So, as this is now the official " All Mountain Thread" we should start putting info up which is relevant.
They are black and round. Sure. Hold air. Check.
But what else ? Tread pattern ? Compound ? Sidewall strength ?
As All Mountain isnt really about XC, or DH, but a melting pot of a little bit of each,shouldnt the tyre be a combo of each discipline ? Tyres have developed greatly over the last few years, with intermediate sizes like 2.35 becoming common for the majority of riders. Sure, size varies between manufacturers, but I would hesitate to say that most riders would run a 2.3 on the front, and a 2.0-2.2 on the rear.
Hell, even my "XC" bike has a 2.2 Ardent on the front!
So, in lieu of a XC tyres thread, let have a AM thread for tyres that are bigger and stiffer than a XC lightweight, but not quite a 2.7 minion !
Heres a few I use.
2.4 Maxxis Advantage. Aggressive tyre for the front.Have fitted tubeless, and tubed
2.35 Maxxis Larsen TT. Great tyre for the rear. Not too good in mud though ! Prefer these over the SB8 if there is anything but hardpack.Have fitted tubeless and tubed
2.35 Kenda Small Block 8. Hey, dont laugh, these are great tyres for when its dry. Couldnt get to seal tubeless,but they were not new when I tried....tubed
2.35 Hutchison Barracuda. Enormous tyre for the size. Tubeless tyre, easy..
2.35 Spec Eskar. A lot smaller than the Barracuda, alot lighter, and thinner in sidewall, but grips well, and can be used tubeless with the 2bliss carcass.Tubeless and tubed.
Havnt been fortunate enough to try Scwalbe or Continentals best, yet..
Your thought,experience ?