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Great summer tyre, rolls well and pretty lightweight. Set up tubeless straight out of the box and holding pressure well. Great price but this was old stock tubeless ready not the new tubeless easy, however apart from tyre wall graphics I cannot tell the difference.
This is my favourite summer tyre, and looking forward to another great summer riding with them (this is my third summer with these tyres). Use this in the summer (along with slimes in the inner tube) and you will have a carefree summer riding (only 3 punctures in 3 years... and I ride alot over the summer i.e. C2C, SDW).
Only comment is that the rubber is soft compared to other brands which makes it a superb ride, but the disadvantage is that the tyre it will only last 2 summers, especially if you live in an area with alot of sharp rocky/flinty trails. When swapping over to your winter tyres look out for the small cuts and tears in the soft rubber and swap for a fresh tyre.
I tried the entry level "Evo" racing ralphs and got loads of punctures (even with slimes), these double defence tyres are sooo much better, especially in fighting off those pesky hawthorns.
Also, these tyres are not much good in the winter, so swap for a really grippy tyre (Panaracer Trailrakers are my current favourite).
Perfect rear tyre for a bit of pace. Predictable.
My "go to" tyre for XC racing and riding for the last few years. I run one tyre for 99% of conditions as I run them tubeless and cannot be bothered with the faff of swapping tyres. The tread is sufficient for a rear tyre for most courses.
The latest version seems very tight to mount, but the flip side is that these are easier to inflate tubeless than before - this tyre inflated first time with very little effort on the track pump. The sidewalls seems better sealed too.
Definitely recommend, as long as you have a spare half hour to wrestle it onto your rim (Stans Crest in my case).
Fast tyre, pretty good grip. A fairly low volume tyre compared to other 2.0/2.1" tyres, so you might want to up to 2.25".