December 9, 2012
When the trail gives you hard pack, these tires excel. Great grip and excellent stability.
Very little grip on moist or damp trails, roots, rocks, and other loose surfaces. Even sitting on the seat doesn't transfer enough weight to keep things from spinning. May work better as a tubeless option on lower pressures to allow a greater contact patch.
Mine are the 2.1" version and while it can be a tubeless tire, the rear wheel is not set up that way at the moment. However, with the Slant 6 up front providing plenty of grip, the SB8 allows me to back-it-in on some corners, which has saved my butt a few times already. But, if you consistently ride loose, smooth roots, lots of well worn rocks, or other surfaces with a low coefficient of friction, you may want to look for another tire for the rear wheel. Again, using this as a tubeless tire MAY BE an option, as the lower pressures may allow better grip. I haven't tried this, yet, so I'm not tanking this tire quite yet.