I call the stock front the Judo Master. I bought a shinko 244 in the first few months. I found that too hard for cold weather so I bought the shinko 241 which has done well for me all year round even in snow. In mud it surprised me that running low pressure and at enough speed it clears mud surprisingly well. The rubber is so soft the treads flex easily.
In the meantime, be mindful of how/when you use your front brake (no slops, or turns). When you fear the stock front tire most keep your weight centered or forward on the bike to keep the front planted.
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My concern from the start of the decision tree was front tire weight. I really didn't want to get a heavier tire, so the Kenda was a 120/80-18. That worked really well in the dirt and on pavement until it began to wear as above. The Shinko 241 4.00-18, which is about the same weight, has worked at least as well in the dirt or pavement, but hasn't exhibited the tread wear of the Kenda, which I suspect is also a characteristic of the Golden Boy.
I had a chance to ride a friend's TW set up with a Golden Boy 244 in 5.10 a couple years ago. I found it heavier, slower to make quick corrections, but more stable on loose gravel roads....which is pretty much as one would expect. I was happy with my decision to have a faster responding tire, since I don't push hard on gravel. I doubt if I would have noticed much difference on pavement.
If you do mostly dirt riding, particularly in loose dirt and some mud, I'd go with the 244, but in 4.60. If you go back and forth on the pavement like me and have more rocky terrain in general, I'd go with the Shinko 241.
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A fella across town has 4 TWs. One has Metzler Sport Tecs, one has TW203, one has a Dunlop Geomax, one has a TW34.
'94 TW. 244 Golden Boy 4.60. Yer, right. It is very good on gravel and loose trails. It isn't the best tire for pavement (too heavy) but I still think it is better than the OEM D'wing -- even there.
How do people feel about the TW302 these days? And just my experience, but I ran the Shinko 244 "Golden Boy" for a couple of years, only street use, and discovered every second knob down the center was a harder rubber, so it started vibrating almost immediately, and just got worse as time went on. (Took me a while to figure out).