On-One main man Shiggy gave me the low down on a new prototype 29er (and 26″) tire called the Smörgåsbord. It is a 60 TPI tire designed for most conditions (except pure hard pack or pure slop and goo). It features good traction and grip, lots of working edges, sipes to give flexibility, softer on the edges, but well supported edge blocks.
It will come in both Kevlar bead and wire bead versions. The weight is not yet determined. Target availability is this summer and the MSRP is not set. However, On-One is consumer direct, so this is a premium tire, but it will be less expensive than most.
For more info: http://www.on-one.co.uk/