This tire was super easy to install and really good traction. Almost like installing a mountain bike tire.
Bridgestone Battlecross X40 Rear Tire
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Best hooking tire on clay based hardpack and loose terrain. Hooks great in the greasy/muddy sections as well. Definitely my go to tire for now for XC racing. Side wall is nice and stiff, therefore have no pinch flat concerns even at 10-11 psi in the rear with a heavy duty tube obviously.
I have been riding on these tires ( X40) for 10 months now and can say wow. Being in Colorado we have a lot of hard pack riding and have to change tires very often to keep optimal traction that I unfortunately fall short of because of finance reasons. This tire has been the best wearing and best performing tire I have ridden on. I really liked the m404s from bridgestone in the past and have tried the new dunlop mx 52's and I do not like the wear on the dunlops. I have had to replace the Dunlops after 2 races. I have 5 races on the x40s plus countless practice and play riding on it and am impressed with the wear. It is getting to the point that I have to replace them. I really am impressed with the durability of the product.
The traction that these provides is amazing. Every tire has a slightly different feel and my first ride I picked up on it right away. These track really well and when you think you will break loose it doesn't, there is still grip. I have ridden these in soft loam to hard pack tracks to riding in rough enduro type of riding. I found a a set of tires I trust and love the wear so far. It is nice to get 3-4 months out of a set of tires instead of 2-3 weeks.
The X40 Rear tire looks cool and works great, last long and easy to install.
I used to love the 404 and I feel this tire is a good replacement. I felt it worked good in the wet morning practice and the hard pack at the end of the day. It was predictable. If you liked the 404 I think you will be happy with this tire.