I've been running these tires for about a month now and I think I've gotten to know them enough to post a thorough review on them.
I've been wheeling for years and have run many tires out there. Most recently I've run Goodyears, BFGs and TSL Swampers. The Goodyears were a pretty good compromise for street and trail, but I wasn't super impressed with how they cleared out in muddy conditions, but were better than some. The BFG MTs were decent offroad and decent in rocks, but once they got a little mud on them, you might as well forget about traction on steep inclines or rocks. The TSL Swampers up until now were the best offroad tires I had ever run. Not great on the street and wore quick (which is to be expected), but they were awesome in every terrain off road.
So enter the Dick Cepek Crushers. I had been going back and forth between giving these a try along with several other brands out there. Finally, based on what my budget was, I ended up purchasing a set.
First time out with them, it was mostly dry... but had rained recently so there were some muddy spots, but nothing major. There's one particular obstacle at one of my favorite wheeling spots that I haven't been able to make it up in over a year since I had the TSL tires. I walked right up without slipping a tire. I was impressed. Next was a sandstone steep trail known as Carb Hill. Once again, no problems at all.
Another wheeling trip out, I'm running a trail called Widowmaker. Nothing on the trail the tires couldn't handle (though I did decide that day I need to do a flat belly conversion).
Another trip out and it's muddy... it had rained the previous night and that morning. So here was the real test to me. I love technical rock crawling, but in KY I can't avoid the mud. These tires pulled through clay better than my old swampers. I was stunned. The way they clear out was amazing. A little wheel spin and they sling mud and hook up. I decided to risk it later and slow crawl through some muddy areas and I watched waiting for me to have to pull line or get tugged out... Nope, they pushed through with no issues. Even better, once I did get to the rocks, I didn't have near the slippage as I did most other tires I've run even with them muddy. The only thing I can compare them to are the TSL tires and these Cepeks performed just as well, if not better.
The skull and bone design tread was neat looking, but I thought it was more of a novelty than functional. That's why I was on the fence about purchasing them. Tires are an expensive purchase and I hated to waste my money on a tire I might not like. I was wrong... this tread design just flat out works!
Puncture resistance... I've had rocks digging into the sidewalls. I have yet to slice a sidewall, so it looks like for a radial tire, they are tough. I've done the same with some other radial tires out there before and killed the sidewalls. Once again, comparing favorably to the TSL (though my bet would be the TSL would win this battle being a bias tire). Anyway, *excellent* for a radial.
Lastly, as far as mount and balancing the tires. Very little weight was needed to get them balanced. Most the lead I had to put on was due more to my wheels I'm running than the tires themselves.