Good 2.3 tyres?

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Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby nitro83 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 00:58 am

Hi everyone.
I'm after a affordable 2.3 tyres which can be reasonably light and grippy in the UK's wet conditions.Currently I have Continental Mountain King 2.2 MK2 but they don't feel grippy on wet roots and rocks, especially on the front, they perform well on dry conditions though.So my question is does anyone have experience with Continental Baron 2.3/Vertical 2.3/Gravity 2.3(they are around 35 quid for a pair in Chain Reaction at the moment).I ride mostly on red trails and some black parts XC/All Mountain.Thank you.

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby cooldad » Sun Jan 19, 2014 01:04 am

Nothing grips on wet roots.
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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby adamfo » Sun Jan 19, 2014 02:04 am

If you have the black chilli compound version you have plenty of grip compared with other tyres and good rolling resistance

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... -13-47236/

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby BigAl » Sun Jan 19, 2014 02:06 am

adamfo wrote:If you have the black chilli compound version you have plenty of grip compared with other tyres and good rolling resistance

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... -13-47236/

But, good as they are, they still won't grip wet roots. As CD says nothing does

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby warpcow » Sun Jan 19, 2014 09:06 am

I've been happy with the Black-Chili Baron I've been running the past couple of months. Noticably better than the usual High Roller and Minion I used to go between. Still, as above, grip on wet roots is relative: getting across them quickly is the best way of avoiding them.

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby alexthebear » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:18 am

Just remember that it was wet roots that gave NASA the idea for Teflon :wink:

About to order some conti rubber queens (black chili) flavour based on several other threads

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby nitro83 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:35 pm

Cheers lads, I'll have a look at the black chilly models eventually for the front wheel :)

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby POAH » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:39 pm

adamfo wrote:If you have the black chilli compound version you have plenty of grip compared with other tyres and good rolling resistance

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... -13-47236/


I have that tyre at the front and it doesn't grip a wet root any better than my age old year old panaracer XC pros.

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby cooldad » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:55 pm

POAH wrote:
adamfo wrote:If you have the black chilli compound version you have plenty of grip compared with other tyres and good rolling resistance

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... -13-47236/


I have that tyre at the front and it doesn't grip a wet root any better than my age old year old panaracer XC pros.


Because

cooldad wrote:Nothing grips on wet roots.


Roots are evil and exist only to cause you great pain.
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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby paul.skibum » Sun Jan 19, 2014 14:48 pm

The only tyre that gave me any confidence with wet roots that I have tried is a Specialized Clutch DH but I cant see you wanting it on a xc bike. Too heavy.
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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby adamfo » Sun Jan 19, 2014 15:38 pm

POAH wrote:
adamfo wrote:If you have the black chilli compound version you have plenty of grip compared with other tyres and good rolling resistance

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... -13-47236/


I have that tyre at the front and it doesn't grip a wet root any better than my age old year old panaracer XC pros.


I never mentioned wet roots !

I've also got a Hans Dampf Trailstar on my bike. The compound feels a little softer and grips slightly more on wet rocks at the expense of noticeably greater rolling resistance.

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby POAH » Sun Jan 19, 2014 16:30 pm

adamfo wrote:I never mentioned wet roots !


no but the OP did :wink:

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby lawman » Sun Jan 19, 2014 16:58 pm

Hans Dampfs are pretty good on wet roots but the sheer size can mean a few clearance issues this time of year, but overall a great tyre!

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby hainman » Sun Jan 19, 2014 19:55 pm

http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k371/a ... lding.html
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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Jan 19, 2014 20:18 pm

cooldad wrote:
Roots are evil and exist only to cause you great pain.


Roots are great! Without them we might as well ride on roads.

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby cooldad » Sun Jan 19, 2014 21:13 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:
cooldad wrote:
Roots are evil and exist only to cause you great pain.


Roots are great! Without them we might as well ride on roads.


I agree, but doesn't stop roots being evil. Look closely next time and you'll see their nasty little eyes watching you, just waiting.
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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby Cqc » Sun Jan 19, 2014 21:31 pm

And try the trail king(same as rubber queen) as opposed to the mountain king, for that extra grip

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby nitro83 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 15:20 pm

I think I'll go for Verticals they look Ok for the price :)

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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby widge34 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 19:33 pm

I have a BC Baron for sale in the classifieds.
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Re: Good 2.3 tyres?

Postby The Rookie » Tue Jan 21, 2014 03:55 am

If you have OE MK's with wire bead, then they are rubbish and proper MK's (with rubber instead of plastic for the tread) are much much better.

I agree with CD, the roots all have eyes, but you won't see them, they are on the trailing side so they can see you crash, they don't need to know you are coming to trip you up, their special excretion developed over 1000's or years of evolution to be the slipperiest substance on the planet sees to that.


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