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In the process of building my bike I am looking at tires. I want to run the WTB wierwollf 2.55 on the front and another fatty on the rear. I was going to run the same on the back until I realized no one seems to do this (or do they?). Most guys seem to run a smaller tire on the back. I want to stay some what big for some absorbance. It will be on a hard tail and I weigh 280 lbs. I am not overweight I am 6'10" and ride pretty aggressive stuff. On the front I will be running a white brothers modified shock. You insights would be appreciated.
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bigtymerider said:
In the process of building my bike I am looking at tires. I want to run the WTB wierwollf 2.55 on the front and another fatty on the rear. I was going to run the same on the back until I realized no one seems to do this (or do they?). Most guys seem to run a smaller tire on the back. I want to stay some what big for some absorbance. It will be on a hard tail and I weigh 280 lbs. I am not overweight I am 6'10" and ride pretty aggressive stuff. On the front I will be running a white brothers modified shock. You insights would be appreciated.
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Many 29er frames do not have the clearance for the biggest tires on the rear. There is no reason you should not if you can fit them.
 

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I run the WW 2.55 fr and rear. Love it on the HT over AZ rocks.
 

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You don't see people with fat rear tires because 1) rear tires dont stear, they follow, so you can get a way with a little smaller size without washing out 2) rolling resistance and weight 3) higher volume has a more noticeable comfort effect on the front compared to the rear.

With that said, its nice to have two fat tires sometimes, especially in the winter. Just get two fat ones. If you don't like it you can always trade for a skinnier tire.
 

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I have run several tires both front/rear over the last few years. Ignitors, Crossmarks, Small Block 8's, Python's. Just so happens my most important recent long rides/events have been done on the same tire front/rear.

For your size I agree with you, I would be looking for a wider rim like a Stan's Flow or Salsa Semi minimum, and big puffy tires front and rear. I have a WW LT 2.55 on the back of my El Mariachi right now on a 38mm wide Holm rim, it fits with gobs of room...could be an important frame-selection criteria. I would also look at the Maxxis Ardent, very nice high-volume tire. You can also run these front-ish looking tread patterns opposite of the typical rotation direction for rear wheel applications, that is what I am doing with my WW for winter. It even says something like "Rear Wheel Optional" next to the rotation indicator on my WW.
 

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Wheel Set

I am having a wheel set built. It will be white industries venti 20mm thru axle 36h front hub and M16 36h rear. It will be a heavy gauge spoke and salsa gordo disc rims. The rims are 35mm wide and the rest should hold up to my weight. Since the frame is a custom build I can make sure it will fit what ever tire size I want. I am just trying to get my order list ready.:thumbsup:
 

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the stout is another tire to consider. it rolls alot slower than the ww, but has tougher sidewalls and much better grip with similar size.
 

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bigtymerider said:
I am having a wheel set built. It will be white industries venti 20mm thru axle 36h front hub and M16 36h rear. It will be a heavy gauge spoke and salsa gordo disc rims. The rims are 35mm wide and the rest should hold up to my weight. Since the frame is a custom build I can make sure it will fit what ever tire size I want. I am just trying to get my order list ready.:thumbsup:
Sounds like an awesome plan! :D

One other tire I have had good experience that is big is the Specialized Captain Control. The 2.2 version would likely work well with the Gordo rims for more of a rear-oriented tread pattern but still big volume, and it rolls fairly fast for a true knobby. The beefiest things I have ever used are the Nevegals front/rear, but they roll very slow.
 
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