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Afternoon,

Can anyone recommend a good lightweight rear tyre which is also reasonably priced?

I notied that you can get a 2.3 Continental Vertical tyre for about £12 on ebay and they only weigh around 730g which is pretty good, would anyone advise using one on the rear?

Any help or advice appreciated.

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I used to run them back in the day when nothing else was available, seemed fine back then.

Ran one on a bike about 2 years ago and it was noticeably slippy and puncture prone compared to even a Maxxis ST, let alone a Conti DK/RK.

Maybe try a 2.2 Conti rubber queen or 2.5 / 2.35 singlewall maxxis minion ST from Tarty

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Folding 2.5" Kenda Nevegal DTC, really like mine (Y) Grippy, slightly thicker sidewalls compared to a conti rubber queen, although maybe a little heavier..

Might give that a try actually, only 850g as well which is pretty damn light for a 2.5

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Might give that a try actually, only 850g as well which is pretty damn light for a 2.5

I've tryed this tyre and found it not very good at stopping pinch flats, the sidewalls are really thin and the CAP PLY insert doesn't work for wide rims or when the tyre rims out under sidewards load. Lovely and light though.

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OK my view on the Big Bettys, excellent grip and weight although after a month of riding you will find you get pinch flats as the internal snakebite protection is a brittle, disposable system that cracks as it absorbs the impact, rendering that part of the tyre unprotected. You can see all the cracks if you remove the tyre after a ride. Still a great tyre if you can afford to replace them regularly.

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My next set will be for the rear

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=79&ModelID=30024

for the front

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=19166

I would run a tube in the Rear for extra but the tubeless tyre gives you extra strength side wall strength with only 800g its a winner.

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Onza Porcupines on Ebay are very light at 260g Each,

I had brought a pair of these 2 years ago and they are still on my bike with lots of Tread left. turned.gif

260 grams?

What are they made out of, must be thin air at that weight :lol:

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People seem to have forgotten the difference between light tyres and good tyres. Most of the XC tyres mentioned in this thread are rubbish for trials, but then you didn't say what sort of riding you do. If you want light and cheap then the tyres are gonna pinch easy and have rubbish grip.

OK my view on the Big Bettys, excellent grip and weight although after a month of riding you will find you get pinch flats as the internal snakebite protection is a brittle, disposable system that cracks as it absorbs the impact, rendering that part of the tyre unprotected. You can see all the cracks if you remove the tyre after a ride. Still a great tyre if you can afford to replace them regularly.

I think you must have been unlucky and got a dodgy tyre? What version was it? Four locals including me are using Big Betty with the gooey gluey compound (not that grippy, but the best Schwalbe do) and have had no problems. Infact I know two guys who have used the same tyre for at least a year and they are still fine. Personally, its the lightest tyre I would ever use and I think anything lighter is useless unless your as smooth as Stan Shaw.

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I've had 3 of them in gooey gluey, they are great tyres but I'm sure if you take yours off and look you will see the cracks I'm on about. Theres loads of protection still left of course but over time the chance of you landing exactly on a crack increases with the number of cracks.

Had hopes for the Conti RQ 2.2 but with no Apex and judging from Tartys handy tyre guide it shows that, compared with the 2.4, just the width has been decreased, instead of the entire profile being scaled down, surely making it even more unstable. :lol:

I agree anything lighter than 800 grams just isn't suitable for general trials use but the possibility of making a really good 900 gram tyre for the lazier amongst us hasn't been realised yet. I don't always want to drag a Der Kaiser around when I'm messing about near my house.

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Im quite interested to know if anybody has tried the Michelin Wild Rock'R 2.4 that Bigman mentioned a while back.

I keep checking to see when these are available, no where has the in the UK at the moment, I did find somewhere that had them in stock in france, but stupidly did not order one, and then when I checked back they had sold out :( Chainreaction do have the 2.1 version in stock though, could be a good front tyre. Although I can not say anything about the rubber compound, they say they have super soft compound, but i don't know how soft that is.

Adam

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Hey Bigman, having a little read about those Rock'Rs it seems the extra layer around the bead is just to stop the rim wearing into the tyre and not to protect against snakebites. Not a problem I was ever aware of :blink:

As always, only one way to know for sure though.

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Continental Mountain King 2.4 TUBELESS... 790 grams, thick sidewalls (so great rebound and puncture resistance) and great grip! Don't use it Tubeless of course!

But they aren't proper Continentals, they are basic and cheap copies made in the far east with Conti's name on. They may resist punctures, but the compound is rubbish for trials! They don't have black chilli compound, which on the Mountain Kings still isn't very good anyway! (Its an XC compound designed for fast rolling rather than grip)

If you want a light continental, I don't see whats wrong with the Rubber Queen? Its grippier than any version of the mountain King and is fairly puncture resistant considering its made from feathers?

I've had 3 of them in gooey gluey, they are great tyres but I'm sure if you take yours off and look you will see the cracks I'm on about. Theres loads of protection still left of course but over time the chance of you landing exactly on a crack increases with the number of cracks.

Had hopes for the Conti RQ 2.2 but with no Apex and judging from Tartys handy tyre guide it shows that, compared with the 2.4, just the width has been decreased, instead of the entire profile being scaled down, surely making it even more unstable. :lol:

I agree anything lighter than 800 grams just isn't suitable for general trials use but the possibility of making a really good 900 gram tyre for the lazier amongst us hasn't been realised yet. I don't always want to drag a Der Kaiser around when I'm messing about near my house.

Well you seem to know what you are talking about so I will keep my eye on mine, but so far so good. I took it off the other day to grind my rim and didn't notice any issues. Infact I don't think I've managed to pinch it yet, although I am getting smoother (or maybe weaker) in my old age

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Just incase anyone was interested, I have ordered one of the 2.4 Michelin Rock R's i was saying about, should have it around the middle of next week, So i will give a review of it once i have ridden it.

Adam

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Just incase anyone was interested, I have ordered one of the 2.4 Michelin Rock R's i was saying about, should have it around the middle of next week, So i will give a review of it once i have ridden it.

Adam

Nice (Y) will be interesting to see the results.

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