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I need something more stable than the SB8 (front) and Michelin XC AT (rear) that I'm running tubeless on Stans Flow rims.

In the extremely jagged rocky terrain I ride in, I've separated the bead from the rim on my rear tire twice from bottoming out on rocks with all of my weight on the saddle, and I'm running at 35psi. I weigh around 220.

Both tires are 2.1

Should I go with a tubeless specific tire?

What's a good fairly aggressive tread tire?

I like light weight, but I'm thinking a weight penalty would be worth not killing my rims or tires over.
 

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Specialized captain control 2.2 2bliss. They are big - truly 2.2" wide. Fairly light, great grip, rolls pretty fast.
 

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Ditto on the captain 2.2

I am using these on my fly 29. These are also available at almost any LBS so while I never buy bikes from them I do try to buy stuff where it makes sense. I am running these with the stock Vuelta XPR rims, stans yellow tape and stans sealant. They are working well. They may also have the armadillo version for $15 more. These are more thorn resistant, but heavier and with sealant small thorns are not an issue.
 

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Looks like I'll be picking up a Captain Control for the back. How about front? Are they good up there too?

Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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I have the 2.2 on both ends. Works great in my area. You could possibly use the 2.0 on the rear and save a little weight and have the same performance. But you won't have as much cushion for your butt. Regardless, definately get a 2.2 for the front.
 

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I've run Panaracer Rampage 2.35's at both ends on Arches in the mucky winters of the DC/Virginia/Maryland area. Sticks to *everything* with clearance to spare.

On the other hand, I'm having good rides with Crossmarks at both ends tubeless. Plenty fast with more grip than a hard core XC race tire. I've ripped one sidewall but that was on a very rocky downhill in a race.
 
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