Most racers know that tires are the single most important aspect of a setup. As such, there is a tire war of sorts going on and it has fully spilled over to the short course scene. One of the top players in tires is the relatively young company of JConcepts. I have been running its Goose Bumps (Item no. 3041-02) pattern on my Team Associated SC10. Read on and see how these tires performed.
The Goose Bumps consist of a series of fairly short bar shaped lugs running across the center of the tire face. As you might imagine, these provide excellent forward bite for strong acceleration. The same sort of lugs run perpendicular to the center lugs and are positioned along the outside edges. These, in turn, provide good side bite. This helps keep your truck planted in the turns. There are also a number of small nubs.
I first tested these tires an indoor hard-packed track in Waterbury, CT. This isn’t a true blue groove track, and it can get a bit dusty. The tires worked great, but didn’t seem to be the ideal setup as I sometimes felt the truck was a bit too loose to be able to push hard. That said, I had no trouble running in the top five in a large field of short course trucks.
The next time I tested the Goose Bumps was at Pin Shop Hobby’s outdoor track. I didn’t think the Goose Bumps would work well, but they were actually perfect. My Goose Bumps equipped SC10 felt like it was 4WD. I did note that the tires worked best the drier the track got which surprised me.
Overall, I really like the Goose Bumps, and they will be staying on my SC10 for a while.