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.
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.
Thanks. The LBS is ordering me a Nobby Nic SpeedGrip, which sound very similar, if a little more $.
I remember a lot of racers switching to Nobby Nics for the wet and rooty days at BC Bike Race many years ago.
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.
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.
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.
Nice! That's great! Yeah, the rear wheel slip can definitely affect things; nice that you reduced it.