Strengths: Great price, great all around cross country tire. They ride nice in the desert and have some decent performance in the mountains here in Colorado.I have these on a 29er hardtail and they provide some nice cush when run at lower pressures. Solid climber mounted as suggested, better when mounted backward.
Weaknesses: Mounted on the front is not the greatest for hard cornering, but does the job if you know that going in. Just need to be wary of coming in hot in loose stuff. Not the greatest for longevity --- maybe hald season of hard riding. Wet roots, no bueno.
Overall I think these are a pretty solid all-around tire. If you want something specifically for hammering hard turns, well, probably should look elsewhere. Otherwise I've found all three sets I've owned to be more than adequate from Moab to the mountains here in Summit County.
Similar Products Used: Continental Race King, Continental X King
Bike Setup: Niner EMD
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2013
Strengths: great all round tyre, run low pressure without tyre peeling , long lasting, low rolling resistance, strong
I use strava and have bettered most of my times using this tyre. I think the secret is the ability to decrease the pressure without the tyre failing. I have recently had a set of racing ralphs and some rocket rons which needed around 30psi for me + or - a bit depnding on conditions. I can run the exiwolfs at 20 psi and I weigh 93 kgs and ride fast
Strengths: I run it in reverse on the back of my singlespeed and it grips really good. It rolls good and rides smooth. I have never had a flat or puncture. When it`s pumped up it rolls good on the commute.
Weaknesses: I don`t like running it unless it`s mounted backwards. I also would not use it as a front tire. This tire has only one width.
These are a great back tire when mounted in reverse in all conditions. I have one in waiting when my first one wears out and I will get more tires so I never run out of them for my singlespeed. It might not be the best front tire but I seldom run same tires front and back. These tires come at a good price it seems and hold up and last well. I wouldn`t use this tire for racing but tearing up the trail and one back tire for all seasons I really like it.
Weaknesses: Dirt, anything with a slightly loose surface.
Get these tires if you like to slide all over the place when you are going fast. In other words, if you are a fast rider these tires are DANGEROUS on mountain trails. I can't corner at speed, period. And when I say "corner" I mean if the trail veers AT ALL I have to slow WAAAAAY down or else I am crashing into the trees. Note that this applies only to dirt/gravel surfaces, or anything loose. On the Moab/St. George slickrock surfaces I have never had a better tire. They grip great and the small knobs put up little resistance.
Weaknesses: Spins out on quite a bit on loose-over-hard climbs, loose rock, stone-build-ups, leafy/wet corners, hell, anything even remotely wet. No confidence in this tire, and that's half the battle when running a tire. I have it on the rear wheel in an effort to compliment a Nobby Nic on the front, but thus far this tire has been nothing but a disappointment. The tire is mounted backwards, and I still get very little traction.
Since I have only used it on three rides in winter/wet conditions, I can't give it the worst rating possible. It's cheap, so the value rating is not too bad. Anyway, I am going to replace it with another Nobby Nic for the winter, and try this one again in the summer when conditions are dryer/faster. As it stands, I can't get behind this tire just yet...
Similar Products Used: Conti, Tioga, Geax, Schwalbe
Bike Setup: Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite
a Cross Country Rider
from Midlothian, VA
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2011
Strengths: Seem to have good rolling resistance, handling tubeless well, I like the small knobs.
Weaknesses: None that I can tell.
I am not picky I guess...these seem to work great for me and for the trail conditions in the mid-Atlantic. They are large volume and seem to hook up well for me. I have leaned my bike a few times too far and had them loose traction, but I think any tire will do that at some point.
Weaknesses: Heavy, poor lateral grip on anything loose or off camber.
This is the only used tire I've ever given away for free to a very, very talented and experienced racer and rider. He gave them away too! I wouldn't dare recommend them. If your bike comes with them, remove them immediately. This is the only tire I've had wash out up front on a fire road and cause a crash. I've had the rear wash out with no warning on off camber trail also, causing a crash. Here in the Southwest, they are a hazard. Will never get them again. I would give them zero chiles if possible. The only reason they come on new 29'er bikes is because they are so cheap.
Similar Products Used: Panaracer Rampage, Kenda Nevegal, Schwalbe Racing Ralph, Rocket Ron, CST Cabellero
Bike Setup: Niner Air9
a Cross Country Rider
from Sandy, UT
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2011
Strengths: strong sidewalls, easy to seat when setting up tubeless
Weaknesses: as a front tire it can wash out pretty quick in certain conditions
I had some luck with these on my Redline Monocog, as they came on it new. But yanked them in favor of a pair of Ignitors after a few months.
I revisited these in a pinch last year, I needed a rear tire for my full susp 29er in a pinch. I ran this on the rear with the direction reversed and had great luck. A very grippy tire when run tubeless.
Similar Products Used: Ignitor, Nano Raptor, Murano Raptor, Crossmark, Racing Ralph, Ardent, Mountain King
Bike Setup: 29er
a Weekend Warrior
from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2011
Strengths: Excellent grip as a rear tire. Enough volume that it provides a comfortable ride on a hardtail.
Weaknesses: Would make a bad front, not enough cornering grip. Tread only lasts about half a season before a change is required.
I originally got this as a used tire to use temporarily and I fell in love with it. It grips like crazy on everything I've taken it on and it can be used on controlled slides when cornering. I've never had a problem with it rigged tubeless.
these came on my bike which had really heavy stock rims and these werent helping. rode them in snow and they did pretty well actually, felt like i was in a cadillac, very plush.
bought lighter wheels and put schwalbe racing ralphs on them and didnt really like the grip or the volume so put the exiwolf back on the rear and found it to be very fast rolling and super plush, started doing rock gardens and log jams at full speed and stuff where the racing ralph was bottoming out so bad i would avoid at all costs.
they are however MUCH heavier, which is compounded by the increased O.D. of the 29", and are useless at any off camber climbing, also kind of scary in dry corners.
overall a good value but if you are in this price range you want something that will suit your all around needs and this is not it, the weight alone puts it in rampage territory which is much better all around.
Similar Products Used: rampage, racing ralph, ww lt, klaw.
Bike Setup: flagstaff, american classics,
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2009
Strengths: Fast rolling,
Weaknesses: Washout on Corners
Superb back tire. Grippy for the terrain I ride (Harpack, dry). Definitely had to change in the winter due to mud issues, but were immediately back on as soon as the trails were mostly dry. Tried running on front, had a tendency to wash-out on corners with anything remotely loose. Solved that with a Rampage.
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