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)
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.
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Crossmark, Small Bock 8
Bike Setup: Giant Anthem X 29er, Stan's Arch wheels
from Eilat, Israel
Date Reviewed: April 1, 2012
Strengths: fast, probably thicker sidewalls.
Weaknesses: I live in dry, desert conditions. I used it on a rear (with tube) and rode mostly on road or pavement.
The rubber compound of this tire is completely non-sticky even to asphalt (on 40-45 p.s.i.); any small crack in the road throws the wheel aside. The side knobs are a joke, so be VERY careful when cornering even at slow speed. Every time you ride you feel that you cannot trust this tire. And you better not.
If you are an aggressive rider and like cornering on high speeds - this is NOT the tire for you. Try the Crossmark and you'll see the difference.
a All Mountain Rider
from Front Range, CO
Date Reviewed: March 21, 2012
Strengths: Low Rolling resistance, good traction in rocky, technical areas. Good braking performance. Decent volume. Good treadwear.
Weaknesses: Poor hookup in softer conditions, side knobs fold way too easily. Not pliable at all--way too stiff compared to the Pythons, my old favorite tire. Very poor cornering grip.
I tore a Python sidewall, and needed some new rubber while on a bike trip. I saw these at a race, and decided to give them a go. I was disappointed, to say the least. The Pythons, at 2.0, had better cornering grip by far. This tire washed out so many times on a ride in CB, I was punch-drunk and embarrassed. And I wasn't even pushing that hard.
Looking at this tire, I was convinced beforehand it was going to be a winner based on its tread characteristics, but clearly I was wrong. I learned that TPI is as important as tread design, and rubber compound formulation is even more important than that. This tire folds way too easily.
Oh, and I learned never to get a tire again without reading MTBR reviews first. I wasted $120 on tires due to an impulse buy.
Similar Products Used: Hutchinson Pythons, Fire XC's, Weirwolfs, Mutanoraptors, Bontrager XDX.
Bike Setup: Maverick Durance, DUC32, Formula The One's , Stan's Olympic rims. Light, fast, and stiff.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2012
Strengths: Long Lasting Compound, Grip On Loose over Hard and Hardpack, Decent Mud Shedding
Weaknesses: Could be hard to change a tube in a hurry, but I like the snug/secure fit!
I have the wire beads, they are heavy. Folding version is 200g lighter. THIS TIRE ROCKS. I have 600 miles on them and knobs aren't getting torn off or worn down (like my conti xkings or my old mutano raptors which are both horrible for wear), the compound seems perfect, soft yet durable, far better than conti's "black chili" compound. They HOOK, straight up, and roll fast. Sloppy days I ride pavement.......these do it all well, pavement too.
Best tire I've ever run. I used to like the Wolverine.......now its the Saguaro! When I upgrade to light tubeless rims....I'm putting folding Saguaros on them.
a Cross Country Rider
from Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2012
Strengths: -Excellent grip on a variety of surfaces
-Likes to be thrown into corners
-Nice low rolling resistance on the road/hardpack
-When it does let go around corners, it generally does so in a predictable manner
Weaknesses: -Packs up when it gets muddy
-A bit hard to install, but not impossible
-Side knobs aren't big enough to really grip in soft/muddy conditions, more likely to just gouge through the mud
This review is for the 2.2 Inch TNT version, I have the tyres installed for "speed" on the front and traction on the rear. I'm about 100kg, and use ~32PSI on the front and 35PSI on the rear. They've only flatted once, and that was a pinch flat on the rear when I was doing a downhill run at the You Yangs, but I tend to be pretty easy on my wheels, despite my weight! I've used these tyres for a while with tubes, and have just recently converted to tubeless with a Stans Kit. The rims I'm using these tyres on have a fairly narrow width (probably around 17mm? not exactly sure) and I think the 2.2" tyres were pushing the limits in terms of proper support for the tyres. So this will colour my review a bit.
I purchased these tyres after talking to the Geax Rep about the riding I do, which is basically general trail riding and a bit of XC race / dirt crits. He said the Saguaro was their best selling model, and the MTBR reviews / Geax website seemed to suggest a good all round tyre. Well, I was not disappointed! As other reviewers have stated, they don't shed mud very well, but I think that's the only major weakness.
The rear tyre handles rollovers and steep ascents quite well, I can't remember the last time my rear wheel slipped under power. They also love being levered into the corners which has improved my riding, and the predictable way they (eventually) give out when cornering hard has led me to start drifting around some of the corners on the local dirt crit track.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to go tubeless, because I'm the sort of guy that likes to tinker and a few reviews suggested it would be a big improvement. I converted with a Stan's kit, and inflated with a floor pump. Took a bit of work to plug all the leaks coming between the rim and the bead, but it's all good now.
I took the bike out to the dirt crit track so that I'd be testing it on something I was super familiar with, and noticed the difference straight away even when just rolling around the carpark. There was noticeably less tyre roll occurring as I rode in circles on the asphalt (I'm on narrow rims, remember). On the trail the small bump compliance was a lot better, the rolling resistance was lower. The handling going into corners was a lot nicer too, I reckon this was due to the reduced tyre roll, making the front end tracking much better.
So, buy this tyre if you just need a good general purpose tyre and don't plan on riding in the mud very often. If you're gonna go tubeless, the TNT version is the way to go, but otherwise I would just go with the folding version which has a more compliant casing. If you have narrower XC style rims, consider the 2.0" version to make sure the tyre is properly supported and doesn't roll around under cornering forces.
They're a bit expensive where I live, so 4 for value, and they only fall down when it's muddy, so 4 for overall rating.