When a training tire varies drastically from a race-day tire, it will have negative effects. Ideally you need a durable tire, like the dual compound Maxxis Detonator, that closely resembles the profile and rubber compound found on your race-day tires. By running a tire with race pedigree, and a...
a Weekend Warrior
from Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2010
Strengths: got lots of grip so very quick to stop and great cornering, good for gravel
Weaknesses: they feel a little soft for a commuting tyre. they also feel slower than others i've used. they seem to throw massive amounts of rubbish off the road at your bike, way over 2.1 size on my bike
i was a bit disappointed with these tyres at first, they felt slower than what i'd had on before, although i can only get to about 60psi from my pump(they are rated to 80psi). also the amount of grit/dirt/sand/rocks the tyre was picking up at first was ridiculous, they just seemed really sticky. even after rain they clean up and get all sticky again. when you ride you just have a constant sound of things flicking off the tyre into the frame not to mention the feeling of things hitting your legs and getting in your socks! however the trade off is great grip and way better cornering than i've ever had before from a slick. i also have no problem with grip in the rain or on gravel. they are great value on ebay aus, you get a pair for $55 incl postage. lots of people have commented on punctures which was my biggest concern however i've only had one after a couple hundred km's(from a half inch screw! not the tyres fault) if you are solely using these on the road i would probably go for the maxiss xenith instead, but if you use it to commute and ride around casually and go off the road onto gravel its probably a good choice. overall i'm pretty happy with the tyres but i wish i could have grip and speed!
Similar Products Used: schwalbe - city jet
Bike Setup: fuji nevada frame, with shimano lx drivetrain, tektro brakes
a Cross Country Rider
from Perth, WA, Australia
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2010
Strengths: Lighter than the previous set, low rolling resistance, decent grip in light sand and dirt
Weaknesses: Easily punctured
The previous rear tyre had perished to the point of letting anything puncture the tube, so when it flatted again on the way home, I dropped in to the closest LBS for something new. I think the salesman was pushing these tires more because it was 10 minutes before closing and he wanted to go home than any other reason.
That first ride home was amazing, much lighter and faster than the 6 year old IRC Metro, I was now keeping up with the guys on flat bar road bikes for once. I havent managed to make it skid on hard surfaced trails yet, but it does slide around a fair bit through sand. (Not surprising, it is only a commuter tire).
I've done about about 400kms on it so far, and cant really comment on the wear yet. Apart from rubbing off the mould strip, they look the same. Im not sure about the dual compound part, I havent noticed anything yet.
The worst part of these tires is the punctures- on average, every 3 days. It's mostly thorns that are the problem here, and this tire wont stop anything. It's meant to have a kevlar strip to stop punctures, doesnt seem to do much so far. I got fed up enough to squirt some slime into the tube to fix the problem. It's noticeably heavier, but I havent flatted in 10 days, so it was worth it IMHO.
I would buy this if I had a smooth, thorn-free commute to work, or if you are looking for a training tire for your XC bike, but not if you need something that can handle sharp terrain.
a Cross Country Rider
from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date Reviewed: June 4, 2009
Strengths: Light weight, fast, great cornering, look awesome!
Weaknesses: Attracts punctures like a pile of sh1t attracts flies
I use my bike as a daily commute and these tires had a lot going for them; confident cornering, light and fast in a straight line and they even look good.
But they have a vicious downside....they puncture quicker than wet toilet paper. In the last 6 months that I have used them I have averaged about 1 puncture every 2 weeks. Often they punctured more than once on the same ride. The final straw came today when they punctured 3 times despite carefully checking the insides for any offending debris. Having used up both of my spare inners I had to walk to the ferry. Now that winter has started I just need something more reliable so I went straight to my LBS and picked up some tougher Hutchinson City Slick with some Kevlar lining. They certainly feel thicker but only time will tell.
If you want a fast tire for quick weekend blasts around the streets then they're good. If you want something dependable for your daily commute steer well clear.
Bike Setup: I use these on a hard tail commuter to and from work and around the city.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2008
Strengths: Durable and grippy, absorbs road buzz and bumps
Weaknesses: stuck to the road, rolls very slow and heavy.
Using the Detonator Aramid tyre...Having used the Michelin front and Schwalbe Rear for several months, changed to the Maxxis F&R. First ride, picked up lots of grit and sand so very sticky and then every rise since then I have been passed by more bikes than ever before, Nothing else changed so I conclude it must be the tires are slightly slower and it takes more effort to keep a high pace going. Probably better on road over autumn/Winter where grip and durability are more important and on Hard Pack in Summer.
I was sold these tyres as 'hybrid' on/off-road tyres for my mtb when I was using it primarily for a 25Km round-trip commute.
They added a fair amount of speed on the tarmac compared to knobblies and never lost traction even in wet/slippery conditions.
I did have a few punctures initially, mostly due to broken glass on a bike path through the local uni campus. The tyres also have quite a few nicks and cuts from sharp pieces of gravel etc that haven't punctured the tubes.
They're done somewhere around 500Km and aren't showing excessive signs of wear other than this.
Detonators would be a good choice tyre for someone looking to use a 26" bike as a commuter or city bike, as long as there's not too much broken glass around. I certainly wouldn't take them off-road, even on a smooth gravel path as they just don't have enough traction on unsealed surfaces.