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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by aelazenby a Weekend Warrior from Sandy

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2011

Strengths:    Great in the mud. Hardly ever pinch flatted, even at super low psi.

Weaknesses:    Not very good in sandy dry conditions. Slow on packed dirt. Heavy

Bottom Line:   
These tires are good tires. They are great in fast wet conditions. The sticky rubber is fantastic, though it wears fast. The rubber is sticky enough that when they are new they toss all sorts of dirt into your shoes. These tires perform just as they claim. However, I am an all mountain / trail rider. I push the climbs, hit the jumps and rail the berms. Given that these tires even say on the sidewalls DH specific, they were not for me. If you ride on dryer trails buy something else. If you ride anything besides DH buy something else. If you only own one bike and don't like switching tires for weather conditions buy something else. With that said, if you live for the downhill and your part of the world is mainly wet, these tires are great.

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Favorite Trail:   anything that leaves me grinning

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Panracer Fire XC Pro, Kenda Nevegal, Kenda Blue Groove

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg Delux, Fox RP2, Rockshox Revelation RLT Ti, Shimano LX/XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dan a Weekend Warrior from Grand Junction, Colorado, US

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009

Strengths:    tacky, sticky, high volume, tough enough for rock gardens and I am 200ibs - not one of you whimpy 16yr old sized twikers.

Weaknesses:    wear out fast as is expected but still a valid drawback to tacky tires

Bottom Line:   
These are fantastic as new tires. They corner well and hook up great on all the rock gardens in our area w/out pinch flats.

I use the super tacky and as anyone with a brain expects this wears out fast. Soft rubber + lots of sandstone = new tires often; I don't care who you are. Now they run like worn out tred and I'm back to e-bay trying to find a deal cause I won't pay MSRP every 3-6 months.

4 chilis on value cause You need 2-3 pair/yr at $60/pop.
5 chilis overall cause they rock when new.

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Favorite Trail:   More Fun

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   yeti 575 stock. These are the bomb for western CO

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by amirh1 a Downhiller from Sunnyvale, CA

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2009

Strengths:    Super grip, corners very well, inspires confidence on the descents, tubeless runs well with very low pressure

Weaknesses:    wears out ultra-quick!

Bottom Line:   
Great tire, tubeless runs great at 26-28psi, weight is okay compared to tire type. Narrow relative to other 2.5 - but that's a good thing IMO.

Only prob is if you do a lot of DH with this tire, prepare to replace every season. Wear was noticeable after first ride (although it was a full day at Northstar)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal 2.5 DH, Specialized Enduro 2.3


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trone a Cross Country Rider from South Australia

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2008

Strengths:    Grippy and springy, soft rubber for absorbing heavy blows makes them great for rough tracks and the large tread makes them great for soft tracks

Weaknesses:    Quite high roll resistance, can't keep up with friends on the road, wears me out pretty quick because of this, also tread wears out pretty quickly depending on how hard you ride

Bottom Line:   
get these tyres if you live on the track, don't recommend getting them for road specific use

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Favorite Trail:   all of em

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came On Bike

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   GT I-drive 7 2.0, WTB dual duty rims

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Robo a Weekend Warrior from Bratislava

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2008

Strengths:    These are 3C tires with three different compounds.
They have good grip and they look good.


Weaknesses:    Massive rolling resistance that I haven't ever experienced. Wears quickly

Bottom Line:   
These triple compound tires have so massive rolling resistance that old ladies on old bicycles will be faster that you on the road as you are trying to get to hills. On downhill track they offer good grip, but no better than my old minion with 42a compound (which have much less rolling resistance).
These tires are for downhill riders who don't need to pedal all the way to get to DH track.

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Favorite Trail:   every trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Libike

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Minion 42a, Mobster, Kenda kollosal, some Schwalbe


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cooch a Downhiller from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

Strengths:    Super adhesive grip in all conditions! You can trust your life on these tyres.

Weaknesses:    They wear out when you ride them on the road - but who rides on the road anyway...?

Bottom Line:   
These are the best for flat-out downhill grip in all conditions - nuff said!

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Tamborine

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Maxxis High Roller, Intense

Bike Setup:   2007 Banshee Chaparral, Fox DH40's, SRAM and custom wheels, running 2.5" Minions.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BJ a Weekend Warrior from Snoqualmie

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2008

Strengths:    Confidence inspiring, grippy. Durable. Great value!

Weaknesses:    Only minor weakness is the weight but the strengths far outweigh the weakness on this beauty.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best tire I have ridden. Very confidence inspiring. It corners amazingly well, it is as if the tire actively seeks out traction. This tire has never caused me to fall and I have never ridden faster. You simply must try this tire. It even climbs well. I run the 2.35 front tire (42 durometer) and the 2.35 60 durometer folding rear. This has got to be one of the best tire combos on the planet!

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Favorite Trail:   Griffin Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Local Wrench

Similar Products Used:   Various WTB, Nevegals, Hutchinson.

Bike Setup:   Scott Ransom 10.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Russell a Downhiller from Boise, Idho

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2007

Strengths:    Strong, Won't pinch flat, fairly light, soft (grips well), rolls fast, awesome cornering, brakes well

Weaknesses:    soft (wears fast), spendy

Bottom Line:   
BUY THESE NOW!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Rockstar

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   Maxxis Sponsorship

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer DH pro, Intense 909 fro, tioga dh

Bike Setup:   Trek Session 77, transition parts, travis intrinsic fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shaggyrider a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2007

Strengths:    Sticky. It grips where other tires can't. Great for shoulder/off-season riding in steep, wet, rooty terrain.

Weaknesses:    None for what it's intended for.

Bottom Line:   
I use these in the off-season when the weather's rough and the trails are slick. I haven't seen anything that'll hold on to wet roots & rocks & mud this well. Confidence inspiring to say the least. The soft compound wears, but that's why it works.

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Favorite Trail:   7th Secret

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Kenda, Nokian, Maxxis Larson TT (for hardpack x-country only).

Bike Setup:   Cove Hustler packed with RaceFace.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2007

Strengths:    Fairly grippy and confidence inspiring for downhill.

Weaknesses:    Not much good elsewhere. Heavy and they suck in sand, suprizing for a 2.3. Didn't wear too well but I guess that would be a strength because I got to spoon on some excellent WTB Mutano Raptors!

Bottom Line:   
Well, they came on my new 575 or else they wouldn't have been my first choice. I probably would have speced it with some Conti downhill tires instead. But they were there so I tried them out. Fortunately they wear pretty fast so I could try the Mutano Raptors.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere along the "Mighty" Rio Grand

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on my Yeti

Similar Products Used:   WTB Mutano Raptor UST (a favorite of mine), Hutchinson Scorpions, Some Specialized and Michelins.

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575 mostly stock except for UST wheels. Oh, and I had to narrow the bars an inch on each side 'cuz I just haven't caught on to the wide bar craze, I like to ride in the narrow, technical stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew a Downhiller from Adelaide Australia

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2007

Strengths:    I went downhilling just after it rained for 3 days and they gripped really well. No sliding in loose dirt, they handle pretty much anything you try.

Weaknesses:    Wear out fairly fast, but they wouldnt grip if you made them solid. Expensive for the soft ones.

Bottom Line:   
I have a high roller on the back for stopping power and minion for steering, im gonna test out the soft ones after i wear these out.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything thats got rocks and you can go fast on

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Fredde a Weekend Warrior from sweden

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007

Strengths:    seem durable

Weaknesses:    sucks on cornering in snowy/icy conditions, ok, seems like a weird thing to pick on, but i have other tires that do a hell of alot more when i comes to cornering, and they're also without studs

Bottom Line:   
Well, i got the bike in february,tested the bike in february, so, it'll be another 2-3 months be4 i can test 'em for real, however it seems weird that both my 4 year old 60% worn out kenda's and not very good at all bulldogs are far better for winterbiking.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came stock on 2006 coiler

Similar Products Used:   various Kenda,hutchinson bulldog

Bike Setup:   stock 2006 Kona coiler
stock 2006 giant terrago V-brakes
Downgraded(is it even possible) 2003 cyclepro dragon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lightdr from San Diego

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2007

Strengths:    Awesome climber, corners well, good on downhill

Weaknesses:    Wears out quickly, especially given the price

Bottom Line:   
You have to get over the fact this tire wears out quickly and is slightly expensive and just enjoy it. I ride the "sticky" version, and it corners well, great traction on rock climbs and great on downhill runs. Not the cheapest tire out there, but if you ride southern California rock and sand trails I recommend you give it a try. I'll be buying another set when these wear out, which will be pretty soon.
I'm only giving it 4 flaming chilis because I keep hoping someone will make a tire that sticks like glue, hooks up great and doesn't cost a fortune. Hey, a guys gotta have a dream....

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Favorite Trail:   Noble Canyon, Upper Anderson Truck Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   College Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire Trail, Maxxis Adrenaline, Specialized, WTB, Geax

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575 Enduro Pro, stock with a few additional cool toys

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eunice Wallenstien a Downhiller from tedfordsville, North Carolina

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2006

Strengths:    They look like junk and costed a buck?

Weaknesses:    Nothing, would not recommend at all. These "DH" tires are nothing but trash. My old XC WTB veloeraptor's performed better in the mountains. While i was an a DH tour they wore out completely in two hours!! I mean completly bare, no tread at all. I have never seen any tired die so fast! Also when i got a third pair they shredded while going through some light gravel! (How does that happen) There were huge slashes throught the middle like some one had taken a knife to em but no one did!

Bottom Line:   
Maxxis is the worst brand i have ever used, they dont even compair to Continenetal's!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Underground dh pit in them tar heels

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   WTB, +Nevegals+

Bike Setup:   Norco, diabolus, saint, hayes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ben hobbs a Downhiller from new zealand

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2006

Strengths:    Very grippy. Good for cornering because of the large nobbly pieces. Still manages to grip well in the wet to. even on roots it doesnt slide off.

Weaknesses:    No good on tarseal does not roll and will wear out very quickly.

Bottom Line:   
bit pricy but realy good for any conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   double down

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   wangunui

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis high rollers


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