Tires Reviews and News


Interbike: New from WTB – Trailblazer 27.5+ tire, Scraper wide rim and more

Huge 27.5 tire fits 29er frames and forks, new super wide rims, saddle updates

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Interbike: Mavic Crossmax XL Wheel-Tyre System

Mavic has built on its Crossmax Enduro platform and offers the all-mountain Crossmax XL Wheel-Tyre System (WTS), bringing a little more durability to the line in both the rim and the tire.

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Interbike: Schwalbe Procore dual-chamber tire system

Schwalbe seeks to revolutionize tires with a system that achieves low pressures for good traction but with good puncture resistance.

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First Look: Vredestein Bobcat All Mountain tire

The Vredestein Bobcat uses the company’s premier rubber and casing technology in a huge tire that is stable and light.

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News: Mavic announces Crossmax XL wheel and tire system

Mavic’s new WTS wheels called the Crossmax XL and the matching Crossmax Quest tires are designed more for the adventure rider than the pure enduro racer. Unlike other brands, Mavic is still supporting the 26″ wheel size.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights

Mtbr got a chance to visit the Riva Bike Festival held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy. It is a chance for enthusiasts and pros to race, see new products and demo new bikes. Here are some photo highlights from the event.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Clement XC LVX 29 and FRJ 27.5 mountain bike tires

Kevin Markham takes us through the finer points of Clement’s cross country mountain bike tires.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Panaracer Driver Pro and Fat B Nimble tires

Jeff Zell shows us Panaracer’s new Driver Pro 27.5-inch, 2.2-inch-wide Driver Pro tire and the new Fat B Nimble fatbike tire.

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Sea Otter Video: Michelin Enduro MTB tires 2014

Michelin Sales Manager Tim Saunders talks through the features and benefits of Michelin’s enduro-specific tire range that includes the Wild Rock’R 2, Wild Grip’R and Wild Mud tires.

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Sea Otter Video: Kenda Honey Badger updates and new Juggernaut tire 2014

Roger Hernandez from Kenda talks us through some new releases for 2014 including the Honey Badger tires and the Juggernaut fat tire.

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First Look: Michelin Wild Mud reinforced tire

Michelin adds to its new tire line a mud tire with a great casing and a couple nifty features.

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First Look: New WTB Breakout, Trail Boss and Nine Line tires

WTB is on a roll this Winter, and is rolling out some new tires, namely the Breakout 2.5, the Trail Boss 2.25, the Nine Line 2.25 racer, and finally, the Gravel-Specific Nano 40c. We’ve had a couple of test rides on the Breakout and Trail Boss before the official release announcement at Frostbike.

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Hot News: Specialized rolls-out mid-sized 27.5-inch/650b tires

Notably absent from the sprint to market with 27.5-inch bikes, Specialized launches 650b tires in what might be a foreshadowing of bigger things to come.

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Schwalbe Dual Chamber Mountain Bike Tire System

The dual chamber system allows extremely low air pressures around 14psi without the risk of snake-bites or the tire slipping on the rim.

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Review: Schwalbe Magic Mary and Rock Razor Tires

The Schwalbe Magic Mary is an excellent tire for loose, wet and muddy conditions, and excels as a front tire. The Rock Razor is a rear only specific tire, and excels in dry conditions, and the semi-slick center knob design offers a quick acceleration, response and control.

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Reviewed: Kenda Nevegal-X Pro Tires

Called the Nevegal-X Pro, the key design goals were to make the tire roll faster, make it lighter, and have a smoother transition through cornering. These were deemed the best areas of improvement for the Nevegal and Mtbr agrees.

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Review: Michelin Wild RockR2 All Mountain Tire

Michelin bike tires is a brand us old timers are familiar with, but their new tires have not kept up with changing trends. They aim to change that with one of the most compelling All Mountain tires we’ve seen.

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Interbike 2013: WTB Tires and Rims

WTB was showing their new aggressive Warden and Vigilante and cross country Bee Line and Nine Line tires, along with their lightweight race KOM and a wide and stiff Frequency Enduro rim.

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Interbike 2013: Schwalbe Tires – Magic Mary and Rock Razor

For 2014, Schwalbe has two new gravity oriented tires, the aggressive Magic Mary and semi-slick Rock Razor, along with the cross-country Thunderbolt.

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Interbike 2013: Conti’s Rainbow of Road Rubber, 27.5-inch Mountain Reworks Highlight 2014 Line

Tire maker Continental debuted a bevy of new road tires–including colorful and budget-minded options–as well as some re-sized versions of their top mountain bike meats at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo just east of Las Vegas.

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Review: WTB Vigilante Tires

The WTB Vigilante 2.3″ tire is sticky, durable and pliable, and its open tread design and square knobs, along with it large footprint and volume, offer great traction, braking and cornering.

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Review: Maxxis Ardent EXO 27.5″ Tire

The all-around Maxxis Ardent EXO 27.5″x2.25″ had great rolling characteristics, and bounded up to speed well, and steered quickly and precisely through multiple types of terrain.

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Video: Michelin WildRace’r and WildGrip’r 27.5 Tires

The Michelin WildRace’r looks fast with its low profile center knobs and the WildGrip’r, on the other hand, looks like a rally tire with a ton of traction with its good rubber compounds and side knobs.

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Brian Mullin’s Walkabout – Sea Otter 2013

This is a short synopsis of my wanderings during the Sea otter 2013 festival, and captures some products that I found interesting…

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“Ride More” with Orange Seal’s Tubeless Tire Sealant

Orange Seal aims to make “faster, lighter, eco-friendly and all around better products for the cycling industry.” The tubeless system is there to help make your ride end when you want it to end, and not because of a puncture.

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