Trailraker front and Fire XC Pro back?

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Trailraker front and Fire XC Pro back?

Postby Mark909 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 20:41 pm

Has anyone tired this combo? I was thinking of giving it a go for mixed woodland single track with a mixture of hardpacked mud with stretches of really wet soggy gloopy stuff with tree roots and rocky sections throw in.

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Re: Trailraker front and Fire XC Pro back?

Postby paulneenan76 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 23:07 pm

No to the trailraker bu I do run xc fire pro's 2.1 front and back. Took them out for first ride in average conditions - wet and boggy- and they worked a treat, very impressed. I was running Schwalbe on the back and conti vertical on the front. Very impressed with the verticals. The Schwalbe less so.

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Re: Trailraker front and Fire XC Pro back?

Postby warpcow » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:26 am

Trailrakers are pretty terrifying in anything but full-on, sloppy mud. I only ever run one on the rear, and not very often at that. They're very good at finding grip and driving you through bogs (or snow)

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Re: Trailraker front and Fire XC Pro back?

Postby widge34 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 14:07 pm

I run a Trailraker on the front and a Spesh storm on the rear.seems to be a great combo, have been told though that the tyres would probably be better switched around. I have to say hitting wet roots and rocks with Trailraker on front can be scary, but the front end feels great when in the mud.

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Re: Trailraker front and Fire XC Pro back?

Postby sofaboy73 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:45 am

try the trail raker on the back for traction (and, as not great in anything apart from full on mud, often less serious if it washes out) and a maxxis minion super tacky on the front. I use the minion front and a conti survival rear (don't think they make them any more) as my winter set up and works a treat in most situations

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Re: Trailraker front and Fire XC Pro back?

Postby nferrar » Fri Oct 12, 2012 09:03 am

Trailrakers on the front are horrible unless all you're doing is riding through gloopy mud (i.e. no hard pack, no root, no rocks). Mud-X works much better in a variety of conditions as isn't as grabby as a Trailraker. I personally stopped running Trailrakers front and rear once tubeless Mud-Xs were available and not regretted it.

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