After 5 month of riding in the Provence Enduro backyard in the south east of france, I’m writting a long term review of the Onza IBEX DH FRC RC2 55a tire.In my first review, this tire convinced me a lot. 5 months later and 1000 Kms later, this first impression is confirmed. This tire was good all winter long. Of course it’s not a mud tire per say, but for the typical south of France winter condition, the tire is quite good. The mud doesn’t pack too much between the knobs and the tire is just perfect for an Enduro use in the rocky Var area.
The puncture resistance of this tire is quite excellent (the tire weight 820g in 26 inches and 2.4). I didn’t experience any snake bites during the 5 month period depiste the fact that it’s full of sharp rocks around here. I run the tire in tubeless with 1.7 bars at the rear. I just had two small puncture with spikes but everytime the sealant did the job and I never had to put a tube in the tire.
The traction and the grip in the corner is very good and doesn’t fade away too much with time.
The tire doesn’t wear out very quickly but the bst thing is the worn out is very uniform. I didn’t rip any side know and the only sign of wearing out is the size of the knob reducing. After more than 1000 Kms of rocky trails and a lot of vertical, the durability is good for the traction and grop the tire gives.
Overall this tire convinced me a lot, I ordered another one for replacement online during a special sale on Cycles Direct Tires.
The only problem with this point is the avaibility in stores. It can be quite hard to find it in the right size, the right casing and the right rubber, especially in 650B.