The Good: Grip beyond belief on al things wet and slippy. No lug separation problems. Fast enough to be a xc tire, acts like a spike tire in the mud.
The Bad: Blew out the sidewall of the APEX casing tire after 6 months of use. Did not grip very well in sandy type soil.
I ordered this tire thinking it was going to be the 2ply, 2.3in tire of my dreams. When I received it, I noticed that it was not a 2ply tire at all. What I received was a single ply folding bead with an "APEX" casing, which I was told was a super tough "Freeride" tire and great for tubless too. I initially installed them tubless on a stans flow wheelset. Eventually, I determined that due to burping tires every ride, I would just run them with tubes. I loved them for six months on all types of rides and through all conditions, they were my new favorite tire. Recently, I hit a fast g-out and blew the sidewall of the rear tire open so bad the boot barely worked to get down the hill. What I want to know is; what happened to the 2ply 2.3 that I ordered from the catalogue? The rep doesn't seem to know. I don't want to have to go with a wider tire to get 2plys of rubber. If this tire had a thicker sidewall it would have lasted years longer. Why did 2.3 dh casing tires go the way of the DOHDOH bird?
Tested on a Cove G-spot