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Slaughter, Minion SS, Rock Razor:
In really loose conditions I prefer these tires over the SE2 (there is more traction in loose conditions when leaned over) but then, for those conditions I prefer something with more intense center knobs for straight line braking - like the DHR2, SE4, SE5, TRSr, etc.
Where I prefer the SE2 over tires like the SS is the more predictable transition from centre to side knobs. It's most notable climbing out of the saddle (or sometimes cutting down smooth trails) but in general there are times with these semi-slick + side knob tires suddenly ditch speed, or hook up funny, or grab the trail in an unexpected way where the SE2 just rips along.
I was going to say that rather than being like a cut-down DH tire like the SS, the SE2 is like a really high volume XC tire with better support and improved cornering traction but I then realized that sounds pretty similar so I hope the above makes sense!
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