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Hi,

I hope you won't get tired of this thread on ETSX tires now. I have been read many posts concerning tires for ETSX but at the end of the day still go nowhere...:madman:

Therefore, I hope I can get more practical opinions and ideas from here to help lead to my conclusion. Below are my both conditions:

A) Present: ETSX 30 (08 Model) with WTB ExiWolf 2.3"

B) Looking for another choice of tires: 1) must not be WTB tires but perhaps...Schwalbe, Conti, Hutchinson, Panaracer or Kenda, 2) the front and the rear must be the same size, and 3) the new tire size (actual measured size not the figure given on the tire) must not be smaller than the current one ExiWolf 2.3"

C) Performance of the new tire should be similar to already good-enough ExiWolf...but I just wanna try another manufacturer.

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Joe
 

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pxatzis said:
conti mountain king 2.2 protection ?
Doesn't it look too small compared with ExiWolf 2.3"? I've heard from many comments here that Conti's way of sizing the tire is a little different from others; therefore, the Conti tires are typically smaller than what they should be taking into account the size given on the tire.
 

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I switch between Conti Race King 2.2's and Mountain King 2.4's when it's really muddy (as opposed to the average muddy which the RK's work fine for). I use Supersonic versions of both, they work like a charm.
 

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When putting MK 2.4"

rockyuphill said:
I switch between Conti Race King 2.2's and Mountain King 2.4's when it's really muddy (as opposed to the average muddy which the RK's work fine for). I use Supersonic versions of both, they work like a charm.
Hi rockyuphill, can you tell me how much the clearance remains at the seatstay and the elevated chainstay when you put MK 2.4" on? From its specification, MK 2.4" has a ISO figure of 60 whereas that of ExiWolf 2.3" is 55. However, I'm unsure whether both can be directly compared.

Nite: the ISO figure of MK 2.2" is 55.

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Maxxis ADvantage are the best tyre i've used for all round performance on rock, mud, singletrack, fireroad and road and they wear well. Weaknesses with Maxxis tyres-- they dont make a protected sidewall version. The grippiest tread,(62a eXeptions series) have thin sidewalls. But so do most 500-600g tyres.
 

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Interesting but...

Both CrossMark and ADvantage are tempting actually. However, based on my little experience on Ridgeline (2.1") and Ignitor (2.1"), I try to avoid Maxxis...:eek:ut:

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I agree with hec that the Advantage is good but IMO it's not spectacular. I've run a 2.1 and later a 2.25 60a on the rear of my HT for over a year and it is ok on wet roots and in wet loamy conditions but the biggest problem, as hec pointed out, is the sidewalls. They begin to show treads after a very short length of time in a not so rocky area.
I've found that the Advantage offers better grip than an Ignitor (I've tried them too) as a rear tyre in all conditions.

On a long wet spin last night one of the guys had MK 2.2 Protections on his Heckler and he can't understand why everyone locally raves about the Advantage. Having used both, he thinks the MK beats it in all departments in our conditions.
I had a good look at the MKs last night as I want something for my HT and maybe on the front of my SXC. The 2.2s seem to come up about the same size as a 2.1 Advantage maybe slightly bigger but definitely not as large as a 2.25 Advantage. I've no idea how a 2.3 ExiWolf measures up.
 

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Finally...Conti

Finally, I have got my ETSX-30 shoes changed from WTB ExiWolf 2.3 (55/52-559) to Conti MK 2.4 Supersonic (60-559)...:mad:

Visually, the size of MK 2.4 Supersonic is slightly smaller than that of ExiWolf 2.3. I am not really having the exact measured figures now. The Conti MK 2.4 size looks close to the Schwalbe size 2.25 (57-559).

At the end of the day, I've come to the situaltion that I can't really find any practical usefulness of the ETRTO dimension in comparison as long as all the bike tire makers are not clarifying and then applying this ETRTO in a more standardized way!

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I use the Panaracer Rampage 2.35's all year long in the Pacific Northwet. Love em.
 

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nh4cl said:
I use the Panaracer Rampage 2.35's all year long in the Pacific Northwet. Love em.
How does it ride with Pana Rampage? How does it look overall? Never thought that Panasonic would one day become very serious with making Panaracer. I wanna try made-in-Japan Panaracer one day....:)
 

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Rampage

They ride very similarly to the Nevegal 2.35s. Very grippy, holds corners, not as fast as smaller or tight knob designs. I have yet to have a pinch flat and they are a little lighter than the Nevegals. They look beefy.
 
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