When your relationship with gravity gets a bit rocky, you might find yourself blowing through sidewalls or shredding what you thought were beefy enough lugs to keep you locked down. Supple rubber is great, but can deteriorate quickly, and while firmer rubber might be a bit more durable, it lacks the grip you need to keep you from blowing off of the trail and into the bushes when you're blasting berms. And then there are lugs, smaller footprint lugs can offer great support, but fold-over easily on hard-pack, and beefy deep lugs can increase your rolling resistance. With all of these factors in mind, we think we may have found the right balance of suppleness, durability, and aggression with the Vittoria Martello G Plus TNT Tire. Inspired by riders who need a burly tire that can handle enduro and downhill courses, Vittoria equipped the Martello with big moto-bloc square lugs to grip securely into the dirt, boosting your stability, as well as durability. Each lug is decked out with three progressive sipes to provide tactical grip to the surface without sacrificing speed. Their TNT casing continues to prove that it can keep your tubeless tire locked onto your rim, with minimal burping, no matter how hard you ride, and a generous 120 threads per inch offers a supple ride that holds onto hard-pack dirt like its life depends on it. The Vittoria Martello uses 4C technology, bonding 4 separate compounds together for increased durability and versatility, allowing for use of different compounds on the surface of the tire and the interior of the tire, so each element can perform at the highest level. At 27. 5 x 2. 35in the Martello is versatile and fits happily on most 27. 5 bikes with ample clearance for mud. On the topic of mud, the spacing between lugs is quite generous, which helps to shed mud and keep clean, so your tread remains effective in the event of precipitation on your ride.