Some of you may be waiting with baited breath to hear how I got on with my Storm Control tyres on last Wednesday’s night ride. I feel for you, especially since I’ve always been confused over the phrase ‘baited breath’. What does it mean?!
Yes I know what it’s generally understood to mean but I always thought baiting was the act of priming a trap? In which case, making a trap of your mouth seems, well, odd. Semantics aside though I can now put you out of your misery/curiosity over the performance of my tyres.
To the amusement of all present (Jem, DaveP, Nicola, Matt-not-me, Nick, Tony and myself) I managed to pick up a flint cut on my first outing. Riding along Ranmore Woods toward Denbies, splashing through muddy (oh how muddy) puddles and wet snow the amazing home-brew light that Dave has cobbled (ahem, crafted) started to pick up a fountain of white latex spraying from my front tyre.
It took a while to register what it was, by which time the front end of my bike was coated with the stuff. I had a bit of a squirter and despite my optimistic hopes that the hole would seal itself I ended up sticking in an inner tube to get me home. Talk about the law of Sod. First time out as well.
This will further add to Dave’s conviction that tubeless (2Bliss in Spec-speak) tyres are more trouble than they’re worth. To be fair, it was a sharp flint that caused the damage, Lee has so far not had any similar experiences on the same tyres and of course it’s pretty simple to repair them.
Aside from this worrying evidence of poor puncture protection the tyres performed pretty well. It was -1° and damp from a day’s snow and previous rain, with the trails being pretty wet. The tyres seemed to ride comfortably, they didn’t clag up which most of my tyres usually do in mud and they seemed to grip reasonably well given that I’m still being pretty circumspect. In thick mud they gave up that grip quite predictably too so I have a cautious thumbs up so far.
But these tyres are definitely on Strike One. Any more incidents and I’ll be throwing them on the On-one with inner tubes and going for the real, Mud X deal.