Rix wrote:Cowardly duck,
You mentioned you had the Felt Bermasters on your bike and they were noisy on pavement. How was the traction off road? Other than being noisy, was the tire durable? What about rolling resistance on pavement. If I could design the perfect Ebike tire, it would have the following traits: low rolling resistance, super traction in wet, sticky on dry, excellent off road, fast on road, very light, puncture proof, last forever. "Right". Seriously though, I am always on the hunt for good all around tires and would like to know what you think about the Bermasters.
Yeah, I don't think you'll ever find what your looking for. You'll always have to compromise on something with tires. It's like wanting a car that can go bush bashing (i.e. 4WD) but then also wanting it to have good fuel economy in the city(i.e. Hatchback/small car). Never gonna happen.
That being said, I reckon the Berm Masters might be one of the least compromising all round tire's around (like my Subaru Outback
). They don't stick as much as Hookworms to the pavement. Nor do they grab as much as Razor backs to the dirt. But they can do a bit of both.
Off road they were OK, not great, but good enough for fire trails, light single track and some loose dirt. I wouldn't won't to use them long term in mud or really rough stuff, but they can handle a little bit.
They do wear fast though. I only had mine on for 3 months and in that time I wore down half the height of the nobs on the rear. I'm running Crazy Bobs now as I mostly do commuting with my Fighter.
Here's a list of Pro's/ Cons I could think of for the Berm Masters
-Multipurpose (All Rounder)
-OK traction on dirt
-Relatively Puncture Proof (I never got one)
-Can run low PSI (20 I think)
-Wide, for good contact/traction (3 Inch)
-Can skip around under hard braking on pavement, or in the wet (due to the large gap between the nobs)
-Wears fast (on an Ebike)
-Not the BEST road or off road tire (i.e. compromise...as above)
-Heavy (>1kg each, not that that matters on an Ebike
My plan is to leave road tires (i.e. Crazy Bobs, Hookworms, etc) on most of the time, and deal with the pain of switching to off road tires the night before I know I'm tackling some dirt the next day.
I'm thinking of getting these for off road. Probably get the 3inch for the rear and the 2.6 for the front. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=12381
*EDIT* OH...LOL, Just realised Hyena's got the Contra's too. lol, the name didn't click for me. That tells me they ARE a good choice then.
Hyena, what are your thoughts on running the 3" on the rear and 2.6" on the front? Would I just be better off running 3" front and rear?