I think I’m ready to give my last post regarding this tire. I recently switched back to the Intense DH tire, and I’m offering a comparison and final verdict.
the Berm Master’s sidewalls are a little softer, but still pretty stout. I had problems with folding the tire at low pressure, but that was resolved when I switched to a wider rim.
conclusion: Although softer, it has good sidewall support.
The Berm Master has a great cross terrain tread. If you are planning on riding this tire entirely off road, and on trail I would suggest getting the Intense DH.
conclusion: If your going to do mixed riding between paved road, fire road, and single track the Berm Master is a nice choice. The Intense is more work to turn on pavement, but shines on the trail.
The Intense DH sheds mud better than the Berm Master; however, it also picks up more. In the few times that I was able to ride in mud I didn’t have many problems with the tire losing traction, but I will say that the Intense has far better traction when the ground turns to soup.
conclusion: Intense wins for traction and shedding.
There is no doubt that the Intense is a stickier tire. The surprise is that the Berm Master does as well as it does holding on to precarious edges of rock, narrowly averting UPD’s. This is certainly not what the tire was intended for, and yet it will surprise you.
conclusion: You get what you pay for, but for the money the Berm Master is better than you’d think.
For the hard core off road only MUni there is little reason to entertain this tire. In almost every way the Intense DH performs better off road; although, in some cases only by a little.
For a new MUni rider looking for a tire that gives easier handling, and handles pavement like a fat freestyle tire this is a great choice. It offers good bounce to learn hopping, and wears well on the street. It is fast when inflated to 40psi, and forgiving when you run it at 15psi.
I might also recommend this tire for a rider who likes MUni, but only has one uni that needs to double as a “townie.” It’s nice to have a tire that can go across campus one day, and be perfectly at home on a trail the next.
I just learned that Felt dropped the price to $25.00US. Not bad.