Just okay, unless you're on hero dirt
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 29x2.6
I wrote an initial impressions take on these last March and have ridden them since in the Wasatch and in Moab and Hurricane, Utah.
They are durable and they are true to size. As with other Maxxis tires I've used, they set up tubeless easily, as do most tires these days. To get close to the ETRTO size, you have to let them stretch a bit, but that's no big deal.
I ran them on 30 mm inner rims and 27 mm as well and they aren't noticeably different on the narrower rims.
On the back, they have pretty good climbing traction, but due to the small knobs on the edges, they do not hook up climbing over the off axis rocky steps you find in southern Utah.
On the front, they steer pretty much like any other small knob tire, which is to say, not very well. They just don't have the side knobs for it and physics wins.
On my timed climbs (20 to 45 minutes), they were actually slightly slower than 29x2.35 Nobby Nics that I have and don't grip as well under any circumstances, but they do wear better than the NoNis.
For Utah, I would not recommend them.