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Gonna need to buy some new tires soon. Looking at the Raven 2.0 for the rear and maybe the 2.2 for the front. Have you ridden Ravens? Do you like'em?

I'm currently running 2.0 S-Works Fast Tracks tubeless and think they are pretty good. I've ridden Conti Race King 2.2's before on my 26" and liked those too.

I ride 95% XC trails and race XC too. Conditions are typical SoCal, dry, dusty, hardpack and loose dirt.....no mud.
 

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For the front???

Maybe on the road or if you handle a bike better than Steve Peat.

On the rear, works well and is fast, but obviously breaks loose pretty easily on hardpack+ when you apply the brakes.

I've ridden it significantly at my 220lb weight with no issues.

I've seen one person use them on the front...and he was faster than the other 300 people in the race.
 

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nope

horrible front tyre off road regardless of weight IMO. Ok on the rear, fast and predictable (when she goes she really goes). Padre l am suprised you had few issues with yours mate. I am 240lbs and had to run serious PSI (45) to stop burping - negated the whole reason for tubeless for me. Good front tyre for commuting. SIdewalls lack strength, but good cushoning for big bag tyre. High profile which adds to tyre roll.
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Stumphumper2002 said:
Gonna need to buy some new tires soon. Looking at the Raven 2.0 for the rear and maybe the 2.2 for the front. Have you ridden Ravens? Do you like'em?

I'm currently running 2.0 S-Works Fast Tracks tubeless and think they are pretty good. I've ridden Conti Race King 2.2's before on my 26" and liked those too.

I ride 95% XC trails and race XC too. Conditions are typical SoCal, dry, dusty, hardpack and loose dirt.....no mud.
I call 'em "Big Velcro" when I run them at 21 - 23 psi f/r on my rims (I weigh 180). Surprising traction at that low psi and tubeless. Any higher and you may as well stick with the Racing King 2.2's for big volume and XC conditions you mention I've hand no handling issues with them going into corners hard, but they are not an Ardent 2.4....:D Skills and drills help you trust the tread.

I've raced them and ridden them hard in events for 2 seasons (Wisconsin, Minnestoa, Iowa, Missouri) without any problems on full suspension bikes (JET and even the RIP). However, that's not SoCal like conditions. Pretty sure MBA tested them in Cal conditions at the underlined links above.













I've worn mine out and am about to order a 2nd pair of the 2.2's. Not for every condition (leave 'em home if rain is in the forecast), but I've had zero problems with them. I've also raced Crows, Aspens, Karma 1.9's, trimmed tread XR's, Nano's, etc... - tires that don't jump out as monster tread.

I left 'em at home two weeks ago...



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Good rear tire, not so great in the front. Low pressure is the key. Not sure what johnd663 is having trouble with, mine never burped.

If you have rocks forget about these tires. Sidewalls are to weak. I sliced the sidewalls on two of them, then replaced them with Aspens (which I'm much happier with).
 

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Stumphumper2002 said:
Everyone is talking about those Aspens.....what's making them so hot right now.
Umm, they work. Well designed tread, lightweight, work tubeless (with some effort). I have used these in a variety of conditions and am very surprised by them. Wish they made a larger size so I could throw one on the front as well.
 
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