March 22, 2015
2014 Black Chili/29er 2.4" Folding.
High Quality build w/ made in Germany model
Light for style and size(non Protection)
None, this is the best tire I have ever owned.
I used it on the front as this is where I tend to place the larger, more aggressive tire.
Had bought a Schwalbe RoRo to replace the stock small block tires and while they rolled nicely these high end tires gave me little confidence on cornering so I tried these MK2s.
First thought was they didn't feel that heavy considering size. Mounted with tube on Crest easy. They roll well but not great.
The terrain I ride varies and thats what these are designed for and its been bliss. The first run I did ,my bud who is faster immediately saw that I was staying on his ass the entire way down a shorter downhill trail full of tight switchbacks on a mix of hardpack with loose dirt in braking areas as well as large ruts. What I noticed was that I had complete confidence in hitting these corners with speed without fear of washing out and they delivered. Really, what more do you want from a front tire, it handles higher speed rocky fire road corners equally well.
Steep tech where brakeing and being able to feel the grip is important and once again I saw no issues! I can do steep crawls down just about everything but wet rock of course but there is no tire that can crawl down slick wet rock. The Black Chili is great stuff as it actually does what it claims by giving a harder rubbers durability as well as grip like a soft compound.
Pay attention because if the price is cheap its likely their cheap version made in INdia and lacks the BC compound making the tire suck and giving the German model a bad name.