IRC Piranha/Pro Older Tires

3.66/5 (38 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.00


Product Description

PiranhaPro 2.1 kevlar


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keith White a Racer

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2015

Strengths:    The Pirahna Pro tires were real good. After getting a new rear tire for better grip, the front tire had a real good composite. Traction cleats were better suited for front tires. The size of the Pirahna Pro Tire is excellent, 48" on a twenty six inch rim. The tires PERFORMANCE went straight to the freestyle ramp and even made some really cool noise, just like a rock-n-roll concert. Two tires the same, that was nice for appearance, if you do use matching tires although, these Pirahana Pro tires from IRC will hide a lot of unexpected PERFORMANCE. Top Speed and mach 2 on the freestyle ramps alone.

Weaknesses:    For bigger riders you'll need to still get a back tire. Sliding and skids need a more specific rear tire and a little more profile to handle all of the extra weight of a bigger person. This tire is good specifically for front wheels.

Bottom Line:   
Out on the plains, around the entire planet, even into putter space. These tires jump with the best and have a Traction cleat that does not hold onto rocks and sling rain up over the bars on your bike. Through ocean surfing to river bank pipeline surfing slinging mud straight up in the air having a blast kicking a dredge, front wheel and quick release rear wheel revving, These tires keep taking everything I do and strength and PERFORMANCE is always safe and ready to go. Excellent Tire !

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Favorite Trail:   Super Monaco GP. (entire planet.1996 closed and land bridge washed out to sea,)

Duration Product Used:   3years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop in Jackson

Similar Products Used:   Panacea Spike to replace the rear tire for bigger jumps and sped races.

Bike Setup:   42"top bar , 36" Chainstay , RockShox 12.5 " recoil shock. Running fully decompressed. Air/gas-oil dampened. 175mm Crank , toe clip pedals. 21speed on the chain. Handle bars 32" wide. Index trigger shifter. Back brakes only. Racing never gets Front brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shoey79 a Weekend Warrior from Kamloops, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

Strengths:    Grip, more grip and lots of grip! Cheap too!

Weaknesses:    None, as long as you don't try to use a rear tire as a front tire.

Bottom Line:   
Wicked grip. Got the tire as light cheap tire to make getting up the hill easier, and end up being a good tire for the way down too. Its like a heavy duty single ply tire, it holds up to some really nasty rocks and roots on fast DH runs. I'm amazed that the tire is holding up this good. The lugs just grip anything and the it holds a line ripping in the corners. I don't feel my back end slip out at all.

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Favorite Trail:   Harper Mtn

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis, Kenda, Pannaracer, IRC, Schwalbe, Hutchinson, and Vee Rubber.

Bike Setup:   A little Stinky.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zack from SinCity

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2001

Strengths:    Good grip, lightning acceleration and wears well.

Weaknesses:    As everyone else - CORNERS

Bottom Line:   
Safe my life before. I was speeding down a road in the rain when I noticed a vehicle coming out of a corner. Jammed on the brakes like gripping for my dear life. The tire just took all the gravity and braking force with little slip. Stopped in time and....I trully recommend this tire for riders with safety conscious. The tire don't work well in corners only if you spins out too fast on extreme angle, that I noticed. Otherwise, slow down and pick-up pace on the turns, just like it was meant to be - fast on the acceleration.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Continental cross country,Geak hubi,Hutchinson mosquito n maxxis wormD/minotaur.

Bike Setup:   stock bike.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Michael Nation a Weekend Warrior from Fort Walton Beach, FL

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2001

Strengths:    Climbs exceptionally well. Fast rolling. Good braking.

Weaknesses:    Front tire slides a little too much, both tires a little too heavy.

Bottom Line:   
These are average tires in my opinion. I've ridden these hard and they still show only slight wear. The trails I ride have alot of roots and loose sand. These tires climb roots like nobody's business but handle only adequate in loose sand. I just recently switched to Maxxis Mofo XC and they handle better in most conditions (including mud). The only category were the Pirhana Pro handles better is climbing and braking.

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Favorite Trail:   Timberlake (FWB, FL)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hans from Allentown, PA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2000

Strengths:    Good tread wear and overall durability

Weaknesses:    watch out for performance on wet rocks.

Bottom Line:   
I started with the Tioga rear tire and it didn't climb like I wanted, but the Piranha Pro grabs the trail great! Over a summer season of heavy use (500+ miles of technical Eastern PA singletrack) they wore well. I shredded the tread on this tire and it never stopped working. As a side note, I just got the Continental Traction tires, and hope they compare in quality.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Bike Line - Allentown, PA

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Psycho TT, Continental Traction

Bike Setup:   Trek 6500, stock components

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by aaron siegler a Cross Country Rider from atlanta

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2000

Strengths:    they last long

Weaknesses:    like everyone else, corners

Bottom Line:   
they were good beginner tires, and i learned to land standing on my feet when the bike slid out underneath me.

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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lasse Rasanen a Cross Country Rider from Finland

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2000

Strengths:    Great acceleration & braking.
Light.


Weaknesses:    Unpredictable in corners.

Bottom Line:   
These things came stock on my bike and they've given me some extra heartthrobs because when they let go in a corner they do it FAST. Apart from letting go in corners I love'em.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Nothing this light.

Bike Setup:   Tunturi Equillar XT & RockShox Judy SL & full XT

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Josh Nicholls a Cross-Country Rider from Ladysmith, British Columbia

Date Reviewed: August 19, 1999

Strengths:    
It climbs like a fricken batt out of hell plain and simple :).


Weaknesses:    
Unpredictable on low down corners.


Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is, if you want a wheel that can make you move if you want to, get this tire ASAP. It accelerates like you would NOT believe and its a a pretty predictable tire overall. 4 because heh the unpredictablity part.

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Favorite Trail:   
My back yard.

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
I can't really compare this thin.


Bike Setup:   
Oxford Alt-3000.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by a Cross-Country Rider from North Bay,Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 6, 1999

Strengths:    
-all condition climbing braking


Weaknesses:    
-sidewalls are splitting corners unpredictably


Bottom Line:   
The rear tire has proven itself on a variety of surfaces;it sticks like glue on any sort of climb. Too bad about the aforementioned splits because the tread has held up really well. The front tire is squirmy on hardpacked trails; watch the corners. Use something else up front.

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Favorite Trail:   
Bataan Death Ride

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
-various Contis


Bike Setup:   
-Equipe/Bomber

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Dennis a Weekend Warrior from Cleveland, Ohio

Date Reviewed: June 1, 1999

Bottom Line:   
What is everyone talking about. These tires are horrable! I can not trust them for anything. They consistantly wash out on me and never stick on hard pack, sand, mud, or just about anything else.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Kevin a cross-country rider from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Date Reviewed: December 9, 1998

Bottom Line:   


These tires came stock on my bike and the rear is now completely worn out after only 4 months of riding. They do a decent job climbing and in the staight line but they sure do suck in the corners. I wiped out the first time I took a downhill corner pretty aggressively. I'd definately go with different tires.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by David Deak a cross-country rider from Europe

Date Reviewed: June 6, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I have had these tires for almost 2 years now, they still don't need to be relaced. Everyones comments on these seem to be pretty accurate; They climb well, accelerate well, last long.....but they are the scariest in fast, loose soiled (eg gravel), steep corners. I have tried other tires, and these seem to be the worst in cornering. You can't really predict when they will give way. If you 'rail' the bike with total focus and caution, they work. The Piranha Pro's have limited me to not go as fast as I want to in corners. Soon I will probably buy a new set of tires.....such as Specialized Team Master/Control, or IRC Mythos. The Piranha Pro's deserve a 2.5 chili rating...but today I feel generous, so I give it 3!!

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Andrew T. Arroyo a cross-country rider from San Jose, Ca

Date Reviewed: January 12, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I was pretty happy with these tires for the first four or five months of use. They had a nice agressive tread and gripped well. I did notice, though, that like everyone's been mentioning they aren't the best in the corners. Since the rainy season started I've realized that when it's muddy out they're crap every else too. Don't get me wrong I'm sure they grip really well for the first five feet or so, but after that they are so helplessly packed that I might as well be riding slicks. Overall, a good tire for dry hard packed trails with slow turns.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Johan Sahlin a cross-country rider from Elmhult SWEDEN

Date Reviewed: October 16, 1997

Bottom Line:   


I have a pair of Piranha and like them. They are very good allround-tires.
Wonderfull grip uphill but still lightrolling straight.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Guinness from Darmstadt, Germany

Date Reviewed: October 14, 1997

Bottom Line:   


Great grip in mud, really helps you climb even in very difficult conditions, but VERY scary in corners (especially on gravel).

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