Thanks for the info, went with a Michelin Wild, got it for $55 from Competitive Cyclist with the coupon. Hopefully it will hold up.
Michelin Wild Enduro 29in Tire
- Rear, Gum-X, 2.4in - MICA038-REA-GUM24I
Ive been riding a Michelin Wild Enduro rear on my Kona Process 153 29’er for almost two years now.
I’ve been really happy with it. I also had problems puncturing EXO casing DHF’s in the rear, but I’ve not had a single issue with the Michelin.
It has wayyy more braking and cornering grip than the DHF I replaced, and also has more pedaling traction. It does take a bit more effort to pedal than the DHF, but I’d wager it’s probably easier than the assegai
I will say though, it does wear more in the hot/loose/hard conditions. So I’m curious how much life you get out of it.
I live in the PNW, and it basically doesn’t wear here during the winter months (I’m a weekend rider only, so not tons of mileage though). But each summer I travel to Utah for a few weeks and try to ride more or less every day. And those trips really do wear the tire more noticeably.
I’ve probably got 600-700 miles on the tire, and it’s starting to get close to replacement time. I’m getting some good undercutting, and a few cornering knobs are starting to tear off. Plus most of the siping on the center knobs are gone. But even now, it’s still got more traction than my buddies fresh aggressor