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Nasi0ne
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Hi! Been out of riding for over a year or so now as i,ve been travelling abroad. But just finishing off a new bike build and should be out riding again within weeks! :) cant wait. Im struggling to decide on a pair of tyres tho.

I live in the UK and ride alot of the trail centres and natural trails in Wales, England, Scotland etc. So conditions are pritty wet and muddy year round, and lots of wet rocks and roots to contend with.
On my old build i ran maxxis high rollers which worked pritty well if a little slow, Just wondered if anyone can recommend any other tyres or tyre combo for these conditions, Nevegals have also come recommended, has anyone got any feedback on these?

Cheers in advance!
 

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Why not try Hutchinson Toro that has bigger but similar tread pattern as the Ignitors? Or if you don't run tubeless, Panaracer Fire XC Pro has been the proven tire tread + compound for more than a decade. Nevegals are slippery sometimes...
 

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Hay should prob of said i dont run tubless, and looking to get a 2.35, 2.4 size tyre. Reading quite alot of good reviews about the maxxis advantage, runnin a 60a in the back, maybe pair that with a high roller sticky compound on the front........ hmmmmm?
 

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Nasi0ne said:
Nevegals have also come recommended, has anyone got any feedback on these?
Nevs are even slower than High Rollers, grippy, but slow.

Personally I like running a High roller on the front and a Larsen TT on the back, both 2.35 folding tyres (60a). They're perfect for places like Brenin where you don't need massive supertacky grip, my nerve gives out before the tyre does. Less drag than Supertacky as well.

Although at somewhere looser like Moelfre the Larsen can be a bit, well, drifty. Depends how much you like going sideways...
 

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For the welsh trail centres i've been running maxxis 2.25 (bigger than HR 2.35) advantage on the front and 2.25 aspen on the rear. Which is a nice setup pretty light considering there volume and pretty fast rolling, with enough front end grip to keep you out of trouble. The advantage is a really nice do everything tyre and the aspen is a very impressive tyre, it has far more grip than it should have considering the minimal tread. A nice fast trail centre setup. You could go down to the 2.1's for less weight, grip and volume if thats your preference.

Just switched to 2.35 high roller 60a on the rear and Minion DHF 2.35 super tacky on the front for the winter. I've been completely blown away by this setup, yes heavier and slower than my previous setup but who cares, trail centres are all about the single track not racing up the fire road climbs. They roll pretty well but the grip is awersome, i have the same amount of grip in the wet (be honest that's pretty much all the time in wales) as i did in the dry with the old setup. I was chucking the bike down the descents at coed llandegla in the wet and the front tyre would not slide at all. If your looking for grip then you've found it.

I've used lots of other brands and ended up with (like lots of others) maxxis when grip is important (trail centres) and schwable when speed a priority(XC). I always run tubeless with stans and recommend that you give it a try. Been tubeless for about six years and would never go back to tubes. Everytime i ride a trail centre and ride past countless people with there bikes upside down faffing about with tubes, it just makes me glad i don't have to worry about that hassle anymore, not to mention the other benefits.
 

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Hi thanks for the replies guys really helpful, especially jhbikeboy, that was just what i was after! Heard really good things about the 2.35 minions, they,ve got some amazing reviews for there grip, which on welsh trails centres and rides in the wet, muddy uk is defo super important. I got on really well with the high rollers when i used them aswell. Think i,ll defo give this tyre combo a go come winter.

Seeing as we,re moving into spring, summer tho and slightly less rain and mud (fingers crossed :/) I might give that advantage on the front and aspen on the rear a try and make the most of the slightly lighter faster rolling tyre setup. What compounds did you run on these tyres?

Would also really like to give the panaracer rampage a blast at some point aswell and see how they run.....
 

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Hi NasiOne, i ran the advantage in a 60a and the aspen in the exception series 62a eXC.

Just so you know these are pretty light tyres for there size, so don't expect super thick sidewalls. I've never had an issue as the trail centres don't seem to have tons of sharp rocks about but if you do rides with tyre slashing rocks everywhere you might want to look at the EXO sidewall models that maxxis do.

Just riding along have some good info on the maxxis tyre range including actual weights. I found it usefull when making my mind up which ones to try. So far everything they have said about a tyre i have found to be true. Again look into going tubeless, i've yet to come across anyone who's gone back to tubes.
 
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