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In a little under a week I am heading to moab for a few days and we decided to drive so the Sultan is taking the trip. I ride only in the midwest, so how should I prepare the bike? I am thinking picking up some more aggressive tires(nevegal?), to replace my bontrager 29-3 tires. I am also considering picking up a dropper post and slackening up with a little less sag(I intentionally run more sag than I need to for the tight switchback climbs).

This is the bike currently:
Fluid 135
Spinergy Xyclone
X0 1X9/MRP 1.x


Any suggestions?
Josh

p.s. Pics will come starting next Sunday assuming the hotel has wifi ;)
 

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The Nev works well in Moab but expect to throw it away after the trip. Go tubeless!

Where do you plan to ride?
 

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Like others have mentioned, go big as you can with tires, tubeless preferred, plus a seat dropper would be ideal, but definitely tires. My buddy ran a 2.1 Crossmark on the rear on our last trip, riding a new Specy Enduro w/ Lyrik. By the end of the Whole Enchilada ride he changed 6 flats :madman:

2.35 minimum IMO.
 

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Make sure your tires aren't too bald as there's sand (and likely mud right now) there. Take advantage of the off season and ride Porcupine Rim from the bottom; it's a super fun climb! Continental Black Chili compound has proven to hold up really good to the Moab "sandpaper" rocks.

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One more vote for big 2bliss tires!

When I ran tubes - I used to flat at least once each time down Porc Rim. Tubeless fixed that.

Also bring water. Lots-o-water! I normally empty a water bottle and 70oz Camelbak before the end.

If yer from the flat lands - get a shuttle to the corner of LaSalle Road & Sand Flats Road (Kokopelli sign) and start there. The trail above it, Hazard County, is probably snowed in right now. Bombing the fire road along the rim from this point is great!
 

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Last time I was there I ran the Ardent 2.4's tubeless and they were perfect, zero issues on Amasa back/Jacksons and the Whole enchilada ride, as well as others.

Good luck with the weather, I imagine even the lookout at Porc has snow right now, might have to stay low
 

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MK_ said:
Make sure your tires aren't too bald as there's sand (and likely mud right now) there. Take advantage of the off season and ride Porcupine Rim from the bottom; it's a super fun climb! Continental Black Chili compound has proven to hold up really good to the Moab "sandpaper" rocks.

_MK
I second MK's idea of climbing UP Porc from 128. Just keep climbing till the snow gets too deep then turn around. Best of both worlds.
 

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The Spec. Purgatory 2.4 is also a really nice, durable tire that runs great tubeless. Don't forget all the great new ST out at Sovereign - tons of play options out there and it will be drier than higher up.
 

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You'll save a pound at each wheel with the Ardent, that's huge, ever pedal a DH tire on a long trail ride? it sux!

cuttthroat- I wanted to try a Purgatory then a buddy told me he has ripped the sidewall twice on a 26" version of the tire in 2bliss, don't think I'm gonna bother now as one of our riding spots is hard on sidewalls.
 

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joshuagore said:
I went with Conti Mountain Kings. I may pickup an ardent for up front depending on if I can find it in time.
Josh
Not the best choice IMO. Those big sharp knobs can get pretty squirmy on rock faces (especially on the non-Black Chili 29" version), and they don't have near the volume that their nominal size would suggest. The sidewalls are "okay", otherwise they don't have much at all going for them as a Moab tire.
 

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As others have said the bigger tires the better either tubeless or big thick dh tubes. The more aggressive you can set up your bike for moab the better. Also more sag=slacker geo not vice versa
 
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