meh, they're a bunch of hacks :)
i have only 1 set of magura mt7's, but they still feel perfect after a full season of use. i have guide's and zee's on other bikes, and the mt7's have the nicest lever feel, best modulation, most power, and least fade. every time i use that bike i get a bit of a brake boner.
bummer, those trails were fun. its part of the life cycle of trails around here unfortunately. in general, the logging industry is very mountain bike friendly, but some losses are inevitable.
are the kits available yet? lots of delays so far…
i've migrated toward running essentially light DH tires which is depressing but effective. i suspect i'd just start getting punctures again with lighter tires, and the added weight of a procore tube would make it a wash compared to a thicker tire alone. would like to try it though.
highly recommend the new michelin "wild rock'r 2 advanced" if you want a tire for the apocolypse. its aggressive, thick, heavy, damp, and has crazy traction in all vectors. like a mavic charge on steroids. proper knobs, unlike the 29er versions of the HR2 or butcher. with a slaughter grid out back i'm rolling along fine.
new michelin "wild rock'r 2 advanced" is awesome! very aggressive tread, but doesn't roll as slow as expected. loads of braking and cornering traction, and very predictable transitions, really confidence inspiring. its like a mavic charge on steroids (taller/thicker knobs, stickier rubber, beefier casing). casing is much thicker than maxxis exo, similar to new maxxis "double down" or schwalbe super gravity, and similarly heavy. the casing is much damper, but much heavier than specialized grid. the "gum-x" rubber is very compliant and damp, feels like about a 50-ish duro, but is holding up nicely. haven't ridden the "magi-x" rubber, but it is very soft, similar to maxxis super tacky. they need to use less euro-silly nomenclature and market their tires properly.
i spent a good chunk of time up there until about 5 yrs ago, so unless someone's been busy digging, you won't really find any riding besides wandering up old logging roads, or hike-biking hiking trails.
there's some heinous adventure riding to be had up on the plateau (think chilcotins on steroids), but you won't get far with a non-riding partner.
i have lots of time on both, and they're both awesome.
the 36 is a hair stiffer (maybe partly from using its 20mm axle), and i like being able to separately tune high and low speed comp.
pike gets into its travel with very little resistance (a good thing), but has great support for the rest of the travel. the 36 is slightly more firm feeling, unless comp is backed way off, in which case it becomes slightly more divey.
you can't go wrong with either.
The bigger question is, why would want to run low pressure? Unless you were riding at ultra slow speeds? Not only that but the holes you'd put through the tires.
I can run 23 front, 27 rear (down 5 psi each) with no squirming/rolling sensation. It feels a lot smoother in rough terrain, and there's significantly more traction braking, cornering, and climbing. No burping (surprising). Full speed riding, more control. Holes in tires still happen in Pemby, it's inevitable, less common with dh tires though.