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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:50 pm 
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Hi

I need some lightweight tyre’s that aren't going to fall to bits on me and have some puncture resistance - what do you guys recommend?

thanks

Ollie


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:57 pm 
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Tyres are a very personal thing but from my experience I use Continental Speed Kings, Schwalbe Nobby Nic's and Racing Ralphs. All very fast tyres and I have not had problems with punctures.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:22 pm 
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Can't fault the above choices.

An excellent combo if you want grip AND low rolling resistance is Racing Ralph rear, Nobby Nic front.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:54 pm 
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my maxxis ignitors perform well for me :)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:56 pm 
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Never tried the other two, but my Speed King 2.3s never cease to amaze me. They have incredible grip given that the knobs are so small and few. The even worked the other day on hard pcked snow and ice.
They roll pretty fast too.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:04 am 
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I run a Kenda Nevegal/Blue Grove 2.1 combo and think they're ace. Not heavy but not the lightest either.

For light weight, the Maxxis High Rollers always get good reviews.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:09 am 
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It all depends on where and and on what you ride really. Some excellent suggestions above but they are more XC biased. The lighter tyres will get ripped to tatters before you know it if you are riding rougher rocky ground (I got sick of buying new Continentals and Schwalbes this summer).

My favourites are Kenda Bluegroove. Light enough and reasonably fast rolling for XC but grip well and resist damage on more aggressive terrain. Go for the Stick-E if you have a lot of wet rocks and roots locally, or the 2.3 DTC for a good all rounder that works just as well on hardpack and fireroad as it does on roots. Finally, If you have a lot of loose climbs on your routes you might want to try a Kenda Excavator on the back. Again a great tyre.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:45 am 
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Being enormous and clumsy makes me a tyre-killing expert. I can't say enough good things about Swalbe's Nobby Nics. They're just like Ritchey WCSs from back in the day in weight and profile ( I love a round profile tyre ) but MUCH more durable than I found the Ritcheys to be. Super grippy too in all but the gloopiest conditions.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:26 am 
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kenda karmas are a good all round tyre quite light too
they're stock fitment on some GT's so you might find folk swapping them out and therefore cheap


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:24 am 
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mikee wrote:
kenda karmas are a good all round tyre quite light too
they're stock fitment on some GT's so you might find folk swapping them out and therefore cheap


Though OE spec is often inferior. :(


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