As far as I can tell, in the world of ISO 451 tires there are very wide and very knobby tires made for BMX racing and then there are narrow and mostly smooth tires for go-fast minibikes and folders. No Kojak, no Scorcher between these that will give me the slick balloon I want to be able to go fast while handling rough and sometimes slippery roads. Ideally I want a folding bead.
However, there is the Intense (ITS) MicroKnobby MK2. Bike Friday and other on-line sellers have them but I haven't seen one in real life. Knobby, but small knobs and with a smoother strip at the center. It comes in many widths, including the 35 - 40 range I want. Checks the folding bead box. I've seen reviews from the BMX world that say that it's a good, fast street tire but I haven't seen perspectives on how it compares to usual options for fast folders. I'm interested in tradeoffs along the usual dimensions: speed, ride, grip, puncture resistance, wear.
Does anyone have experience with these (or recommend another tire that would fit this niche need)?