I rode these down at the Pueblo South Shore trail system, which is comprised of loose flaky shale, hard pack dirt, rock ledges, and short ramps of slick rock sections, and they really shined. They also work very well in snow, and even the occasional icy section does not seem to faze them. The tires do seem to have a weak point, they slip on extremely wet rocks, but the Black Chili compound does make them work better than their normal counterparts on wet rocks. Furthermore, forget riding them on a road very much unless you want to lose your fillings, but these are off road tires so that is not much of a concern.
They corner really well, being predictable and stable, the round casing greatly assists in being able to crank them over. There was a hint of the knobs scrubbing when really pushing them, but you don’t notice any loss of stability. One of the fine things these tires do is simply what you tell them to do, toss them this way or that, and it does not faze them, they stay right on track, and right where you put them. Predictable! They give great steering control and input, with incredible braking ability, and surprisingly do really well on long rock stretches.
The tires are supposed to be 2.4 inch tires, but I would call them more like fat 2.25 tires. Most of the Continental tires I have ever used were always a bit narrow for their size, so I am pretty used to their sizing. I usually ran these with tubes due to the number of swaps outs I was doing with tires, and I ran them with 25-28 psi.