This will be my third or fourth season on MXPs. A good tread for a multitude of conditions up to but excluding sticky, clayey gumbo mud. (The treads are too close and tend to build up clay). As the center treads wear away I "downcycle" previous year's models onto my gravel & commuter bikes & they are still good for another 2000+ mi on pavement & easy gravel.
I expected the Donnelly model to be identical to my old Clements. After all it's the same company, right?
HOWEVER I just took delivery of the newest DONNELLY MXP tires and they are noticeably different from previous models under the Clement name. I have not raced on them yet so I can't comment on their performance. But this year's (Donnelly) model:
* noticeably heavier
* do not fold as tightly
* bead maintains creases at the folds, at least temporarily. I would worry this would affect tubeless setup
* came packaged in a box instead of through a hang tag
* made with a stiffer, more plasticky compound
* have a weird smell (kind of urine-ish?)
We'll see if they race or wear any differently!
These are great dry semi wet hard pack snow tire. They combined the best of both worlds, Limus, and a file tread to create an incredible all around tire. Worth having a set glued up. Money well spent!