This cross country folding bead tire is based on the #1 rated, John Tomac Nevegal. John wanted a smaller, low profile knob tire with more knobs on it. The Nevegal has 6 knobs that transverse the tire from side to side. The Small Block Eight has 8 small (Nevegal shaped) knobs that stretch side to side. These smaller knobs allow for more bite and grip. These changes allow for improved cornering, climbing , and traction.
Don't let the round profile fool you, these tires hook up incredibly well. In wet and sloppy conditions you may opt for a front tire with some more bite. There are a lot of riders and Excel Staff that go right to the Small Block 8 as there rear tire choice - it's fast, grippy and the round profile lends itself perfectly for a rear shoe.