Yep, tires. Please don’t beat me up…
I posted over in the reviews section but didn’t seem to get many suggestions there.
I know it’s been discussed a lot, but the few I’m looking at haven’t been discussed much.
I’m running a Duro right now, and actually don’t mind it. However, it’s heavy, and that’s finally starting to get old. For general riding I don’t care much, but any climbing at all starts to become a chore after so many miles.
I’m also planning a multi day epic next year, that’ll involve 5 of the local peaks all at once (read: some decent vertical). I really don’t want to be dragging a 3.5 lb. tire along with me, and I want to start trying some different ones out during the off season.
Soooooooo, here’s what I need to know:
I’m interested in 3 main tires, a Kenda Nevegal 2.5, Maxxis High Roller 2.4, and Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1. Obviously there is an oddball in there; the Panaracer is one of the highest rated XC tires on MTBR. However, the Panaracer is 2.1" and I’m running a 42mm rim. I know in theory it’d be fine, but I don’t wanna be worrying about blow outs riding Muni on it.
I’m also open to suggestions. I’ve been recommended Specialized, and they are still on the table, though there are no dealers near me. I’m trying to find something available locally (at my favorite LBS) before I go to the innernet.
I REALLY liked the look of the Continental Trail King, but it felt heavy, though the sidewalls felt bullet proof.
Bottom line, I’m looking for a mid weight XC/AM tire that is durable. Volume isn’t a huge deal as long as I don’t have to worry about blow outs.
Thanks to all, keep the rubber side down…