“Rim Dinger”, one of Bike Park Wales’s finest beads, a mix of rock and more rock, of speed and then of strength sucking square edge if you miss the beat of the trail. It has been the undoing of many a bike, a place where it has hammered home how longer travel can always overthrow weak 150mm pretenders. The Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned is no pretender.
And it is here more than anywhere that gives compelling evidence that 27.5+ tyres/wheel/rim combinations done well has a very real future in moutainbiking. Amongst the relentless rock, a place where insensitivity and un-supportiveness will be found out very quickly, these large volume, but lightweight tubeless tyres comply to such a degree that it almost makes a mockery of ‘small bump sensitivity’ damper talk – smooth, massive grip, fast tyres.
“it almost makes a mockery of ‘small bump sensitivity’ damper talk – smooth, massive grip, fast tyres.”
Bending the rules
Delivering better roll over performance, with a far less fatigue inducing ride, the tyres offer grip by the truck load and a lively ride that smooths out the root, bends around square edge and generally just leads to one big crazy grin. There really is something in these tyres for so many people. They will inspire confidence and give support where standard 27.5” tyres clatter and slide.
True it’s early days for these tyres. And so far the Schwalbe tyre have been our preferred rubber although Specialized also have a few in their range. At just under 900g the Trail Star Nobby Nic 2.8 has been our favourite but it needs to be remembered that these are pretty light sidewalls for such a large tyre. Ripping sidewalls has been a concern but so far so good.