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CST Rock Hawk Tire

4.4/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $33.00

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Product Description

The Rock Hawk from CST features an aggressive tread pattern with large, well-spaced lugs. This spacing allows the tire to shed mud and other debris on mountain bike trails with varying conditions. In order to help reduce rolling resistance, the center knobs have been ramped. The Rock Hawk is available with a wire bead or folding bead with EPS puncture protection.

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Yaeger a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2016

Strengths:    29x2.4" width available! Kevlar folding bead. Excellent grip, especially in wet, muddy, or tacky conditions. Extremely durable. Nearly puncture-proof.

Weaknesses:    As others have stated, these are one of the heaviest tires you can buy, especially the 29x2.4. They are not TCS (tubeless ready). A little slower rolling than some other designs. The folding bead causes the tire to "flatten" when off the rim, making it harder to seat on the rim than a traditional wire bead.

Bottom Line:   
I've got the folding version of these tires in a 2.4 front / 2.25 rear setup on my 29er. As I began to get more experienced in MTB, my power and speed increased. However, there were two areas holding me back: climbing and cornering. I found that the more power I put to the trail on steep climbs, the more I started to spin out. Also, the increased speed I was taking corners at was causing me to loose grip and nearly washout. I found myself holding back in these two areas. So, I went with this setup to inspire confidence, despite the fact that they would be much slower than my factory 1.95" tires. Plus, they were 1/3 the price of a name brand. These tires have proved their worth for what I needed!

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Favorite Trail:   Enterprise South Nature Park

Duration Product Used:   100 miles

Price Paid:    $26.00

Purchased At:   AVT.bike

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Toro 29x2.15

Bike Setup:   FS 29er

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

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2015

Strengths:    Grip, grip, grip! These tires performed tremendously during a 24 hour race in a very rocky, roots, muddy area. I felt very confident diving into corners and climbing.

Weaknesses:    Heavy and slow (due to great grip).

Bottom Line:   
I was able to purchase these tires for about $20 each and they definitely are worth the money. They are slow rolling, but inspire great confidence! You can count on these tires in dicey, rough conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   Bay Park West

Duration Product Used:   1 week

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Outfitters I

Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Racing Ralph, Maxxis ADvantage, WTB Exiwolf

Bike Setup:   2012 Cannondale Scalpel 4 (double boinger) 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug Rierdan a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2015

Strengths:    Durability. I ride a lot of miles on hard SoCal rocks. I keep track of how long my tires last. Prior to this, all my tires lasted 850 miles. The RockHawk doubled this! They lasted forever.

Great grip, they climb like a goat and grip the corners like crazy.

A great tire if you ride hard

Weaknesses:    The same thing that makes them great is their weakness. They grip the trail. These are not XC race tires , so they are a tad slow

Bottom Line:   
I love CST tires! Why pay $60 for a tire? I have tried many of their offerings, this is the best so far.

Do yourself a favor, try this tire. You won't be disappointed

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Duration Product Used:   1500 miles

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   CST Caballero

Bike Setup:   2014 Trance 29er

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

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2015

Strengths:    Great traction, handle abuse, rare punctures, roll pretty well, look great.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy, hard to bead up on tubeless..

Bottom Line:   
Really like these tires, run a 29 by 2.4 up front and 29 by 2.25 rear. Run the folding in a tubeless configuration (Very hard to get these to bead, once beaded, not a single problem) Been running these tires 2 mo's (25 miles per week) and tread still looks new(by contrast, trashed a set of Conti Xkings in 3 months) these tires havr great traction, I can really lean the bike in turns. As a matter of fact, had get used to how sharp these turn in. So far they hv Been great all around tires, gravel, rock gardens, dusty loose trails, and mud. They have handled everything I have thrown at them. Paid 60.00 for "both" including shipping, a great price. While just slightly heavier than most comparable tires, these tires can handle some abuse, not a puncture yet. One drawback is These tires throw alot of rocks. Overall, very very happy with my Rockhawks. Great bang for the buck

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Favorite Trail:   Mad Cow Trail (El Paso TX)

Duration Product Used:   2.5 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Continental X-Kings, Geax Saguaros

Bike Setup:   Marin Rift Zone 29er.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jp a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2014

Strengths:    I run the 29" x 2.4" on the front wheel of my Giant Trance x2.
Great tire for trail or all-mountain riding, cornering traction and handles abuse.

Weaknesses:    a little on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
Best tire I have ever purchased for $20.

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Duration Product Used:   4 mouths

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Amzona

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