Short post today…
I’ve had the chance to spend quite a bit of time around Krampii. I’ve seen Chad do amazing things on mountain bike trails, and I’ve seen Brendan horse one through pretty horrendous mud at Brown County, and now blast down some serious snow action. The Krampus is the 29+ bike…tires that are marketed as being essentially 29×3. Looking at tire clearance on the bike, it looks like there’s room for 29×3.5″ tires.
In mud and wet clay, the Knards ball up pretty quickly. On wet trails, they’re relatively slippery on leaves and roots. In snow, they’re simply not aggressive enough, either laterally for forward/aft. They’re great in dry conditions, they’re great in gravel, they roll fast, etc. The mini-Knard (700c) version makes a lot of sense. But to state the obvious, there’s a need for a maxi-Knard.
We need a 3.5″ 29+ tire with aggressive tread…a 29+ Dillinger, for example. That’s what will be needed to take the Krampus, or the new ECR, to the next level. Tire world, get on it!