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I.Love.These.Tyres.

Butcher & Slaughter Grid tyres.

I.Love.These.Tyres.

I’ve been running a Butcher grid front and Slaughter or Butcher rear (Slaughter for most things, Butcher when things are really wet, or really deep dust) for the last two seasons on my Specialized Enduro 29.

"They offer the perfect balance of weight, sidewall support and puncture protection for the type of riding I do".

I have used these tyres for everything from racing and DH runs in the bike park to back country missions and they have yet to let me down. I did flat one once, but I had let the sealant dry up and they tyre sealed up once I put some fresh stuff in there.

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At around 1kg per tyre (for the 29” size) they aren’t the lightest out there, but I am willing to sacrifice a bit of weight for the stability the stiffer sidewall offers along with the confidence to push them hard when things get chunky.

The only downsides I have come across are that when the mud gets really thick both of these tyres fall down a little, the butcher doesn’t shed the mud well enough and the Slaughter doesn’t have the tread to deal with it, however I have some Hillbilly Grid tyres coming for the winter so hopefully the carcases will be just as tough but they will deal with the thick mud a little better.

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The only other point about Specialized Grid tyres is that there are two levels of Grid casing with Butchers, Slaughters and Hillbillys sporting the heavy duty Grid casing and Purgatorys, Ground Controls and Fast Traks coming in a lighter weight version. Better for the weight consious who still need some protection but not quite as resilient as my favorites.

By Tom Lamb

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