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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:49 pm 
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Hey guys I would like your opinion on a faster tire than rocket Ron. Of course light weight. I feel theres to much resistance on the rocket Ron . I know semi slick tires exist and they would be the fastest but I would like something w traction. Would moving down to a 2.1 rocket Ron make a difference?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:09 pm 
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S-Works Fast Trak LK where LK stands for Low Knob I have the Non-S-works and I like them


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nrsnow wrote:
Hey guys I would like your opinion on a faster tire than rocket Ron. Of course light weight. I feel theres to much resistance on the rocket Ron . I know semi slick tires exist and they would be the fastest but I would like something w traction. Would moving down to a 2.1 rocket Ron make a difference?

Not really...

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:01 pm 
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Are you talking about a front tire or rear? You could try a Racing Ralph, or a Specialized Renegade.


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tonytourist wrote:
Are you talking about a front tire or rear? You could try a Racing Ralph, or a Specialized Renegade.


Both

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:46 am 
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Depends on the conditions you want to ride. However, every time I've been on rocket rons it feels like I'm rolling through molasses.

I'd try the Maxxis Ikons. If you're willing to put on a bit of weight, the specialized Ground Controls are nice.

If you want to loose tread and keep similar to lighter weight, try Fast Tracks, Racing Ralphs.

One thing to note with specialized tires is that basically all of them come in a control and sworks version. Front tires you want to be sworks. Rear Sworks tires tend to get cut if you're in rocky terrain.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:23 am 
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I'm currently running a Racing Ralph/Renegade combo on my 29er, only because I got the Renegade cheaply and the LBS didn't have any other XC oriented tires that didn't weigh a ton. It's a fast rolling combination, but I don't think it would be particularly durable if that's what you're after. My friend is running Ikon Exos and likes them a lot as far as grip and speed go, so they're a nice option too.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:44 am 
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newest rocket rons have been redesigned for much better rolling resistance than the original. i think i saw it on bikeradar. probably not out yet though.
renegades are more versatile than they appear. most current fast traks are great too. "control" version arent that much heavier, especially if you weigh multiple samples and grab the lightest ones :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:05 pm 
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thanks for the advice

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:41 pm 
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I will suggest Continental RaceKing 2.2 in either Supersonic or Racesport variants. Great traction, very low rolling resistance when ran with low pressure. Note that they are more like 2.4 in size, but I think this makes them even greater.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:58 pm 
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sstefanov wrote:
I will suggest Continental RaceKing 2.2 in either Supersonic or Racesport variants. Great traction, very low rolling resistance when ran with low pressure. Note that they are more like 2.4 in size, but I think this makes them even greater.

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So then I assume the 2.0 size is more like a 2.2? Safe to say?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:34 am 
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More like 2.1. It is quite different tyre thought. The thread knobs are tiny and very closely spaced in the 2.0 and the tyre has nowhere near the volume or traction of the 2.2.

Go with the 2.2 - you will be amazed by the ride improvement from the big volume, great traction and low rolling resistance. I am running them tubeless on Stans Olympic rims with 1.4 bar in the front tyre and 1.6 bar in the rear tyre. I weight 72kg with gear.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:27 pm 
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Conti Raceking 2.0 or 2.2 is good. If you want lightweight then try the Conti X-king 2.0" supersonic. I have they are fast but punctured on the first lkap of the race I was doing. It was there first outing as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:26 am 
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@sstefanov

sorry to somewhat jack this thread, but is there something fundamentally different with the 26 and 29 continential tires? I tried to run a 2.2 race king 29 and it measured about 2.0-2.1". You are not the only person I've heard claim conti's tires run wide.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:05 am 
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I have no experience with 29er tyres.

Regarding the Conti's running wide - I think this is only true for the Continental RaceKings which are made in Germany with black chilli compound. For example the RaceKing 2.2 folding (not supersonic or racesport) is not made of black chilli compound and is manufactured in Taiwan. It's size is like normal 2.2 tyre.


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