The Specialized Ground Control is a great front tire in the summer, and works a lot better in the fall than I would have expected, and rolls fast too.
I'm using the 2.4" Ardent on the front of my rigid bike right now and like it a lot, it hooks up really nicely in looser conditions. The Ardent is a really popular front tire in the southeast, for a reason I think.
I haven't used the Purgatory, but it looks like it would roll a little slower than the Ardent, but probably grip a bit more too.
The best tire I've ever used in the leaves in the older Mountain King, which they've since redesigned. It rolled slow, but those big triangular knobs punch right through the leaves and dig into the dirt. Worked well in mud too. Not so great on hardpack though, the tall knobs squirm. But in the fall, it was king. Too bad they don't make it anymore.
Last Edit: Sept 27, 2013 7:24:19 GMT -5 by dgaddis1
I run an Ardent 2.25 on the front. I agree with Dustin that there's a reason they're popular in the SE. Part of that reason, though, is because they're tough and cut resistant. Not sure that's a critical requirement at FATS, and it adds to tire weight. They sure hook up nice though.
I have a spare that's still in the original packaging if anyone is interested in buying it. $50, including shipping. Won it at a race and don't want it sitting around for the next couple of years. Its a 29er btw.
Post by clydesdale on Sept 27, 2013 19:26:08 GMT -5
I've been running Maxxis Ardent 29 x 2.4's front and rear. Any time they have let go, they grab right back and keep on going. This was my first 29er and I thought they rolled very good. Next set will be the same.
I like race kings for the rear but not enough bite for me to run em up front. Have a specialized ground control currently up front. Only about 20 miles on it but it seems to do good. I'ma try the conti x-king next up front.
I run Racing Ralph snake skins 2.25 front and back. Fast and relatively grippy in the 2.25. Snakeskins are tougher and stiffer. I run 23lbs up front with no problem to soften up the ride. I agree that ardents are great choice on front where rotational weight doesn't effect acceleration.