In a class of it's own, the Nobby Nic has been an all around favorite and serial winner of MTB races for years. Why? Nobby Nic is unbelievably versatile. The tread offers unbeatable control in a wide range of conditions and thanks to its compounding and construction it is light, fast and ready for anything.
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My Niner Jet 9 came with Racing Ralphs, and while they rolled fast, the cornering wasn't confidence building. I replaced them with Nics and immediately felt I could ride a lot more aggressively without fear of losing traction. I was afraid there would be an increase in rolling resistance, but my Strava times actually improved significantly even with the taller knobs - likely due to how much hotter I could stay in the turns. On a trip to Vermont, they kept me crash free while I rode some crazy wet roots and rocks. I rode all of last fall on them, and a few winter rides on a few inches of packed snow (which they handled great) and now I'm into spring and so far they aren't showing any great signs of wear. They mounted tubeless fairly easily (I did have to use a compressor, but that may just be because my floor pump is old). They're not cheap, but I feel they were well worth the investment.
As soon as I changed to the Nobby Nic EVO SS on the front of my 29r I went faster and harder through the corners without the fear of slipping. It gives you confidence so you can rip the trail. I am running it tubeless and, although it took a few tries at the gas station air station to get the original seal, it is holding just fine even sitting through the winter.
This is a positive review, of a great tire. Sticky grippy tread blocks are great for wet rides, but wear extremely fast. This is a fairly lightweight tire, and I seem to get punctures that sealant fills, and leaves wet spots. I have never flatted on this tire, and I ride pretty rocky, sharp edged terrain. It is mounted on singlespeed, and sometimes you have to take some hard hits and just pedal through rocks since no gearing. I think this tire is expensive and performs well as intended. If you are a precise rider, it will give you great service. Flog the thing, and you may be better with a beefier, heavier tire, that is less susceptible to tears. Side knobs are a little squirmy as they are so long. But they are sticky soft, and the side knob design Is consistent and predictable, just soft. I will buy another one in the fall for wet rides. The price almost made me give it 3 stars.
Love the grip this tire has in NJ/PA trails. Confidence leaning in the corners. Haven't ridden long enough to really judge the durability but I hope they hold up because I really enjoy them. Big Volume, excellent traction, relatively light.
This is the second bike I've had with these tires. I really like them but they have a few faults. One they wear quickly but that's what you sacrafice for traction. Two the sidewalls are thin and give easly and are prone to cuts. Three they only handle mud so so. Otherwise handling and traction on normal trail is phenominal. They have very low rolling resistance. For the most part a great tire just a little pricy.