These tire really lived up to their description. I raced on them for the first time yesterday on a course that was very muddy with lots of slippery off-camber slopes. Riders all around me were sliding out, creeping along as if terrified they would slide out, but I was plowing through with hardly any issues at all. These tires gave great traction on the muddy slopes, and without compromising on speed on the few solid parts of the course. I'm ordering another set for my daughter.
This is my second year racing Cyclocross and I decided to buy a new pair of clinchers for my Jake the Snake. I've run these tires for 8 races this year in Oregon (Cs and Bs), from the wettest, sloppiest conditions at Blind Date at the Dairy to hard packed mud and sand at Cross Crusade and GPET, these tires have outperformed my expectation (and skill set) every time. Such amazing traction, they give me the confidence to push myself faster and faster around tight corners and off-cambers and it seems the more I push, the better they respond - especially in the sloppy stuff. I weigh around 160lbs, and started the season running these at around 40psi up front and 42psi at the back, but have now gone down to 30psi front and 32psi in the back. No flats or rolls so far (except for a goatshead thorn in the tube), and the tread still looks deep and like-new. I absolutely love these tires.
This really is a great all around tire. It begs for mud and slime but hooks up just as well on hardpack and grass. Very supple tire so I found I had to run a little more pressure in them than I would my other tires but it didn't have any effect on traction.
Haven't put many miles on these tires yet but I can see why everyone is buying them up. Good grip and supple feel (meaning once you find the pressure that works for you, they really soak up the bumps for a clincher). Went through a few sets of fast wearing tires from another manufacturer last season so hope these last a little longer. Get some 34's and thumb your nose at the UCI and remember...fatter is faster (for tires that is)
Just put a set of these tires on for the fall racing season, great tire. I was actually really surprised how much traction they get in the muddy and wet conditions. These will be staying on the bike for future races.
I would use this tire in 80% of the conditions a cross racer would find out there, and probably 95% of the ones we'd encounter out here in Oregon. It runs fast on straight line hardpacked dirt and pavement, but really excels in the mud. The PDX sheds mud easily, doesn't pack, and is well suited to off-camber, slippery courses. The only time I would not recommend the tire is a really sandy course with lots of firm, fast turns. Otherwise, great product and certainly a tire I would buy again.