Tires Reviews and News


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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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. 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.

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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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