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Hi all, I know is a never ending subject:) I have a specialised enduro bike, I would want to ask what is your opinion on a not expensive agresive-ish tyre. I am interested in very good cornering and good grip. I will use it as everyday tire, I do a mix of trails (to get to where the fun starts) and fun=more extreme lose stone, roots, small drops, loose ground. What is out there at a better price than magic mary or hans damf?:)
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LE. more research point to Minion DHF as a good all arounder and predictible in most of the conditions but what about
Specialized Butcher Control 2BR 26X2.3? it's cheaper..
 

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Minions offer grip at the cost of weight and rolling resistance. The Butcher is a good tire, some will say it is great.

Bontrager has a couple models that receive consistent good reviews. I'm liking Conti's, Michelin's and Onza's at the moment.
 
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Hi all, I know is a never ending subject:) I have a specialised enduro bike, I would want to ask what is your opinion on a not expensive agresive-ish tyre. I am interested in very good cornering and good grip. I will use it as everyday tire, I do a mix of trails (to get to where the fun starts) and fun=more extreme lose stone, roots, small drops, loose ground. What is out there at a better price than magic mary or hans damf?:)
Thank you!

LE. more research point to Minion DHF as a good all arounder and predictible in most of the conditions but what about
Specialized Butcher Control 2BR 26X2.3? it's cheaper..
What are you currently running as a front tire? Make, model, casing...width?
 

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Michelin wild rock'r2. Chainreaction has great deals on them now. They are amongst the best dry, loose, rocky tires I've tried. Under 40 right now on CR.

I'm not a fan of the newer butcher tread pattern. Not sure why specialized dropped the original pattern designed by Sam Hill?
 

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I'm a big fan of Hans Dampfs, the 2.35's are fairly massive and a respectable weight for the type of tire. I'd look for a sale though, their MSRP is high, but they can often be found for 50% off or better.
 

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I use now a chaoyang gladiator tire - 26x 2.25, I don t like it, has no grip when cornering. I used before an Wtb vigilante, great tire! I use it now at the back, this is the reason why I am looking for a new tire for the front wheel.
 

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What are you currently running as a front tire? Make, model, casing...width?
I use now a chaoyang gladiator tire - 26x 2.25, I don t like it, has no grip when cornering. I used before an Wtb vigilante, great tire! I use it now at the back, this is the reason why I am looking for a new tire for the front wheel. What do you think about High Roller II exo for air tube?
 

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Michelin wild rock'r2. Chainreaction has great deals on them now. They are amongst the best dry, loose, rocky tires I've tried. Under 40 right now on CR.

I'm not a fan of the newer butcher tread pattern. Not sure why specialized dropped the original pattern designed by Sam Hill?
Thanks for the tip, I'll check the website!
 

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I am actually running the old Fat Albert 2.4 in the front with a Hans Dampf 2.4 in the back and it works great. This is my "traction" combo. If I want just speed, I use X-kings 2.4.
 

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Yeah i'll vote for 2.35 minion 3c exo blah, blah.. a worthy do it all tyre.
in my 15 years riding trail, DH and now Enduro the conversation begins and ends with the 2.35 (or 2.5 if you can find one) Minion DHF 3C. You "might" find a tire that's as good, or almost as good, but there are none better. I'm a sucker for components, clearance sales and tinkering with my bikes. I've tried almost everything and the Minion DHF is it.
 

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DHR2 is a great front tire. The DHR2 is arguably a better front than rear tire. Think DHF that's more buttoned down in the corners (not as loose when transitiong from center to shoulder luggs) and better braking. It will roll a little slower but not as much as you might think. It handles mud better than DHF while still being an excellend dry tire. You can mix and match DHF and DHR on either ends. Can't go wrong with either minions.

Do check chainreactioncycles for whatever you end up going with. They've been beating just about everyone on prices. If you want to stock up they are currently offering a 20$ off code for orders over 150. I just ordered 4 tires and used that code so I eneded up spending less than 35 per tire shipped for a mix of michelin and maxxis tires. If you've never ordered from them I think they always have a 10$ off new customer code.
 

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I ride dry, crushed granite over hardpack, locally in PHX area. Ton's embedded and loose rocks, scree. I've run too many front tires to remember (Fat Alberts, Kenda, Speshy Purg (like that), to name just a few. I come back to DHF over and over though. That's my go-to. Currently using 2.5wt/exo/dc/3c?. Nothing is perfect in loose scrabble but I've never found a tire "better".
 

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I ride dry, crushed granite over hardpack, locally in PHX area. Ton's embedded and loose rocks, scree. I've run too many front tires to remember (Fat Alberts, Kenda, Speshy Purg (like that), to name just a few. I come back to DHF over and over though. That's my go-to. Currently using 2.5wt/exo/dc/3c?. Nothing is perfect in loose scrabble but I've never found a tire "better".
Have you tried the wild rock'r2? It's a dry specific tire that works very well in the desert. I'm not saying it's better than the DHF, that really comes down to what traits you're looking for, but I will say the WR2 brakes, and climbs tech better when conditions are dry, hard and rocky. It corners really well too considering it has a defined drift zone like the DHF. I love the DHF, and feel it's a little more versatile considering it can handle some wet conditions, it digs better than the WR2 when you have softer soil, but when it comes to straight dry and rocky, the WR2 is pretty amazing. Anyone that rides desert and likes aggressive tires will probably love them. Good casing for AZ rocks that will pinch casings like nowhere else. Their compounds are excellent too. If you ride Sedona from time to time you'll be blown away with how well they stick to steep redrock lines. Climbing traction is great too. First time I ran a WR2 in Sedona I cleaned the climb to cowpies finding traction in spots that usually force me to push. On steep rock lines braking power over the DHF is very apparent. They are a proper 2.35 too unlike some 2.3's on the market. Once stretched they often measure up to 2.4 or a hair over.

I would be surprised if any AZ rider didn't like them, though I'm not saying you'll like them more than the DHF. That depends on what you want out of your tires. I don't view tires as "better" just different traits. There's certainly crap tires out there, but once you find a few patterns that do what you want there is no better, just what you want for different conditions at any given time. The DHF will always be in rotation for me. There's a reason it's been around unchanged for so long.
 
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