So UPS-Claus came last Friday, with some new rubber for my old friend:
The old Purgatory's did have some pretty significant wear, especially the rear, and their replacements (for those who haven't been following; a pair of Maxxis DHR II's 26x2.30 TR 3C EXO) looked like they'd offer comparable performance, with approx. 200g per tire weight savings.
Everything was going great on the maiden voyage, even scored a PR, with the best time climbing the Argentine in 3 years! I figured I could take it easy on the downhill, and see if the DHR's descended as well as they climbed. The fun begins at 1:00
Still have no idea what happened there, but crap am I sore! Nice shoulder plant, bruised ribs, scrapes on both forearms, hematoma on my thigh, bruise and scrape on my solar plexus, and a sprained left index finger. No damage to the bike, which is the important thing, but have since placed an order for a Conti Trail King 2.4" UST (a tank at 1080g). Have done a couple of rides with the DHR on the rear, and my old Purgatory back up front, and like the DHR just fine as a rear tire.
I'm not saying the DHR caused the crash, but I never could get the casing wobble straightened out, and my confidence is shot after packing dirt (and logs) so hard with my body. Art's said they'd warranty the one tire, and the Trail King 2.4", a tire I've ridden before and liked, is about $10 cheaper. Glad to see conti has moved production on the TK back to Germany. FWIW, if Art's had shot me down, I'd have kept the DHR for a spare rear. I was on the fence about running something wider up front anyway, and that crash just nudged me over the edge (literally).