The 520g folding AKA landed at BikeRadar Towers in December and we ﬁtted it as a rear tyre to our ‘do everything’ Ibis Tranny hardtail.
We were amazed when it deﬁed our expectations and worked pretty well on loamy forest ﬂoor, ﬁne wet sandy soils and snow – and when it found some hard ground it ﬂew.
It was no surprise it prefers harder, drier conditions, but with some careful application of torque, body English and detours through available puddles to help it clear, we rarely failed to ﬁnd traction.
It’s a fairly high volume tyre with a rounded proﬁle that lends itself to smooth ‘turn in’ when cornering, and the break away when it reaches the shoulder is well signposted and controlled.
Even as the trails dry out we’re still happier running it as a fast rear tyre paired with something more aggressive up front, as we’re still getting a bit of heart-in-mouth understeer from it in damp turns. But full summer dryness might make it more viable up front.