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Nurse Ben 2009-05-08 04:41 PM

The "official" Muni Tyre Review Page
 
I don't know that I can be as exhaustive as Sponge was on the trials tyres, but I do think we need more reviews on tyres for muni, so here's my contribution:

Twenty-Four Inch Tyres:
24" Duro Wildlife 3"
Soft rubber, sticky, wears quickly, softer sidewalls, poor mud traction, fairly durable.
Good for lighter riders who want a soft rebound.

24" Intense DH 3"
Firm rubber, sticky, stiff sidewalls, long lasting, good mud traction, durable, heavy
Good for heavier riders, thopse who want more edge control for carving.

24" Kenda Kolossal DH 2.6"
A basic tyre, inexpensive, okay rebound, moderately soft tread, medium heavy, good in the mud, knobs wear oddly, poor hard surface performance
Good entry level tyre.

24" Arrow Racing Launch 2.35"
Good all around hard surface tyre, not a lot of volume, more of an XC trye, medium soft rubber, fairly lightweight, good construction.
A good trye for XC and lighter folks who don't need a superduty tyre.

Twenty-Six Inch Tyres:
26" Gazz Jr 2.6"
Discontinued tyre, a lot like the Intense, maybe heavier, not quite as sticky, a good all around tyre, heavy.
Good for heavier riders, not worth paying extra since the Intense is available.

26" TRYALL STIKY 2.5"
Medium soft rubber, sticky, good mud traction, decent volume for a narrow tyre, more of an XC tyre, but can handle tech and smaller drops depending on rider weight, moderately heavy
Good all around tyre for mixed riding.

Twenty-Nine Inch Tyres:
29" WTB Stout 2.35"
Biggest 29er tyre available, but still not a true muni tyre, sidewalls are soft, tyre is very heavy, tread is only moderately sticky, good for fast XC on hard surfaces.

29" Kenda Navegal 2.3"
A close second in size to the Stout, not a bad ride, not too sticky, good for XC, will handle paved surfaces.

29" Panaracer Rampage 2.35"
A nice MTB tyre, but too soft in the sidewall for muni unless it's a firm surface as at low pressures this tyre will fold. Lighter than the Navegal and Stout, not a great paved suraced tyre.

Please feel free to add tyres not already listed, try to include width and weight where possible.

sp4rky-m4rky 2009-05-08 05:20 PM

Good write up. Sets the seed for everyone else and gives a general idea.

I ride the stout on my kh29 and really love it. I started off with the kenda KLAW XT but never really liked it. It was too narrow had paper-thin sidewalls and had to be kept hard to prevent bottoming out and folding. I felt a massive improvement when I changed to the stout. The stout has a much larger volume (certainly feels it because you can run it at a lower pressure and make the most of it) and stiffer sidewalls. I can run my stout at much lower pressure and it soaks up the bumps really nicely. It is fairly heavy but I donít feel the weight at all anymore. I have taken it off some pretty big drops and done some pretty tech Muni with it and I donít feel it holds me back. Highly recommend it. If there was a larger, wider tyre I may go for it. I think a wider rim would probably do more for me though.

kerosian 2009-05-08 09:04 PM

24" Nokian Gazzoloddi 3"
soft rubber, wears quickly, stiff sidewall, square profile, durable, heavy, expensive, rare.
The largest 24" tire available. Hard to obtain. Time proven MUni tire.

Peripatet 2009-05-08 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kerosian (Post 1233795)
24" Nokian Gazzoloddi 3"
soft rubber, wears quickly, stiff sidewall, square profile, durable, heavy, expensive, rare.
The largest 24" tire available. Hard to obtain. Time proven MUni tire.

Amazing tire. Love mine. Need to find a cache of them somewhere to stock up before supplies completely vanish.

lowlight 2009-05-08 10:34 PM

Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4 29" tyre, large volume and light (claimed 640g). Great for fast XC, nothing too tech. Doesnt work great at low presures due to light sidewalls, around 22-25psi works well for me, sorry dont know how much I weigh so that maybe doesnt help much.

For soaking up big bumps go for for the Stout, but the weight savings of this tyre are worth it to me (Stout- claimed 1100g), I really felt the difference when switching. Running tubeless on Nimbus 29er rim for maybe two months now, took a long time to seal but has been great ever since.

Great thread, I think people shouldnt feel bad about disagreeing with peoples reviews/opinions though, even if it is my own;)

uniaddict 2009-05-09 06:30 AM

What about the Arrow Racing wide bite or the IRC Kujo DH 3.0. I have never ridden these tires so if someone has some info on these would be a good thing to add.

UniKid2 2009-05-09 04:37 PM

IRC Kujo DH 3.0

- Large volume, even on my 38mm rim.
- Sidewalls are thin, but, If pumped at high-ish pressure.
- The profile is round.
- Very tall tire.
- Soft compound, but wears slowly.
- Its simply perfect

Absolutely my favourite tire.. I've ridden : Kenda Kinetics Gazzoladi 2.6" Intense DH 3.0

The Kujo is my favourite tire.

http://i41.tinypic.com/9ia6af.jpg

uni98 2009-05-10 01:04 AM

will someone find me a trials 12" tyre plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz please please please someone find me a good 12" trials tyre.
I need one because I do trials on 12" Uni and I want to get the most out of it.
THANX, Uni98:D:):cool:;)
PS there pretty damn hard to find

kerosian 2009-05-10 01:05 AM

No such thing buddy. Monty makes a 16" trials tire, but I have no idea where to get it.

cbs 2009-05-10 04:48 AM

I'm debating on getting for muni either a maxxis highroller or kenda kenetics. I have the duro wildlife and for me its a little too wide and heavy to handle well. I do need a tire with knobs though. There are muddy sections here plus lots of rocks/roots.

Dandelion 2009-05-10 05:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by uni98 (Post 1234243)
will someone find me a trials 12" tyre plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz please please please someone find me a good 12" trials tyre.
I need one because I do trials on 12" Uni and I want to get the most out of it.
THANX, Uni98:D:):cool:;)
PS there pretty damn hard to find

a wheelbarrow tyre might fit..

SkierAlex 2009-05-10 07:57 AM

I ride a 24" maxxis high roller on my muni. Good grip (grippy tread pattern), light, sidewalls are inbetween, less air volume compared to 3". IMO 2.7 or 2.5 is better for muni and 3" is overkill. 2.7 still gives enough custioning when landing drops and it's worth the weight saved IMO.

munirocks 2009-05-10 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SkierAlex (Post 1234344)
IMO 2.7 or 2.5 is better for muni and 3" is overkill. 2.7 still gives enough custioning when landing drops and it's worth the weight saved IMO.

I guess it depends on the weight of the rider as well. A heavier rider (like me) will be more likely to need the cushioning of a 3" tire than a lighter one. I keep reading opinions of 14 or 16 year olds about tire volumes but mostly they simply don't apply to riders (like me) weighing almost 160 pounds...:o

Maybe I should lose some weight though, it would definitely improve my poor hopping height...

Anyways, I really enjoy this thread. Keep the reviews coming! I don't have much more to say about muni tires. I'm happy with the 3" Gazz on my 24" and 26", but since they are discontinued I am looking for alternatives now.

cbs 2009-05-10 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SkierAlex (Post 1234344)
I ride a 24" maxxis high roller on my muni. Good grip (grippy tread pattern), light, sidewalls are inbetween, less air volume compared to 3". IMO 2.7 or 2.5 is better for muni and 3" is overkill. 2.7 still gives enough custioning when landing drops and it's worth the weight saved IMO.

OK, probably will get the high roller then! I am the size of a 12 year old so for me the weight/size is hard to handle.

Fraggle 2009-05-10 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kerosian (Post 1234244)
No such thing buddy. Monty makes a 16" trials tire, but I have no idea where to get it.

This one?


On topic, does anyone use a Continental Mountain King?
I'm thinking of getting the 29 x 2.4, and wondered if anyone has experience with them. If not, then I could add to the list when I get the tyre.


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