Tires Reviews and News

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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Video: Cedric Gracia with Panaracer CG DH and Driver Pro 27.5/650b

Cedric Gracia dropped in and showed us the Panaracer CG DH which is ideal for downhill and enduro racing. He also gave us a peek into the new 650b/27.5 tire called the Panaracer Driver Pro.

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Mick Hannah and Hutchinson Tires – Cobra, Toro and Squale

Hutchinson United Ride racers Mick Hannah and Fabien Cousinié show us their tires choices for the Downhill and Dual Slalom races at the Sea Otter Classic. Also highlighted are the 27.5″ versions of the Cobra, Cougar and Toro.

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Continental 27.5″ Tires – Sea Otter 2013

Continental jumped fully into the 27.5 bandwagon this year, and they’ll be releasing their popular models, including the Mountain King, X-King, Race King and Trail King (above left to right) in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ sizes.

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Geax Introduces New Enduro Race Tire at Sea Otter

Featuring full block siping, stepped side knobs for added traction and channels for mud purging, the Geax Goma is sure to be an Enduro racer’s favorite.

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Review: Vee Rubber Trail Taker 650B Tires

The Vee Rubber Trail Taker tires come in 650b and 29er sizes and they have a good price point and offer excellent traction, float, and braking.

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WTB Introduces the Vigilante 2.3″ Tire

Charles Bronson endorses the new WTB Vigilante Tire! WTB had a fun April Fool’s announcement the other day in which they had Mr. Death Wish himself proclaim his love for WTB’s new Vigilante Enduro tire.

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Schwalbe Hans Dampf Super Gravity Tire

Now this is an interesting tire, the Hans Dampf Super Gravity 650b/27.5 tire. We have it in this new wheel size but it is also available in 26er. It is kind of an enigma but it makes sense as it has a kevlar bead, a downhill sidewall casing with dual carcass but single carcass under

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Hutchinson Tires Launches Dealer Direct and Rep Program Strategy

Hutchinson Tires launches dealer direct program in the US market Rahsaan Bahati is first regional rep Trenton, New Jersey, October 30, 2012—Hutchinson Tires launches dealer direct program in the US market. Hutchinson’s first regional rep is Rahsaan Bahati who will cover the Southern California territory.Kevin Buchet, Hutchinson’s North American Sales and Marketing Manager confirms, “This

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Schwalbe 2013 Tires – Hans Dampf, Rocket Ron, Nobby Nic

By Brian Mullin and Francis Cebedo For the 2013 product year, they’ll have most of the model range in 29er sizes (except gravity tires), and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Rapid Rob and Rocket Ron. It’s nice to see Schwalbe stepping up to the plate with a big chunk of

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