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Lighter tire similar to Swampthings?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by djjohnr, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. djjohnr

    djjohnr Turbo Monkey

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    I love Swampthings on my DH bike, but unfortunately Maxxis doesn't make non DH versions. I'd like to find one tread that comes in ~700gram and ~900 gram versions with similar ride characteristics - awesome in the mud yet breaks loose very predictably on hardpack. A lot of my winter riding involves deep clay based muck which transitions right to hardpack then back to muck. Medusa's may fit for the trail tire, but the side knobs look like they may fold over - anyone tried them? HR2s let go too suddenly for my tastes. Conti Barons 2.3s look very promising as an AM tire but they don't make a lighter version for trail riding. Conti Mountain King 2s look promising as well, although I'm not sure those side knobs would clear that quickly.

    Suggestions?
     
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    Muddy marry comes in FR casing and good rubber.
     
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    djjohnr Turbo Monkey

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    Haven't tried the Muddy Marys, but I've heard enough reports about drifting not being that predictable on hard pack. Seems like the same story as a HR2, but with stupid side knob angling. I may try them at some point anyways, but the highest priority is a 700g tire, and they don't make em that light.
     
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    Hans Dampf?? I've been running them on my trail bike and have been quite pleased. Very swampthing esque with more of a square profile.
     
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    What are it's drifting characteristics? Clear mud well?
     
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    Swampy single ply?
     
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    The baron 2.3 is close. 820gm and 920gm versions.
     
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    Not available anymore :(
    Not on Maxxis's site either.
     
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    Ah. Knew they'd been discontinued but still available. Can pick um up for £19 atm
     
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    Swamp Things are awesome. They are really underrated I think. They grip and roll really well in all conditions really. But I've ridden Medusas for years as my winter/mud tire on my trail bike and love them. The knobs are actually really solid on the sides and they don't fold at all. The tires grip like crazy obviously and the amazing thing is how well they roll. I tried Ignitors as a winter/mud tire on my trail bike but they are so slow! Medusas are the way to go...try 'em out!
     
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    Continental Baron 2.3 in the Black Chili compound.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback, I'll grab a pair to try.
     
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    WOW...sold. Looks like a light version of the Hillbilly.
     
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    Where did you pick that up? Conti's site lists the lightest version at 850 grams.
     
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    Maxxis Beaver?
     
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    The only thing I noticed is that it's a 2.0, but probably true 2.0, which is probably good for a mud tire. I want some, but don't know where I could use them!
     
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    Off a German site. I've never weighed the ones I have on my bike, but they do feel lighter than an EXO DHF 3C...
    http://gewichte.mtb-news.de/
     
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    I've got a set of single ply wire bead swamp things with very little wear if you're interested.
     
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    I'm confused. Isn't he literally describing the Hillbilly? Or is the Hillbilly only available in DH casing?
     
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    DH only unfortunately.

    They do have this - http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/mtb-tires/freeridedh-tires/storm-control. 2.0" and 610 grams though...a little scary. Same story as the Medusas.

    If those Barons really come in at 750 grams I may have found my winter trail tire.
     
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    I think he's saying the single ply storm looks a lot like a hillbilly.