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I've been running 2.35 Minions on my Bullit for agressive trail-riding but the climbs kill me with the weight and rolling-resistance. I have a set of 2.1 Crossmarks and a set of 2.1 High Rollers (both have usual signs of fr/rr tread-wear). I'm playing with the idea of mixing the tread patterns using the better tire from each set. Crossmark up front or High Roller up front? It's kind of an experiment. . . anyone want to chime in?
 

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I've been running 2.35 Minions on my Bullit for agressive trail-riding but the climbs kill me with the weight and rolling-resistance. I have a set of 2.1 Crossmarks and a set of 2.1 High Rollers (both have usual signs of fr/rr tread-wear). I'm playing with the idea of mixing the tread patterns using the better tire from each set. Crossmark up front or High Roller up front? It's kind of an experiment. . . anyone want to chime in?
my honest opinion is that minion 2.35s are small to begin with. anything smaller certainly doesnt belong on a bullit. sure you can put xc tires on a bullit but then it begs the question of whether you have the right bike....i know, easy for me to say but i would never do that to my old bullit. would be like pulling up to a biker bar on a vespa. my opinion anyway and i have been known to be wrong believe it or not
 

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. . .okay, but I'm the kind of guy who'd pull up to a biker-bar on a Vespa just to see what happens. Again, this isn't something permanent, this will just be a one day experiment.
 

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The 2.1 Crossmark is bigger than the 2.1 High Roller. Smaller tyres on the front look gay.

You could always keep the Minion up front (which is a beefier tyre and may well corner better) and experiment with the Crossmark and High Roller on the back to see which feels better.

If you are running heavy tubes, ditch them and get something lighter to save a little weight.

Having just had a set of 2.1 High Rollers, I have to say they aren't the fastest thing out there, but neither are they bad, making a decent, but in no way stellar, trail tyre.
 

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. . .okay, but I'm the kind of guy who'd pull up to a biker-bar on a Vespa just to see what happens. Again, this isn't something permanent, this will just be a one day experiment.
i was just joshing anyway.....I am the kind of guy who would pull up on a moped, pedalling, and then get my asss kicked

as for the experiment, perhaps just try the minion 2.1 out back and leave the 2.35 front...i dont think its a good idea to go smaller out front. the change in rear tire will likely be the most noticeable change anyway.

keep us posted....
 

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Thanks for the insightful responses guys. . . I ended up running the Crossmark in the rear and the High Roller up front mainly because the Crossmark seems to "break" early in the turns. The combo saved me on the climbs and caused my sphincter to clench on the downhills.

Sideknob: I'm not sure if it's an illusion with the orange stripe on the High Roller but, yeah, the Crossmark does look bigger (higher volume, I think) which in turn does look gay! The psychological damage it did to the group I ride with was worth it though. :D

I think I'll revert back to the Minions and grunt the climbs. . . who knows, maybe Maxxis will release a 2.1 Minion in the future. :thumbsup:
 
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