First XC tire...hesitant to try others..
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 29 x 2.25
I got these on my 2019 Santa Cruz Blur and had some slide outs the first few times I rode them, probably a combination of the new bike and new tires. But ever since then, these have been awesome on hardpack like we generally have in Ohio. I even used them out in Arizona on Slim Shady/Llama when my other bike was locked in a storage unit and they held up fine. I'm now at 1100 miles on these tires with 0 flats (and they honestly don't feel like they've lost much grip at all), and I'm due to get some new tires...just not sure I want to try any others now that I've found the limits of these. On the other hand, if you ever ride in the wet, these are terrible...but that's not what they're made for. Overall very happy with the speed and durability. For reference I have no idea what pressures I run them at (probably low 20s)...it's pretty much all by feel, because if you have too much air, you'll know it. Normally I just make sure I can't touch the rim of the back wheel when pushing on my hand with all of my body weight, and then a bit less in the front since there's generally less weight up there. They've taken some hard hits, rock abrasions, and rim strikes with no problems.