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Goldentyre gt 216 aa - October 16, 2015, 09:39 AM

I've really been liking the kenda equilibrium I've got mounted on the back of the kx250 (works pretty well everywhere and is crazy good in rocks) and was wanting to find something similarish for the front. In doing a bit of searching I came across the goldentyre gt 216 aa and some very positive reviews. This is a fat/wide front tire meant to roll right over crap on the trail. I've finally started working on getting the front end of the kx under control/play with the suspension (it tends to deflect/wander around on me - yes, my skill level has something to do with that) and this tire is a part of that effort. My personal riding style mostly involves ignoring crap on the trail/not bothering with picking lines and just barreling ahead so this seems like a good match.

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I'm anxious to try the thing out and will probably hit taskers in a week or two to see how it does.

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October 16, 2015, 10:11 AM

Ive been wanting to try this tire out too, just haven't pulled the trigger on it yet. Also want to try the 523 rocky rear tire.

The only con I've read about on the front is you have amazing traction right up until you don't


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October 16, 2015, 10:36 AM

I bought 2 since shipping was $14 for 1 - 5 tires...
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October 16, 2015, 11:56 AM

A tall wide front tire for rocky stuff sounds ideal. Deflection is my number one problem (boogyman) when off-pavement and low profile narrow front tires seem to do a lot of it. My balance reactions are too slow (and often incorrect) to deal with a bike that is deflecting on the front and to a lesser extent swapping around in the rear.

My daughter sometimes wonders about me when she catches me standing on just one foot or another for no apparent reason. Its balance training every day multiple times a day for me, even if I'm not downstairs in the exercise room.


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October 16, 2015, 12:40 PM

I've just gotten my Mom started on balance exercises (she's 80 and keeps trying to fall down). I should do the exercises myself. No bouts of vertigo lately but I'm below average in balance so some work on it would probably do me a lot of good.
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I've just gotten my Mom started on balance exercises (she's 80 and keeps trying to fall down). I should do the exercises myself. No bouts of vertigo lately but I'm below average in balance so some work on it would probably do me a lot of good.
I find it helps a lot and should do even more than I do. When I slack off it doesn't take long for me to notice the difference. Gotta keep them twitch muscles in tune, and while riding is the ultimate practice, practicing while off the bike tends to be less painful.


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October 16, 2015, 04:42 PM

And who is coming out to "practice" their balance on Sunday??? Zero rocks. Nice trails. Fun riding.

No. Seriously. It's a very nice trail system.


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October 16, 2015, 06:19 PM

I can't do the watr ride as I'm being made to go to the md renaissance festival.

It took me awhile at the ride last year to be comfortable riding on dirt. Seriously...
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I can't do the watr ride as I'm being made to go to the md renaissance festival.

It took me awhile at the ride last year to be comfortable riding on dirt. Seriously...

Go to Renn Faire on Saturday. Bike on Sunday. Simple solution really.


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Go to Renn Faire on Saturday. Bike on Sunday. Simple solution really.
You think I didn't already try that? There's something else happening saturday that's also out of my control. I need to start putting things on the calendar well in advance.
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October 21, 2015, 08:17 PM

Thanks to Kirk, I got one of these fattys to try out at Hatfield this weekend. It is a bit over 1" taller and 3/4" wider than the 80/100 pirelli I had on there. It looks funny on the bike




I noticed recently in discussions that apparently they have different compounds available now. This tire is a 216AA-HBN which is supposedly the summer/dry version. They have a THB (winter/wet) and a DST (unknown, desert maybe?) options too. No idea what the actually differences are.


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October 21, 2015, 08:34 PM

Wow, that looks fatter than I expected when mounted up. It really does look kind of like a rear tire on the front. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get out to taskers at least a bit one afternoon this weekend to try the thing out.
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Oh and it's directional. I didn't notice the little arrow until I had it 98% of the way mounted


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October 21, 2015, 08:47 PM

So is the equilibrium. Mine is on backwards because I'm too lazy...
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October 28, 2015, 05:24 PM

I put 200 miles on the bike this weekend. I have to say I'm pretty happy with this tire. Many times I'd see an embedded rock too late to avoid, brace for impact, and then just glide over it with barely a bump in the bars. Seemed to roll over obstacles a bit better too. Traction was good and I didn't experience the sudden loss of traction others were reporting. It seemed very forgiving and gave plenty of warning you were pushing it to the edge. I never ended up on my ass once all weekend because of a lack of front end grip.

I ran 10 psi with tubliss all weekend.


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