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Hi All !!!

I ride in New England and am subject to sizeable rocks, roots, wet and muddy spring conditions and dry summer conditions. I'm looking for an all around tire. I'm open minded to any brand; Maxxis. Panaracer, Schwalbe, etc.................

My rig is a IF Custom TI hardtail with a Fox F100X. My wheelset is Mavic Crossmax XL Tubeless. I mostly trailride agressively with 3 foot drops (at most) and ride alot of singletrack. I'm currently riding Panaracer Fire XC Pros 2.1 UST. They're not impressive, but certainly decent. I enjoy Epic rides the most, minimum 3 + hours per session.

I need good cornering, reasonable roll, and reasonable tread design for the types of conditions and riding I've mentioned. Do I need to step up to a 2.3 or can I find a good 2.1 UST that will do the job? It would be great if it held air reasonably well (without Stans') and I could lower the pressure to about 25 pounds for some tush cush. I weigh about 160.

Thanks for any and all help, I really appreciate your input.

Ride On,
Tim
 

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How bout a Hutchinson 2.1 UST Spyder for the back and a 2.3 UST Spyder for the front? It just so happens that I have a set if you want em. I also live in NE.........Ma actually. I have the same rims as you. They are light and roll real well.
 

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Rocks? Roots? Cush? I would try 2.3 if I were you... or real 2.1. Fire XC are not big. Hutchinson Spiders are good all around tires. The 2.1 are quite big already. I recently bought some Hutchinson Barracuda 2.3 UST and I expect them to be good in those conditions with aggressive knobs and great cornering bite but they are quite heavier than the Spiders. I'm also thinking the new Panaracer Rampage 2.35 to be excellent but it's not released yet and there is no word if it will be released as a UST tire...
 

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You need a tough tire for our kind of riding, the bigger the better. The Kenda UST stuff only comes in 2.1 but they are practically 2.3's. I also liked the Geax Sturdy 2.25 and the Schwalbe Big Jim are all tough tires. I had terrible luck with Contis and Hutch's. My 2.3 Spyders look brand new accept for the 5 or 6 patches on each tire. I finally took them off because I kept flatting them. I would stay away from the Stan's stuff. I did that for a couple of years and I spent most of my time worrying about flatting.
 

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woodyak said:
You need a tough tire for our kind of riding, the bigger the better. The Kenda UST stuff only comes in 2.1 but they are practically 2.3's. I also liked the Geax Sturdy 2.25 and the Schwalbe Big Jim are all tough tires. I had terrible luck with Contis and Hutch's. My 2.3 Spyders look brand new accept for the 5 or 6 patches on each tire. I finally took them off because I kept flatting them. I would stay away from the Stan's stuff. I did that for a couple of years and I spent most of my time worrying about flatting.
I have been riding mostly on Hutchinson tires (UST or Tubeless Light) for the past two summer in those conditions and never had a flat. With Tubeless Light tires though, I put a Scoop of Stan's to make sure I don't flat so maybe I did and I just never noticed.

I'm with you on tire choice though. Tough, big and aggressive tires are great in rocky, rooty, east coast trails.
 
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