[QUOTE=ol' dirty;2576764]You really find it scary? I find the Ardent pretty decent on soft/intermediate run in the proper direction. It's a good weight/rolling resistance compromise from the Minion and I find the climbing traction pretty good. Wouldn't think about running it up front or on hardpack though!
That being said I'm still on the search for a 2.35 folding, sticky rubber solution for the winter. The Ardent exo I'm running is 60a and a bit big for my SB66 - I get a bit of buzz on the seat tube if I bottom out…I'm thinking of rolling the dice on a 2.35 super tacky minion single ply, see if it's flats as much as everyone says. Anyone know when the Highroller or dhr IIs are coming out in exo 3c?
This is the best option for PNW riding. The ST compound rolls painfully slow on hardpack and road, but who's doing road ride outs in the winter anyways. The good news is that you'll be able to ride up and down anything with confidence. Run tubeless and you won't have to worry about flats.
I highly recommend the Single Ply, Wirebead, ST Highrollers or Minions for winter riding. Nothing compares.