Are crossmarks really that good?
I changed from a Schwalbe combo to Crossmarks last season for racing duties and I have been really impressed with them. Mine are the LUST version and they have been really good on a variety of terrain. They corner really well and there is a seamless transition from the middle to the edge of the tyre. They roll as well as the Schwalbe they replaced, too. They also last a longer too and don’t lose as much performance when they get worn down. Can you tell I like them? 🙂Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
I’ve kept a 2.1 on the back since I fitted it last August.
As dannyh said, good fun paired with a big grippy tyre up front.
Teaches you just how much grip you have at the front when braking and your rear pads last for ages 😀
I’ve enjoyed it, will be sticking with less grippy rears for a while, I reckon.Posted 4 years agoska-49Member
I’m running 3 on the rear of all my bikes with something bigger upfront (apart from the rigid where I run them front and back). Very nice combo and they are fast rolling. The rigid has been a bit lethal this winter with the crossmark up front though but was great fun sliding everywhere. The tyres just wouldn’t shed mud on my ride though. I won’t be swapping the rears for anything else anytime soon.Posted 4 years ago
Quite like CrossMarks I have them on the back of two bikes. Decent all-rounder for buff-ish trail centres/fireroads/doubletrack/bridleway that sort of thing but no better than a Racing Ralph for example (which is lighter and more expensive). Grips quite well in adverse conditions using a bit of finesse but has a tendency to give up if things get too loose
Works well with Ardent/Advantage/High Roller up front.Posted 4 years agoalfabusSubscriber
I’m running a 2.1 crossmark (exo) tubeless on a crest rim on the back of my blur trc… had a bit of a play on a big rock dropoff and berm half way round my ride last night, and it burped then blew off the rim..
lost a bit of confidence in it now, as it feels like it is rolling around too much when I push it sideways.
Has anyone else found they roll a lot, or is it just my tubeless setup?
DavePosted 4 years agoflatpatMember
Another 2.1 crossmark rear/HR front here, run all year. Occasionally wish I’d swapped it for a Mud-X when in really mucky woodland, but generally v. happy with the speed/grip compromise.
Crossmark 2.1 wasn’t that confidence-inspiring on the front except for trail centre-type stuff. Fast though.
Now thinking of something lighter/quicker than the HR on the front – maybe 2.1 Advantage or even the Mud-X I’ve already got. I notice that Ardents have come up a bit in the list.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
really disliked it tbh running a pair
I am not sure what th eideal riding conditions are for this tyre but it is not the UK – perhpas OK on well drained hard packed liek you fond at a trail centre but i dont ride them much and fast rolling on the road
Only tyres I have owned that I have ever sold
PS I ran the front the worng way round grip was so bad I did not even notice as they say not for the frontPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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Tempted, anyone got a view on how they compare to a block 8 on the rear?
Quite similiar- SB is faster and finds more grip in the dry, Crossmark is a bit better in the wet. Both clog hopelessly in sticky mud, though, which is fine as they’re not really for sticky mud 😉
If there’s mud on the menu neither’s ideal- I like the slant 6, it’s not exactly grippy in mud but as it’s a slick with acne it doesn’t really clog either, and it’s still about as fast. Often impressed by it.Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
I have a run a combo of crossmarks and high rollers for a year or so. Usually the medium(60) rubber which I really like, imo much better than schwalbe which I find fragile.
The only downside of the crossmarks(due to the solid centre tread) in particular are they require a slightly different technique when negotiating technical climbing to avoid spinning the back wheel and throwing yourself over the bars.Posted 4 years agomoonboyMember
They also last for ages!
I run Aspen Front and Crossmark rear for long distance single loop Dyfi type stuff and while I am not at the very sharp end of the pack, I’ve never felt it was wrong.
Hits a good combo or grip and roll.
Very similar to a ralph I think. Not sure which feels quicker.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
Ran a 60a (important as the 70a compound is too hard) 2.25″ as a rear for a while. Absolutely loved its speed, it’s cornering grip and the predictability when it eventually slid when banked over. Didn’t like the fact it was useless when any mud was involved, and that on steep/fast descents there is next to no grip under braking so the back end could tend to step out wildly without provocation.
If I lived somewhere where there was no mud at all, would happily run one as a rear tyre again. For now trying to find something that combines all the good features of the crossmark, but is a little more predictable under braking and sheds mud a bit better, even at the expense of a little speed.Posted 4 years ago
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