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Just curious what most of you are running for tires as far as sizing/tread. I've got a JET 9 build in work and tires are about the only thing left to decide on. I was thinking of going 1.95 rear, 2.2 front .... any opinions on that? Does the 2.2 really provide that much better traction (on off-cambers or turns), or would 1.95 front & rear be ideal for weight savings?

Also for any of you riding typical Midwest trails, what have you found to be the best tire/tread? I do very little wet/muddy riding with the vast majority of my rides involving hard-pack trails with plenty of off-camber, rocks/roots, and tight switchbacks. I'm hoping to find something that provides good traction and is reasonably durable without weighing too much?

I've got Specialized Armadillos on my hardtail, and while they are bullet proof, they are way to heavy and very stiff!

Thanks for any feedback!
 

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LBS is a fan of Schwalbe, Hutchinson, and Bontrager tires ... any opinions on any of those?
 

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I have 1.9 and 2.1 Karmas on my hardtail for most any riding and for winter snow I swap out to 2.1 krests in the back and 2.3 wolverine up front.

For my RIP I have 2.25 ardent up front and 2.0 Hutch pyth in back. Loving the hutch in the back.
 

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I have 1.9 and 2.1 Karmas on my hardtail for most any riding and for winter snow I swap out to 2.1 krests in the back and 2.3 wolverine up front.

For my RIP I have 2.25 ardent up front and 2.0 Hutch pyth in back. Loving the hutch in the back.
Are you running tubeless on both?
 

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Also for any of you riding typical Midwest trails, what have you found to be the best tire/tread? I do very little wet/muddy riding with the vast majority of my rides involving hard-pack trails with plenty of off-camber, rocks/roots, and tight switchbacks. I'm hoping to find something that provides good traction and is reasonably durable without weighing too much?
A few hundred threads on this forum worth searching if you have the time.
 

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I am not running tubeless in the karmas but am on the others. When I made the switch to tubeless not too long ago I didn't do well with the karmas but I chalk that up to lack of experience and not having UST rims for them to mount on to.
 

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As far as I'm concerned, I'll always ride the largest tires I can fit into my frame, taking frame and mud clearance into account. Weight is only part of the equation. Contrary to the popular conception, wider tires have less rolling resistance than the same but narrower tire.

Ronnie.
 
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