I laid out a suitable mountain loop and geared up. As I rolled out of my driveway on the MSOs, I immediately noticed the extra weight in the wheels as I stood up to pedal. OK. Not the best. But as I got up to speed I also noticed how smoothly they rolled…ghost-like. No vibration, no ‘rrrrrr’ sound…just smooth. Well that is nice. The ride was a 20 mile loop that was half dirt, half paved. The paved section was really quite nice on the MSOs. Yes, accelerating on them felt a bit like getting a light mountain bike up to speed, but they rolled really, really well, so it was actually very nice going.
And that is something that I had expected to find. How much I appreciated the MSOs depended on where I was riding them. On the mountain jeep roads, they were stunning and fast enough on the road to live with them full time. Down at home, they would still be what they were, but I did not need all that tire to begin with.