A 'cross bike I recently purchased came with the 120TPI version of the Ravagers and they're perfect for the conditions I typically ride it, a mix of hardpack and loose sandgravelleavespine needles over hardpack. The 40mm size helps prevent bottom outs on the bonier roads and trails. They definitely feel soft and somewhat slow on pavement (I run them at 28/30 front rear for dirt/gravel/trails). If I was riding strictly hardpack and pavement, I'd probably switch to the Ramblers, but I'm very happy with the way these perform, as they provide a lot of grip and confidence in corners and the loose stuff. I'd rate them on par with or superior to the Conti CycloX King 42s in the loose stuff, with the Conti's being betterfaster on harder surfaces.