TESTED: Specialized Butcher GRID 2BR (29 x 2.3″)
The Specialized Butcher tire is an extremely good tire choice for the front end of the bike. Finding its specialty on loose trail and fast, technical descents, the Butcher offers the rider a boost in confidence when tackling the gnarliest of trail. With its tall side knob configuration and extra-tacky rubber compound, the Butcher GRID asks to hit corners faster than you have ever done in the past. The GRID designation of this tire vs. the Butcher Control offering, gives the sidewall a nice bump in thickness, letting you run even lower pressure and providing extra protection from sharp rocks or other bits of trail debris that like to end your ride a bit too soon. With personal experience on both the Control and GRID versions of this tire, I found I was able to run 3-5 psi lower on the GRID, letting me comfortably run a tire pressure, setup tubeless with 3oz of Stan’s, of 20 psi on the front. (*My ride weight is around 200lbs with all gear and me.)
So what’s not to love about this tire? The weight, this of course is all relative to what and where you’re riding, but it is a portly tire. Coming in at 1,000g for the 29″ and 930g for the 27.5″, there are lighter options, however this tire isn’t meant for XC racing or designed to be a ‘climbing specific’ option. It is designed to be a bomb-proof all-mountain tire. So who is this tire meant for? The ideal candidate is a rider who prefers rocky and technical single track who isn’t doing a lot of XC racing and wants a tire to let him or her rail corners. If that sounds like you, stop by the shop, we keep this tire in stock all the time. It’s personal my favorite.
BUY IT: You like super technical trails and do not XC race
NOPE: You like climbing and you hate riding through rock gardens