Not in the title, but what about the V-Rub Trail Taker?
That's because it's in this thread:http://forums.mtbr.com/650b-27-5/fat...l#post10207591
Originally Posted by zarr
WEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLL, I don't have to figure what to do with the Nobby Nick now. Went to a different mountain today to give it another chance. These trails have everything the desert has to offer. There are more hard packed trails with big rocks implanted in them and not just loose rock. The 2.25 NN is NOT high volume and it is really hard to find a sweet spot for PSI without it being squirmy or to harsh bouncing off the medium to large rocks. Maybe it would work for lighter riders and probably better on the front with the large soft knobs. It feels to me as the highest rolling resistance tire that I've had on the back since running 650b. I feel SOOOOOO slow climbing hard pack; Like towing an anchor. Anyway, 7 miles in the climb, in a techy rock section the sidewall was the victim of a rock(new record of 16 miles before tearing a sidewall). Didn't slash it wide open, but put a hole that Stan's wouldn't fill. Schwalbe tires without snakeskin are not going to survive the AZ desert, especially if your an aggressive rider in the roughest terrain. I booted it, tubed up and turned to go back. I still couldn't find a sweet spot on PSI with the tube, but started out with a lot and let a little out on the way down. Eventually, bombing down a trail that is mostly small pebbles with random large rocks, the tube pinch flatted at high speed (20-25 mph) and caused me to walk about 1.5 miles out. I am COMPLETELY unimpressed by the 2.25 NN pacestar The 2.35 with snakeskin may be better, but I'm not willing to spend anymore money to try it.
When I got home I found a tear/hole in the HD on the front just inside one of the outer knobs. I did bomb down trails full of rock gardens to see what these could take and I'm impressed with the HD, but now not sure the they can take the desert abuse. I think I'm going to super glue the hole and keep riding it. I didn't lose any air, just noticed it covered in Stan's and dirt.
About 5 miles in the climb
Hole in NN sidewall climbing through rocky tech section at 7 miles
Hole in casing of HD 2.35 trailstar
Braille Riding Instructor
So you pinched while bombing down on a repair and you blame the tire? ooookay
We've also got plenty of desert trails here in Idaho. Lots of scree fields to cross and plenty of quartzite rocks just waiting to take a stab at your sidewalls, which is why I run reinforced (e.g., Schwalbe's SnakeSkin or Conti's ProTection). I've gotten away with less, but one bad line or lazy moment is all it takes. For the most part, however, sidewall tears are preventable.
Sucks about the knobs on your Hans Dampf. I had some Conti X-Kings do that last year (think they had a batch of brittle rubber). Sure hope the Hans Dampf I'm running up front doesn't do the same.