Recently bought these for what I hoped was improved traction in mud and they have definitely delivered. This is compared against my old (worn) bog standard 1.95 tyres and some Panaracer Fire XC Rigid MTB Tyres - 26" x 2.1" I also bought from Merlin as ' all round condition' replacements. Upshot is, Trailraker great in the really sloppy conditions and Fire XC great all rounder. I have also experimented with TrailRaker as rear and Fire XC on front and works really well in field mud/forest trail conditions. On both orders, tracking, delivery and punctuality were great and customer service was excellent in giving advice/opinion which all proved to be correct.
Fantastic winter tyre. Brilliant in mud and inspires confidence over wet roots. Good until conditions get really dry.
Crazy tyre, like magic glue in the slop, perhaps a bit slippy on wet rocks but as a rear tyre you can just get the power down even on some silly off cambers.
These are brilliant winter tyres for quagmire-ish North Downs and Surrey Hills riding.
After one use in wet, muddy conditions, my impressions are of great grip and excellent mud-shedding. It is the first tyre I have used that betters my long-term favourite WTB Velociraptor rear tyre in this respect.
As you would expect the tyre does not roll particularly easily on hard surfaces.
I LOVE my Trailrakers... They take loads of abuse and the grip just keeps coming.
On hardpack and road they do drag a bit, but in the wet stuff they are supreme. Good lateral grip, and good stability on hard surfaces.
They are pretty tough too... it takes something pretty vicious to puncture them. I run them with tubes and rarely have an issue.
Trying out on the back wheel in muddy conditions with a view to buying the wider version for the winter