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1  - 25 August 2015 17:20

After a few years running through Racing Ralphs at an alarming rate I defected to Conti X-Kings but I've just ripped two of them in quick succession and I'm getting a tad fed up now.

While I'm tempted to switch to 2.5" Minions, is there anything out there that's a bit more resilient on Welsh rocks without weight and drag getting silly?

2  - 26 August 2015 10:11

Schwalbe double defense?

3  - 26 August 2015 12:43

I've been struggling with Ralphs too, and find all Conti MTB sidewalls to be very weak.
Maxxis Ikons, while not quite as tough as the 2.5 Minions, are a very good replacement for the Ralphs. The Maxxis Advantage is even sturdier but is of course heavier and rolls less well, I use that if there's lots of pointy rocks, the Ikons if it's less rocky (and no I'm not sponsored by Maxxis!)

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4  - 26 August 2015 20:31

Thanks Andy, I don't know any XC riders who use Maxxis so they didn't even cross my mind, but I've just ordered an Ikon so fingers crossed ;-)

5  - 26 August 2015 22:35

I've raced XC on Maxxis Ikons SC all season and they have taken some hammer without any problems. I've only just put winter/mud on this week and i'm using Specialised Storm Control and they they seem really good.

6  - 31 March 2016 08:09

I've used Maxxis Aspens through the last few summers, I thought they were a good alternative to the Ralph and probably a bit faster. Don't remember tearing one!

7  - 31 March 2016 18:46

Scwalbes rip in my riding on the South Downs - even the snakeskin ones. Maxxis are a different matter. Make sure buy EXO protection and they are still light. The IKON is fast rolling and grippy and does not puncture. Ardent up front if you want more aggression. If you rate your chances as a bike handler and want all out speed the Maxxis Treadlite on the back which you can source from Germany is incredibly quick - in my view faster than a Schwlabe Thunder burt BUT 150g heavier than a Burt in EXO and very sketchy braking.. In Brighton we laugh at the idea of riding in this area on Schwalbe - we save them for the woody races like the Gorricks where their lightweight and grippiness work and puncture likelihood is lower.

8  - 1 April 2016 07:22

Thanks, lads. My exo Icon lasted two rides!

I've actually switched to enduro this year and find that 140mm rear suspension and 2.4" Ardent improve things no end!!

I've also got a 2.3" Ralph on the hardtail now which has been fine.

I think maybe I just need to watch pressures more carefully and ride "light".

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