IRC Missle Older Tires

4.6/5 (52 Reviews)


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IRC Missle kevlar


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim harsh a Weekend Warrior from kansas city k.s.

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2002

Strengths:    good traction,slow wear makes a great front tire(2.25)

Weaknesses:    really nothing but after a while it starts to get little cracks around the tread

Bottom Line:   
i bought the tire new and since i mounted it on the rim i haven't had any flats so if you can still find one of these get it i also recomend the irc kujo dh tire

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Favorite Trail:   stadium

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   wtb mottorapters(2.4) tioga factory dh(2.3)

Bike Setup:   schwinn homegrown pro marzocchi Z3.5 truvativ cranks sun mammoth fats wheels(sweet) and xt componets

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Joel a Racer from netherlands

Date Reviewed: November 18, 1999

Strengths:    
snake bites won't be a problem any more and the weight is low for a downhill tire.and the profile is just one of the best i have ever ride.The look off it is also very nice because the red lines on the site wall of the tire.


Weaknesses:    
there aren't much weaknesses but there is one if i have to be onessly, after a while the tire get some cracks.


Bottom Line:   
I would say buy him if you want a fine dh tire but don't buy it for durability

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Favorite Trail:   
brione italy

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
i'have tried all sort of tires like michelin wildgripper DH and spacialized.


Bike Setup:   
a GT zaskar LE

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by BIO a Downhiller from IDAHO

Date Reviewed: June 20, 1999

Strengths:    
GOOD GRIP


Weaknesses:    
FALL APART


Bottom Line:   
THESE TIRES HAVE GREAT GRIP, BUT YOU CAN'T USE THEM ON VERY ROUGH TERRAIN. ONE OF THE RUBBER KNOBS OF THE TREAD RIPED HALF-WAY OFF ON MY FIRST REAL DH RUN WITH THEM! ALTHOUGH, THEY WERE PRETTY WORN FROM THE PREVIOUS OWNER, I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS ON ANY OTHER TIRE. GREAT GRIP WHEN IN TACT, THOUGH!

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Favorite Trail:   
BALDY MTN.

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
IRC KUJO


Bike Setup:   
SCHWINN STRAIGHT-6

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by bio a Downhiller from Hailey, ID

Date Reviewed: June 13, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Same as the Kujo.

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Favorite Trail:   
Baldy Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
IRC KUJO DH


Bike Setup:   
SCHWINN STRAIGHT-6

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Terrence a Cross-Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: March 22, 1999

Strengths:    
GRIP!! GRIP!!
hard to puncture,
boy they grip like there is no tomorrow


Weaknesses:    
none...a bit heavy though. but they are DH tires you know.


Bottom Line:   
This tire rocks. A pity IRC kinda replaced it with Kujo DH...but trust me, the combination of Missle upfront and El Gatto at the back, best grip ever. My friend uses it to play street riding ie: playing trails on street... and most of them use it. damn good. a bit sluggish for XC, but I'ved used it once and by God, I swear it gripped better then my stinking MythosXC. what a pity you can't find it anymore.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Kujo DH, El Gatto


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale Super V 400, Sun TCC/Chris King/Missle up front and El Gatto at the back

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by these are for DH, not XC ! a downhiller from hickville MA

Date Reviewed: March 11, 1999

Bottom Line:   


ahyuk, if you use these tires for xc you are extremely dumb and retarded, they are heavy and have too much tread for xc, they are made for dh and possibly for ds too. if i find out that anyone uses these tires for xc, i will personally beat the living sh!t out of you.!!!!but they are great dh tires

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Christiaan Vingerling a downhiller from The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: November 18, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I really like this tire, the grip is excellent especially on rocks. The look of the tire is very cool ,I really like the red color. Snake bites don't come easy
with this tire, I only have had one on a metal piece sticking out of the ground,
just bad luck I guess. The wait of the tire is good for a DH-tire, and it doesn't ride to heavy.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Beast a downhiller from Ottawa, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 14, 1998

Bottom Line:   


As an all round racing DH tire, they suck, except for fire roads. But, for a XC front tire,they rule. The missile corners excepionally well, better than any other xc tire. They're a fun free riding tire, but keep out of the mud and off of the wet roots.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by bill a cross-country rider from collingswood n.j.

Date Reviewed: October 19, 1998

Bottom Line:   


i replaced the rear stock tire on my trek 7000 with a missle. great grip & control. although they do fill up with mud quickly. i think it's a good combo. both front and back would be a little too heavy. no flats yet. glass, sharp rocks and thorns don't seem to be a problem. overall great!yeeeaaaooo 5 piping hot chilis for these monsters

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Guy a racer from Milpitas

Date Reviewed: October 17, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I slammed these tires on my '97 Trek Y-5, to replace the stock Bontrager Jones tires. IRC Missles grip so damn hard, and I have mine pumped up to 60 psi. On a recent downhill run at Grant Park in San Jose, I reached 60 mph on these things, and the tires give was so predictable. It is only crass mistakes which will cause you to washout. These tires are worth the money, because they make you so confident that you will want to roll over anything (like sharp rocks at 45 mph). On the downside, you will suffer on the ascents, because these tires are a bit weighty, and have tremendous rolling resistance (that is why I have them pumped up to 60 psi). The benefits outweigh the drawbacks though, because unprecedented traction and control will be yours. So check out these tires, and if find your climbing hindered, just sprint downhill and you will make up for the lost uphill time. I give these tires 4 chilis, 'cos they grip like Abrams tank treads, but are heavy.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a downhiller from Bay Area

Date Reviewed: October 7, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Loads more traction and cheap. I ride it only in the front and use something else in the rear (to keep weight down). Ride my other bike for the first time in a long time with specialiazed team tires and skidded out all over the place cause they didn't have the traction the missle does. I really gotta get a gozziloddi (spelling) though. My theory is wider the better. on courses like Northstar this year which was full of dust and ruts all over the place, wide = fast = good. But the missle did fine. Catcha at the races.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kev a downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: August 30, 1998

Bottom Line:   


These tyres are great when partnered with an EL Gato rear. Most people seem to realise this, but the few who insist that they suck have probably got them set up all wrong. You need a WIDE rim (minimum Mavic 521, but preferably a 321 or Sun-Ringle Phat Albert). You also need to run them at low pressure (35 psi). This makes them severely draggy uphill - but why are you using these tyres if you want to ride up. They grip fine when you are pushing! The upshot of this is that you need a DH inner tube. Try a Hutchinson Green Tube, which works well.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by chewbacca from bezerkely, california

Date Reviewed: August 28, 1998

Bottom Line:   


man this tires rock! i've had them on the trials bike for over 6 months and not one pinch flat yet...and i run them at 30psi or lower. i had my first flat with them today...tubes fault not the tire...and i ran it totally flat for 5 miles on pavement...not one crease in teh sidewall! and i had total control over the bike (rear) even though it was flat....and talk about cornering and predicatbility! these tires just keep on hooking up even when you lay it hard into the corners...i've yet to have these things slip on me. they do pack up in mud and get skiddish when wet...but what tires don't? they are hard to find now...so go get some today!!!!!!!!!!!! the only bad thing about these tires...for xc use they are heavy...you notice them on the climbs, but with the traction and control they provide...i'll pedal them up any hill...jsut a bit slower!
for downhill...slap them on and go!!!!!!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Konaholic a cross-country rider from Calgary, Alberta Canada

Date Reviewed: July 21, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I use the Missile on the front and am very pleased with the performance. It really digs when cornering hard. The one characteristic that appeals to me is its predictability. I can feel exactly what's going on up front with this tire. I punctured it on a fast downhill covered with roots and jagged rocks and didn't realize that it had flatted until I started to slip on some off camber roots. I couldn't believe it was still rideable while flat. Turned out I had a pinch flat due to too low air pressure. I trust this tire 100 per cent!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Macki a cross-country rider from Ottawa, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 1998

Bottom Line:   


After about 15 fairly hard XC rides on the tires I have no complaints except that they do tend to pack up with mud fairly easily. They do however still handle very well in the goop so I could really care less. They handle very nicely and have had no problems with cornering.

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