I'm reading the issue in question at the moment. I can see both perspectives. However, why in god's name would you get someone to review some tyres who clearly doesn't give a damn about tyres: Mountain King 2 & X-King, they're decent all-round tyres apparently but you'd expect that for £50 each. And the sidewalls are pretty tough and the tread lasts pretty well. And the one with smaller knobs rolls faster than the one with bigger knobs and they're both alright in mud. And they're quite hard to seat tubeless on those Shimano rims.
The thing is, I've owned one of these tyres, the X-king. It popped up easily on my rims. I put a few slices through it but I think that may have been bad luck or because of the low tread not protecting the carcass from flints. It had good climbing traction but poor braking grip even in the better braking (front tyre) way around. It was very prone to sliding out sideways when it locked up on steeps. It was very progressive on the limit in corners and you could hear it growl when you were right on the limit too. You couldn't set an edge and rail if it was at all loose, it was much more a tail-happy drifty tyre. If you don't corner or brake hard it would ok up front but only suited as a rear if you do. The tread wore surprisingly fast for a black chili tyre, with chunks breaking off - it looked far more worn after a couple of months than a black chili Rubber Queen did after a year (which is stickier compound). The compound is ok on wet rock and roots but not great. The alleged 2.4" carcass actually measured just over 2.2" (paired well with a 2.2 RQ on the front which is a true 2.2" and a bit). It rolled fast, a proper XC tyre, though not a race one in this largest size. The carcass held up well at low pressures so you could run it very soft in the wet to find more grip and make the wet roots less scary.
Give me 30 minutes and I could turn that into a nicely written mag review to fit the word count, with some more references to well known tyres to aid readers' understanding, because:
1. I can write (and I know STW's reviewer can write, I've read some of her other stuff)
2. I actually give a **** about how a tyre performs, especially when I've spent £50 (at RRP anyway) of my own money on it.
I couldn't write a good review about CX bikes because I neither know much about them, have no experience of them but more importantly don't care about them!