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  • cynergy68
    *****

    I'd buy again. Dual compound so it won't wear as fast if you choose to ride in the road.

    Pros
    Love this tire. Great for hard pack and semi loose conditions.

    Cons
    Not great in mud and loose conditions

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  • Spanky
    ***

    Good tire for someone who rides both streets and trails. It rolls well and doesn't wear to quickly. It grips well on hard pack and dry rocks, but doesn't do well in mud, sand, or wet hard surfaces.

    Pros
    Fast Rolling

    Cons
    limited terrain

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  • IamJdizzle
    ***

    Overall its a great tire. I only use it when i riding in hard pack conditions and it shines. Its fast, it corners well and climbs great. Once you roll over something loose things get interesting. But if you are using the tire for its purpose its solid.

    Pros
    Fast rolling
    Smooth
    Light weight

    Cons
    Only good in dry hard pack conditions.

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  • oohoo
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    Give these to your grandma for her Beach Cruiser.

    Pros
    low rolling resistance

    Cons
    Traction is horribly weak, slips out easily when leaning on turns, slips out on aggressive climbs. May work for riders who ride dry hard pack (not even loose over hard pack) and ride road. Don't even go near mud with these they will turn into rolling mud wagon wheels they don't shed anything.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
    ****

    I like how fast these tires roll and grip on dry singletrack. Cornering is smooth. Braking and acceleration also good. But once trail gets wet, these are useless. Pack with mud in seconds and have next to no grip.
    There're many other fast tires that still will provide better mud shedding and wet/loose conditions traction.

    Pros
    Rolls super fast, grip well on dry hard pack

    Cons
    This is specific tire for specific conditions

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  • beach_boy86
    ****

    Small Blocks are fantastic tires if you ride them in the conditions (dry and hard) that they were made for. However once you take them out of this environment and introduce gravel and water things will start going downhill quickly.
    I have had a pair on my DJ and street bikes for a couple of years and they are as smooth as a baby's bottom. They roll fast and have very little resistance.

    Definitely not a do-it-all tire, but as long as you use them in the conditions that they were designed for these things rip!

    Pros
    - Fast rolling
    - Great on dry terrain
    - Light
    - Wear slowly

    Cons
    - Terrible grip in wet or muddy conditions
    - Tire tread does not wick mud
    - Price

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  • jtorlando25
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    These tires suck unless you ONLY ride on super hard packed blue groove or asphalt. Once the trail gets loose or wet, these things slide all over the place. I run them on my DJ bike that only goes to the skate park and board walk.

    Pros
    -Low rolling resistance

    Cons
    -Traction is only good in very specific conditions.

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  • stevethousand
    *****

    Great tire! Very grippy and fast rolling. The best compliment I can give this tire is that I never have to think about it.

    Pros
    Fast!
    Good grip on dry
    You can set them up tubeless

    Cons
    They can slip out on wet
    Doesn't tolerate very low pressures

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  • AJ711
    ***

    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.

    Pros
    When the trail gives you hard pack, these tires excel. Great grip and excellent stability.

    Cons
    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.

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  • redman27
    ****

    Great tire

    Pros
    Excellent on hardpack, very fast and good grip. Ran a race this weekend with very wet conditions, was worried about the reviews stating otherwise, but they performed very well. Didn't do any major climbing out of the saddle.

    Cons
    Had a couple wipeouts on curves with loose gravely trail but likely due to the new 29er and not so much the tire.

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  • Johneblz
    *****

    Best when dry but they are still a good tire when you cant change them on the fly.

    Pros
    Super fast on the trail. Good bite in the corners. Not as bad as some reviews stated in the wet stuff.

    Cons
    None

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  • marc_laker   ✓ supporter
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    If you stay on dry hardpack, with no sharp objects, these are fine.

    Pros
    Fast rolling

    Cons
    I found these to offer no puncture protection. Goatheads, cactus thorns, glass, etc. got through these easily.

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  • Johneblz
    *****

    Great tire for the dry season!

    Pros
    Sticky. Little rolling resistance.

    Cons
    Not great when wet, but not as bad as I first feared considering other reviews.

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  • SeaSwab
    ***

    these are the tires that came with my giant talon and they ar horrible for where i ride which is all of the con areas haha. Although i do like how easily the roll, i cant exchange speed for controol on tight singletrack.

    Pros
    fast rolling, light, XC, hardpack.

    Cons
    no grip when wet, poor on fallen pine needles and leves, wet roots, 2.1, very poor on loose surfaces.

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  • treky92
    *****

    If you ride dry singletrack then buy these tires. Use it during the summer.

    Pros
    Fast rolling, wears slowly, great on dry and packed singletrack

    Cons
    thin sidewalls, and terrible in anything damp or wet

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  • oneeyeredeye
    *****

    great rear tire run mine at 32 no problems at all.works good with slant 6 up front

    Pros
    like the grip. very little rolling resistance. not too heavy

    Cons
    none

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  • GimmeAraise
    *****

    I really love this for my rear tire. at 35psi it uses all the grip for climbing. I enjoy riding this tire everywhere. its perfect for hard pack but truly is the best fast rolling tire in sand and loose rock. pop a nevegal up front and SB8 in rear, you will be happy!

    Pros
    grip, fast, great in most conditions, perfection!

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  • tcarbone
    ****

    This is a greate rear tire imo for my area of riding.
    makes hardpack feel like cement not bad in light loose/sand over hard pack, good over rocks. probably best for a racer or experienced rider - not me tracks well and grips very well in the right conditions.

    Pros
    These tires really grip well in the right conditions. Almost the opposite of some reviews. I like this tire on the back in my riding area. rolls reall smooth

    Cons
    dry season only
    not good in soft dirt

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  • rth009
    *****

    If you have hard packed trails, its a great tire

    Pros
    fast rolling, yet good traction on hardpack

    Cons
    2.1 is too small for my tastes and no good in sand and not so good in the mud.

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