used this combo last night for the first time, thy went up a piece of cake on UST rims! easiest yet!
wow, these tyres are bloody good, dont know how ive not managed to try spesh before, but they are great great tyres, usual route i ride so i know how i like them to ride etc and they were spot on, the grip on the butcher up front is like glue, the purg on the back is grippy as hell on any sort of climb, and whats more the weight ive saved is massively noticeable, i know people say weight doesnt always make a tyre roll faster etc, but all i can say is the 200grams per tyre ive saved was massively noticeable, they felt much more nimble and lively climbing stuff, whether it be rocks, singletrack etc
so impressed with the butcher on the front though, its just amazingly grippy....hopefully they will be both fair well in the winter now, but even in some semi wettish trails about last night it gripped moreso than my other tyres, and on a few fast singletracky steep descents last night where you can easily wash out in the bends witha bit of damp, i had no such problems, it felt so sure footed up front, that id totally forgot half way through it was my first ride on it
the grid purgatory has got a thicker sidewall so perfect for peak district riding, and weighs in at 760 grams, so alot less weighty than other UST tyres and seemingly just as strong sidewalls (and still fully tubeless ready)...the butcher controls sidewalls did seem a little thinner in comparison to UST and the purgatory grid on the rear, but to be honest ive never slashed a front tyre before, so i reckon it would be pretty freakish if i was to now.....
genuinely think ive found a great (cheapish) setup here! bring on winter!