Used this tire on a recent three day weekend in many different conditions. From sand to steep hill climbs, rocky tight conditions as well as open desert and some street. The tire performed awesome. Huge improvement in traction in all conditions over a normal tire and held up well. Tire still looks new. Great tire!
I've been interested in trying a Trials tire for some time now. Finally doing so, I can say I am not in the least bit disappointed. Can you say traction for days?? Here is AZ, traction is at a premium and this tire gives you so much, you actually have to adjust your riding. My Son, who never had the pleasure of riding in traction environments actually thought at first something was wrong with his bike... didnt even like it. Until I explained that is what traction does for a ride. By the end of the first day, he really started to like this "new" experience.
I just raced this tire in the Tecate Enduro and was very suprised at how well it performed in the soft sandy soil outside Tecate Mexico. The tread life and DOT rating are bonuses considering the fact that I do most of the District 37 Dual sport rides on my Street Legal KTM 450 EXC.
This tire has provided excellent traction on a variety of intermediate and hard surfaces. The trade off over a knobby seems to be downhill braking and cornering at speed. It lasted Almost 500 miles on my FE501 and I just purchased another.