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I am looking to purchase some new tires for my bike because the ones I have are not really made for the rugged AZ terrain.

I was looking at the WTB Velociraptor's based on the popularity in the reviews and the fact that I can get Buy 1 Get 1 Free at Blueskycycling.com

However, given the rugged AZ terrain (Very rocky, cactuses, etc) do you think that I should go with a kevlar tire instead of the rubber.
 

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The best type of tire for AZ would, by definition, be entirely punctureproof, supple over rocks, self-adjust its pressure within a 10psi window, knobby when it's loose and semislick when it's not.

Barring all that, I like Nevegals.
 

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Paul B said:
The best type of tire for AZ would, by definition, be entirely punctureproof, supple over rocks, self-adjust its pressure within a 10psi window, knobby when it's loose and semislick when it's not.

Barring all that, I like Nevegals.
you forgot "round."
 

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Depends on what you are going to ride, but the places I ride (SoMo, Sedona, Flag and others) have jagged rocks. I want something that isn't going to split open at the first chance. It's even tougher sometimes when looking at the higher-volume tires. The higher-volume tires are great for traction in the rough and loose stuff (2.3-2.5" as a good staring range), but the manufacturers tend to skimp on the sidewalls to keep them light (I have a weirwolf 2.3 and 2.5 at home, the difference is pretty big). That's what you have to avoid, getting "too light" with the sidewalls. Some of the skinnier tires like the velociraptor are fine as far as that is concerned, but they suck for traction, especially in the rough or loose areas. Again, it depends on how hard you are riding, but the 2.3-2.5 tires with decent sidewalls (doesn't have to be a DH tire) will be ok for pretty much everything, which is what I like to ride.
 

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I live in Northern AZ (Prescott) and would be riding around here as well as near Flag and Sedona. The one thing about the Velociraptors is they only come in 2.1
 

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I'm using Continental Digga 2.5 3-ply UST and so far, so good. They're a little heavy but if I don't have to stop for flats. Conti Mountain Kings are also a good choice. A little lower profile tread and 2.4. I've always had good luck with Conti's, but they stopped making my favorite tire, Vertical UST. I tried the Nevegal, great tire but wears quickly on our hot-ass rocky trails. Also good luck with Maxxis, get the 60d rubber. Still sticky but longer lasting than supa-sticky.
 

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no! not another "best tire for AZ" thread.

the search button is a wonderful tool. :rolleyes:
 

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A 29" Tire is the Best for AZ - Oh yeah, Believe Dat :ihih:

I have tried pretty much everything Bontrager has and a few others. My favorite is a Panaracer Rampage, especially up front. Also, the Maxxis Ignitor is a good one. Anything but Special-ed, I think those are made of paper.
 

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no! not another "best tire for AZ" thread.

the search button is a wonderful tool. :rolleyes:
Yeah but I am too lazy to do that. Plus if I add to another post it is less likely to get responded to than a thread that is new, because everyone wants to be the first to reply.
 

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it also helps to know what kind of riding you do? xc, am, fire roads?

im with phillbo tho, you cant really beat spec tires...
 

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it also helps to know what kind of riding you do? xc, am, fire roads?

im with phillbo tho, you cant really beat spec tires...
Have you ever used a fast track pro? I took that thing off after two rides. I got it on sale and still think it was the most worthless tire I've ever used. No offense, to each his own and all, but I personally did not like that tire at all and in all likelihood will not buy another Specialized tire because of it.
 

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Speshy Captain 2bliss front & rear = pretty good :)

Weirwolf front + Nevegal rear = sweetness :cornut:

Run both combinations tubeless
 

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great traction, light, rolls well, lasts long enough for the price, which is very cheep at pricepoint.com- panaracer firexc pro 2.1 run the back one in reverse rotation of the front. check-em out! :cornut:
 

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I have tried alot of different tires and I always go back to Kenda Nevegals. In my cross country bike I run 2.1 Nevegals and on my trail bike I run 2.3 Nevegals.
 
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