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Vital MTB member michael.barrett.988
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Posts: 4

Joined: 8/28/2012

Location: Avon, CO USA

3/27/2013 6:38 PM

I now have the maxxis cross mark tire. But it is not my favorite tire. It sucks at cornering and the wet. I need to fing a tire that is good at any type of riding and racing. Im not a really serious rider so it is not that big of the factor. I was thinking about the krnda nevigal, schwable, Hans Dampf, specialized ground control and other tires along that range. Does anyone have any ideas of a good tire that does not wear down quick and is now WEAK!! any help would be great


Vital MTB member michael.barrett.988
17993 michael.barrett.988,17993/all 08/28/12 3 1 7

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Location: Avon, CO USA

3/27/2013 6:41 PM

sorry, i ment to say im not a serious RACER!!!

Colin McCarthy

Vital MTB member Colin McCarthy
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Joined: 9/12/2010

Location: Portland, OR USA

3/29/2013 4:18 PM

I am currently using da Hans Dampf and it has good traction in dry and wet conditions, they hold up well and I am large and run into stuff good. They are fun to ride cause I don't really have to think about them, they just work.


Vital MTB member mbl77
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Joined: 3/15/2012

Location: NZL

4/1/2013 2:43 AM

Also check out the Specialized Purgatory. More cornering grip than the Ground Control.


Vital MTB member sysdev1
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Joined: 11/26/2012

Location: PHL

4/2/2013 10:40 PM

Yup, been really liking Specialized Purgatory tires, especially the 2.4 up front. Hehehe.

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Vital MTB member mrpowerjd
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Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA

4/3/2013 8:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/3/2013 8:33 AM

If you're looking for all-mountain type traction and durability, the Hans Dampf is a great choice. I would also recommend you consider a combination of Specialized's Purgatory in the rear and Butcher up front. Both tires are offered in several casings and widths, so you should be able to cherry pick your favorite combo for your needs. Specialized also beats other tire manufacturers hands-down in price right now, if that matters.

If you like Maxxis, more aggressive tires from them would be perhaps an Ardent, which rolls really fast and yet is still quite grippy, or one of the many, many variations of the Minion DHF which is offered in several different trail casings in addition to the traditional HD DH casings.

You didn't specify whether you are looking for 26 or 29, but I've based my recommendations on 26. 29 might vary a little as I am still experimenting with a number of tires and combos on my 29er. 27.5 or 650B is really limited at the moment in terms of options.


Vital MTB member itsonlydip
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Location: GBR

4/9/2013 12:23 PM

I've always thought you cant go far wrong with a set of maxxis high rollers, ive exclusively rode them for years. If durability is your thing then make sure you get the 60a compound rather than the super tacky 42a.

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