when i lived there. I'd try the 2.1 BG rear, and 2.35 BG or 2.BigBull said:
Quite a few options:BigBull said:
My current favorites are WTB Weirwolf 2.5 race front, Geax Sturdy 2.25 rear. If I kwill see a lot of hardpack, or slickrock, I substitute another Sturdy for the front. They're great tires.BigBull said:
Larger size for front or rear? do you know why? thanksshiggy©®™ said:
Same size f&r or larger front. You tend to get better control with a larger front tire. Many other reasons and depending on the conditions, specific tires and riding style.BigBull said:Larger size for front or rear? do you know why? thanks
So a wider front tyre gives you more control, so say...shiggy©®™ said:Same size f&r or larger front. You tend to get better control with a larger front tire. Many other reasons and depending on the conditions, specific tires and riding style.
Fire XCs are expected to be flipped on the rear. That's why the arrows going one way for front and one way for rear. So, are you saying you run your rear in the same direction as the front? Or are you saying you're running them the way they are intended to be run?wipe-out said:I live in Michigan, and whenever we get a dry spell, I run Panaracer Fire XC Pros on both ends. However, I run the rear tire backwards from the normal rotation direction. I ride a hardtail XC bike, and this seems to work best.
Personally, for the conditions you describe, I would use the 2.3-2.25 front, 2.1 rear with any of the tires listed. I would not use the NBX Lite 2.0 (f or r) or the bigger tires on the rear because of the pea gravel. Pea gravel tends to roll under wider tires, especially on climbs.jonowee said:So a wider front tyre gives you more control, so say...
- 2.3" NBX front and 2.1" NBX rear
- 2.3" NBX front and 2.0" NBX rear
- 2.1" NBX front and 2.3" NBX rear
- 2.0" NBX front and 2.3" NBX rear
... how would these combinations handle on the terrain and conditions mentioned above (dry/sand/ruts/rocky).
I just used the NBX as an example, you can substitute the NBX series with other series of tyres of similar threads and different sizes, eg. Continental Endless Edge, Gravity Arc, Schwalbe Alberts, Jimmy-Jim etc...
I currently run a 2.0" front and 2.1" rear Continental tyres and I'm thinking of getting a 2.2"-2.3" wide full-knobby rear tyre. I ride similar conditions in that it's very dry most of the year, but there is pea-gravel (think: nature's ball bearings) which only full-knobbies manage to get a decent amount of grip.