Is the ardent 2.4 29er tire worth getting before the stout wears out?
I’m a bit over 200 lbs, have only a 29er uni (nimbus nomad). The only complaints I have about the stout are when I hop on a slanted surface (of course this NEVER happens on the trail ) I can feel the tire fold over. Also the tread is a bit on the light side for me. I’ve been running about 22 lbs in the stout.
I’m just wondering if it will make a big enough difference to warrant me getting one before I need to replace the stout due to wear.
Will running a heavy duty 26 DH tube in the stout make a big difference?
Yes, you are correct. It would be 150 for the frame, then some more coin for a seatpost. I’ve got a message into UDC to see if they will sell their 29 Muni frame. If not then I may go the KH route. It will still be cheaper than buying the KH 29er whole.
I know it sounds crazy but you could ask UDC if an ardent would fit, they might know. Also keep in mind that the nomad has a 38 mm rim and Ben is measuring the tire mounted on a 47mm rim, which will make a little difference in tire size.
I actually did ask them if the ardent would fit, I know, going directly to the source for the information I need is not usually what I do, but I tried it this time Good point about the rim size, I’m not sure how that effects the size of the tire though ( I know a wider rim seems to make the tire more square shaped, and a narrow rim makes it more rounded ? I dunno … )
I had a hunch that the ardent might fit, no one knew anything for sure about if it would fit or not and I figured there was only one way to find out for sure. I picked one up today at the local bike shop and also a HD downhill 26 tube. Slapped em on and it fits just fine, maybe a hair bigger than the stout, but nothing worth fussing over.
Took it for a spin and it was pretty sweet, a much better ride now. Was running 20 lbs and there was no sign of bottoming out or the tire flopping over like the stout did.
So the bottom line is the ardent does fit on the nomad.