Made in Germany, TR, all the tricky rubber designators, crazy low price....How could I resist? But they are simply terrible tires in every way. Super stiff and very hard to mount using latex fluid. The grip on the trail is also bad, unpredictable, slides out, a lot. I was using a Maxxis High Roller before I tried this and the performance difference is huge. Grip corning vs no grip corning, grip on slippy climbs vs. no grip on slippery climbs. And the thing rolls like a Mac truck tire. Kept it on for 8 rides and finally gave up. Back to Maxxis or Schwalbe.