2018 XC Tires Reviews and News

Maxxis Ikon review

While not the fastest in this XC tire shootout, the Maxxis Ikon is arguably the best overall tire among the group. Find out why in the Mtbr review.

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Vittoria Gato review

The Vittoria Gato is a cross-country tire designed to offer grip and confidence in a wide variety of riding conditions.

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Vee Crown Gem review

Solid all-around tire with attractive price and impressive puncture resistance, that also rolls fast and grips better than expected.

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Hutchinson Toro review

Among their versatile tires, the Hutchinson Toro has evenly spaced knobs that deliver neutral handling. Center knobs are shorter for mud clearing, while side knobs are taller for enhanced cornering grip.

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Vittoria Mezcal review

Fast, dry conditions XC racer with low profile, densely spaced knob configuration and a defined center ridge tread for low rolling resistance.

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Schwalbe Racing Ralph Addix review

As its name clearly implies, this is an XC racing tire. The tread pattern is familiar in this class of rubber – more tightly spaced center knobs to increase speed, but taller, more widely spaced side lugs for extra bite.

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Kenda Saber Pro review

With its minimalist tread profile and 120 tpi casing, the Kenda Saber Pro is a dedicated XC race tire that is designed for fast, dry singletrack.

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Specialized Fast Trak review

Using finite element analysis, the Specialized Fast Trak tire’s consistent shoulder block layout improves cornering traction.

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Cross-country mountain bike tire shootout first look

Defining the modern cross-country tire is not easy. They must be fast and light, but also durable and grippy. It’s a lot to ask. See how these seven options measure up.

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