Tires Reviews and News

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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Orange Seal Cycling

Orange Seal Cycling Products is based out of Cedar Park Texas, and launched their products back in 2011, and their distinctive orange tinted fluids definitely make them unique looking. They had their line of products on display at Outdoor Demo, and the lineup includes a bike cleaner, chain lube, tubeless sealant, new tubeless valves and

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Michelin 650B Prototype Wild Grip’R and Wild Race’R Tires

Nick Margadonna from Michelin gives us a quick look at some prototype 650B tires. The Michelin Wild Grip’R is shown in a 2.35 width and the Wild Race’R is shown in 2.25 width. When will they be available

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WTB Introduces Volt Saddle, 29″/650b Tires and Rims at Interbike

WTB Continues to Lead with Innovative Products at Interbike 2012 – Booth 12029 Volt Saddle, Nineline 29″ and 650b Wolverine Tires, 650b Frequency and Laser Disc i21 Rims Lead the Charge Mill Valley, CA (CFEpr+) Sept. 13, 2012 – As an introduction to WTB’s 31st year in the mountain bike business, Interbike 2012 will see

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Bontrager G5 Downhill Tire Unveiled

Introduction by Francis Cebedo Over the past few months, Michael Browne of Bontrager has been very enthusiastic about showing me their new line of tires. They’ve been working with Frank Stacy on a revamp of their whole tire line. Stacy brought on a whole wealth of knowledge about rubber technology and tire design and he

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Continental 2013 – 650B X-King, Kaiser DH, Cyclo X-King Tubular and Clincher Tires

Continental released a few tidbits of their 2013 product line for the Eurobike and Interbike shows: CONTINENTAL DER KAISER RAMMSTEIN The Rammstein is the culmination of almost two years of R&D between Continental Engineers and Conti sponsored gravity riders like the Athertons and Richey Schley MSRP: $84.95 Hand made in Continental’s factory in Korbach, Germany

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Michelin Wild Grip’R and Wild Race’R Ultimate Tires

One of the oldest names in the business, Michelin has been making mountain bike tires for a long time. They have several new offerings for 2013, including the Michelin Wild Grip’R and Wild Race’R Ultimate tires available in 26″ and 29er versions as well as tubeless and tubeless ready. Rudy from Michelin France, highlights some

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Review: Continental Mountain King II 2.2 and X-King 2.2 with Protection 29er Tire

We’ve run the whole gamut of weather in North Vancouver and Whistler this year. A small window of good weather in May made me mount up some tires from Continental. Since then it had rained for 6 straight weeks making for greasy slippery conditions and only recently giving way again to good weather. I’ve now had

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Rubena Scylla and Kratos 29er Tires

Rubena Scylla and Kratos Tires Review We first rode the Scylla front and rear on a Santa Cruz Highball 29er. We mounted them tubeless and they sealed up with no problems. I aired it up to my normal 22 psi but I had to keep rechecking the air pressure as pressing the sidewall felt softer

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Video: Tubeless Inflation Options

Tubeless is cool. But while it is easy for some, it is complex for most and daunting for some. There are three types of tubeless options.

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B Review

The 650B is becoming the hot item, and all the bike manufacturers are jumping on its bandwagon, so new frames, tires, wheels and forks are all popping onto the horizon. For the 2013 product year, Schwalbe has the complete model range in 29er sizes, and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph,

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Featured User Reviews: Bontrager XR1 Tires – SRAM X0 Twist Shifters

Winners of the Bontrager Write-A-Review Contest! Congrats to “afullsodacan” and “FLLMTR”, the Week 4 winners of Bontrager’s Write-a-Review Contest! “FLLMTR” winner of a Bontrager Evoke Saddle and “afullsodacan” winner of a Set of Bontrager Tires were chosen at random for their reviews of the Bontrager XR1 Tires and the SRAM X0 Twist Shifters!

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Hutchinson 650b tires and Black Mamba XC 29 tire

Hutchinson is developing new 650b tires in the Cobra, Cougar and Toro line-ups. The 650b Cobra will come in 2.10 and 2.25 width, the 650b Cougar will come in 2.20 and 2.40 width and the 650b Toro will come in 2.35 width. Check the “MTB Tire Matrix” graphic below for a visual idea of the

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Schwalbe MTB 2013

For the 2013 product year, they’ll have the complete model range in 29er sizes, and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Rapid Rob and Rocket Ron (shown above in that order). All the tires get a new font look, and Schwalbe also is changing their information on the tire, so it’s

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Bontrager Tires, Saddles, Shoes and Helmets

Bontrager had a very strong presence at the Sea Otter Classic this year and they are definitely making concerted efforts to get the word out about their new tires, saddles, shoes, helmets and other parts and gear. In fact, Bontrager is currently running a contest on Mtbr right now, so check out the Bontrager Swag

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Bontrager XR4 and 29-4 All Mountain Tire

Trek mountain bikes have improved dramatically over the past few years.  Bikes like the Remedy, Fuel and Slash have been introduced to compete well in their categories. The Bontrager tires have lagged in this revamp a bit and some might say that they have held back the bikes from their full abilities. Trek knew of

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B Tires

Schwalbe is jumping on the 650B bandwagon with a couple of new tire entries for 2013, prominently the aggressive XC Nobby Nic. This definitely seems to be the year of 650B, although it’s being slowly morphed into being called the more appropriate and understandable 27.5. Most of the fork and tire manufacturers are rolling out

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On-One Smörgåsbord Trail Extreme Tire

On-One main man Shiggy gave me the low down on a new prototype 29er (and 26″) tire called the Smörgåsbord. It is a 60 TPI tire designed for most conditions (except pure hard pack or pure slop and goo). It features good traction and grip, lots of working edges, sipes to give flexibility, softer on

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Schwalbe Hans Dampf Review

The all condition’s mountain-bike tire, are tubeless ready with a non-directional tread pattern, and uses their tough SnakeSkin sidewalls, and was designed for dry and loose or wet and rooty and rocky terrain. The tires use their Triple Star rubber compound design, specifically the TrailStar version (High Performance Trail Ride Compound). I have been thrashing

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The New Moto Tire From WTB

Introducing the New “Moto” Line of Tires Evolution of the Motoraptor Brings Open Spiked Knobs, Lower Profile Tread, DNS Rubber, Inner Peace Sidewalls and more to the WTB Tire Range Mill Valley, CA (CFEpr+) March 12, 2012 – WTB’s founder and leading rubber designer Mark Slate has developed the latest evolution of the Moto series

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Just In: Panaracer Driver Pro 29er tire

Update: Jan 14 I did a couple more rides and the tires seem to be improving as the break in and the little rubber nipples wear off the knobs.  The cornering traction is still imppressive for this class of tire and I haven’t broken it loose yet. Today, I went for a speed record on

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Maxxis Beaver 29er Tire Review

In North Vancouver, it’s now deep into fall and a good time to try out tires that do well in mud and rain. I tested the 29 x 2.00 Maxxis Beaver tires on a Santa Cruz Tallboy. Given that I’m not racing

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New 2012 Hutchinson 29er Tires

Hutchinson has some exciting new 29er tires for 2012. Shown here are the Toro 29 (now available in 2.35 width) and the Cobra 29. Also announced is the all new Convert’ air (Tubeless Conversion Kit).   Toro 29 -wider 2.35 width -stiffening ribs -new compound -hardskin sidewall -tubeless ready More photos and info>>

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Pacenti Neo-Moto 650B 2.3 Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ I have really enjoyed my several months of test time on the Pacenti Neo-Moto 650B 2.3 tires, as they have good acceleration, cornering and traction, and excellent braking. The tire was designed by Mr. 650B himself, Kirk Pacenti, who in addition to being a strong advocate of the 650B attributes,

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Continental Rubber Queen UST Review

I tested and reviewed the Continental Rubber Queen’s (now known as the Trail King in the US) about a year ago, and thought they were a great tire. Brett Hahn the US Brand Manager for Continental, asked me to try out the UST version of the RQ’s. Since then, I have bashed and smashed the

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