WTB ExiWolf 29er Race 29er Tire

3.9/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 788 grams MSRP : $50.00


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Product Description

A big, high air volumeTire for your 29er MTB. Ideal for wet and loose conditions whereTraction is at a premium."Race" levelTire features a lightweight casing and folding bead, plus DNA rubber. For 700c (29er) wheels claimed 825 grams


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2013

Strengths:    this tire was a huge improvemant over my stock Kendas. the WTB's traction is amazing, corners extremely well even at high speeds, take offs are faster, downhill over large rocks is a breeze, takes sand and rock gardens extremely well.

Weaknesses:    a little heavy but not noticable when riding at all in fact I go faster than with my previous much lighter tires.

Bottom Line:   
you can't go worng with this tire its amazing.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Salem Biker a Weekend Warrior from Salem Mass

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009

Strengths:    Much better then the Bontrager XDX that came with the Gary Fisher Cobia. Been riding for 15+ years, not a novice rider here... Went with a Cobia to stay away from Hydrua-leak breaks. Front and Rear, the rear I have no complaints. I have seemed to lose a little bit of traction, but that is only once in a great while on a very hard climb, or roots that are slightly wet. So, they have good grip in the rear. Run at 40 pounds. The fronts are OK, but still like to wash out in loose stones and dirt on hardpack berms. My training route has a great high speed down hill, that I have ridden 100's of times on the 26 and took it as fast as I dare. Now, I am scared of that corner on the 29er.



Weaknesses:    Cornering high speed on loose stones and sandy berms BITE, well actually they don't Bite, they wash out. I have tried some different tire pressures, but no improvement. I am actually considering turing the front tire around, and see if things improve. Has anyone had any luck on front tiers that they have turned around for better traction?

Bottom Line:   
I would like to try a WTB Wierwolf, but not in a 2.5 size. I will wait to see if they make a 2.2 size. Also, I would love to see deep front tire treads. No one makes any 29ers with front deep treads. Why Not?

I would like to say, if WTB, decreases the diametere of the 29er tires so they can get deeper treads, it is a combination that would really help. Probably be the hottest selling 29er front tier, because no one is satisfied with 29er front wheel steering in loose conditions.

The Tire Manufacturer that can come out with a " Front ONLY" Tire that can corner, will corner the market on front tires... (pun intended)

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods MTB Mecca

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Jenson


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Cross Country Rider from Oak Ridge, TN

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2008

Strengths:    Cushion, strength, dry traction, lightweight

Weaknesses:    Poor in deep mud

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden this tire in the regular and race configuration. This is not a do everything tire as it doesn't have the lugs for deep mud and crud. However, if you ride a mix of terrain and want a fast and durable tire, the ExiWolf is a winner. I read one poster's comments about there being better tires out there now. Well I've tried those "newer and better tires" and let me tell ya', newer does not equal better!

I'm 200#, was riding some Panaracer Rampage on my Monocog and felt like they were a good tire for a rigid bike, then I switched them to my Rita and they sucked! Went back to the ExiWolf on the Rita and it was love!! I think folks look at tires as being good or bad based on conditions, but there's more to it than conditions alone. You also need to look at rider style, terrain, and bike configuration.

The ExiWolf is the right tire for someone who is riding a hardtail, wants a firm rider (laterally), without losing the cush of a 29er. If I rode an area that gets muddy in the rainy season, I might switch out to a more lugged tire, but once things dried out I'd be back on the ExiWolf, it's a superior ride for roots, rocks, and firm conditions.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   Exi Wolf, Rampage

Bike Setup:   Redline Monocog 29er, Bianchi Rita 29er (current)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Z a Racer from Wild West

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2008

Strengths:    Very good volume for a SS rigid setup. Great traction in most situations. Very durable casing. Works awesome with Stans tubeless setup in the thorny cacti environment I ride in...no flats! knock on my woody

Weaknesses:    Heavy but it's a trade-off, lower profile side lugs but I have not experienced too much reduced cornering

Bottom Line:   
Weight weenies suck it! If you drink beer and ride a rigid single speed purple warrior do you really need to care about another pound of weight. I don't...heck, most of us probably carry extra weight in our gut we don't think to complain about. The volume is awesome and the tire is super durable. I ride in a very rocky, thorny, cactus plaqued area and have never had a flat running stans... awesome tubeless compatibility by the way. For reference I'm 6'3" 200lbs and race the single speed class getting outstanding results with this tire...I've had flats with every other tire I've used...not this one KOW

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Favorite Trail:   the long singletrack one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   thE bay

Similar Products Used:   IRC Notos-weak-donkey side walls...I've blown out 2 in less than a season...Bontrager Jones...not as beefy casing=more flats

Bike Setup:   Single speed rigid purple Rig29er warrior...providing both pleasure and pain :) Dos niner 1x9

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Fleas from Cleveland, OH

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2007

Strengths:    Good cush.
GREAT braking.


Weaknesses:    Limited lateral traction.

Bottom Line:   
I have only used this tire on the front for more cushion with the rigid fork. I rode the same 10-mile loop - once with the Ignitor, once with the Exi.
These tires were FANTASTIC under straight-line braking. They are not exceedingly heavy for their size.
As compared to the Ignitor it replaced, it has better braking, but less cornering. When it does start to let go, it is very predictable. I had plenty of time to correct my line, but I could not ride the same line as with the Ignitor. The characteristics in mud are also very predictable.
The additional volume made the tree roots feel quite small, which is why I bought them (and that I got them for cheap). I don't shy away from anything that's lower than my front axle and these tires made me feel like I could just plow over stuff.
It's great for cush., great for braking, good for cornering.

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Favorite Trail:   dirt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   dark alley

Similar Products Used:   Similar only in that they are 29er tires - Maxxis Ignitor

Bike Setup:   Full rigid, tubes, disc brakes, gears (many of them)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bruce Brown a Cross Country Rider from Des Moines

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2007

Strengths:    Large volume provided nice cush. Great tire for rigid bikes to add cush and for tooling around in dry conditions.

Weaknesses:    Breaks loose when pushed. Not recommended for any kind of wet or mud.

Bottom Line:   
I have never really found that I liked these tires as a choice. I actually purchased them on a trip to the Black Hills so I could have some more cush and run a lower psi to go over a lot of rocks. They were lethargic in the pine needles and trails, but that was okay because I was out for some casual rides. Still a nice choice for adding cush and running lower psi's on rigid bikes. I can't use it on the rear of my Karate Monkey due to clearance issues with the front derailleur. Sorry to say, they pretty much spend most of their time hanging on my garage wall these days since I also have Nevegals, Nano's, XR's, Karma's, Notos, Crows, Small Block 8's, Klaws, etc... .

I would recommend them for those running rigid and looking for some extra cush. Not a racing tire.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Scheels

Similar Products Used:   Nanoraptors, Nevegals, XR's

Bike Setup:   I've used them on my KM and Sugar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Anthony from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I originally bought my 29er with Ignitors. When I swapped out the rear tire for an Exiwolf, I immediately noticed a huge difference. More grip, less squirm and overall much better feeling, especially since I am 250+ and put a ton of weight on the back. Works great in the snow.

No complaints, I would give it 5/5 except that the Panaracer Rampage is just too awesome.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Rampage, Maxxis Ignitor

Bike Setup:   Rigid Karate Monkey, Velocity Dyad/LX wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stefan Griebel a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO, 80303

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2006

Strengths:    High volume, fast rolling, tough casing. Can run ~20-23 psi and never pinch flat.

Weaknesses:    Heavier than most. Not a race tire, IMO.

Bottom Line:   
This is my favorite tire for rough and rocky conditions. I rode the entire Colorado Trail with Exiwolves front and back without getting a single flat. You can pump 'em up to 50 psi for a faster feel, or leave 'em at 25psi for a cushy ride. At low psi, these tires climb up dry rocks and roots like they're made of sticky rubber! They also seem to wear quite well, and I've gotten probably 1000 miles out of a pair. The only negatives I can think of are the extra weight (well worth it for a tire this tough), and the tendency to wash out on high speed, sandy corners.

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Favorite Trail:   The Colorado Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $33.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle, online also

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones XR, Conti Vapor Pro, Kenda Klaw XT, Nanoraptors, Moto raptors

Bike Setup:   Mooto-X YBB with a Maverick SC-32

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Slim Pickens from Washington DC

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2006

Strengths:    cushy, tough, fast rolling, cheap, good grip on rock/wood/dirt, lots of volume for frames w/o much tire clearance

Weaknesses:    heavy, packs mud, mediocre traction in loose conditions

Bottom Line:   
This tire is voluminous but it fits in a fairly narrow frame. The short knobs concentrated on the crown mean the widest point of the tire is further from the bottom bracket than most, and it fits easily where a nevegal won't.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   nanoraptor, motoraptor, nevegal, acx, klaw


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by GlowBoy a Cross Country Rider from Portland OR

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2006

Strengths:    Big volume -- until the recent advent of the Rampage, Resolution, Nevegal and WeirWolf this was THE biggest 29" tire. Fairly low rolling resistance. Um, that's about it.

Weaknesses:    If things get wet this tire will slip and it will pack up. Both will happen in a hurry. Sketchy side knobs. Heavy.

Bottom Line:   
This tire became VERY popular when it came out a couple years ago because it was bigger than anything else available in the 29" world. Other than the volume and cush, the only real performance advantages are low rolling resistance and decent straight line performance in dry conditions. Just don't try to corner too hard in that dry stuff or you're going down, thanks to the lack of decent side knobs. Now that we have the Rampage, my Exi is headed for the classifieds.

Buy it if: well, don't buy it, period. Regardless of your intended use, there are now better choices available. The WeirWolf LT reportedly has comparable dry grip with bigger volume and lower rolling resistance. The Rampage grips at least as well overall with FAR better cornering and comparable rolling. The Nevegal reportedly grips better in all conditions and only rolls a bit slower. All three of these tires are as big or bigger than the Exi.

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Favorite Trail:   Lost in oregon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   WebCyclery

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager XR, Bontrager ACX, Kenda Karma 1.9, Kenda Klaw, Kenda Khan, Maxxis Ignitor, Panaracer Rampage, Schwalbe Black Jack 1.9, WTB ExiWolf, WTB Nanoraptor, and too many smaller 700c tires to count.

Bike Setup:   - Surly Karate Monkey, currently 3sp hub commuter.
- Vulture custom 29" SS EBB hardtail.
- Lenz Sport Leviathan 29"x3" full suspension.

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