The Control version of this tire that we rode during our enduro mountain bike review continually glanced off rocks, turning trails into a real-life Price Is Right game of Plinko. In this test, we decided to give the Grid casing a fair shake and we're still getting over the shock. We had practically written this tire off as a contender, so having it take home our Best Buy Award left us looking over our results again and again, thinking "How could it be?"
The truth is, each version of this tire is so astoundingly different that the tread pattern is the only real similarity. It was like a case of identical twins where one turns out to be a degenerate, living at home into his 40s and the other goes on to cure some horrible disease and win the Nobel Peace Prize. The 42a rubber compound made sure we stayed rubber side down when encountering slippery rock features or wet roots. Added sidewall stiffness increased stability and an extra cap ply provided additional durability and puncture resistance. Keep reading to find out the details that set this tire apart from the competition.