The new Fat Albert is a mixed bag of tea for me. The tires roll well, have a decent weight for their volume, have the best sidewall protection in the business and are some of the easiest to set up tubeless.
The Fat Albert front version steers well, has good traction, rails decently, and it mates up nicely as a front tire with many other brands. It is a good all around tire. It actually worked well in as a combination in both the front and rear positions, much better than the intended Fat Albert set.
The Fat Albert rear version, on the other hand, just does not cut it in my opinion. It has mediocre traction, washes out to easily, and bounces off rocks too frequently. It does not inspire any sort of confidence when trying to motor up loose climbs nor when braking coming back down, and a lot of it was due to an unpredictable nature. It wasn’t a bad tire, just not up to the old standards set by the previous Albert series nor in the same league as its competition. It did work better when the tire was mounted in a reversed rotation, but unfortunately it did not solve all of its issues.
I miss the old Albert, especially as a rear tire!
-Decent weight for volume
-Front tire in front and rear positions
-Good rolling resistance
-Easy tubeless setup
-Bomber sidewall protection
-Washout issues on loose terrain
-Rear tire traction in loose conditions (improved by reversing rotation direction)
-Rear tire bounces off rocks
Value Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Front Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Rear Overall Rating: 3 Flamin’ Chili Peppers