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Really need your help here. The National championships are a week away and i haven't got a suitable tire for my bike yet. The trail is about 2.7km long, with a long climb at the end. Its very muddy when it rains, and it will only dry up a day later, so could anyone reccomend good tires for mud? prefably one which will shed mud easily and still retain its grips. Currently using the python airlight, which has totally NO grip when its muddy.

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Mosquito

Huchison Mosquito is my favorite mud tire, tons of traction and it cleans out well. I run them tubeless at around 23-27 lbs.
 

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Oh yes, do they have the non-tubeless wheelset? just to add, the trail is technical and have quite a number of turnings, does it grop well on turnings? the reviews of the hutchinson bullsogs says it shed mud well but it issint good for conerings.
 

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Rear tire for mud

The Geax Blade has very good traction climbing in muddy conditions. I'm not much impressed with it as a front tire particularly when crossing roots and rocks in the Eastern United States.
 

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Huchison Mosquito is my favorite mud tire, tons of traction and it cleans out well. I run them tubeless at around 23-27 lbs.
second the Mosquito. good all-around mud tire. corners as well as can be expected in the mud but you have to get used to a slightly squirreley feeling. i find that when cornering it sometimes feels like the tire isn't going to hook up but it always does at the last second. fantastic mud shedding.

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At your weight, does mud even think about sticking to your bike or tyres? :D J/K - I know I've seen pics of it alll caked up with mud.

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second the Mosquito. good all-around mud tire. corners as well as can be expected in the mud but you have to get used to a slightly squirreley feeling. i find that when cornering it sometimes feels like the tire isn't going to hook up but it always does at the last second. fantastic mud shedding.

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hows the mosquito as a front tire? do they work well when its dry too?
They work great as a front or rear, if the conditions are muddy to tacky. The dryer it gets, the sketchier they get. I keep a set just for when I have a race with questionable weather.
 

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They work great as a front or rear, if the conditions are muddy to tacky. The dryer it gets, the sketchier they get. I keep a set just for when I have a race with questionable weather.
sketchy? what do you mean by that? they skid around? but do they have grip when their dry?
 

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sketchy? what do you mean by that? they skid around? but do they have grip when their dry?
sketchy = the tire feels like it's going to slide out on you or like it's not hooking up well and is floating (in a bad way) on the surface of the trail. this is particularly true when cornering on dry stuff. the tire will feel like it's not going to hook up and will slide out but most of the time it hooks up at the last second.

i would not recommend these tires for loose dry conditions. they don't feel secure, probably because the tire is basically a semislick (very low profile knobs in the center) with widely spaced and low-ish profile knobs on the sides.

for dry conditions i would recommend the python rather than the mosquito.

mosquitos will do ok in dry hardpack and ok with dry roots and rocks. but they are best in muddy conditions. like santacruzer i keep a set of mosquitos for racing in the mud. the rest of the time i ride pythons.

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sketchy = the tire feels like it's going to slide out on you or like it's not hooking up well and is floating (in a bad way) on the surface of the trail. this is particularly true when cornering on dry stuff. the tire will feel like it's not going to hook up and will slide out but most of the time it hooks up at the last second.

i would not recommend these tires for loose dry conditions. they don't feel secure, probably because the tire is basically a semislick (very low profile knobs in the center) with widely spaced and low-ish profile knobs on the sides.

for dry conditions i would recommend the python rather than the mosquito.

mosquitos will do ok in dry hardpack and ok with dry roots and rocks. but they are best in muddy conditions. like santacruzer i keep a set of mosquitos for racing in the mud. the rest of the time i ride pythons.

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Oh ok, thanks! anyway, i just got a pair of mosquitos for raceday. Its been raining hard these few days, and hopefull the condition remains semi-muddy or dries up. Thanks for those that helped me. ;)
 

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Thanks, RT I couldn't have explained "Sketchy" any better.

Phuck, Let us know how your race turns out.

I used Mosquito's a couple of months ago in a muddy TT and ended up 2nd overall, with only a couple of "moments".
Moments=where you start sliding (particularly on a road race motorcycle) and you think you are going to die, then save it and forget about it until after the race;)
 

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Any specific mud tyre (Tioga or Maxxis etc) will work well in mud and mud only. Keep the air pressure up around 40psi with tubes to keep the tread nice and lifted through the mushy stuff as to maintain more rolling momentum. Ofcourse these tyres will jar your teeth out on a hard dry track.
 
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