I have found a great tire in the Maxxis Ignitor. I have been through 3 sets of tires so far, with "under whelming" results!! My first set, that came on the bike new, was a Kenda set, Nevagal & Blue Groove. They were in a word...JUNK!! I replaced them long before they were ready to be replaced. The rear would spin on steep accents, and the front tracked poorly. I picked up a set of Continental Verticals, and they were good, aside from some slippage of the rear on the steeper accents, other that that, they were a great set of tires. They tracked very well, in varying conditions, and felt very predictable. I got about 1000 miles out of the rear, and I am still running the front, which has at least 95% of the tread left. As I stated, I replaced the rear with a Maxxis Ignitor, and I have put about 60 miles on it so far. So far the tire is very good. The steepest of accents barely phase it. I can transfer my weight to the rear, and the tire bites like mad!! I have decided to put one on the front when the Conti needs replacing, which could be awhile!! If you are looking for a great all around X-country tire, take a look at the Maxxis Ignitor. I picked it up for lees than $50.00, and that is with a Kevlar bead, so I thought that was a great price!! HTH guys!!