The Saguaro strikes a beautiful balance of versatility and performance. Featuring a patternThat falls nicely betweenThe Mezcal andThe Barro Mountain,The Saguaro rolls fast and bites hard.TheTread pattern makes for predictable cornering on all surfaces andThe connected central knobs make acceleration and speed maintenance nearly effortless. Suited for applications ranging from XC racingTo big-hit slopestyle,The Saguaro isThe perfect do-it-allTire. Claimed 680 grams (2.0 size)
Strengths: Low rolling resistance, last forever, strong sidewalls, great traction on dry hardpack
Weaknesses: TNT are hard to mount, not a light tire, packs up quickly in mud, wanders on loose surfaces
Here in West Michigan, this is the standard tire for me and plenty of my friends during the summer on our local trails. They won't win any awards for their weight (especially the TNT version), but the tire makes up for it in low rolling resistance and fantastic grip. The closely-spaced blocks allow for fast rolling and great grip on dry hardpack. I run them both front and back in the traction direction during the warmer months. I have had plenty of difficulty mounting the TNT version on a Bonty Duster and a Velocity Blunt, but the folding version isn't near as bad. This tire is a fantastic value because of both the low price and the fact that they last forever. Tires that have 750 to 1000 miles on them still grip almost as well as new, and appear to have very little wear.
Strengths: Good all-around tread, rolls fairly fast, predictable cornering. Reasonably light. Great customer service.
Weaknesses: Bead seating issue.
This tread has been solid for me front and rear on dry, loose conditions, running tubeless on my rigid 29er single speed. It rolls fast, is predictable cornering and has good traction powering up steeps with loose, rocky soil. It's not the lightest race tire out there but the carcass holds good shape cornering.Coming from a 2.35 WTB Weirwolf to a 2.1, I didn't notice a change in comfort and control with the smaller diameter tire. It has been resilient for me over the season and several hundred miles.
The one issue I did have is a tire staying seated on my Stan's Crest rim. I called customer service and talked with Robert. He took the time to discuss the issue with me and sent me a replacement tire. Here's to great customer service.
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2013
Weaknesses: Second worst tire in more than two decades of riding - a LOT of riding...
Tread puncture in less then 30 miles on casual single track.
This is for a 2013 TNT Tubeless Ready Saguaro 26x2.0.
I've been mountain biking for 20+ years. I was in Mammoth in the at 80's... I've built more that $50,000 in bikes and logged one hell of a lot of miles. Raced XC to DH...
Tired of running heavy Maxis tires on my XC bikes, so I bought this tire because of its great reviews.
$70+ with tax (no better deal online w/ shipping).
Five minutes into its third ride today, literally less than 30 miles on this tire, while rolling a very mild, slightly rocky singletrack, the tread suffered a fatal 1/4 inch puncture!!
I'm in fit race shape and only 163 lbs, on a perfectly tuned Pivot Mach 4. Pressure was at 34psi, rear. I was NOT bombing DH or traveling at high speed on rocky terrain - just rolling along on the warm-up phase of a chill, low-tech singletrack, and I'll be damned, the friggin rear tire goes limp on me. I'm dumbfounded. Cos me an entire day - 3 hours round trip drive to TH, gas $$$, etc. After puncture, I just could not trust this crappy excuse for a tire on a solo ride into the backcountry. LESS THAN 30 MILES on this thing!!!
The ONLY tire that did me worse in decades was one I paid almost $100 to have imported from Germany years ago that completely lost its sidewall in the first hour of its first ride.
What a piece of crap. This tire is a disgrace. I can't believe so many people recommended it. If you ride where there are rocks, even super mild rounded limestone, DON'T buy this tire!!! You've been warned.
Similar Products Used: Thousands f dollars worth in tires from 1980's to now. Maxxis, Schwalbe, Kenda, IRC, WTB, Intense, older GEAX, Conti...
Bike Setup: Several. This was on a Pivot Mach 4 dream build.
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2013
Strengths: Fast rolling, fairly light, can take abuse, loves to be power pedaled
Weaknesses: Hard compound makes it a bit sketchy on wet roots and rocks, foldable is crazy hard to get on the rim
Went from a Nevegal to this tire in an attempt to shed a bit of weight and roll faster. It hasn't disappointed. Love this tire. As I'm just getting back into biking after a hiatus since the late 90's I was a bit skeptical when this tire was put before me but I took the advice and purchased it. It was a bugger to get on the rim and after the first couple of rides I was ready to give up on the tire because of how much it slips on wet stuff. After some frustration on a ride with it's slippage I started "angry pedaling" and found this tire's sweet spot. Light mud, roots rocks, hard pack, loose, pavement....this tire just likes to be cranked on. Havent had it break loose when pedaling hard unless it's over wet roots and rocks and lets be honest...which tire doesn't? Great tire, love it.
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2013
Strengths: Strong tire with strong sidewalls. Worked great tubeless with Stan's no tube sealant.
Weaknesses: Not good in wet, rocky conditions. Tires slip on wet rocks/roots even at low pressures (25 psi).
Came with the new bike and after one ride I switch to my favorite Maxxis Ignitors.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Fast Trak, WTB Nano
Bike Setup: Which one? :)
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 31, 2013
Strengths: Fast, great cornering, very predictable when it does loose traction on corners
Weaknesses: Tends to suck pine needles and Spanish moss into drive train.
I am happy with the tire. It is well suited to the dry hard pack/sandy trails of FL. Trails here have a lot of tight corners and I bought these based on reviews that they corner well. Only draw back I have found is that on trails with debris I end up with crap stuck in cassette and derailleur cogs.
Strengths: Good all-around tire. Have held up well over a season of use.
Overall, I have had good luck with this tire. I am running this tire tubeless on ZTR Arch EX rims. These are very easy to mount (no tools required) on Arch EX rims and sealed up without any problems using my air comprssor. I weigh 165 pounds and have been running them with 25-26 psi in the front and 27-28 psi in the rear. These are directional tires and I have them situated for "speed" in the front and for "traction" in the rear. I haven't flatted (but I am running Stan's sealant) or had a tire bead burp all season!
One thing that has really impressed me about this tire is how tough the sidewalls appear to be. I have banged into and scraped the sidewalls so many times on sharp rocks (I'll admit that I don't always pick the best line) that I thought sure I'd have cut or torn one but so far they have held up great. Maybe the durability is due to the low pressure I'm running - I don't know but I'm happy with the performance.
These tires roll great on hard pack or pavement if you find yourself riding to and from your favorate trail-head on a road.
Overall I am happy with these tires. We have had a very dry season this summer so I haven't had the opportunity to ride a lot of mud. I did ride Hermosa Creek in SW Colorado this season following a rain storm and the tire seemed to perform well on the wet rocks and roots.
The knobs on the tire have held up well for a season of use. Due to rear tire wear, I did rotate/swap the front and the rear half-way through the season but all the knobs appear to be intact.
If you are looking for a good all-around tire that performs well in a variety of conditions, I'd give this tire a try.
Similar Products Used: Many, Panaracer XC Pro most recently.
Bike Setup: 2007 Rocky Mountain Element.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2012
Strengths: Tread design of the TNT version allows you to choose how you want to mount the tire. You can mount it for speed or for traction. I have mine in speed mode and it climbs very well and I have not experienced and issues so far.
Awesome tire and value for the money considering that similar tubeless tires cost almost twice as much and on the trail where it really matters I've seen those more expensive brands fail more than they are willing to admit. I did alot of shopping around and comparison review reading and in the end I feel very comfortable with the choice I made. I have them mounted on a Trek Fuel EX 2.2 TNT version.
Bike Setup: 2011 Trek Fuel EX 8, Saguaro 2.2 TNT rear and Gato 2.3 front .
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2012
Strengths: grip on anything. super tight fit on rims. BUUUUUT i did not soap up the tires or rims. THEN!! I DID. SUPER easy DUUUH!! Set up on tubeless ready no problem then i set up a tubeless conversion and it took no time with stans stem and juice. Had to dip the stem in the liquid but it's holding solid after the three hour ride today. These tire are great. Super fast rollers considering the weight. They are a heavier tire but add the side wall security. Excellent cornering over roots rocks and leaves. Very predictable and bomb proof. I'm running them around 30 psi maybe less.
Weaknesses: none. Know how to ride a bike and you'll never complain.
would buy them again
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2012
Strengths: great pattern...i ride in dry pack terrain, rocks and it really sticks to the trail.
Weaknesses: would like to have it in 2.3
great performance and price $50...I used to pay $85 for Maxxis Cross Mark...no more
Strengths: I love this tire. TNT 29 version - great amount of sidewall strength while remaining relatively light. Tread pattern is perfect for Colorado scree, rock, dirt, etc... Low rolling resistance and great traction make this a great tire.
Weaknesses: Haven't found one yet
Replaced my WTB Exiwolfs with this tire and saw an immediate increase in traction, speed, and handling. The TNT version was easy to put on my TLRs and I have had zero pressure issues for 2 years. I would be hard pressed to find a better tire. Wears evenly, good sidewall strength - a very stable and straightforward tire.
Strengths: Low rolling resistance. Reliable tread.
Weaknesses: A little pricey
Bought this as a rear tire as I was running Rampages and I felt pretty sluggish. I'm loving this tire in the rear, Rampage in the front. So far the rubber seems to be holding up well, even with some road miles to the trail. I haven't run one out front so I can't speak to washing out, etc. I'd recommend without hesitation if they were on sale...
Similar Products Used: Panaracer Fire XC, Bontrager default tires, and Continental Mountain Kings.
Bike Setup: 1x9 Gary Fisher Paragon. I run it Tubeless with Bontrager Rims (using Stans)
a Cross Country Rider
from Prescott, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2012
Strengths: Low rolling resistance. Hold air well and easy to mount tubeless. Amazingly durable in rocky terrain.
Weaknesses: Would like them to be a little lighter but that might compromise durability.
This review is for the folding version run tubeless.
I switched to these after realizing I would soon die from cornering fast on loose sand and gravel over hard pack with the Crossmarks I was running. The Saguaro's are pretty predictable and were a big improvement over my previous tires in that dept. Saguaros roll fast and last a long time. Traction is avg. mounted in fast direction. Haven't tried reverse yet.
I'm running the folding bead and they are WAY easy to mount tubeless on Stan's Arch wheels with only fingers. Wondering about people who say they are tough to mount. Maybe they are using using TNT's? I called Stan's to see what they thought about these on their rims and they said they were great and many of the guys there use them. The folding tires snap right on and have not leaked a bit. This is my second set and both were the same. I have really abused them on the uber sharp rocks and cactus of the BCT trail and other AZ desert areas without a single burp, flat, or sidewall cut.
Usually run 25-35 psi depending upon terrain. I am a 185 pound xc rider/racer.
I've only ridden them in mud once and they were not good but in AZ that isn't really an issue. They are excellent on hard pack.
Only 3 chilis for value because I'm a tight wad but considering how well they hold up they are a good deal.
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