The Onza Canis tire could already be found as OEM spec on some BMC bikes, and is known for its low rolling resistance and great grip on dry and loose surfaces. Since the trend nowadays is that tires are getting wider, Onza has joined the club and developed the new Canis 27.5×2.85”. The knobs and the distance between them are roughly the same as on the original tire. Of course, this means that on the larger surface there are more of them. The center knobs form a relatively smooth surface and the tire has a more round than square profile. The side knobs follow this roundness and are not very aggressive.
Sidewall color options include black or light beige. The rubber is dual compound (65a/55a) with the softer rubber on the sides and the harder in the middle of the tire. With the bigger volume, Onza puts the tire in the all mountain category. The tires are tubeless ready, 120 tpi, and have a claimed weight of 840g per tire.
Because of the positioning of the center knobs the rolling resistance stays on the lower side. Mounted on a 30mm wide rim at a recommended pressure of 17 psi the contact patch is huge, offering great traction while braking or accelerating. Steep climbs on loose surfaces are limited only by the power of your legs.
However, since the side knobs aren’t very aggressive, the lateral grip may diminish on muddy or off chamber trails. Sharp rocks were no problem, and the steering, despite the wider size, was precise.
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