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Where's the 29er "Sticky" (Kenda), "Gooey" (Schwalbe), "Slow Reazy" (Maxxis) 40-50 durometer tire compounds:confused: These high performance compounds absolutely kill it on the AZ chunky rocky terrain. Its like velcro for traction. Sadly, I've got to use my 26er bikes to enjoy this performance edge. Are tire manufacturers ever going to see the light for 29ers.... The bigger wheels coupled with soft rubber compounds are going to give you unparallel traction. I'd gladly accept more rolling resistance if I never had to worry about traction concerns...
 

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Where's the 29er "Sticky" (Kenda), "Gooey" (Schwalbe), "Slow Reazy" (Maxxis) 40-50 durometer tire compounds:confused: These high performance compounds absolutely kill it on the AZ chunky rocky terrain. Its like velcro for traction. Sadly, I've got to use my 26er bikes to enjoy this performance edge. Are tire manufacturers ever going to see the light for 29ers.... The bigger wheels coupled with soft rubber compounds are going to give you unparallel traction. I'd gladly accept more rolling resistance if I never had to worry about traction concerns...
WTB Kodiak and Dissent (and the late Stout) use a soft 50d rubber.

Except for Kenda, no other company even offers a full soft compound version in the 26" equiviant to their 29" tires.

Many do multi compound treads and the rubber on the latest Bonty tires is pretty soft. Even the center tread of the Bonty 29-3 29x2.00 (rear) is a soft slowt rebound rubber.

The Dissent just sticks to rock. Slab and loose. Was like using climbing shoes at Hurkin UT.
Ran the Bonty FR-3 2.35/29-3 2.25 combo last week in Rossland BC. Cleaned rocky, rooty, ledgy climbs I had no business doing. Lots of granite, slabs, chunks, wet and dry. Just kept going. No dabs! mostly.
 

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AZmtncycler said:
Where's the 29er "Sticky" (Kenda), "Gooey" (Schwalbe), "Slow Reazy" (Maxxis) 40-50 durometer tire compounds:confused: These high performance compounds absolutely kill it on the AZ chunky rocky terrain. Its like velcro for traction. Sadly, I've got to use my 26er bikes to enjoy this performance edge. Are tire manufacturers ever going to see the light for 29ers.... The bigger wheels coupled with soft rubber compounds are going to give you unparallel traction. I'd gladly accept more rolling resistance if I never had to worry about traction concerns...
I feel the same way about Northeast rocky, rooty stuff - especially when wet. I use the 29er for the dry days and when the gnar factor is medium or less. Otherwise, it's the 26er with sticky UST tires FTW.
 

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WTB will have dual compond tires coming out in their tubeless TCS style carcass by sometime late in the year, (hopefully).

Tires over 2,3" will feature the Inner Peace sidewall reiforcement as well in TCS.

TCS won't be offered in every model of 29"er tire WTB does but will be in a new model they are doing. ;):D
 

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Ran the Bonty FR-3 2.35/29-3 2.25 combo last week in Rossland BC. Cleaned rocky, rooty, ledgy climbs I had no business doing. Lots of granite, slabs, chunks, wet and dry. Just kept going. No dabs! mostly.
Shiggy, Were you running the FR-3 front and the 29-3 rear? Have you tried the tubeless ready version of the 29-3?
 

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Where's the 29er "Sticky" (Kenda), "Gooey" (Schwalbe), "Slow Reazy" (Maxxis) 40-50 durometer tire compounds:confused: These high performance compounds absolutely kill it on the AZ chunky rocky terrain. Its like velcro for traction. Sadly, I've got to use my 26er bikes to enjoy this performance edge. Are tire manufacturers ever going to see the light for 29ers.... The bigger wheels coupled with soft rubber compounds are going to give you unparallel traction. I'd gladly accept more rolling resistance if I never had to worry about traction concerns...
I am really toying with the idea of getting another 29er for the local trails here in Phoenix but the lack of good sticky tires that work well tubeless (probably on flows) is holding me back. What are you having the best success with?
 

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Shiggy, Were you running the FR-3 front and the 29-3 rear? Have you tried the tubeless ready version of the 29-3?
Yes, and both are TLR used on Duster TLR rims.
 

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I am really toying with the idea of getting another 29er for the local trails here in Phoenix but the lack of good sticky tires that work well tubeless (probably on flows) is holding me back. What are you having the best success with?
I'm having my best luck so far using this combo on my '09 RIP with Flows... Tubeless
Front : WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55 at 25psi.
Rear: Maxxis Ardent 2.25 at 28psi
This combination worked pretty good on the rocks up in Sedona a couple of weeks ago.

For my Turner Sultan set up for XC with Arches...Tubeless
Front: WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55 again at 23-25psi
Rear: WTB nanoraptor 2.1 (this grips surprisingly well climbing on trails like Javelina/Ridgeline but kinda scary when braking)

Still waiting in my 'spares' container to try,
Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4"
Maxxis Ardent 2.4"
WTB Prowler SL 2.1"

Might have to take a look at Bontrager and Specialized offerings...
 

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noosa2 said:
I am really toying with the idea of getting another 29er for the local trails here in Phoenix but the lack of good sticky tires that work well tubeless (probably on flows) is holding me back. What are you having the best success with?
For AZ I really do recommend the WTB stout if you can get them. They are sticky and play well with others when it comes to tubeless. I am itching to try the Bonty FR-3's however they also look like good AZ tires.
 

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With all that extra traction you get with your "large footprint", adding sticky rubber to the mix would just cause too much traction. The wheel probably wouldn't even turn.

Only inferior 26 inch wheels need that crutch.
 

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AZmtncycler said:
I'm having my best luck so far using this combo on my '09 RIP with Flows... Tubeless
Front : WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55 at 25psi.
Rear: Maxxis Ardent 2.25 at 28psi
This combination worked pretty good on the rocks up in Sedona a couple of weeks ago.

For my Turner Sultan set up for XC with Arches...Tubeless
Front: WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55 again at 23-25psi
Rear: WTB nanoraptor 2.1 (this grips surprisingly well climbing on trails like Javelina/Ridgeline but kinda scary when braking)

Still waiting in my 'spares' container to try,
Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4"
Maxxis Ardent 2.4"
WTB Prowler SL 2.1"

Might have to take a look at Bontrager and Specialized offerings...
I like the Specialized Eskar 2.3 or Captain 2.2 up front and a Captain 2.0 or Fast Trak 2.0 in back.
 

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With all that extra traction you get with your "large footprint", adding sticky rubber to the mix would just cause too much traction. The wheel probably wouldn't even turn.

Only inferior 26 inch wheels need that crutch.
Hum :idea: Wonder if Maxxis will be doing any dual or soft compound thing to the new rubber they've been teasing us with? Rigbht now I have no issues with the compounds on Maxxis tyres or the Panaracer Rampage, haven't tried the Stoute, WW LT wasn't impressed with and the Schwalbe was utter shite if it even saw water and on rocks they felt like old, hard tyres with no grip.

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WTB will have dual compond tires coming out in their tubeless TCS style carcass by sometime late in the year, (hopefully).

Tires over 2,3" will feature the Inner Peace sidewall reiforcement as well in TCS.

TCS won't be offered in every model of 29"er tire WTB does but will be in a new model they are doing.
 
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