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So...I need some squish for my unit, and im gonna get some big fat tires. I am looking for something with "lowish" rolling resistance and lots of volume. Currently looking at the ardent 2.4, RaRa 2.4, and wtb weirwolf 2.55. Will these big boys work with a narrow rim like the alex en-24 that the bike comes with? And, what size will even fit in the front/rear without rubbing?? Im on a bit of a budget and I dont want to order a 60 dolla tire that ends up not fitting.
 

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texasnavy05 said:
So...I need some squish for my unit, and im gonna get some big fat tires. I am looking for something with "lowish" rolling resistance and lots of volume. Currently looking at the ardent 2.4, RaRa 2.4, and wtb weirwolf 2.55. Will these big boys work with a narrow rim like the alex en-24 that the bike comes with? And, what size will even fit in the front/rear without rubbing?? Im on a bit of a budget and I dont want to order a 60 dolla tire that ends up not fitting.
I run a weirwolf 2.55 on the front of mine with a nanoraptor 2.1 on the back, the 2.55 takes a little edge of the rocks and roots.
 

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I am thinking about the 2.4 for the back also, but i dont know if it will fit
 

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I am thinking about the 2.4 for the back also, but i dont know if it will fit
Buy one for the front, mount it out back for a test beforehand. Be sure to ride it a little bit, too - I had a (different than yours) bike which would take a beefy tire in back, but I found that when the suspension was active with certain gear combinations the chain would intercept side-knobs on the tire, resulting in dreadful chain/derailleur flopping. Worked great on the stand though!
 

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Yeah, I'm kinda wondering if I should go fatter on the front too. Everybody's doin' it!! I have a 2.1 up front, but was think that if I just upgraded the rim to a p35 up front (thinking that maybe the alex en-24 has same BSD, but not sure of the ERD of the en24 (if anyone knows that'd be tits)), that would be sick. Also, does anyone know of other ~35mm rims like the p35? I realize you can get the same damping effects from going tubeless which allows you to run lower PSI, but tubes rule!
 
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Alex EN-24 ERD is 622x19. Pretty damn narrow for a 2.4 tire. I had an Ardent 2.4 up front on my Unit and it looked pretty curled over. So much so I was afraid to go tubeless with that combo. With a 28mm rim (Bonty Rhythms), the Ardent 2.4 looked more at home.

http://www.alexrims.com/default.asp
 

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The LBS swapped out the standard tires with some 2.4" RRs before I picked up my Kona Unit. The tires seem to have plenty of frame clearance and fit fine on the standard rims.



Of course if I the stock rims ever fail, I will replace them with white 36h P-35s.
 
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