I thought a thread talking about experiences with different MTB tyres in different conditions might be a good idea.
If I had a drum of sealant and more storage space I’d probably change tyres at least once a week to suit different tracks and conditions. Its bloody amazing the difference they make.
Here’s a kind of template, but there’s no big-time need to stick to it.
Tyre- Continental X-king 2.2 29" folding
Rim used - Stans crest
Trouble mounting/sealing? - not at all, using MTB floor pump, stans sealant.
Pressure range run - 20-25PSI (I should take more notice, but I am generally starting at 25 or so and letting air out as I ride until it feels right)
Good points/conditions - Great climbing grip when fresh, nice round profile when inflated, good bite as you lean them over. Have been really good on the sandy, mostly dry trails here, also do reasonably well through super loose golfball rock roads.
Bad points/conditions - No true centre ridge means the rear is wearing pretty quickly and i’m noticing less hookup when things get frantic. When the surface is really hard I can feel and hear the buzz of the tread and they don’t zip as nicely and flick up more muck than a raceking, small block 8 or crossmark.
Overall - This is a compromise of a tire, more grip than lighter and racier tyres I’ve tried, but also perhaps drag a little more. That suggests a good all rounder, but the quick wear on the rear prob kills it there.