Tire Suggestions?



bigdaddyk

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Hi all -

Racing in the upcoming Midwest Xterra Race in Milwaukee, WI at the end of July. I have purchased new wheel set and need advice on a good XC tire for this race. It is supposed to be a very technical course, but not deep in the woods either (this is staged in a park in downtown Milwaukee...). I am a pretty abusive rider and weight in at around 200lbs. I have checked out the Hutchinson tires and Panaracer, but might be leaning towards the IRC Mythos based on reviews I've read. Any advice is much appreciated.

Big Daddy K
 

MtnBikerChk

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bigdaddyk said:
Hi all -

Racing in the upcoming Midwest Xterra Race in Milwaukee, WI at the end of July. I have purchased new wheel set and need advice on a good XC tire for this race. It is supposed to be a very technical course, but not deep in the woods either (this is staged in a park in downtown Milwaukee...). I am a pretty abusive rider and weight in at around 200lbs. I have checked out the Hutchinson tires and Panaracer, but might be leaning towards the IRC Mythos based on reviews I've read. Any advice is much appreciated.

Big Daddy K

I really didn't like the mythos - but I weigh less than you and probably not in the same conditions (I don't race). I've found the Hutchinson pythons to be pretty consistent and probably my favorite tire until I met the kenda stick-Es.

The panaracers are ok too. ah - it's all personal opinion.
 

slbenz

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I agree, it probably comes down to personal preference. I like using the Mythos tires but my normal trail is technical hard pack with gravel thrown in the mix. The performance for me is similar to Panaracer. Either would make a good choice in this condition. Now when it comes to muddy conditions, I prefer Panaracer over the Mythos. The Mythos gets caked up more and slows down. Unfortunately I do not have any "real" experience with Hutchinson tires other than a quick demo on the road using a friend's bike.
 

geneseo

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specialized fast trak - roll close to the pythons but way better traction. used to ride mythos a lot and liked them well, but these roll much faster. pythons seemed too sketchy. the wheel would just randomly drift when flying down dusty gravel fireroads. very unsettling.
 

Darjevon

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possibly irrelevant, but never ride Maxxis. (especially the Ignitor). I picked up 10 sets of these, new, for $5 in an auction, thinking they'd last me a while, but they had terrible rolling resistance and the tread on each pair wore down in a week. I switched to Hutchinsons after that, and have been consistently pleased with their performance.
 

wasabiboys

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Darjevon said:
possibly irrelevant, but never ride Maxxis. (especially the Ignitor). I picked up 10 sets of these, new, for $5 in an auction, thinking they'd last me a while, but they had terrible rolling resistance and the tread on each pair wore down in a week. I switched to Hutchinsons after that, and have been consistently pleased with their performance.
Maxxis OWNS...Larsen or Mobster!
 

FivetenFrank

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bigdaddyk said:
Hi all -

Racing in the upcoming Midwest Xterra Race in Milwaukee, WI at the end of July. I have purchased new wheel set and need advice on a good XC tire for this race. It is supposed to be a very technical course, but not deep in the woods either (this is staged in a park in downtown Milwaukee...). I am a pretty abusive rider and weight in at around 200lbs. I have checked out the Hutchinson tires and Panaracer, but might be leaning towards the IRC Mythos based on reviews I've read. Any advice is much appreciated.

Big Daddy K
My personal favorite is the Panaracer Smoke and Dart combo. This is a front and rear specific set, which I am always lean towards, versus a tire that you can just switch direction to make it front or rear specific.

You can pick these up at Performance bikes for $17.95 when they go on sales (MSRP is about $35), they are very lite, and they are a great cornering and climbing tire combo.
 

The Great Stonk

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Darjevon said:
possibly irrelevant, but never ride Maxxis. (especially the Ignitor). I picked up 10 sets of these, new, for $5 in an auction, thinking they'd last me a while, but they had terrible rolling resistance and the tread on each pair wore down in a week. I switched to Hutchinsons after that, and have been consistently pleased with their performance.
maxxis make some of the best rubber out there, you bouth 10 cheap rubber hoops for 5 dont be surprised when they turn out to be bad...

maxxis high rollers are awsome trail grippers...
 

Mpc350

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I've been really happy with my IRC Mythos. Front has great control and grip for going down those really steep sections. Rear dosent clog up on me ( but I do live in Southern CA) and has great grip in hard pack / dusty gravel. The only thing I can complain about is my rear is nearly worn out after about 1/2 a season of riding. But I got the f/r set for $24 at pricepoint, so cant complain too much.