, I don’t know it.
For hard Muni is the best tire for me the Duro Wildlife and it have a long life like 3 years and then you don’t have a profile on the tire, then you slide on the mud very well. I know that I have practice that… it’s not the best feeling.
I’ve tried a few rides now on a Big Roller and on the whole I think it is an improvement. I put a c-clamp around the tread on both it and the Vee Crown Gem that it replaced to accurately measure tread width. Both were spot on with their advertised measurements of 2.8" and 2.6". The Duro Wildlife on my daughters uni also measures 2.8", although that is advertised as 3.0". I think the Big Roller has a little bit more cushion to the ride and rides over obstacles slightly better. Hopping seems to be improved. It seems to like higher pressure though. I got a pinhole leak somewhere in the tire changing process and did my first test ride at low pressure and it did not like to turn at all. Grip seems to be better than on the Crown Gem. Tire tread is similar on both and much less aggressive than on a Duro.
I’ve been trying to learn backwards riding for the past few months and after changing to this tire it seemed noticeably more difficult. I simply was not riding as far or as consistently. Maybe I was just having a bad day though or I haven’t become accustomed to it yet. So far backwards riding seems to be the only negative change I have noticed.