I went to this tire after having Kenda Nevegal tires for three years and I absolutely love it. It rolls nice on pavement for cross country or street days and still handles really well in hard to medium packed dirt. You can stop really fast on it, and it rolls really nice on the downhill, especially on tight corners. For a lot of rocks/boulders or really loose dirt I don't recommend it though. I took my bike to Mammoth Mountain with these tires and overall I was stoked with how the tires performed except in really gravelly sections. Its a great tire for all around riders, but probably not great for pure downhill, but you can't beat how easy it rolls on the uphill.