Better options from Maxxis
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got the 2.5 3C MaxGrip version for the rear tire on my Ibis HD4. Most people with Ibis bikes are familiar with the "rock grinder" effect of the rear suspension layout. I live in South Lake Tahoe and ride a lot of sandy/pebble filled trails. The tightly packed knobs (especially the ones with the center cutout) grab small pebbles and throw them against the seat tube and into the "rock grinder." I found the smaller knobs also tended to squirm more than the Minion DHF that I'm used to. Rear traction getting up rock ledges was also better with the minion. I guess these are heavy due to the tread pattern, but offered no advantage that I could see (maybe wear time?). Going back to the DHF front and rear.