I have been running the 2.35 BG on the front for a few rides now. Some rides have been wet and some dry. Very rocky areas, some lava rock, lots-o-roots and standard forest singletrack.
The 2.35 is no lightweight and certainly felt slower than my Panaracer XC Pro I was running, but after a ride or 2 I got used to it. The handling and braking have greatly increased. The tire seems to hook up well in dry and wet soil. Due to lower profile (but it's no race tire) knobs, it will be a little sketchy over forest duff, such as pine needles. But not much more than yjr XC Pro.
Bottom line - I like it, a lot. It has a home on my steed. As for wear, it's doing ok for now, but I do not anticipate great wear. I have about 120 miles on it without serious signs of wear. I run it at about 30 psi and I weigh 195. No flats yet. For a front tire, I would love to see 700+, but I tend to doubt it for this tread. Perhaps I'l be wrong...
I like it soooo much, I ordered 2 Nevegal's (2.1) for the rear. I hear that they are the complement of choice for the BG on the front. I just got it today and mounted it. I'll hit the dirt this weekend and test it out. I can't wait!
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