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Hey fellas, what tires and/or tire combos are you running in Tahoe/Truckee, less Northstar?

I havent ridden in the decomped granite in ages so curious what seems most popular now with more climbing and rapid shredding?

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I just spent a week there on a DHF 2.5 front, Aggressor 2.3 rear and it worked great going up and down.
 

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Thx 5k!

Please explain your reasoning?

Also, Vigilante front and rear?

Thx
See those transition knobs on the WTB Vigilante as compared with DHF? Makes the tire more forgiving on loose stuff. If you are a rider who is quick on the edges and rails corners, then I'd go with the DHF as it has huge grip on the side knobs. But, if you're not, I'd go with the WTB on the front as it has better transition grip. On the rear I like a fast rolling tire like a Minion SS or Aggressor.

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I've been curious about the new Vigilante, but f-me is it heavy.
There is a "light" version, but yep they are heavy. I'd pair with a fast rear end to compensate.

If you want light, take a XC tire, knock out it's front teeth, and you get.....

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Guys race these things. I couldn't imagine riding one of these on anything other than a golf cart path. But, they are ultra light and roll fast, I guess.
 

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I've done a lot of Tahoe trails this summer on DHF/DHRII 2.3", and it has worked great (including Toads yesterday with a rather worn down rear tire).

It's nice to have some knobs on the rear for the occasional sandy uphills.
 

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Tahoe trails are pretty dusty and loose right now so you are going to want something with decently sized knobs for bite. Depending on the trail you are riding this may be more or less granite pumice which tends to have its own grip characteristics.

Also depend on the trails I would not necessarily recommend a "light" tire as I have seen my fair share of slashes from roots and the few trails that have shale (like Glass Mtn) cutting tires. I have run Vittoria TNT based tires for YEARS without any issues where as with my new bike this year I have destroyed two EXO+ Maxxis tires on the same trails. Literally had a backup Vittoria GOMA TNT that was getting a bit long in the tooth (Currently riding its 4th season without puncture or issue "knockonwood") that I had to use as a front in a pinch when I destroyed a DHF 2.35.
 

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Tahoe trails are pretty dusty and loose right now so you are going to want something with decently sized knobs for bite. Depending on the trail you are riding this may be more or less granite pumice which tends to have its own grip characteristics.

Also depend on the trails I would not necessarily recommend a "light" tire as I have seen my fair share of slashes from roots and the few trails that have shale (like Glass Mtn) cutting tires. I have run Vittoria TNT based tires for YEARS without any issues where as with my new bike this year I have destroyed two EXO+ Maxxis tires on the same trails. Literally had a backup Vittoria GOMA TNT that was getting a bit long in the tooth (Currently riding its 4th season without puncture or issue "knockonwood") that I had to use as a front in a pinch when I destroyed a DHF 2.35.
This.

I've run Mezcal 2.35s on a 120/100mm bike pretty damn quickly on the trails mentioned. Pretty durable casing which is also surprisingly supple.
 

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Currently on a 2.6 Magic Mary up front and a 2.4 Eddy Current on the back. Both are fantastic tires. The next set i'm sitting on are a 2.5 Vigilante x 2.4 Judge Combo which i'm stoked to try out.
 

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This.

I've run Mezcal 2.35s on a 120/100mm bike pretty damn quickly on the trails mentioned. Pretty durable casing which is also surprisingly supple.
Yep! I've run the Mezcal TNT G+'s, and they are bulletproof. But, for Tahoe might be a bit under-gunned unless you are a very, very precise expert level rider. They are not forgiving of mistakes, like my current Cross Kings.
 

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There is a "light" version, but yep they are heavy. I'd pair with a fast rear end to compensate.

If you want light, take a XC tire, knock out it's front teeth, and you get.....

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Guys race these things. I couldn't imagine riding one of these on anything other than a golf cart path. But, they are ultra light and roll fast, I guess.
I rode the Whole Enchilada from Hazzard with Thunder Burts (was coming back from Leadville and didn't change tires from my race setup), worked fine (not that Moab is super loose, but it has it's moments). You would be surprised how much traction tires like that have, yeah there isn't much tread, but the casing is extremely supple, so if you have the pressure perfect there's tons of grip. Unlike a real AM/DH tire though, once you lose traction it's gone, there is no drift zone.

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For Tahoe I would ride DHF front High Roller II rear, EXO case.
 

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I rode the Whole Enchilada from Hazzard with Thunder Burts (was coming back from Leadville and didn't change tires from my race setup), worked fine (not that Moab is super loose, but it has it's moments). You would be surprised how much traction tires like that have, yeah there isn't much tread, but the casing is extremely supple, so if you have the pressure perfect there's tons of grip. Unlike a real AM/DH tire though, once you lose traction it's gone, there is no drift zone.

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For Tahoe I would ride DHF front High Roller II rear, EXO case.
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