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I am trying to decide on a good high volume tire for my new SS work in project. I have yet to ride either tire mentioned and do not know anyone who runs them I can hit up for a trial. I'm looking for high volume to help absorb vibration and to roll my local rocky and rooty terrain better. I'd like the least rolling resistance as possible while still hooking up on rooty, rocky trails with many log crossings. I have seen a lot of people in this forum running both tires mentioned and since this is for a SS I figured this would be a better place to ask than the tire forum. It apprears the Mutano's might roll better, but the weirwolf's might hook up better. Then again, only someone who has ridden them would know. :thumbsup:

Also, if anyone has a suggestion that pop's to mind outside the tires I mentioned that fit my bill, please let me know :)


btw, the bike is a 20" Explosif
 

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You're right about those tires.

I personally like the mutanos a lot but I don't live where you do and ride where you do. Ask people who ride the trails you ride. They'll have the same needs as you. LBS can be your friend - but in the end you have to choose based on a lot of sometimes conflicting likes and dislikes. As the locals.

Both good tires.
 

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Imo,
the Weirwolf is better in wet/muddy conditions while the Mutano is better in the dry times.....
Wet slimy roots and rocks are it's downfall, otherwise a great tire.
 

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You're right about those tires.

I personally like the mutanos a lot but I don't live where you do and ride where you do. Ask people who ride the trails you ride. They'll have the same needs as you. LBS can be your friend - but in the end you have to choose based on a lot of sometimes conflicting likes and dislikes. As the locals.

Both good tires.
That's the problem, no LBS carries weirwolfs in my area, no one I know of riding them either. Performance has the Mutano's, but no one there has ridden them.

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Imo,
the Weirwolf is better in wet/muddy conditions while the Mutano is better in the dry times.....
Wet slimy roots and rocks are it's downfall, otherwise a great tire.
This is EXACTLY what I suspected. Seems like the almost continuous center tread would keep the knobs from hooking up on slick days. Maybe I'l have to get both and swap out....argh, I have too many tires in my shop already. :p
 

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The Mutano was the tire I settled on when I was riding the 26er. As mentioned already not great on wet roots and rocks but a nice high volume good rolling tire when it's dry, it worked for me. I also tried the Kenda Blue Groove but did not care for it, too much noticeable rolling resistance IMO.

I think I'm going to give the WeirWolf LT Race a try, looks like just enough tread and volume for my needs, anybody try it yet?

Tires are tough to get recommendations on, I've seen people riding the same exact trails on the same type of bikes with complete opposite opinions on the same tire. But I still keep asking also.:p
 

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personally, I hated the wierwolf's in wet/muddy,....they caked up and then never let it go, then I had no traction, so if you are looking for a lightly used 2.5 let me know, I would be happy to part with it
 

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dankilling said:
personally, I hated the wierwolf's in wet/muddy,....they caked up and then never let it go, then I had no traction, so if you are looking for a lightly used 2.5 let me know, I would be happy to part with it
I might take it off your hands, is it the 2.5 LT race?
 

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I love the Weirwolf as an all-around tire. when new, it has a tendency to fling rocks and mud at you, but after its a little used, doesn't seem to do it as much. Friend of mine loved the mutanos on hardpack. Mutanos would seem to have less rolling resistance. When riding on the road to the trailhead, I could notice rolling resistance of the Weirwolves, but never seemed an issue on the trail.
 

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For what its worth, I have a friend who recently switched to the 2.4 Mutanos and he just raves on them. He's ridden them in hot and dry and hot and wet in the southern Applachians and hasn't complained about them a bit.
 

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For what its worth, I have a friend who recently switched to the 2.4 Mutanos and he just raves on them. He's ridden them in hot and dry and hot and wet in the southern Applachians and hasn't complained about them a bit.
For curiousity sake, do you know what tire he switched from?
 

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I have 2.4 mutano up front, 2.3 weirwolf in back. Works great in the hot, dusty, rocky lower desert of AZ. Run them in the high 20's, rigid fork.
 

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LoneStar said:
For what its worth, I have a friend who recently switched to the 2.4 Mutanos and he just raves on them. He's ridden them in hot and dry and hot and wet in the southern Applachians and hasn't complained about them a bit.
Sweet! Helps a lot. I live in Virginia and ride in VA, NC and WVa.so it's nice to hear a regional testimonial. :thumbsup:

I think I'm going to get the Mutano's first, but will likely get a single weirwolf for the rear on wetter days.
 

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For curiousity sake, do you know what tire he switched from?
He was running Maxxis High Rollers last I believe, but he has tried a large number of tires of all makes.
 

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Mutano's on both front and back. Never failed me. Great hardpack tire and lasts FOREVER. Nice and big - for lower pressure and more float. Never tore a knob or cut a sidewall.

Crap, I might have to get another pair for my gearie bike;)
 

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Mutano

I ride the Mutano front and rear, adn I like em a lot. Definitely not great in the wet, adn I would think that slimy roots and such might be the place they fail the hardest. I run them with over 30 pounds and I weight about 215. Maybe you could get more out of them with lower iar pressure, but I live in Northern Calif, and it's almost always dry here.
 

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I always look forward to the 4-5 months or so out of the year when things dry out enough to put the Mutanos back on. Nice rollers with predictable handling, but really poor wet traction an a tendency to pick up and hold mud.
 

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Up until recently I've run both and preferred the 2.4 Mutano over the 2.5 WW. Trails around here go from loose gravel, to rocky, to hardpack. Add snow and ice in the winter.

Having said that, I'm running the 2.1 Specialized Resolution Pro (formerly Adrenaline) and they have been stellar from day one. Better traction in loose conditions and way better cornering than either. Not as fast rolling as the Mutano. High volume, dual compound tread. The 2.1 is easily as wide as the 2.4 Mutano.
 

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Having said that, I'm running the 2.1 Specialized Resolution Pro (formerly Adrenaline) and they have been stellar from day one. Better traction in loose conditions and way better cornering than either. Not as fast rolling as the Mutano. High volume, dual compound tread. The 2.1 is easily as wide as the 2.4 Mutano.
How is the rolling resistance with them? I guess my key thing is looking for a balance with the RR factor to hold momentum on the SS.

I picked up a couple Mutano 2.4 Race's today for $36 total! I figured what the hell since I could get two for the price of one.
 

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Mutano's...

They are much faster than then WWs. Neither are great in wet conditions as both have a tendency to pack up and turn into chocolate donuts. Though once the Mutano's wear down after a few hundred miles they won't pack up as much. WWs are very aggressvie tires and have great traction they are just roll way too slow.

Schwalbe's Racing Ralphs are super tires and may actually be replacing the Mutano's as my all time favorites. I run a 2.25 rear and a 2.4 front fully rigid.

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