CST Caballero Comp 29er Tire

4/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $23.99


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Product Description

CST Compressor Comp TireThe CST Compressor is a fast-rolling, single-compound road tire designed to last many miles.FeaturesDurable 27 tpi casingWire beadClincher tirePublished weight 315 gramsMax 120 psi


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GpzGuy a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2016

Strengths:    Fantastic traction in hard and loose stuff, OK in mud (not great, but OK). Large volume with compliant sidewalls for lower pressure inflation

Weaknesses:    Not tubeless, lots of rolling resistance on pavement, even with steel beads they don't seal terribly well on the rims compared to WTB tires.

Bottom Line:   
Great tire for the money. I'm riding these tires on my 29er in 29 x 2.25" At only $15 per tire, I figured I'd give them a try. They have the same tread pattern as the Maxxis Ignitors, just a lower TPI in the rubber and can't be run tubeless. No sweat, I have to run with heavy duty tubes slimed with Specialized sealant where I live due to the thorns anyway. On my Salsa Semi 29er rims (30mm wide) I commonly air down the tubes to 20 to 25 lbs with no worries in the loose stuff (wouldn't try that with lighter tubes though). So if you are looking for an inexpensive, high volume tire with a decent tread pattern (kind of halfway between a small block and mud knobbie), you can't go wrong with these tires.

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Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   WTB Exiwolf

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakota 29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CCMTB

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2016

Strengths:    Grippy in loose, dusty conditions. Great tread puncture resistance. Quieter than expected. Seats up tubeless with very little air leakage. Price.

Weaknesses:    Higher than expected rolling resistance. A little heavy (810 grams - 29er, folding)

Bottom Line:   
Purchased these at Walmart under the Bell brand, officially modeled a 'Kingpin', but they ARE Caballeros. The tires even say CST on the sidewalls. The size is a 29, 2.25 and they cost $27.95 each. I'll spare repeating the strengths and weaknesses but, for the money they are pretty darn good tires. They grip better than my old Geax AKAs in Arizona desert conditions I feel more confident going into turns with this tire. I seated these up tubeless to Stan's Arch rims with minimal effort, save for having to use a compressor. They hold air pretty well with only a few psi leakage per week. Not a big deal if you check pressures before each ride, which you should do anyway.

I think the real benefit here will be the slower wear. I ride mostly trail but probably a quarter of my riding is spent on asphalt getting to the trails. My old Geax AKAs wore quickly in this scenario but the Caballeros seem to be wearing much better. The downside to these tires is the higher rolling resistance on pavement. It's definitely noticeable.

Not sure how much of a benefit this is yet, but the tread area has an extra layer of protection against puncture. This is really noticeable once you take the tires out of the box. The tread area is much stiffer than an ordinary tire which contributes to extra weight on the tire. The (new) Caballeros weighed about 100 grams more/tire than my old, worn GEAX tires. So far I haven't had any thorns punch far enough into the tread to have the Stan's come out. Maybe that’s a good thing here in AZ.

Unless something catastrophic happens with these tires, I'll probably continue to purchase them as I'm very satisfied so far.

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Favorite Trail:   Any in Phx

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $28.00

Purchased At:   Walmart

Similar Products Used:   Geax AKA 29, 2.2

Bike Setup:   Felt Nine, Stan's Arches

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rallymaniac a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2016

Strengths:    great in mud, loose stuff, cheap and durable

Weaknesses:    weight, rolling resistance

Bottom Line:   
I have the 29er version with 120tpi casting, folding. I actually have mixed feelings about these tires as they work well in only one specific area (wet or muddy trails). they did save me during one race when it poured for 20 minutes right before the start but otherwise they are boat anchors. Heavy and even when it's dry they roll as if you were still riding in the mud. I would see them as perfect solution for someone who wants a cheap durable and grippy tire for year round riding for fun but if you do any type of racing you will probably want to stay away.

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Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   niagaracycle

Bike Setup:   Motobecane Fantom Pro29

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by el cap a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2016

Strengths:    This is the most under-rated 29er tires for the price.

I own three 29ers (i.e. two hardtail 29ers Paradox 29 and TransAM 29 and one full suspension - Bandit 29) and I have this tires on all three bikes. I have been using it for 1 year and I must say this tire an all around great 29er tire. It holds-up very well with very little wear. It corners great... very predictable. It reminds me of the Continental Mountain Kings tread, but better and longer wear like the Mountain Queens. It's more like a freeride tire for 29ers. Highly recommend for the $15 price.


Weaknesses:    hummm... maybe a little heavy, but the tire tread will last a very long time and it's reinforced like a FR tire.

Bottom Line:   
This is the most under-rated 29er tires for the price.

I own three 29ers (i.e. two hardtail 29ers Paradox 29 and TransAM 29 and one full suspension - Bandit 29) and I have this tires on all three bikes. I have been using it for 1 year and I must say this tire an all around great 29er tire. It holds-up very well with very little wear. It corners great... very predictable. It reminds me of the Continental Mountain Kings tread, but better and longer wear like the Mountain Queens. It's more like a freeride tire for 29ers. Highly recommend for the $15 price.

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Favorite Trail:   Hole in The Fence

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Nearly every other 29er tires out there

Bike Setup:   Transition Bandit 29 140mm front and 130mm rear travel
Banshee Paradox 29 120mm front travel
Transition TransAM 29 140mm front travel

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

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2016

Strengths:    - fast roller for such a beefy tire!
- shreds like mad!
- easy on the wallet.
- EPS offers true puncture protection.
- made to last.


Weaknesses:    At 820g for the folding EPS 2.25 variant, the tire is rather on the heavy side but it's clear why when you take a look at all those gorgeous lugs.
It's a shame Chuck Shooey Tires discontinued the Caballero! They should definitely bring it back.


Bottom Line:   
To my tire-junkie's shame, I've discovered the Caballero just recently this year and it is truly a revelation. I like it so much, I ordered a second one for back-up. Side-lug to side-lug, this is a beefier tire than advertised, coming in at 2.3". Pair this with the tall knobs and this tank of a tire is good to bash and ram through anything in it's way. The serious knobbery even makes it into a snow and ice tire, not to mention a true mudder! This being said, the rolling resistance is low considering how well it hooks and, once up to speed, it behaves like a relatively fast XC tire but with a ton more confidence. This tire puts to shame much more expensive tires, it's that good.
Get one if you can find one, as it's no longer available on the CST website.

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Favorite Trail:   woodsy

Duration Product Used:   this season

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   locally

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis, Kenda. CST, Continental.

Bike Setup:   Caballero up front paired with a Beater out back.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bsurfer a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2012

Strengths:    Price (after shipping paid around $32 for the pair)
Traction/Cornering
Hookupability
Seem very durable, but only 1 ride so far


Weaknesses:    Weight (but I knew that going into it)
Slow starters


Bottom Line:   
Just got back into mountain biking and bought these as a cheap "upgrade" from the stock GEAX Saguaros that came on my Jamis Dragon 29er Sport. I ride almost exclusively (many hobbies/limited time) at a place close to home known extremely technical terrain. Lots of rock gardens, roots and nasty little climbs. The Saguaros are more of a racing tire (IMO) and with their smallish knobs were washing out around corners (in dry conditions) or slipping on roots/leaves/rocks on "moister" rides. Now granted, I have only ridden these tires once, but on my very first ride, my far more talented riding bud noticed a big difference. I was making sections with relative ease that have been challenging, if not maddening in the past, and leaning into turns far more aggressively than on any previous ride (my first 29er, so am still tentative around the sharp corners). Additionally - and maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I'd swear - even with the recommended min. 40 PSI, they gave me a cushier, less jarring ride through the bumps. My only critique is that the weight does tend to make them slower out of the gate, whether coming to a complete stop or slowing down through the babyheads. But the tradeoff is that I feel way more at ease going full speed than I ever did on the Saguaros, so the end result is I am riding faster overall. Actually had to slow down a few times for my normally-speedier aforementioned compadre! Ha! Hey at the price I paid I am stoked! If they continue to impress and wear well I will go tubeless and shed a bit of weight there.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Rock, Exeter, NH

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   NA

Bike Setup:   Stock 2012 Jamis Dragon 29er Sport.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CRUM a Cross Country Rider from Maine

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2012

Strengths:    Cheap - Rugged as Hell - and they hook up great. I especially like that the predictability is the same no matter the conditions or angle of the tire. They feel the same whether leaning into a corner or trying to step up or through technical rock sections. Also because of the seriously rugged sidewalls, I was able to run them at about 15 to 20 PSI with tubes.

Weaknesses:    They are boat anchors. Very heavy. 900 plus grams for the Wire Bead version. Don't know about the folder as I have moved onto other tires to test.

Bottom Line:   
Bang for the buck, nothing out there touches this tire.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I am on

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $28.00

Purchased At:   CRUM Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Nothing out there this cheap that is also this good

Bike Setup:   VooDoo Ti 29er with mostly SRAM Drivetrain and XO Grip shift. Rigid IRD Fork, American Classic hubs laced to Velocity Blunts.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zenkem a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2011

Strengths:    Though, resists snake bites and easy to set up Tubeless

Weaknesses:    Heavy but worth the penalty (thus one chili mark down)

Bottom Line:   
Been running these tires Tubeless since last Feb. 2011 with no problems what so ever. I hardly ever have to put air in 'em even though I check 'em before every ride. Primarily ride on rocky, rooty wet/dry muddy/sandy Single Track and some asphalt here in Germany. I'm creeping up on 2k miles and the front tire still has plenty of tred while the back is worn enough to minimize rolling resistance. I think I'll save it for next summer...well worth the $32 I paid for the pair!!!

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm Riding

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   Bikeman.com

Similar Products Used:   Swable, Panaracer, Tioga and Kenda

Bike Setup:   Access 9r w/shimano brakes, drivetrain with Stans Flow rims

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