@Swinefeaster I think 19 is fine too, but go past 20 and it gets dodgy to me.
I wouldn't remove that edge though, because it really bites into dirt, that's why the tire works so well offroad.
@OneDan - I'm used to running a pretty high PSI - I used to run my Whisper at 27 (now 25) and I tried everything between 20-29 on the FFT2 but never felt safe on pavement. I kind of hated the tire for that reason and badmouthed it a lot on the subreddit. Finally I read a ShreddLabs review where they noted the tire's squirrelliness and why, and said that dropping down 2-3 pounds from 20 helped smooth those eccentricities out. I tried it and at 17-18 it's perfectly fine.
@Swinefeaster - Enjoy your XR! A word of warning on the FFT2 - above 20 PSI, it gets dangerously squirrelly on pavement, with unpredictable response when turning and carving (it's fine offroad, but on pavement it tends to catch the ridged edge between tread and sidewall). At about 18 PSI, it's perfectly rideable on pavement.
The man who died fell in the exact situation I described...turn off nose dive with no warning
Do you have a link? When this item was first reported I was looking for more detail, but there isn't a lot.
Since the guy died, I strongly suspect we don't know if there was a warning, or if the board was on or off. I also tend to suspect he probably wasn't wearing a helmet. I'd also like to know things like how fast was he going, how much experience did he have, etc.
I'm sorry he was killed and I'm sorry for his family, but I'd wait a little longer before assuming that his case proves the devices are unacceptably unsafe. They clearly carry risk, and a malfunction in motion is nearly always going to be a bad time, but the fact remains that most nosedives are a result of rider error.
@JojoMototo FM uses crappy griptape, both the grit and the adhesive (mine have always come up just like you describe). Just get a hairdryer and carefully replace it with better griptape. I've used Vicious (which I love) and Black Diamond (which is just OK) on mine.
Many people really like TFL's griptape, and Craft & Ride just came out with some that's basically like Vicious in terms of large granule size, but more spaced out, to make it easier to clean and shift your feet.
@b0ardski - I definitely spent some time playing around with Custom trying to find something that had the best characteristics of Mission & Delirium all in one package. But I could never really find a happy medium (the aggressiveness & carviness settings kind of work against one another) and just went back to Mission for pavement, and Delirium for off-road.
I just wish I could switch between them on the go, ideally with a voice command.
@Lia Some of it's preference, for sure, but here's the way I conceptualize it.
Delirium: Torquier at the low-end, quickly and aggressively (and this is what "aggressive" means in this context - "sharply") corrects the board back to level when it dips down. This is what makes it so good for offroad applications, it keeps the deck more level and easier to stand on, and the extra torque is there for sand-slippage, root-climbing, etc. This is also why it eats more battery. I suspect Delirium may be slightly less prone to nosedives at lower speeds due to this torque.
Mission - less torquey, brings the board back to level more slowly and gently (giving it that floaty loose feel and allowing the rider more control on how quickly to level out). Makes it harder to stay atop on rough ground, but eats less battery. I suspect Mission may be slightly less prone to nosedives at higher speeds, because it has a little more power headroom left over to accelerate and get the board back under the rider if the nose dips down too far.
@Swinefeaster Nah. Most aggressive setting is good for some things and not others. For ex., Mission is better on pavement and at higher speeds IMO, and Delirium is better offroad and at lower speeds, and I constantly switch between them for that reason. People put their noses up or down to deal with trails/uphills/downhills, or skatepark-type features.
@Jr - if you're not seeing significant range increase, I would maybe check your bearings. If they are shot it can kill your range. In fact, many would say to check your bearings before you replace your battery, as a cheaper/more efficient fix for range loss.