on the fence on these tires
OK, I've been researching tires all day, and need some input now that I've narrowed the field down. I'm just putting tires on the back right now, and have decided to upsize to 26". The fronts are still in really good shape, only 550 miles on the bike but the rears are kinda chewed up from, err, spinning....
Sooo, right now I'm looking at 26x10x12 Interco Swamp Lites, or GBC Grim Reapers in the same size. I ride pretty tame trails with lots of gravel, hardpack, and an occasional mud puddle or snow patch thrown in. I love love love the look of the swamp lites and they have 1+ inches of tread lug. They are a bias tire in 6 ply.
Now the Reapers are 8 ply radials, with 7/8" tread depth, and are pretty close in weight to the swamp lites, only like 26 pounds per tire. There is like a $10 difference between a pair of each.
I've read that the reapers last a long time, but honestly I only drive 300-500 miles per year. What, in your opinion would I be better off with? Ill replace the front tires if I keep it through the summer (I'm eyeing a 750i with power steering sometime down the road if the fates smile upon me :-)