Best rear MTB tire??

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cyclemanpat
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by cyclemanpat

I want some feedback on which rear tire is best for average packed, very technical trails. Trails have lots of rocks and roots and short steep climbs. Looking for good traction and light weight???

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by Frankie - B

What do you call lightweight? 300gr? 400 gr? the schwalbe fast fred and racing ralph are both very nice tires. The fred is 360 gr. and semi slick. the ralph is 460 gr. and a knobblie. But it has the rolling resistance of an semi slick 8)

Good luck.

(maybe you can start a poll!)
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nikh
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by nikh

Have you considered the Nokian NBX Lite?

It is primarily a race tire but it sure is fast and fairly light!

I found mine for $30.99 at Aebike.com

Mbuk had a review on them:

http://www.mbuk.com/kittestdetails.asp?id=237

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by elendil

For technical trails I would not take a "semi-slick" or "semi-knob" tire as Fast Fred or Twister (Supersonic). If weight is very important Michelin Comp S light or Nokian NBX lite or perhaps Schwalbe Racing Ralph, if weight is not that important Michelin XL S (good grip and low rolling resistance, approx. 550g).

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by Sandal

if we're talking about racing, then i would suggest Kenda klimax lite. it's 345-350g semislick. 1.75 (thou claimed 1.95) it can be well combined with maxxis flylight 1.5 tube (90g) and you've got one of the lightest rear wheel setups on the market.
unless you ride in real muddy conditions, or expect superb braking and turn traction on the downhills, Kenda is likely the best of all i tried, whihc are Contis supersonic, traction, escape, t+c, Mich Light S, Maxxis flylight, mosquitos and python(also very good but rather heavy IMHO).
weight concerned = good, weight obsessed = bad!

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by Frankie - B

ehm sandal,

he's looking for a tire that will hold up with rocks and roots. I'm a kenda lover myself. (ride with kozmic lite's) but i think that the klimax won't hold up with rocks....
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by nzkiwiguy

Maxxis Larson TT 1.9 460gm. Great traction and little rollong resistence. Use for everything but mud.

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jer
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by jer

I've had great luck with the WTB Epicwolf. It's a bit heavier than the superlights, but much tougher and it rolls fast too. 465-475g for the race 1.95 version.

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