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Looking for some 650b tires and can not decide. My choices are all the usual suspects
Kenda Nevegals
WTB wolverines
Quasi motos
Neo Motos
What size front/rear
I did use the search function but got a little frustrated by all the fragmentation.
 

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sunnyside said:
Looking for some 650b tires and can not decide. My choices are all the usual suspects
Kenda Nevegals
WTB wolverines
Quasi motos
Neo Motos
What size front/rear
I did use the search function but got a little frustrated by all the fragmentation.
I might be biased, but I like the Neo-Moto. I use a 2.3"Neo-Moto up front and a 2.1" Neo-Moto out back. :thumbsup:

Cheers,

KP
 

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Kirk, where could one find a 2.1 Neo at this time? I'm not liking the Wolverine for a rear tire at all.
 

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Neo-Motos roll fast and have good side knobs for decent cornering bite best all arounder.
Quasi-Motos are very XC/light small casing with low knobs not enough bite for me.
Nevegals are awesome up front buckets of traction great cornering ok rolling in the front only.
Just got some Wolverines so I will have to wait and see. One thing I noticed is the casing width and knob width are the same. Could be crucial if your side to side clearance is tight.
 

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NeoMoto for trail riding, no contest, very close in design to my favorite 26" tire the Rampage, and made by the same company =)
 

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I liked my Kenda Nevs pretty well, but the Neos are in their own class.

Wish I had an option of a Stout for my mud riding.
 

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Understatement

Kirk Pacenti said:
I might be biased, but I like the Neo-Moto. I use a 2.3"Neo-Moto up front and a 2.1" Neo-Moto out back. :thumbsup:

Cheers,

KP
:skep: :D. 2.1 up front on ht for me so far. Thinking 2.3 or Wolv for up front on swuishy. :thumbsup:
 

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umarth said:
I liked my Kenda Nevs pretty well, but the Neos are in their own class.

Wish I had an option of a Stout for my mud riding.
I loves me sum stout also. Thanks for the replies. I have liked Panaracer tires in the past so the Neo's are looking real sweet and I did not realize Kirk made one available in 2.1, perfect for the rear.
 

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I've been running 2.3 Neo-motos front and rear. Moving the front to the rear when the rear wears too much. I like the sharper tire on the front. Although new front and rear is best, but more expensive. Neo-motos roll very easy, are very durable, grip, brake and corner great on buff or very sketchy trail.
 

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Neo-motos roll very easy, are very durable, grip, brake and corner great on buff or very sketchy trail.
Agreed!

Neo is my favorite front tire by far. It gives me confidence to push and push and push, and it seems to never fail me. It always wears very well.

For the rear, I have to say Quasi. I like loose tires with low pressure on the rear. Fast rolling and light. Just enough grip, but does tend to wear quicker. My racing go to tire. A fresh Quasi on the front is also great for racing, but doesn't have the longevity of a Neo. I can't push a worn Quasi on the front like I can a good old Neo.
 

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We've tried Neo's in the 2.3 and 2.1 and tried the Quasi and tried the Nev 2.3. The Neo 2.3 is a downright amazing tire. Even the more XC oriented riders have more often preferred the 2.3 Neo over the Quasi because of our more rocky and cactus/mesquite infested terrain. The Nev got the same amazing amount of traction that the Neo did, but it was noticeably slower rolling. Additionally the Neo 2.3 is amazingly strong as far as punctures/cuts go, and it runs tubeless with impressive integrity. Whether on the front of a 35 pound Santa Cruz Nomad or on both ends of a 25 pound XC/trail bike, the 2.3 Neo is one of the best all-around tires that many of us in my area have seen.
 

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Forced to pick one I'd go with Wolverines. They're my favorite 26" tire too. I think they're a great all around tire. The roll pretty fast when its dry, shed mud decently when its wet and have a nice round profile. I ran Neo Motos for a bit and really liked them too. Didn't like Racing Ralphs at all.
 

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I've only tried the Neo 2.3 and the Quasi and like Neo way better. Typical terrain for me is root and hard packed. I didn't like the way the Quasi felt on the rear.
 

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Quasis Here

Quasis are the weapon of choice for my local terrain. Although I have Neo 2.1's as well. I run both tubeless. In the early spring when there is alot of debri, sticks and things from winter, I run the Neos for a bit more protection from flats. Once the trails are cleaned up I switch to my Quasis and use them through the race season.

I've found that on my terrain which consists of alot of babyheads that are always wet with moisture the Quasis seem to outperform the Neos. They just stick better on the wet rocks and roots. We get alot of humidity and with the heavy canopy of the woods the trails are damp. I've found the Quasis do wear pretty quick as well but this may be what contributes to their performance on the wet rocks. Once worn I'll usually swap the front to the rear and install a new tire up front and disgard the rear.

My ultimate tire would be the Quasi in a 2.2 casing to give it a little more volume over the current version to smooth things out a bit.
 

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I really like the Wolverines on my Curtlo but I like the Neos on my Bastardo. Differently purposed bikes and the tires suit each one's mission well. They both roll well--I'd give the Wolverines a slight edge on hardpack but the Neos aren't bad either and are great in mixed to loose conditions.
 

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So Wolvs for ht

SteveF said:
I really like the Wolverines on my Curtlo but I like the Neos on my Bastardo. Differently purposed bikes and the tires suit each one's mission well. They both roll well--I'd give the Wolverines a slight edge on hardpack but the Neos aren't bad either and are great in mixed to loose conditions.
Neos on fs. That what Im hearing? Have Neo on fs for couple rides now and they are great so far, waiting on Wolv availability. Have them on front of 26" ht and work great spring/summer/fall.
 

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Neos on fs. That what Im hearing? Have Neo on fs for couple rides now and they are great so far, waiting on Wolv availability. Have them on front of 26" ht and work great spring/summer/fall.
Yep--that's right, FS, vs. the Curtlo softail. I tend to ride the Curtlo more on longer, less technical "marathon," rides, and the Ventana more on technical stuff. Also, I tend to ride the Ventana more later in the season when local trails are more loose/sandy/eroded when both the suspension and more aggressive tread are appreciated! I think either tire would work on either bike in any conditions I ride in, but it's good to have some variety and they both work really well so I'd hate to pick one over the other exclusively.
 
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