A couple of weeks ago we looked at S&M’s Mainline tire. Today we’re going to get a gander what S&M says is the perfect rear tire to compliment it in the woods, the Trackmark. S&M bills the Trackmark as their race tire but don’t go thinking that this is anything like the overly knobby motocross-esque race tires of old. The Trackmark was designed for modern day racing applications, aka well groomed and packed tracks. Sounds similar to the way trails are these days doesn’t it?
In order to make the Trackmark appeal to the weight weenie racers out there, S&M kept the weight down by going with a folding kevlar bead and a high TPI race casing that’s rated up to 110 PSI. The center tread consist of micro-knurled ultra low profile blocks that keep the rolling resistance down while also providing plenty of traction during acceleration and braking. The micro-knurling continues on over to the angled directional side treads. The side treads also feature strategically placed grooves to ensure that they have plenty of grip when you’re railing a berm.
S&M offers the Trackmark in 1.75″, 1.95″, and 2.1″ sizes for 20″ wheels, and 1.75″ and 2.1″ sizes for 24″ wheels. Sorry, nothing for you guys rocking the 22s just yet. I’d say that the 2.1″ size is the most appealing size for us trail riders. I’ve actually heard a lot of people complain that with bigger tires gaining more and more popularity, it’s getting harder to find tire options in that 2.1″ size. Well here you go! As far as weight goes, S&M list the 2.1″ size at 19 ounces. The one they sent me actually weighed in at just 18.3 ounces according to my scale.
I threw on a 2.1″ Trackmark in order to check it out, and though I didn’t get enough time on it to really give it a proper review, I will say that it felt both fast and grippy during the lap I got in before I had to tarp up for the evening. I definitely think that S&M was spot on in calling the Trackmark a perfect rear tire to compliment to their front specific Mainline!
The Trackmark will set you back right around thirty bucks, and like the Mainline, it’s available everywhere that sells S&M’s goods. You can find a full list of dealers HERE.