Recommend 26 in mtb tire

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 8:09 PM
    Message # 3592472

    First, I'm looking to replace my mtb tires with something light and to be used in places like Annadel or Santa Cruz. there are so many I don't know where to start.

    Second, I'd like to use my old trek mtb (not even a shock fork) for the grasshopper this year and use a 26 in  cyclo tire good for road and Willow Creek-any suggestions?

    Thanks, Jim
  • Friday, November 13, 2015 10:37 AM
    Reply # 3632416 on 3592472


    MTB: I hate to say it, but it all depends on conditions.  For dry hardpack, a tire with small, low profile knobs is lighter and rolls better.  For soft or wet conditions, bigger knobs are better.  The WTB Moto Raptor and Maxxis Ardent are decent all-rounders.  Unless you're racing, go with the fattest tires your frame can accommodate.

    CX/Road tires: Again, it all depends on conditions.  The only Grasshopper that really requires CX tires is Old Caz.  It's more about having enough volume than it is about traction.  Since it's 50% pavement, if it's reasonably dry, you'll benefit from a low-profile, "nail-file" style tread on a 35mm tire.  If it's going to be really wet, something more aggressive will help, but it'll cost you on the pavement sections.

  • Friday, February 26, 2016 9:25 AM
    Reply # 3846220 on 3592472

    For Annadel, I don't focus on a light tire so much as a capable high-volume tire. Even on my Ti hardtail, I put a big fat tire on the front to help deal with the rocky gnar up there.

    I've been happy with Specialized tires. They're sort of knockoffs of Maxiss tires, but at a better price (and with a further 15% club discount at Mike's!), and fairly light. Been using the Butcher up front, Purgatory on the rear (or Ground Control on my old hardtail, which has less clearance).

    Specialized gives you a choice of casing styles, so you can control weight a little that way. I've been happy with the light-ish "Control" casing on the front. On the rear, Control slices too easily, so I use the heavier "Grid" casing.

    Hope this helps!

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