When I arrived nine years ago, I quickly realized that San Luis Obispo is an interesting place for mountain bikers to live. With an abundance of sharp rocks and complete lack of “flow,” hardtails and thin tire casings are virtually impossible to find because they simply won’t hold up on our best trails. Thus, I’ve become comfortable riding 900+ gram tires that don’t roll very well, with the trade off being usable traction in rough terrain. On first inspection, the Continental Der Baron Projekt looked like a tire that would handle demanding terrain capably. How would they hold up out on the trail?
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