Received the tires very quickly-really like the way they rode on gravel and light trail riding. Traction was excellent and not harsh. The tires mounted very easily on the rims and seem to be holding the air with new tubes. Big improvement over the Specialized OEM tires. Exceptional value for what you get with a name brand tire. Very pleased, I think I will get another set for my wife's mountain bike.
I bought a 29 Trek Marlin this summer and outfitted it with road tires, most of my riding is on rail-to-trail type of trails and county roads. For winter riding I wanted a more aggressive tread and ride mostly on snowmobile trails and snowice covered back roads. So far I am very satisfied with the traction and edge grip of these tires on hardpack and soft snow however they still require caution on glare ice surfaces