I used my Ibis Mojo (5.5 inch travel) as my main stead for the testing of the Rubber Queens. I spent the vast majority of the time testing on the 2.4 inch size, with only an occasional foray onto the 2.2′s. I only tested the normal version (Black Chili/Apex), so hopefully I can get a UST test done next. The Mojo was equipped with an entire slew of forks (Magura Thor, Manitou Elite and DT Swiss EXC 150) and shocks (Fox RLC and DT Swiss Carbon) during the test period. I primarily used the very sweet American Classic All Mountain wheelset, but depending on the fork I was using at the time, I would switch to a Hope/ZTR355 front wheel. I was unsuccessful in getting them set up in a tubeless mode, so I stuck with tubes the entire time. I also used the new Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 as a front tire and the Rubber Queen on the rear, as they seemed to work well together.
When you pump these tires up the first time you realize how voluminous they are. They have a very round profile and the knobs don’t protrude out very far from the casing, this tire is mostly a giant casing with some toothy knobs stuck on it. She has some girth to her! Continental tires are notoriously under sized for their specifications, but these babies are right on the money. Due to their prodigious size, there might be clearance issues on some bikes rear triangles?
Rubber Queen 2.4
Weight: 826.8 grams and 829 grams
Casing width 2.37 inches
Casing height: 2.27 inches
Rubber Queen 2.2
Weight: 704.0 grams and 689.6 grams
Casing width: 2.25 inches
Casing height: 2.18 inches
So how do they ride? These tires have so much girth that they have their own mini-suspension built into them, which makes them really nice to bashing through rocks gardens and ugly terrain. They ride well at any speeds, but they prefer to be traveling with a lot of momentum, so they are true speed demons. The tires like to be run at low pressure, and anything much above 25-28 psi seemed detrimental to their riding characteristic (my fave is 25psi on the nose).