Home | Reviews | Tire | IRC

IRC Mud Mad XC Tire

4.77/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $45.00


Product Description

Soft conditions can turn even the smoothest pro DH specialist into a human soil sample. So last year we introduced the IRC Mudmad DH, a soft condition specialty tire that sheds dirt, mud and seconds more effectively than any other tire on the market. The tire of choice for elite level downhillers looking for maximum clearance and penetration in loose racing conditions. Incorporates radical soft-specific tread pattern, super strong MC Coil Casing technology, and the pinch-flat resistant PRF System. Click on the image to the left for an enlarged photo showing tread detail and related product specifications.


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Efrain a Racer from Chiluca Estado de Mex. Mexico

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2004

Strengths:    Incredible traction, braking power and control in nasty MUD

Weaknesses:    None when use 'em in Mud. Hard to find

Bottom Line:   
This tires are the best for any mud condition, they give you a lot of confidence for climbing, descending and braking. If you ride 'em on hardpack or rock the have a lot for rolling resistance.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Muddy

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Factory Mud, Michelin XLS

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic, most XT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Rochester, NY 14625

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2004

Strengths:    Mud / Loose Wet Conditions

Weaknesses:    Hardpack, rock

Bottom Line:   
These are good tires for spring riding. I ride in upstate NY and these tires are great until things dryout. Poor Rolling resistance on roads when riding to the trails though, and real noisy (feel those good vibrations)... I take them off when things dry out, not the best in hardpack, especially cornering.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   FLT

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   on-line

Bike Setup:   GF Sugar 2+ w/ Disc - set at 4.1" travel

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Kalter a Racer from Norwalk, CT

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2003

Strengths:    Incredible traction on wet ice, roots and rocks.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, noisy, and slippery on dry pavement and rocks.

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of the Studded and non studded version. Great tire for all out traction but this can also slow it down a bit compared to a more cross country race tire. The Snow Mad which is the studded version is incredible. My skilled riding buddies are on there backs crying while I ride around them on wet ice waiting fot them to recover. Same neg. of being a slow tire if you don't need it. I have gotten great life out of my tires.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Homemade Studded Tires

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Sugar Team Issue with mix of parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2003

Strengths:    The Best Mud Tyre bar none.
Good in deep mud.
Great Traction.


Weaknesses:    Can be a bit slow in marginal conditions.
Rear will wear quickly.


Bottom Line:   
These tyres are at their best in deep mud and roll pretty well for a 1.95. Try them and I dont think you will be disappointed.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   On line

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer XC Pro 2.1 & Trailblasters (never again), Tigo XC 1.95.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain ETS 70

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Ontario

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2002

Strengths:    Great mud clearance & traction. Predictable handling and good control.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased these last fall cause the trails were too sloppy for regular tires. Happy as hell with the Mud Mads - now I'm climbing muddy hills that simply weren't possible with other tires. I have noticed some slipping laterally, but otherwise an awesome tire. I now run these in the Spring and Fall with great results. A little slow on the hardpacked stuff, but that's what you get with a mud tire.

Also run IRC Mythos XC Slick for races and dry conditions - very satisfied with IRC's products so far. Considering getting a set of Backcountry's too.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   WTB Enduroraptors, Panaracers, IRC Mythos XC

Bike Setup:   Brodie Spark, XT, Raceface, King, Z2's, WTB Lazerbeams

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Warwick a Cross Country Rider from Thames New Zealand

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2001

Strengths:    Good allround tyre wet or dry, up or down and the price is right.

Weaknesses:    Open tread, so don't like tar seal.

Bottom Line:   
I won't be changing in a hurry. Infact friends are changing to MUD MADS now.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   The Wires Track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Hedgehog Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer

Bike Setup:   99 Specialized FSR Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alan Whymant a Cross Country Rider from Aberdeen, Scotland

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2001

Strengths:    Excellent mud traction (Oooh look, I'll ride up there!), predictable on the limit, OK when (if) the trails dry up a bit. Tallish, narrow profile cuts through mud but gives a good air volume to stop pinch flats.

Weaknesses:    A bit on the heavy side, expensive in the UK (£33 *each*).

Bottom Line:   
Good Autumn/Winter tyres. The traction will keep you riding through stuff that others are walking. I've even used them to good effect in some muddy races. In Spring and Summer I switch to Mythos XCs as they are so much faster.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Bennachie

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Alpine Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Loads (Specialized, IRC, Panaracer, etc)

Bike Setup:   Pace RC200, Pace forks, XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2000

Strengths:    MUD!! Great tracking, mud clearing, etc.

Weaknesses:    Mud only, a little scary on hard turns when used on the front

Bottom Line:   
It bites the ground very well in wet conditions. If you live a climat where mud is a large part of your riding. Add one of these to your collection. Works alright for dry but there are a lot better alternatives out there for varied terrain (Panaracer Fire XC Pro). Admittedly, I haven't used it in the rear, but after reading these reviews, will try it out on my next ride.
The first one that I bought formed a bubble between the treads after the first month. The replacement is fine.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Various XC tires, no pure mud tires.

Bike Setup:   Alu, XTR, Raceface, hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clark a Weekend Warrior from Oregon

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2000

Strengths:    Absolutely rocks in the mud

Weaknesses:    Hard to find (locally or online)

Bottom Line:   
In the Pacific Northwest we have many types of mud, and this tire absolutely smokes thru even the thickest slop. I'm impressed. These tires (or tire, I use the IRC on the rear only) glide thru everything from the slick stuff following a light rain to the deep muck we get after a week’s worth of drizzle. When the trail dries out, the IRC discards mud in a hurry and is great over roots, rocks, and whatever else the trail throws at 'ya. I highly recommend these tires, especially if you live in climates like ours.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Geax tires, Panaracer Fire XC pro


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad a Weekend Warrior from Issaquah, WA

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2000

Strengths:    Absolutly the best rear mud tire I've ever ridden. We get lots of mud up here, in all consistancies, and this tire hooks up and goes through it all. It is so good, you can get away with sloppy riding and just laying down power to pull you out, and the tire comes through. I have been amazed at how well it works in drier conditions as well (drier in the northwest means an inch or so of softness on the trail surface. Runs on/over rocks and roots very well, too. This tire on the rear, and a Specialized Team Control Team up front has become the set up of choice with our Saturday morning group.

Weaknesses:    For use as designed (in the MUD), none.

Bottom Line:   
Best mud tire, hard to find, and one of the LBS guys said IRC has stopped making the model!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   The Beav, Issaquah

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, WTB, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   99 Unicoi, XTR, Marzocci, Kings laced to 517ceramics. Run a Specialized Team Control Team up front with the Mud Mad in back for our muddy season (October-May).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Higgins a Racer from East Peoria, IL

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2000

Strengths:    Excellent performance in the worst conditions.
Average performance in dry conditions.


Weaknesses:    Trying to find a set( it was for me, anyway).

Bottom Line:   
These tires have performed great for me. I recently took them out on my Specialized in probably the worst conditions I have ever ridden and did not unclip my feet once. Very predictable tire in very sticky, wet, leafy type of early winter mud. The tire sheds great and can even be used if you expect to encounter awide variety of conditions. Obviously they are intended for the sloppy stuff, but are at least average on the dry spots as well. These were very hard to find. Do not confuse the DH Mud Mad with the skinny CC version.

5 radioactive lab rats!


Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Jubille College State Park-Plank Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   My first true MUD tire.

Bike Setup:   Will swap back and forth between my Konu KU hardtail & my Specialized FSR XC Comp.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by shiggy a Cross-Country Rider from Veneta Oregon

Date Reviewed: August 3, 1999

Strengths:    
mud clearing
Front traction
climbing


Weaknesses:    
rear tire jumps sidewise on braking and fast cornering


Bottom Line:   
The front is THE best mud tire out there. The rear on the other hand is OK because of the lack of lateral traction. I went back to the 1.8 storm control after 2 months. front=5, rear=2.5, 4 for the set

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   
Mad River

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
storm control (1.8 and 2.2)
spike


Bike Setup:   
voodoo single speed
Z2

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross-Country Rider from Calgary, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 14, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Best mud tire hands down. Climbs and tracks great in loose stuff. Best tire I have ever ridden.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

 

Contests





   

MTBR on Facebook