The Ibex's wide profile and aggressive tread pattern make it well suited for trails that require maximum traction.
|Setting up the Ibex tires tubeless was relatively hassle-free, although it did take a little extra coaxing to get the bead to seat. The tire's high volume and the suppleness of the casing made it want to collapse towards the center of the rim, but they eventually gave in, and once seated the tires remained securely in place, never burping or rolling off on either of the two different wheelsets I tested them on.|
The long, steep logging roads that lead up to many of our local trails revealed that the Ibex isn't the fastest rolling tire when climbing, thanks to its generous width and aggressive tread pattern, but that slightly slower rolling speed is well worth it when the trail points downhill. The Ibex proved to be an extremely capable descender, locking into turns with authority, and providing plenty of braking traction in steep, loose chutes. Later in the season, when the fall rains set in, wet roots were the only condition where the Ibex didn't shine quite as brightly, losing a bit of their predictability, but they still handled well in the mud - the space in between the center treads kept them from packing up too quickly. There haven't been any durability issues, and the tire has worn well, without losing any side knobs or developing and sidewall slices. On the whole, the Ibex is a recommended option for riders looking for a wide, grippy tire that provides excellent traction in a variety of conditions. - Mike Kazimer
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