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Which Tyres??

By Ellsworth Joker - Posted on 06 October 2015

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

I know this has probably been done to death on this forum but I thought I'd go for an update.

It'll soon be time to change my Michelin Dry2 Reinforced tyres (26"x 2.3"). These have been great for the KC trails for climbing and downhill and have never split nor caused any punctures but the tread is wearing.

I'd like to go for something that suits the KC trails. Fully loaded, I'm about 90+ kilos and ride with circa 7" travel front and back using Mavic EX729's. My current tyres are about 675g each and I run tubes (not going tubeless any time soon).

I've been looking at some Michelin Wild Rock'R2 Advanced Reinforced but at nearly a kilo each, my wheel set is heavy enough as it is.

Any and all suggestions welcome please.

Thanks in advance.



I use racing Ralph R nobly nic F both snake skins and tubeless. Never had a problem with punctures and long lasting, bit pricey but well worth it. I mainly ride Dwellingup but regularly go to Kalamunda and Margs.

All depends on how hard you ride.

Im ~63kg, running a 2.4 Nobby nic evo on the back and a 2.4 High roller II DH on the front.
Front is great, maybe too much tire for my weight, especially with the thick DH casing. Happy with the size, but next time I'll get the same with a more compliant casing.
The NN on the rear is a little fragile on the other hand. The sidewalls are looking very 2nd hand after just a few months. They'll likely get cut before the knobs break off or wear out like the maxxis.

Can't be riding too hard if he hasn't cracked an Ellsworth, haha!

Specialized Butcher works well for me as a front, I run it with a tube. They are a dual compound tyre so they roll well and grip when you need it to. I have no suggestions for the rear, I run heavy DH casings as they seem to be the only thing that survives on a hardtail, I'm pretty tubby so an extra few hundred grams doesn't seem to make any difference.

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