2-Ply 24” Hookworms are no longer available unless someone is sell their stash. Period. Last year I had one mounted on the rear of my 2WD and another on the trailer. The reason I didn’t have one mounted on the front was cos I couldn’t source another 2-Ply, so I went with the 26” 2-Ply Hookworm that I had in stock (and you know the rest of the story).
If you can find a 2-Ply Holy Roller, that in my mind would be a great quality replacement that is made by the same company. Don’t focus so much on the potential of road noise when traffic will be far louder. Look at the tire weight: Some of the tires out there have really thin sidewalls which offer nil-protection against pointy rocks and brush. I’ll say it one more time... Compare and contrast the weight of these models: A 2-Ply tire will weigh more, even with the Hookworm – that’s how I knew
when the ply wasn't stated. No offense to Big Apples (I have a set), but those are beach tires
: light thin walled as they should be. You want to focus on whether the carcass is Kevlar-lined (or “Aramid”)
, and if it isn’t – don’t bother cos nothing is tougher in the bicycle world, other than perhaps Schwalbe
– and I have those too
but not in a 2.5” wide tire.
Beyond that, the next level of protection is moving to moped tires, and that’s a fitting challenge for both rim and tire in the 24” department.
Almost flat-free, KF