All year MTB tyres?

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All year MTB tyres?

Postby monsterreggie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 18:28 pm

I am looking to replace my original-fitting Conti Mountain King 2.2s on my hardtail. I liked them but reckon there must be better...

I want tyres for trails and green lanes and probably a fair bit of tarmac in between. They'll be used all year round, wet and dry but won't be used for racing or serious downhill. They need to be fairly fast rolling and not too fast-wearing, but I can thankfully afford decent quality rubber.

I've been recommended Maxxis High Rollers by a friend but thought I'd throw it open....

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby querhoch » Thu Jan 10, 2013 19:44 pm

I use Kenda Nevegals on my hardtail. theyre a bit draggy on tarmac but not too bad, and they grip well in just about any conditions. theyre pretty hard so they'll last a fair bit. theyre a bit on the heavy side but thats the price you pay for such a tough all rounder.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby monsterreggie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 19:50 pm

Cheers querhoch. That sounds like the kind of thing and i've seen them recommended elsewhere. Do they do a lighter folding version, and is it any good?

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby Angry Bird » Thu Jan 10, 2013 20:04 pm

Maxxis Ignitors for me, they do some nice light folding versions. Seriously are great tyres and go fine summer through to winter and back round again.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby querhoch » Thu Jan 10, 2013 20:28 pm

the folding nevegals are excellent tyres. I dont use them because I ride a lot of rocky trails and prefer to have tougher sidewalls, but if youre not going to ride that sort of a thing then I totally reccomend them.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby Northwind » Thu Jan 10, 2013 20:32 pm

Nevegals are my default option, they can do a bit of everything though they're never the best at anything. Stick-e on the front, DTC on the rear. Not the fastest, but a great balance. Watch out for the OEM-spec wire bead ones, they're awful.

Nobby Nic Evos would do the job well but are expensive and wear hilariously fast (they're the only tyres I've ever been able to see wear after a single ride) Not the best in deep mud mind.

I think a better idea of your riding would help- what's a typical offroad ride, and what balance of road/offroad? (and is the road stuff just connecting offroad, or are there road-only rides, commutes etc?)
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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby cooldad » Thu Jan 10, 2013 20:37 pm

Angry Bird wrote:Maxxis Ignitors for me, they do some nice light folding versions. Seriously are great tyres and go fine summer through to winter and back round again.

I use these all year as well. Soft Exception compound.
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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby WindyG » Thu Jan 10, 2013 21:19 pm

Ignitors for me too, decent tyre in all conditions.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Jan 11, 2013 08:54 am

Panaracer Fire XC Pro folding (wired are the same compound but heavier - the folders can be had from about £20, wired from about £10), really good all round tyres which is why I use them as even in winter my rides can be muddy to grass to leafmould to slate (Cannock) with tarmac in between, not to draggy on the road and hang on well in mud.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby paulneenan76 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:30 am

^^^^^^^^^^^ This. I love mine. Although the Conti verticals I had a while back were pretty good too.
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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby lawman » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:49 am

Panaracer haven't made a decent tyres since the dart/smoke combo imo, they were awesome!

I run Nobby Nics in Gatestar compound, which can be had atm for £19 each from bike-discount.de, way less than half the UK RRP and they are very, very good. They're not brilliant in deep mud, but they're acceptable.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby lostboysaint » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:01 pm

Kenda Nevegal or Panaracer Rampage (same tyre) if there's lots of rocks and roots. As has been mentioned, they are a bit draggy on the tarmac and they do clog in bad mud.

Fire XC Pro, excellent allrounder.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby miss notax » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:07 pm

I like Panaracer tyres - Fire XC Pro sound ideal for what you're after :D
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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby qooqiiu » Fri Jan 11, 2013 15:25 pm

Continental X king claim to be a 'do it all tyre'.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby jairaj » Fri Jan 11, 2013 15:36 pm

Form my experience with the High Roller I'd say its for a rider who prefers more grip compared to less roll resistance don't sound right for you.

I personally use the Maxis Ignitors and highly recommend them I keep them on pretty much all year round apart from maybe the odd rare week where the trails are totally dry and dusty then I put on something on thats faster rolling.

But pretty much any of the usual suspects above will be up to the job.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby smegg40 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 15:42 pm

Rubber Queens 2.2,used to have Fire XC pros found them a bit unpredictable at times and easily bogged down in deep mud.

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby dusk » Fri Jan 11, 2013 18:14 pm

definitely not high rollers for what you'll be riding, nobby nics might be a good shout
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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby Paule37 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 14:40 pm

Well,took my Conti Rubber Queens black Chilis,2.2,out last night and loved 'em!!!Ate through all the mud,didnt lose grip at anytime whatsoever....gotta say even better than my mud specific tyres...i reckon i've found my perfect all rounder.Nice and comfy,you really can see & feel the quality....still a bit of testing to do but i have a feeling they'll fly through!

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby monsterreggie » Sat Jan 12, 2013 15:11 pm

Thanks all for the good, if differing advice.

My riding is mostly green lanes, dartmoor trails, muddy farm tracks and a good chunk of tarmac in between. I'm not hugely demanding of the tyres, as a more mature and less sporty kind of rider. I definitely need tyres without too much rolling resistance (or that unpleasant vibration that some tyres give) on the road, and not so soft compound that i wear a flat in the middle of the back tyre in a month or two.

Cheers again for the good advice....

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Re: All year MTB tyres?

Postby Bishbosh10 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 19:19 pm

Anyone seen better than £28.79 from tweeks for the 62a 2.1 kevlar beaded Ignitor?

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