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I ride an SB130 (semi lunch ride with 135mm in the back, but still 150mm in the front). Just bought a new i9 enduro 305 wheelset and I’m keeping the DT M1900 stock wheelset.

I mostly ride Fells, Harold Parker, Blue Hills most of the time but also cruise up to Highland when I can. My thinking is: create a fast(ish) rolling wheelset on the I9 wheelset (Dissector front and Rekon rear) and put DHF and DHRII on the DT wheelset for Highland adventures.

Anyone have any advice or thoughts with ideal tire choice? Maybe an Assegai on the DT front? Maybe Aggressor on the rear of the i9?
 

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I have a similar dilemma, however I'm going with a DH tire. Mainly as the faff of changing wheels means I'm doing only when I shuttle. I have Minions (DHF/DHR2) as my trail tires.
I have spare rotors, cassette and chain for them too, but even then the derailleur always needs a little tweak.
 

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I have a Ripmo with the DHF front and Aggressor rear, both in 2.5. I have almost 1,300 miles on it now. The DHF front is still fine. The Aggressor is pretty worn. I bought a Vittoria Agarro in 2.6 for the rear. Haven't tried it yet. For Highlands, the DHF, DHR2 combo is hard to beat. I have that on my old Prophet. 27.5 DHF in 2.5 front with a 26" DHR2 in 2.4 rear. Works great.

For the faster set, it's hard to say. Everyone rides a little differently. I ride Wompatuck mostly, so a tough tire is essential. You need tubeless with EXO or the equivalent. I am excited to try the new Agarro. Supposedly faster than the Aggressor with better grip. Sounds like a winner to me.
 

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I run Minion 2.5 front and rear on my park bike, but am running Bontrager XR4's (2.4) front and rear on my trail bike. They are pretty light, have a nice rounded profile and corner awesome. ...
 

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I have a Ripmo with the DHF front and Aggressor rear, both in 2.5. I have almost 1,300 miles on it now. The DHF front is still fine. The Aggressor is pretty worn. I bought a Vittoria Agarro in 2.6 for the rear. Haven't tried it yet. For Highlands, the DHF, DHR2 combo is hard to beat. I have that on my old Prophet. 27.5 DHF in 2.5 front with a 26" DHR2 in 2.4 rear. Works great.

For the faster set, it's hard to say. Everyone rides a little differently. I ride Wompatuck mostly, so a tough tire is essential. You need tubeless with EXO or the equivalent. I am excited to try the new Agarro. Supposedly faster than the Aggressor with better grip. Sounds like a winner to me.
Agreed on DHF/DHRII or DHF/Aggressor for park days. Hard to beat on the down. For a fast trail setup that holds up great in the chunk, I haven't found anything better than the Agarro. I've run both the 2.35 and 2.6 for over a year and a half, and prefer the 2.6 on 30mm ID rims. Also it's only 20g heavier than the 2.35. Everyone who rides MA chunky tech trails should try the Agarro, IMO. I've recently tried the Dissector up front too, which offers better cornering bite and still rolls pretty well, but doesn't quite have the magical plush feel of the Agarro.
 

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I'm psyched to get it mounted. I think I saw your video regarding the Agarro, if that's you. I have the Ibis carbon fiber 35mm internals on my Ripmo. The Agarro should be a nice fit. I run low pressure on the trails, like 15 front and 16 rear. I had a set of Morsas before and they were fast, but they were sketchy on wet rocks and roots once they got worn a bit. The Martello is a good tire as well, but I forget if it comes in a 2.6.

I've been doing solo rides on my fat bike recently. Such a different ride but that's the fun of it. Makes you see and appreciate the tire's ability to conform and roll through as opposed to up and over.
 

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I'm psyched to get it mounted. I think I saw your video regarding the Agarro, if that's you. I have the Ibis carbon fiber 35mm internals on my Ripmo. The Agarro should be a nice fit. I run low pressure on the trails, like 15 front and 16 rear. I had a set of Morsas before and they were fast, but they were sketchy on wet rocks and roots once they got worn a bit. The Martello is a good tire as well, but I forget if it comes in a 2.6.

I've been doing solo rides on my fat bike recently. Such a different ride but that's the fun of it. Makes you see and appreciate the tire's ability to conform and roll through as opposed to up and over.
Yes, that's me in the Agarro launch video (blue socks on the 429 Trail). Definitely go for the 2.6 on that wide of a rim - the profile is better than the 2.35 on wider rims.

Low pressure is relative, I suppose, but I run 11psi F / 13-14psi R with the 2.6's. Not everyone can get away with that, but it works well for me. :)
 

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Yes, that's me in the Agarro launch video (blue socks on the 429 Trail). Definitely go for the 2.6 on that wide of a rim - the profile is better than the 2.35 on wider rims.

Low pressure is relative, I suppose, but I run 11psi F / 13-14psi R with the 2.6's. Not everyone can get away with that, but it works well for me. :)
I could probably run lower. I weigh 160# and I am usually in control. I haven't gone lower out of fear of smacking the rim. Do you run insets or just straight tires?

Nice bike. I have 3 friends with that bike and I almost got one. Then I rode the Ripmo and I was hooked. Where do you usually ride? That video looked like Blue Hills.
 

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I could probably run lower. I weigh 160# and I am usually in control. I haven't gone lower out of fear of smacking the rim. Do you run insets or just straight tires?

Nice bike. I have 3 friends with that bike and I almost got one. Then I rode the Ripmo and I was hooked. Where do you usually ride? That video looked like Blue Hills.
I am similar weight to you - 165lbs or so. With the Agarros, I have never run inserts (good thing, as they are not a light tire!). The APF sidewall inserts in the tire design really help protect against rim-strike flats.

Yes, that video was shot at Blue Hills. I usually ride either North Shore, HP, or near my house at Russell/Billerica.
 

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I've ridden Russel Mills and Billerica. Isn't there a third place you can link in there as well? If I remember, there are some cool rock features to roll. I recognized the rocks in that video. Cool place to ride if you don't have a red bike, ha!

I'm heading out soon. 5 minute ride from the house to Wompy. 13.5 front and 14.5 rear. I'll let you know how it goes. Still on the DHF 2.5 WT and Aggressor 2.5 WT.
 

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I am similar weight to you - 165lbs or so. With the Agarros, I have never run inserts (good thing, as they are not a light tire!). The APF sidewall inserts in the tire design really help protect against rim-strike flats.

Yes, that video was shot at Blue Hills. I usually ride either North Shore, HP, or near my house at Russell/Billerica.
I am waiting for the new tires to get here (Agarro 2.6 F & R). I tried the lower pressures on my DHF 2.5 F and Aggressor 2.5 R but they were not as stable in corners so kept them at 15 psi or so.
 

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I ride an SB130 (semi lunch ride with 135mm in the back, but still 150mm in the front). Just bought a new i9 enduro 305 wheelset and I’m keeping the DT M1900 stock wheelset.

I mostly ride Fells, Harold Parker, Blue Hills most of the time but also cruise up to Highland when I can. My thinking is: create a fast(ish) rolling wheelset on the I9 wheelset (Dissector front and Rekon rear) and put DHF and DHRII on the DT wheelset for Highland adventures.

Anyone have any advice or thoughts with ideal tire choice? Maybe an Assegai on the DT front? Maybe Aggressor on the rear of the i9?
I just got my I9 enduro hydra S wheels last week. I ride the fells several times per week. Mostly the orange loop. I put an Assegai 2.5 WT exo up front and a 2.4 DHR WT exo in the rear. Super light set up considering the tread. I don’t think there is a better combo if your priority is grip. I run a dhf/dhr on my v10 and will switch to an Assegai when the time comes. I personally don’t notice any more rolling resistance.


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I just got my I9 enduro hydra S wheels last week. I ride the fells several times per week. Mostly the orange loop. I put an Assegai 2.5 WT exo up front and a 2.4 DHR WT exo in the rear. Super light set up considering the tread. I don’t think there is a better combo if your priority is grip. I run a dhf/dhr on my v10 and will switch to an Assegai when the time comes. I personally don’t notice any more rolling resistance.


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Why so much wheel / tire for Fells riding - love that place but pretty much thinking way better with an XC type set-up here...
 

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I just got my I9 enduro hydra S wheels last week. I ride the fells several times per week. Mostly the orange loop. I put an Assegai 2.5 WT exo up front and a 2.4 DHR WT exo in the rear. Super light set up considering the tread. I don’t think there is a better combo if your priority is grip. I run a dhf/dhr on my v10 and will switch to an Assegai when the time comes. I personally don’t notice any more rolling resistance.


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Why so much wheel / tire for Fells riding - love that place but pretty much thinking way better with an XC type set-up here...
I like the grip and not having to worry about charging through rock gardens. I also take it to Highland when I ride with my 8 year old son. So, why not? It’s lighter than the E13 set up that came with my Jeffsy.


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I have about 150 miles on the Agarros, front and rear in a 2.6 on my Ripmo. Great tire for rocks and roots. I have found that the front doesn't grip quite as well on loose stuff as the DHF it replaced. But it is equal or superior in the other stuff. Prefer it to the Aggressor as a rear. It is faster and has better climbing traction, though the Aggressor was very worn.

After a few days of riding, the tires expanded to 64mm on my Ibis, 35mm internal rims. They feel faster for trail riding. My Strava times show that they are a little faster. I am running 14 psi rear and 13psi front.
 

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I have about 150 miles on the Agarros, front and rear in a 2.6 on my Ripmo. Great tire for rocks and roots. I have found that the front doesn't grip quite as well on loose stuff as the DHF it replaced. But it is equal or superior in the other stuff. Prefer it to the Aggressor as a rear. It is faster and has better climbing traction, though the Aggressor was very worn.

After a few days of riding, the tires expanded to 64mm on my Ibis, 35mm internal rims. They feel faster for trail riding. My Strava times show that they are a little faster. I am running 14 psi rear and 13psi front.
Awesome - agree with everything you said. FYI the Mazza offers more front-end grip (similar to DHF) than the Agarro, with the trade-off being slower rolling speed. Can't have it all, I suppose.
 

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You were right about these being suited for our terrain. I could ride these anytime, anywhere. I find them predictable. I really like the uniformity of the turn. There is no dead spot and no real transition from inner to outer knobs. When they do slide, they hook up again quickly. The two times I had them in the wet, they were remarkably good.
 

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I want a Ripmo but no one has them. I am looking at Orbea Occam which has 10mm less travel but should be a fun bike that can climb well and take some abuse on the downs.
 
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