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Do you think replacing my front tire with 1 would be a proper choice, if so wich size??
Same questions for the rear,
thanks.
OK, My main bike is a 29 hardtail for 8 months, i started mountain/fat biking 12 months ago. I found a used 21 pounds that i like but strangely it is not faster than my used 26 in hardtail. I think the 26 fast side might be due to used tires and when the tires on my 29 get thinner they might be faster.
Without a car i ride to and from the trails.
I do not care about the tires weight.
No flat is my priority
good rolling is a plus
climbing is my fun part
i do not focus on max speeds turns nor descents.
Mostly i am in beginner trails with short technical areas probably intermediate level, very few sandy spots, a bit of roots and rocks.
It is now on continental 2.4 Cross King ProTection front, 2.2 Mountain King ProTection rear, high volume, the wheels might be 2 years old Easton 70 XC rims on the narrow side(not boost).
Edit = i am 150 pounds
 

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hi, I'm also interested in this tyre, it seems that the vittoria barzo is a better option for a front tyre, a famous french online magazine try barzo front and mezcal rear for the last cap epic.

https://www.vittoria.com/tire/barzo/

they released a new version of the barzo with 4c compound, it seem to be a better compound.
for the mezcal the improvement for the rolling resistance was huge between classic version and 4c.
 

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I've run the Mezcal 2.35 front and rear. It's a very fast tire. The 2.35 comes more in at a 2.25 width. So, they run a bit narrower than stated size. Flat protection has been good so has wear.

I found the Mezcal on the front to be too sketchy for me in loose conditions, so I replaced it with the Morsa (also a fast tire). The rear works well in most conditions as long as it's paired with a grippy front. If your trails are primarily hardpack they will work well.. and like I said they roll really fast. If you ride in loose conditions, I wouldn't use it on the front.
 

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I've run the Mezcal 2.35 front and rear. It's a very fast tire. The 2.35 comes more in at a 2.25 width. So, they run a bit narrower than stated size. Flat protection has been good so has wear.

I found the Mezcal on the front to be too sketchy for me in loose conditions, so I replaced it with the Morsa (also a fast tire). The rear works well in most conditions as long as it's paired with a grippy front. If your trails are primarily hardpack they will work well.. and like I said they roll really fast. If you ride in loose conditions, I wouldn't use it on the front.
How does the 2.3 Morsa compare to the 2.35 Mezcal width wise?
 

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So my Mezcal 4C 2.25 on 25mm internal wheel is 2.32 whide.
I can conpare Mezcal with Racing Ralph evo pacestar 2.25.
Bouth i used as rear tyre.
Racing ralph is on 19mm wheels and it is narower 2.12. And Mezcal is taler/bigger volume on 25mm for some 5mm!
RR is used on 30% of center knobs and it is faster and have in that condition MORE grip than Mezcal!!! (on grip i mean on climbing traction and brakeing traction ... i decend carefuly so i am never on edge of side/corner grip so i cant thel diference)
What i did on Mezcal is i cut part of center knob. And i got huge inprovement on climbing/brakeing traction. Now is beter than RR in that part. But probably it is a littlebit slower now than before. (i cant thel real diference in rolling resistance because i did not ride bike for some time and i lose some condition, then i decide to do that modification and take bike for a ride. )
My apologies for bad english but i belive u got the point
Here is a picture of modificated Mezcal image.jpg
 

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The Mezcal is the most underrated tire period for trail riding and XC racing. It flat out rips and is super durable for it's weight. I've ran both the 2.25 and 2.35 front and rear. These tires replaced Maxxis Icon's.
 

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The Mezcal is the most underrated tire period for trail riding and XC racing. It flat out rips and is super durable for it's weight. I've ran both the 2.25 and 2.35 front and rear. These tires replaced Maxxis Icon's.

I know what you mean ...... :thumbsup:

When pushing really hard into corners I sometimes wish for a little more bite on the front end though, could that be solved with a 2.35 upfront or would you say its cornering grips similar to the 2.25.. ??
 

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I'm really liking the Mezcal on the rear of my hardtail. And on 30mm internal rims, the 2.35 is more than true to size. Nice volume, too. Kind of wishing I had picked up a 2.35 Barzo for the front, but I guess I'll just have to wait to wear out the Ardent Race. Really liking Vittoria tires (have a Morsa on another bike). They wear well to me, although I have another friend who didn't have as good of luck.
 

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Yesterday i went from 26 PSI to 33 PSI for my rear tire and it rolled a bit faster and i still had enough grip, it is a 2.2 Continental high volume on a thin rim. I will shop for a Mezcal 2.35 to replace it. For the front, i think my 2.4 Continental is proper for my use at 24 PSI. Is the Mezcal considered a high volume?
Thanks to all for your input. ;)
 

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I know what you mean ...... :thumbsup:

When pushing really hard into corners I sometimes wish for a little more bite on the front end though, could that be solved with a 2.35 upfront or would you say its cornering grips similar to the 2.25.. ??
I have a set of 2.35 Mezcal TNT g+ coming in, but don't plan to take my 2.35 Barzo off the FS front. From what I've read the 2.25 Mezcal is not very good in loose over hardpack (as it was not designed for that) and I figured the 2.35 would only be a little wider and the slightly lower psi isn't going to do anything for the very average grip in those conditions.

I see no reason to take the 2.35 Barzo off the front of my 29er xc/light trail bike. It's spectacular to the point my "real" trail tire, a High Roller II, only goes on for super deep loose over hardpack and sand. Maybe I'll try 2.35 Mezcal f/r on the 29 HT for hardpack and when our corners are not so sandy.

But the confidence from a Barzo 2.35 front and Mezcal rear should be so nice.
 
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