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i appreciate the vivid ride narrative (i haven't ridden the shore for over 18 months so have to make do with living vicariously through these kinds of stories -- and you have a great voice for this pete) and the insights into specialized's new rubber (i ran a previous gen butcher for a bit last year and was surprised by how 'dead' it felt -- glad to know it wasn't all in my head) and tire manufacturing setup
but i can't help notice there's not much here on how the tire rides or its non-compound characteristics. are we assumed to be so familiar with the butcher \[or the dhf ;-)\] at this point that a review of the tire doesn't need to address how it handles in corners/various angles or under heavy braking, what the tread/lugs/ramping/siping is like and translate to trail manners, etc.? not all of us tire nerds are compound jockeys -- some of us enjoy a good tread pattern analysis
perhaps i'm jumping the gun and this will be addressed in the promised update -- on that note, i really appreciate that nsmb is taking a long term approach to reviewing stuff where it is feasible and makes sense
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