Spe­cial­ized Butcher BLCK DMND 2Bliss Ready 29x2.3in tyre £50

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Spe­cial­ized’s new vowel-flout­ing ‘BLCK DMND’ cas­ings are a compromise be­tween a DH and trail car­cass. They com­bine re­in­forced side­walls, for punc­ture pro­tec­tion, with thin­ner rub­ber un­der the tread, to keep weight and sup­ple­ness in check. As well as us­ing this new cas­ing, the lat­est Butcher is wider and has a tweaked tread de­sign. Our 29x2.3in test tyre mea­sured 2.35in across at 25psi (ver­sus 2.2in for the old ver­sion) and weighed 1,119g. On the trail, it has a muted and well-damped feel over rocks and roots. The tread clears nicely in mud and re­sists squirm at low pres­sures, and grip is im­pres­sive in a range of con­di­tions. It’s no­tice­ably slower-rolling than Sch­walbe’s mar­ketlead­ing Magic Mary ADDIX Ul­tra Soft though, of­fers slightly less trac­tion in loose soil and doesn’t feel quite as comfy in the rough. It’s a re­ally good tyre, but still not our favourite. Seb www.spe­cial­ized.com

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