TIRES!!! Wow, I had no idea. I've been riding on my factory tires that came with my Specialized Hardrock for 2 years now. They've started to become a little worn, so I decided to shell out the money for new ones. Bought the Velociraptors. These things are insane. The grip is beyond what I expected, especially when climbing steep grades with loose gravel and leaves. They didn't even flinch. I can make it up grades that were impossible with the factory tires.
Before, I would limit my speed around corners as I would begin to slide. Now, my fatass can't lean into the corner enough to go any faster. My nerves are now what holds me back instead of the traction.
If I had known, I would've replaced the factory tires with these the day I bought the bike. Hopefully this will convince the newbs to invest in tires much sooner than I did.
Next mod: replace the crappy fork!
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