Strengths: Cheap, cheap, cheap! Decent grip, drifts controllably, works tubeless, decent rolling resistance, decently long wearing
Weaknesses: Grip degrades faster than wear would suggest, cheap cheap cheap, feels a bit small for stated size, weak sidewalls.
To describe this tire in two words: pretty good!
I won this tire in a raffle after a day of trailwork, so my value judgement may be a bit biased, but the tire's MSRP is rather low as well. I use it as a rear tire and it performs without much complaint there. I had been using a 2.4 mutano as a rear tire (not reccomended, but it was either that or a 2.0 race tire at the time), and this was a significant improvement, and I'm still more or less happy with the tire today. I have the "higher end" version of the tire with the EPS breaker, higher TPI, and better rubber compound. It rolls decently well, it grips decently well, and it set up tubeless with stan's without too much trouble (Although it has burped on me twice under hard landings, but isn't a tubless tire so I can't knock it for that!).
I do have a few complaints with this tire though. It feels a little small for it's size, but that may be due to how round the tire is (mounted on a 23mm internal rim). Although the wear looks like it's slow, the tire's grip is degrading at a higher rate than it would appear. Part of this is due to the slick, sandy "dirt" of Southern California, but even on grippier trails and hardpack the rear feels a bit too happy to drift for my tastes unless really leaned over.
Overall, a pretty good tire, and for getting it free, I'm extremely happy with it. Even if I'd paid MSRP (which is ~25 bucks), I would be plenty satisfied with the tire. If you're on a budget and need a decent tire, the CST Heathen is recommended, but try and get the folding bead, 60tpi version if you can! You'll be happy you did!
Overall this is a great valued tire with insane grip. I am running it at 35psi and I'm a heafty 245# with no issues or pinch flats. Did very well on the slick roots this past weekend on the trail and climbs up hill with ease.
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