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Tire Opinions

Postby Cbo-pleasanthill » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:23 am

I've been running the Specialized Ground Control 29x2.3 for a while and have been pretty happy...far more durable than the Scwalbe Nobby Nicks and I had been running, and cheaper/lighter too. Considering switching things up a bit and looking at Maxxis High Roller II. I know Maxxis makes good tires, but just looking to hear if others have had decent luck with them around KC and if anyone has compared the Ground Control with the High Roller II.


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Postby No_Kickstand » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:49 am

I just mounted the HR2s on my bike last week and took a first ride yesterday. The sidewalls seem stiff and I am playing with air pressures but it seems you can run them pretty low I started at 26/28 front/rear but am probably down to 22/24 now and may go down further.

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Postby watts888 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:55 pm

on 2.4" maxxis ardents, about 29R/25F on i29 rims and weight 240lbs. No complaints about cuts/tears yet. I probably don't push them as hard as many around here, but I still hit them hard.
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Postby swedishfishmx » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:05 pm

I bought some Maxxis Ikon's in a 2.35 a couple of months ago and so far I'm super happy.

That being said I had Specialized Purgatory in the front and a Ground Control in the rear. I've also ran the Ardents, but in the smaller 2.3. They worked pretty well too.
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Postby chelboed » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:15 am

Long time Kenda user moved to Maxxis Ardent 2.4.

Fat, strong, good for lower pressures. Prefer the shorter knob/fat casing over the bigger lugged tread for KC.

DHF front / Ardent rear may be the best of both worlds... but Maxxis as a brand is a top choice.

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Postby ScottL » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:37 am

I have pretty limited experience as I get something that works and stick with it.

I had a WTB Trailblazer 2.8 on my 27.5+, and last fall cut it up pretty bad on the Back 40 down in Arkansas, which has notoriously sharp rocks. So that night I bought a High Roller II in Bentonville and wow, it is durable and I love how it climbs in rocky tech stuff. I have cut the sidewall once(last March at Leatherwood) and patched it, no problems otherwise and I've put ~500 miles on it. I still have the stock WTB bridger on front, which I do like as it is a 3" with a big round profile and pretty large knobs, though it looks more like a tight grid pattern compared to the HR2. It is holding up, but I am thinking about the DHF to replace it at some point. In the past i used to go more fast track on my old 26" HT 2.2", but since I got this bike, I'm liking the more aggressive tires and taking tech stuff faster than I ever dreamed of(as i moved up to a bigger wheel, tire, fork, etc... from my old 26er).

Prior to getting the 27.5+ bike, I also got new wheels for my rigid SS 29er a year ago and went with 2.4 Ardent's(which barely fit) and do like them. In fact, going from those to the 2" tires it previously had lead me to want to move to a plus size bike. Then my old 26er broke and finally pulled the trigger last fall. Anyway, I find Ardents pretty fast rolling and durable, but they don't hook up on rocks as well as the High Roller II on my 27.5+. I run them at 18psi, on Stans Arch EX rims, and have no issues. They make that rigid SS a more fun ride by far. The old 2" tires were on non-tubeless rims setup tubelss, so I kept them at 25psi min, which was a rough ride.

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Postby RiceBurner » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:28 am

Maxxis Ardent Race Maxx Speed is my new favorite. Been waiting for a Maxxis to make a Mid-West XC tire. They did, and it rocks. Definitely a summer tire. Rode everything mentioned, they all have their give and take.

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