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Options for mid weight - mini DH tires

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by DH Dad, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. DH Dad

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    So after 11 seasons I'm retiring my Michelin Comp 32 front tire (still has tread left but it's huge and heavy). Putting new tires on my 2001 RFX 6" travel "mini DH" bike and I don't do anything crazy on this bike. Mostly Highland or Burke Mtn so plenty of buff DH trails without the terribly gnarly rocks. Thinking anywhere from 2.35-2.5 and 950-1200g would suit me fine. My wheels are 823 UST so UST tires are an option but not required.

    As you can tell, it's been over a decade since I purchased DH tires. I'm treating myself this year.:thumb:
     

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    Minions.
    I've also heard good things about the new specialized tires, but don't have any personal experience with them.
     
  3. DH Dad

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    What compound? I don't want them to wear out super quick as I don't replace tires every year as you can see. They don't have to last another decade though. I do ride this bike around town and to the local BMX DJs with my 11 year old son so something that rolls well would be good.
     
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    dhf &/or hr2 exo's. good stuff. big betty evo's are solid all rounders too.
     
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    Onza IBEX DH FRC 2.4 for the front (800g) and DHC for the back (1020g) and you're set.
     
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    sticky compound in front and 3c on the rear tire
     
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    if you're looking for something that won't wear quickly, the only option would be the 60A. I can get 2-4 months out of my super tacky's (edit: super tacky = 42A) depending on how much I ride.

    the 3 C's are supposed to be a good balance - don't wear as quickly but still offer better performance than the 60A, but are more expensive.
     
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  8. DH Dad

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    One more thing, my RFX has an Avy DHS 2.25 which is .25" stroke longer than stock so even though the original frame can fit a 2.5 in back 2.2-2.3 is about all I can do with the longer stroke without hitting the seat tube. Currently have a Michelin Comp 16 2.2 in the rear.
     
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    I have 2.5 maxxis minion DHF 3c exo front and rear on my "mini-dh/freeride/slopestyle" bike. seem to work pretty well. they haven't let me down at the local mountain, 7 springs which is mostly hard pack jumpy trails. I think I only had one flat last season.
     
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    maxxis tires still tend to run smaller than they are labeled.
     
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    You could do a 42A in the front and 60A out back. I run this set up on my trail bike.
     
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    all these should work well for what you are doing:

    specialized clutch/butcher sx casing ~1000g
    continental baron 2.3 ~850g
    maxxis DHF / HR2, EXO casing ~850-930g
    schwalbe MM, BB, WW, trailstar/FR casing ~870-900g


    maxxis 60 duro and continental black chili rubber lasts pretty well.
     
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    Panaracer fire fr I got 2 seasons as a rear tire on my old dh I run one up front on my giant reign I just picked up 4 from cambria bike for $39 per
     
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    I would think that the Minion DHF Exo would fit the bill for you, maybe the High Roller II as well--although I can't speak from experience on that tire. Exo or single ply casing DHFs/High Rollers are what I run for "mini DH" or good DH runs with XC mixed in. The 3C compound lasts a long time and grips well, but if you like to get skid-happy you can run a 60A on the back. From what I've seen, Maxxis can be found cheaper than the other tires mentioned as well.
     
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    I would look into the Continental tires with the Black Chili compound.
    I'm running 2.4 TrailKings in the Tubeless Black Chili compound on my mini-dh bike and they are fantastic. The traction is wonderful in all conditions and they are very long wearing.
    I bumped down to 2.2's in the same tire on my Blur TRc but again, the compound is a great balance.
    I'll be mounting up some proper DH Conti's on the Sunday this season as I've been so impressed with my trail/mini-dh bike tire experience.
     
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    Do they roll fast or are they a bit draggy?
     
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    I've been diggin' the schwalbe hans dampfs. A bit slow rolling, but super grippy and predictable. Recommend running the evo pacestar compound if you want them to last..
     
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    Apart from the Hans Dampf as captainspaulidn suggests I too like Schwalbe Muddy Marys in the freeride version, not very heavy and they are big enough in the 2,35 version (bigger than a Minion 2,5 for example)
     
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    I find them to roll great. In fact I switched them out for a set of 2.3 Specialized Butchers and after one ride ended up mounting the Trail Kings back on.