Moun­tain Tires

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Maxxis Ar­dent Race, 27.5 x 2.35 $111

For those look­ing to soak up gnarly rock gar­dens, but also roll quickly on hard­pack, the Ar­dent Race has you cov­ered. Tak­ing the same high-vol­ume cas­ing and tread pat­tern from its trail-fo­cused big brother the Ar­dent, the Ar­dent Race cuts the knob height in half and adds some ramp­ing to lower rolling re­sis­tance. The Ar­dent Race won’t be as good in the mud as the Ar­dent. But for tech­ni­cal cross coun­try cour­ses, the Race is a great choice. (

Con­ti­nen­tal X-king Pro­tec­tion, 29 x 2.4 $86

If you don’t like switch­ing tires to match trail con­di­tions, the Con­ti­nen­tal X-king makes for a great all-round op­tion. With a lot of low-profile, an­gled knobs, the X-king rolls smoothly with lit­tle re­sis­tance, but can bite into the dirt when you lean it around a cor­ner. The Black Chili com­pound will give you lots of dura­bil­ity, even if you have to ride some pave­ment to the trail­head. Con­ti­nen­tal of­fers the tire in 29", 27.5" and 26" ver­sions with Conti’s Pro­tec­tion side­wall tech­nol­ogy, which helps to avoid punc­tures when things get ag­gres­sive and rough. ( con­ti­nen­

Sch­walbe Nobby Nic, 27.5 x 2.60 $115

The Sch­walbe Nobby Nic tire has been around for many years. Re­cently the com­pany added a plus-size ver­sion, which al­lows you to run a Nobby Nic in sev­eral dif­fer­ent com­pounds and widths on al­most any rim. The very pro­nounced side knobs pro­vide a lot of sup­port for hard cor­ner­ing, while the mid­dle square-shaped knobs main­tain trac­tion on the climbs and dur­ing brak­ing. The tire is avail­able in both wire and fold­ing-bead op­tions. The 27.5 x 2.60 model is tube­less-easy with Snake­skin side­walls for ex­tra punc­ture pro­tec­tion. If you have come to love the Nobby Nic, rest as­sured, there is a size for you. ( schwal­be­

IRC Serac XC, 29 x 2.1 $60

The Serac is one of IRC’S new moun­tain bike tire of­fer­ings. With the tire’s closely spaced and ramped knobs, it rolls well on hard­pack and of­fers great trac­tion thanks to the chevron knob shape. The tire is avail­able in 27.5", 29" and 26" sizes. At 2.1" wide for the 29er and a 2.25" width for a 27.5", these are great for any time you have to ride paths or road on the way to the trail­head. The tires are also tube­less-ready if you’re us­ing a ust rim and sealant. ( gw­bi­cy­—mattstet­son


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