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How Many Monkeys run specific front and rear tires???

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  1. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Just curious as to how many monkeys run a different wheel up front than in the back of their MTBs. For example some brands market their tires as front and rear specific, or recommend the tread pattern rotate in a specific direction for front or rear.

    Right now on the Ted Wojcik I have a Weirwolf 2.3 up front and a Continental Survival pro 2.3 (skinny 2.3) in the back. Worked pretty decent last night. I feel the Weirwolf is definitely better as a front tire than a rear.

    So what are your different set ups and why did you choose em?
     

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  2. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    On the Kona: 2.35 Blue Groove front / 2.35 Nevegal rear

    Neither of these tires are marketed as ff/rr specific, but most people run them in this configuration. The BG's tread pattern makes it more condusive to straight tracking/steering.
     
  3. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    I have a whole variety of tires that I run. I have some fat Maxxis Minions (slow reezay) that are front/rear specific and they perform REALLY well on a lot of the rocks and roots our trails have to offer. When I am riding more hardpacked trails, I tend to run skinnier hard drives that I believe are front/rear for either. Sq-Earl has been running his Kenda Kinetics (front and rear specific) in Super Tackey and has been pleased with their performance as well.

    I wasn't all that pleased with my Michelin Hot S tires but that was because the side walls were quite thin and I shredded them in just a couple of rides at Spier Falls. Sq-Earl has also had an issue with tears in the sidewalls of his Michelin tubless tires too.
     
  4. Barbaton

    Barbaton Turbo Monkey

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    I switched to Michelin Hot S on the rec of a shop friend who tries lots of tires and they've been great for out here (i wish they weren't bright red, tho). I've been beating them pretty hard and they're lasting fine.

    The tread's the same on both but they're supposed to be mounted in opposite directions according to the arrows on the sidewall. Does that count as front/rear specific?
     
  5. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    All summer I was running Hutchinson Python Airlight(F) and Hutchinson Python Gold(R)

    but I just switched rear, so now:

    Hutchinson Python Airlight(F) and Panaracer TrailBlaster(R)



    edit/why:
    pythons are pretty light, roll real fast
    trailblaster is light and was on sale
     
  6. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I switch Tires as needed , I don't worry if both front and back match. But yes some of my Tire are front only and some are rear only
     
  7. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I can't tell the subtle differences between different tires when I ride. They all feel pretty much the same to me. I use whatever is light, durable, and on sale.
     
  8. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

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    a set up i run is a mimo up front and a tt in the rear.
     
  9. Reactor

    Reactor Turbo Monkey

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    Blue groove front, Roll-x rear both UST on the switchblade.
     
  10. Rockland

    Rockland Turbo Monkey

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    Sometimes f-r specific. Depends on the tire. Current is Mich All Mtn f - Mich XCR Mud r.
     
  11. Crazy Sweeper

    Crazy Sweeper more COWBELL!

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    I was running those because they came stock on my haro, but when I got new tires at the kenda tent this year, the kenda dude (jim), told me that he didn't really recommend the combination. I don't know if there is any validity to that but I'm just running 2.1 kenda stick-E nevegals now.
     
  12. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I like to run either a 2.0 Mosquito, 2.3 Mosquito or a 2.3 Conti Vert up front. I am less picky about what I run in the back.
     
  13. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Westy - why those tires in the front? What is it about them that you like so much?
     
  14. Andy_B

    Andy_B Monkey

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    For DH I will run...

    Lots of rocks, roots and mud Minion DHF/DHR (snowshoe/mount snow)
    SAB no Mud- Minion DHF/HighRoller (Mtn Creek/bromont ect)
    Dusty hard pack rocks... DHF/DHF

    SS
    Was Igntior up front and tt in the rear.
    Now both are 2.35 igntiors ust.
     
  15. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    For my local trails I run

    WTB Weirwolf 2.5 up front
    Maxxis Larsen tt 2.0 rear

    When I went to Mammoth I ran
    WTB Weirwolf 2.5 up front
    WTB Weirwolf 2.35 rear

    I have a SC Heckler
     
  16. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    I've thought about it... getting tire specific for what I'm riding front and rear, but conditions in this part of the country are too iffy, and I'm not a racer. I don't want to have to get up in the morning and think about if it rained yesterday and what tires I have mounted before a ride... I just want to pedal and have fun... less thinking, more riding.

    I'm always trying new stuff, but I always go back to a good all-purpose tire that's durable. Right now, Conti Verticals are my old standby, but I'm going to be breaking in a new set Panaracer Cinders tonight... we'll see how they do. I've also got a set of Nevegals on the way.
     
  17. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    that is why I'm running Maxxis Tubeless Hard drive's, $10 a set
     
  18. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    On my xc rig in the summer:

    Intense system 4 2.3 tire f (it is more like a 2.1)
    Maxxis Larson 2.3 rear (also small)

    DJ bike
    Maxis Hollyroller f/r

    DH bike
    Tioga 2.5 front
    WTB timberwolf rear
     
  19. Polandspring88

    Polandspring88 Superman

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    I ride Michelin Comp 32 2.8" tires. They are big and grip well enough that it does not really matter if they are front or rear specific. On my hardtail it is a 2.5" Timberwolf up front and a 2.5" High Roller in the rear.