I just got a new set of rubber - Kenda Telonix 2.4 and Excavator 2.35. First ride was at duthie last weekend, but I'm back home and should be heading out for a ride today or tomorrow. I'll let you know how they run.
I had run Nevegals & Mountain Kings there and not been entirely happy. The MK's don't like the loose dusty stuff. The nevegals do OK, but I figured I could do better.
I had Rampages (and assortment of other Panaracers) for a couple seasons and rode Beacon a lot with them. They were okay there, but not really confidence inspiring, they seemed to lose traction easily on fast descents. They just didn't seem to hook up well in the sandy/gravel soil over the hard pack that is so prevalent there. They were a great all around tire for an assortment of Eastern WA riding conditions but I have found there are better tires for Beacon specifically. Personally, I like to run a 2.5 Blue Groove up front and a 2.35 Nevegal in back when riding there. Maxxis Minions and Advantages also worked well for me at Beacon.
I am sure others have completely different opinions though, tires seem to be a pretty personal choice, the only problem is trying them all out gets expensive fast.
WTB Velociraptors worked great in all conditions for years and never got flats, ever. Conti 2.3in. Speed Kings, one flat so far, hook up very well in the dustys and up hard climbs. That's after just a couple of months. The Veloc. tires are very heavy, don't recommend them, Speed Kings are very light (saved a lot of grams/pair), but are bit sketchy on rock gardens.
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