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Will the Kenda Nevegal 2.5 fit on an 03 Specialized Enduro frame?

The Enduro's stays seem to have enough room but the front derailleur and the chain, when in the granny gear, may not be wide enough because they are getting close to the treads of a WTB Mutanoraptor 2.4 that is on the frame now. I'm afraid the larger Nevegal will touch the derailleur or the chain. By the way, is there a reason why many people are using the Nevegal for the rear and the Blue Groove for the front? Shouldn't the grippier Nevegal be in the front? Thanks in advance.
 

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Mike said:
The Enduro's stays seem to have enough room but the front derailleur and the chain, when in the granny gear, may not be wide enough because they are getting close to the treads of a WTB Mutanoraptor 2.4 that is on the frame now. I'm afraid the larger Nevegal will touch the derailleur or the chain. By the way, is there a reason why many people are using the Nevegal for the rear and the Blue Groove for the front? Shouldn't the grippier Nevegal be in the front? Thanks in advance.
The Kenda 2.50s are much wider than the Mutano 2.4 (check my Tire Site).

I do not think the Neve is "grippier" than the BG. They both have plenty of traction. Which you like better is going to depend on the conditions/terrain and your riding style. In general, the BG has a cornering/tracking stability type tread shape and the Neve a drive/braking type design. Both work well on both ends.
 

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Actually, I've been visiting your great site quite often for a while now so I knew the Kendas are larger. I was hoping that someone here with an Enduro have already tried the 2.5 Kendas and knows for sure if the 2.5 Neve would fit. Last night I received the 2.5 and 2.35 Nevegals from Larry at www.mtnhighcyclery.com. I'm sure the long time regulars here already know this but Larry's a great guy, very knowledgeable, has the best prices and ships fast with fair delivery costs. I ordered the tires Monday afternoon and received them Wednesday via USPS Priority Mail. Anyways, I tried the 2.5 Neve first and it fit! There's not much room to spare though, only 2mm of clearance in the tightest areas, the front der. and left chainstay. The 2.5 Blue Groove up front with the 04 Marz MX Comp 120mm has 5mm of clearance.

Kenda Nevegal 2.35 is 757grams.
Kenda Nevegal 2.50 is 892grams with taller and look to be bigger knobs too than the 2.35 size.
Kenda Blue Groove 2.50 is 897grams.
 

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How much clearance do you have on yours? I measured the 2.5 Neve & BG and both are very close to 2.5" wide at the treads. My Enduro frame can barely fit tires this wide so when it gets muddy, I may have to go to smaller tires.
 

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Bad news! Out on the trials, the 2.5 Nevegal would sometimes rub the 2003 Enduro's left chainstay and/or the front derailleur. Looks like my rear wheel is bending more than 2mm. Those with Enduros may want to try smaller tires than 2.5s for better clearance.
 

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How wide is your tire and how much clearance do you have? Any chance you could measure them?

My Nevegal 2.5 in the rear was 2.49" wide at it's widest point but now it measures 2.52" wide after a few rides. I have only 20psi in it so I'm not sure why it expanded already. I do have homebrew tubeless/flat protection sealant in it and the tire is mounted on 2002 Crossmax if it matters.

By the way, the Nevegal 2.35 measured out to be 2.32" wide but I have not taken it out for any rides yet so it may expand a bit more like the 2.5 size did. The Nevegal 2.35 looks small, both in width and height thus volume also, when placed next to my Nevegal 2.5.
 
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