I’ve put some miles on my KH29 with its new Exiwolf 2.3 knobby tire, including some rainy, muddy rides recently.
Some reviews have said this tire’s weakness is the mud. I would further refine the comment. Flat mud is fine, better than the Kenda Klaw which came with my cycle, but the Exiwolf is weak for climbing muddy hills, especially long climbs. Sunday I was trying some hills I can usually make, but they were muddy and I couldn’t get up due to spinnout. Maybe it was too muddy for any cycle, but the knobs on the Exiwolf tire seemed to fill up and it became quite slick. It was muddy, but not that muddy, and I think the Kenda’s horizontal knobbies would have provided a better tool for the ascent.
That said - I love the Exiwolf for trails. It’s the first tire I would describe as “fun”. It blows the Kenda Klaw away for anything remotely loose or sandy and it’s much better for hopping and dropping. I’ll probably never put the Kenda back on my KH29.
I would say there’s more rubber all around. I’ve had many flats with the Kenda, including the one JustOneWheel is alluding to in LI. I don’t want it too heavy, but for Muni you need a tire that doesn’t puncture from teensy-weensie thorns, which the Kenda did.
Right. The Exiwolf clears vertically by a couple mm, and the BA2.35 clears by even less, so I’m just supposing the vertical clearance of the Weirwolf would be too much. Good to know the width is roomy enough for the LM, though.
After a year of riding, the Exiwolf 2.3 on my 29 was really worn. So I switched it out yesterday with a Prowler 2.1. I almost feel as if my uni is a stranger. We don’t handle turns as well and seem to be fighting the trails instead of working together especially the sandy ones
So I’ve ordered a replacement Exiwolf 2.3. In the meantime, I will try to play nicely with the Prowler. Then it take it’s propper place as a wall decoration for my garage.
While I am a regular reader of this forum, I rarely seem to have much to add to compared to your experience, but in this case perhaps those using the older KH29 frames might find this mod to be of interest. Please see Increasing tyre clearance on '05 KH29 The picture shows a BA 2.35
I would just add to what I wrote then that I believe the twisting which I can only detect when idling (IF the brakes are mounted) was present before I cut away part of the gusset.
Also, I am currently using the Choirmaster 29 x 2.35 (60-622) tyre http://www.unicycle.uk.com/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=978 which also fits fine. While too expensive, I have found this tyre to be much better for our conditions than the Klaw, both thanks to the extra volume and to improved traction, on our mainly dry and stony tracks. It also seems more stable at lower pressures on the KH rim.
Next, I will be adding a schlumpf hub, and am getting ready to grind the bearing holder lip.
My thanks to all the forum for all that you have collectively taught us.