As far as I can tell the only difference between these and other tyres at 2-3 times the price is the lack of graphics splashed across the sidewalls and they are a few hundred grammes heavier. The tread pattern seems to cope well with a variety of terrains and I'm generally impressed. It is probably pretty obvious but the tread is quite aggressive and if you run these on the road you will waste a lot of energy! Would purchase again.
Proper mountain bike tires for people that actually go out into the hills ridding. I do not recomend these tires if you actually also ride your bike in the pavement (going to work or something) as their traction is immense, but for mud/sand/off road they are great!
Ordered on Friday and received them on Wednesday (within the stated time frame) I couldn't wait so threw them on my bike and dragged myself up the hills. It was wet, claggy, muddy, childish fun and the tyres didn't let me down once. Absolutely superb buy!
As might be expected these take a lot of extra effort on road, but if you're going out on the mud I'd highly recommend them, after having a terrible time in mud on my old relatively knobbly cross tyres, these beauties controlled slippage nicely on alternately seriously muddy/rocky terrain. Great for the price.
Originally only received 1 tyre, although quickly resolved the treads don't seem to match. Still they look and feel brilliant, and perform well in the wet and on slippery surfaces. Other than those intial gripes I'm satisfied with the tyres.
This is my second pair of CST tyres, i refer to them as Maxxi's without the price tag, they grip like a politician hanging on to his expenses, are aggressive and very fairly priced, will be shodding my hybrid and MTB in CST tyre from now on.