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Geax Blade 200 Tire

4.61/5 (36 Reviews)
Weight : 605 grams <br>(folding) MSRP : $39.95


Product Description

  • Great all-around front or rear tire.
  • Very predictable on trails with both hard and soft patches.
  • Tall tapered blocks provide great drift control, edging, loose dirt climbing and standing traction
  • Available in tubeless rigid bead version.

    Folding 26 x 1.85 590g
    Wire 26 x 1.85 640g
    Folding 26 x 2.00 605g
    Wire 26 x 2.00 655g
    Tubeless 26 x 1.85 790g



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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jmeitzen a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2011

    Strengths:    best handling tire I've ever used when cornering on loose gravel/dirt.

    Weaknesses:    can't seem to find them anymore

    Bottom Line:   
    If you can find this tire, I highly recommend it. One direction works better than the other but i can't remember which one it is right now. Sure would like to see the other reviews (30 or so) about this tire so I could find out. For some crazy reason, the link to the reviews doesn't work.

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    Favorite Trail:   the one I'm riding now or next

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Ozone

    Bike Setup:   Jamis XAM-2 full suspension

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cyberg101 a Cross Country Rider from Bridgeport, CT. USA

    Date Reviewed: September 14, 2009

    Strengths:    Traction on muddy and loose conditions...

    Weaknesses:    Little too hard for dry/hard packed ground

    Bottom Line:   
    Since I live in New England and most of the year it is a little wet, i decided to buy a nobby tire.

    Shopping around, I came across the Gear Blare and at $17 bucks it was a no brainer...
    I wasn't hoping much, but after a couple of rides I have to say, Luv these...

    Great traction on wet and loose terrain. Not so great on drier days, but it is hard to go a week without rain here, so it works fine for me.

    Don't know how long it will last, but the rubber seems to be of good quality...Will see!!!

    Would recommend for those who ride in mostly wet.

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    Favorite Trail:   Indian Ledge

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $17.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   Michelin, Maxxis, Bontrager, etc...

    Bike Setup:   Fisher Cake2, CrossMax UST rims, Hayes HFX brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cobym2 a Cross Country Rider from san juan, philippines

    Date Reviewed: June 25, 2008

    Strengths:    excellent traction in loose terrain. A very good mud tire.

    Weaknesses:    rolling resistance and hardpack cornering - the tall knobs tend to give a slightly wobbly feel.

    Bottom Line:   
    I use the blade for muddy days, and muddy days only, as a rear tire. Traction is excellent for loose stuff. My buddies were spinning their tires and stalling on slick muddy uphills after a rain while I just laid down some smooth power and motored through. It vacates mud reasonably well, and being slightly narrow (2.0), gives good clearance for your chain stays. However, thick claylike mud will pack up, as it will on any tire.

    On dry loose terrain, like pebbles and gravel, the blade cuts through and finds the hardpack underneath.

    On hardpack, the rolling resistance is apparent, and the knobs flex a little giving a not very confident feel when cornering, but this is a special purpose tire, so I wasnt expecting it to do well on hardpack.

    All in all, if you see some rain and mud, this tire is definitely an asset.

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    Favorite Trail:   jackhammer

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   powerbikes

    Similar Products Used:   a lot!

    Bike Setup:   Heckler AM, Voodoo SS hardtail and a Bridgestone MB-1 rigid

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jim a Weekend Warrior from Tualatin, Oregon

    Date Reviewed: November 9, 2007

    Strengths:    Traction in wet/loose conditions

    Weaknesses:    Hard to find, not exactly the fastest.

    Bottom Line:   
    Best wet weather tire I've ever ridden. I can't think of a surface this tire has done bad on but on loose mud, wet roots, wet leaves this tire shines. The best thing about it is that when it does slide (which is bound to happen in rain) it is so predictable and never just washes out suddenly. I run this tire at a low pressure and have not had excessive problems with flats. The only bad thing is that I think it is discontinued and I cannot find more. If you find a pair buy them!

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    Favorite Trail:   mcdonald forest

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Corvallis Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, ritchey, continental, etc..

    Bike Setup:   kona dawg dee lux

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from Austin, TX, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2007

    Strengths:    traction esp. cornering even on loose gravel, best I've ever experienced

    Weaknesses:    Hard to find; discontinued?

    Bottom Line:   
    To me the most important attribute of tires on my mountain bike are traction, especially in corners. As long as these are mounted in the right direction (they are directional tires), they corner far better than any tires I've ever ridden on, even in loose gravel.

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    Favorite Trail:   Walnut Creek in Austin

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Ozone knockoff bin

    Similar Products Used:   I'm 44 and have been riding a bike since I was 5, so many.

    Bike Setup:   Full suspension, Talas RLC fork, full XT

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Danger Joe a Weekend Warrior from oregon

    Date Reviewed: July 20, 2004

    Strengths:    Anyone who is having problems in the corners with these tires, do not have them set up right.

    Never, never, ever ride these tires in HARD mode. The tread pattern will always want to through you out of the turn.

    Always ride in soft mode no matter what you're riding on. They will always grip up and hold any turn you take.


    Bottom Line:   
    NEVER ride in HARD mode!!!


    Always ride in SOFT!!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $22.00


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by A. Centurian a Weekend Warrior from Northern California

    Date Reviewed: April 7, 2004

    Strengths:    The grip in mud, and climb very well in both dry and muddy conditions. Even with dry weather you can get out of saddle on a climb and tire still grabs.
    Teal Green Sides.
    Directionals: Can be turned around for better grip in what ever riding conditons your in.


    Weaknesses:    Teal Green sides some people may not like that. The tires hate pavement and get worn fairly quickly. I don't think they corner real well at high speeds in dry conditions on hard pack. It feels likes the knobby's start to compress or "roll" in the turn:(

    Bottom Line:   
    They are a great tire for off road use do not use them on the street or they will wear fast. I like them alot for muddy sloppy conditions they grip well and seem to keep clean if you keep pedaling.

    They don't seem to corner great at high speeds on hard pack the knobby's are soft and it feels as if they "roll" while in a turn. I have the front tire direction set for hard pack and the rear set for muddy condtions and the front still feels loose on the hard pack. A friends Panaracer Fire X pros seem to corner much better.

    If you can find them cheap and you want a good mud tire then pick them up.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anadale State Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar/ Closeout

    Similar Products Used:   Michelins, Ritchey

    Bike Setup:   1997 "real" GT Agressor all XT drive train, Caramba Cranks, Manitou Sx-R shocks, Sun Rhyno rims, Precision Billet Brakes, Time Attack Pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Snellville, Ga.

    Date Reviewed: April 3, 2004

    Strengths:    Cheap price, Sidewalls contrast with bike nicely, nice tread pattern.

    Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side, but the bike needs to go on a diet.

    Bottom Line:   
    They are a good tire. I bought them because the Hutchinsons wore out too fast, and I was sliding through and falling on loose over hardpack corners. They were good tires for 2 weeks... I wanted a replacement tire, and these tires are highly rated. I tried them, and must agree. They are fairly fast rolling, and grip really good on hardpack, and loose sand/debris. Cornering is awesome. I can actually cut a deeper corner with more confidence and no unbalance, slipping, washing out etc. I may have found a new favorite, especially for the price. I like these tires, and so will you.

    These tires are good in Georgia clay hardpack.These tires would rock in Vancouver in the dry (haven't tried in wet yet)and in the Don Valley in Toronto.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything ridable

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   My old favorite Panaracer Fire XCpro, stock Huthinson Mosqito Airlite, crappy Velociraptors, Bontrager revolts (Goood Tire), and Nokia Spiked Winter Tires.(From when I lived in Canada, Born and raised!!)

    Bike Setup:   Jamar Dakar Sport. Not yet upgraded 'cause nothings broken, yet.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Corbin a Cross Country Rider from Gresham, Oregon

    Date Reviewed: July 29, 2003

    Strengths:    The tire has very little rolling resistance on the pavement and handles the mud in the winter and the hard pack in the summer,

    Weaknesses:    I have found none so far,

    Bottom Line:   
    These tire kick some serious butt and are good for anyone looking for a good all mountain agressive tire for thier money.

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    Favorite Trail:   Powell Butte

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Bobs Bicycle

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized ground controll and bontrager conections

    Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Mamba with a new freewheel new tires new weinmann 519 rear wheel new Kona Jacksh"oo"t pedals. An all around kick butt bike I love it

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tobbe a Weekend Warrior from Sweden

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2003

    Strengths:    Excellent in wet conditions!

    Weaknesses:    In dry you are better off with less pattern.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are my favourites for wet, winter conditions. Since they give good grip also with fairly high tire preassure, rolling resistance is lower than with a tire you have to run on low preassure to get the grip.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Cykel City (sale)

    Similar Products Used:   A lot.

    Bike Setup:   King Kikapu

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Santa Rosa CA

    Date Reviewed: August 30, 2002

    Strengths:    very very grippy in all conditions. never had a pinch flat w/ these and i'm 185#s

    Weaknesses:    it cant take concrete very much (i know its not supposed to go on concrete) but nonetheless it is a weakness.

    Bottom Line:   
    these tires kick ass and you will not be getting any pinch flats in these beasties. even if heavy me lands on a curb like a genius, not one pinch flat. so very grippy in the dirt and mud. gotta love em. i'm buying them until they stop selling them.

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    Favorite Trail:   Annadel because its close

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   lbs


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cj a Cross Country Rider from northern california

    Date Reviewed: April 2, 2002

    Strengths:    green sides(my favorite color)not that it matters,but yeah. They seem to be named "blade" for a reason. They corner like mad dogs on the "barely even loose over hardpack" of early spring. Oh yeah baby!

    Weaknesses:    Not everyone likes green

    Bottom Line:   
    I have read alot of these other reviews saying how they don't corner well or climb. If you know the first thing about high speed corners and are used to climbing with anything other than a semi slick you will love these tires. I did two fifteen milers this week on a brand new set in varied conditions, including fist sized loose rock, and bomber single track for stretches in between. If you're still skeptical then grab a pair of Sedona's. If you're ready for a serious tire that can hook up in anything than step up to the Blade. peace.

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    Favorite Trail:   the dirt one

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Peddler

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, Tioga, Bontrager Jones, Hutchinson

    Bike Setup:   Lovely hardtail

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Avon Lake, ohio,YSA

    Date Reviewed: August 13, 2001

    Strengths:    Great feel,strong,nice tread design,good braking,sheds well,

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    u won't be disappointed, riding it up front with an Alligator in the rear.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   internet

    Similar Products Used:   specialized team control

    Bike Setup:   00 M2 with nice candy

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Sweden

    Date Reviewed: August 5, 2001

    Strengths:    Superb directional stability in shallow sand, small stone gravel and moist conditions. Quite acceptable on larger gravel and stones. Even works OK on bone dry earth.

    Weaknesses:    It's Green (teal they call it)! A bit heavy. Not strong on wet rock, but few tyres are.

    Bottom Line:   
    Best front tyre I've tried. A reliable performer on a recent trip to the Alps, in both dry and very wet conditions. If only it came in a colour other than green...

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Tioga XC, Hutchinson Pythons, Smokes

    Bike Setup:   XC soft.tail with Blades on front and Ritcheys on the back

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mike eckley a Weekend Warrior from avon lake, ohio, usa

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2001

    Strengths:    looks-feel-unidirectional-soft or hardpack

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires rule, very predictable, like using the soft or hardpack rotation design, was running front tire at 59psi, lowered it to 50psi no real difference, will try 45psi this weekend. Black sidewall looks real nice up front with the yellow Alligator in back on a yellow M2. Looked at the Continental Vertical Pro but nobody had them instock. 5 flamin cohilo's for these babies!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Holiday Valley

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   internet

    Similar Products Used:   specialized

    Bike Setup:   2000 Specialized M2 stumpjumper,XTR crankset,King headset,Mavic 517's,Rock Shox SID XC,Rock Shox seatpost,Selle Italia MAX Flite TransAm seat,Time Alium pedals,Hutchison Alligator rear tire,Avid speed dial Mag brakes, Xt-cogset&front der.& shifters,XTR rear der.

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