CST Beater 29er Tire

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

Beat your competition with the CST Beater! The CST Beater is a flexible XC-style tire with an innovative tread pattern engineered for performance and comfort. The center tread features ramped and angled knobs that help keep the tire rolling fast on the trail and provide a consistent feel across the profile of the tire. The side knobs complement the center tread with sharp, angled knobs for exceptional cornering grip. The CST Beater is available with a wire bead or folding bead with EPS puncture protection.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Magic Bronx a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2016

Strengths:    The Beater 29x2.25 EPS folding is actually pretty light at just 630g. It rolls very fast and corners great, even at more aggressive angles. This is definitely a hardpack fast rolling tire!
I guess the price and time was right for this tire to happen for me. I got a great deal and bought a pair. It's a rear tire all day long, pair it with a beefier front tire like the Caballero and you've got yrself a setup that will make you ride the bike harder and really let you thrash it into the corners.

Weaknesses:    Can't really think of any major issues with it. It's a hardpack tire, it will be a mess in the mud and a tragedy in the snow.
I guess it's not really a 2.25" tire, more like a true 2.1".
Have not tested it tubeless; CST don't mention anything about it being sealant compatible.

Bottom Line:   
So I got to spend a bit of time this season with the Beater EPS folding and I have to say it's one of the best dry-season rear tires I've ever had the pleasure of riding. No more annoying punctures with this EPS tire! It's pretty darn light at 620-630g for the folding bead and it spins and handles like a champ. It has even less rolling resistance than the Crossmark which used to be my top choice as far as dry-season rear tires go and seeing as the CST's thread shreds, it'll be good for at least one seasons and I'm thinking it can even do two, it is that resilient, especially the mid-part. Chuck Shooey Tires released a very refined product: the tire is masterfully put together, quality assurance seems top-notch; I installed both tires without breaking a sweat: bead seated perfect first time, on both tubeless and non-tubeless rims.
To conclude, if you're looking for a lightweight fast rolling rear tire that won't brake the bank, look no further, the Beater is Chuck Shooey T's coming of age and surprisingly so as the workmanship is right up there with Maxxis, both owned by the same parent company. I guess they're not worried about competing at an entry to mid-level tier anymore and CST is finally pushing some top-notch products for the budget-conscious crowd.

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Favorite Trail:   woodsy

Duration Product Used:   this season

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   locally

Similar Products Used:   CSt Caballero/Beater, Maxxis Ardent/Crossmark/Ignitor/Beaver, Kenda SlantSix/SmallBlockEight/Karma, Continental RaceKing.

Bike Setup:   Caballero 2.25 in the front and the Beater in the rear: yee-haaw!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William Gregory a Racer

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2016

Strengths:    Performance orientated all-mountain (mostly-)dry weather tread.
Lightweight (680g for the EPS folding 2.25) for an AM tire.
EPS central tread extra-protection.
Dual compound.

Weaknesses:    CST does not offer sealant compatible tires (afaik). As I'm running mine tubed anyway, it's a non-issue, personally, however, it's something to take into consideration.
Compared to Maxxis entry to mid level tires, the compounds used are not as tacky, however, they seems to wear a lot better with the tire showing little to no wear after couple of months of daily tarmac and/or trail abuse.

Bottom Line:   
As an opportunity arose, I managed to get these for a steal. The EPS protection and ingenuous tread design made it into a somewhat curiosity and by the time they arrived I was itching to get them on the trail.
The tires mounted effortlessly on tubeless-ready 21mm B.O.R. rims. As a matter of fact, the tires are surprisingly well put together and are clearly a sign of a new era in Chuck Shooey Tire design. Speaking of design, the tread is masterfully put together. The central part is made up of groups of 3 distinct knobs, one for speed, followed by control and ending with braking. The side parts are made up of groups of 2 knobs, side knob missing for the corresponding speed central knob, one arrow L-shaped directional knob corresponding to the central control knob and finally an inward 1-shaped for improved braking.
The only bummer for me was that the Beater realistically measures in as a 2.10 tire. Knob to knob it is 2.07-2.10 inches wide. That's in the 52.70-53.05mm range. The casing was a bid wider at 2.13in or 53.90mm. That means the Beater won't give you that plush experience a true 2.25 casing would. It is still a respectable 2.10 tire. Chuck Shooey Tire should consider beefing up their 29er trail tire line, though.
The tread is not that high, especially the central part. Measuring in from 2.23mm in the middle to 4.60-5.20mm at the sides. This makes it a low rolling resistance yet control-driven dry trail tire.
The CST Beater handles hardpack like a champ. The dual compound makes this a sprinting and gripping 29er with surprising good braking ability, although with a tendency to slide (which I prefer, for the rear tire). After having used the couple for more than three months in everything from dry to rain and light-mud, tarmac, gravel and trail, I can say this is a great contender for the dry season and will even handle light-muddy trails or wet tarmac (with caution!). It clears very fast and the aggressive side knobs will keep you on your bike in problematic cornering. Using it in the front, it's definitely a tire that favors appropriate ride posture, meaning you have to put a bit of weight into it so that those side lugs bite better. Surprisingly, the side walls seem to be quite tough. As expected, the EPS ensured a no-thrills ride as far as thorns/shards etc are concerned; however, after razing past (and, sometimes, into) some sharp granite and coming out unscathed, this tire impressed me even more. However, after spending some time with it, I was yearning for a fatter casing up-front and went back to the Ardent 2.25. The Beater remains delegated to the rear as it offers an exceptional amount of control for such a fast&tough tire.

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Favorite Trail:   anywoods

Duration Product Used:   this year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   locally

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis, Kenda and various others not worth the mention.

Bike Setup:   Ardent up front, Beater in the rear.

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