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Because I really don't like my Hutchinson Pythons.

I'm thinking something with a moderate knob in about a 2.1 UST...

Mabey a Fire XC or Conti Explorer?...

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
 

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Contenental Vertical Pro 2.3 UST. Conti tires run a bit small, the Vert pro is the same size as the Python with a more agressive tread pattern. They are good for most conditions except for mud.

Before you throw those pythons away, play with tire pressures. The Pythons love lower pressures and go from mediocre to awsome when you find the sweet spot.
 

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I am replacing my pythons as well. Mine are shot though, threads showing through...
I bought a set of Panaracer Fires last fall because the pythons didn't grip at all in the wet. I have been pretty happy with them. Be aware that they have a ton more grip than the pythons but also have higher rolling resistance. I would switch between the two sets depending on the weather: rain/wet=Fire, extended dry=Python.
 

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Because I really don't like my Hutchinson Pythons.

I'm thinking something with a moderate knob in about a 2.1 UST...

Mabey a Fire XC or Conti Explorer?...

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
I have just made the move from Hutchinson Python Airlights to the Kenda Blue Groove 2.1.

There is a weight increase, of about 50g per tyre (Weight is in the low 600g range) but the grip and traction, together with cornering stability outweighs any weight gain. I have been so very impressed with these tyres, They feature sticky compound which seems to just hold on both wet and dry terrain and really holds on hardpack, rocks, slick rock, wet roots etc.

You can also get them in a 2.0 race version which will be quite light - lighter than a python I think but the grip wont be as aggressive.

With regards to rolling resistance - There is a little more than a python but after about 1 ride, I cannot tell the difference, and frankly it is not noticeable in off road conditions.

They will perform better than a Fire XC.
 

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What type of riding do you do and what kind of terrain do you have where you're at?
I may check out the Kenda's. I definitely DO notice a rolling resistance difference between the Pythons and Fire XC's. It's like I can ride an extra gear with the Pythons but when I switch to the Fires I remember what it's like to have grip!
 
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