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Discussion: Tires?

in: Carbon's Offset; Carbon's Offset > 2019-09-21

Sep 22, 2019 10:31 AM # 
Reading your log with a lot of jealousy, although I doubt I’d be riding those Western trails at your level.

What rubber are you riding to get grip on greasy roots and rocks? I need to upgrade my worn-out Ralphs for the fall.
Sep 23, 2019 3:11 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
I’m sure the folks on the island would have even better knowledge of the best tire for wet roots and rocks but Carbon and I felt quite confident on the Bontrager XR4 that we put on. A good grabby knobby tread, yet it isn’t too heavy and still rolls well.
Sep 23, 2019 6:58 PM # 
Thanks. The LBS is ordering me a Nobby Nic SpeedGrip, which sound very similar, if a little more $.
Sep 24, 2019 2:49 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
I remember a lot of racers switching to Nobby Nics for the wet and rooty days at BC Bike Race many years ago.
Sep 27, 2019 3:00 PM # 
Aggressive Maxxis tread seems to be the popular choice in BC. In Whistler it seems 90% of the tires available in the bike shops are either High Roller II, Minions or Aggressors. The 3C compound is great for wet grip - too bad it softens the knobs which affects tire life. At my weight I tend to rip side knobs off these tires so longetivity isn't great.

I've been happy with the Bontrager XR4 as a cheaper, lighter, more durable alternative that still has acceptable grip.
Sep 28, 2019 11:48 AM # 
Hmm, the Minion might work for me for snow. I could fit the 2.8” x 26 on the front.
Might be overkill for Ontario fall riding though.

I’ll see how the Nic does on the rear- probably could have gone with the Bontrager which looks a touch lighter and just as good.
Oct 16, 2019 6:30 PM # 
Just wanted to let you know the Speedgrip Nobby Nic was awesome this last weekend, on slippery and leaf-covered rocks with some roots. Definite difference! I didn't realize how much rear-wheel slip was messing me up on technical spots. I'll probably get the Bontrager when my front tire wears out.
Oct 17, 2019 10:55 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Nice! That's great! Yeah, the rear wheel slip can definitely affect things; nice that you reduced it.

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