Similar Products Used: You name em, I've probably riden em.
Bike Setup: KONA Stinky.
a Weekend Warrior
from Saylorsburg, PA, USA
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2002
Strengths: I bought these tires for spring mud riding in eastern PA. I'm very pleased with the traction and manners in the slop, roots, rocks, snow, ice, climbs and downhills.
Weaknesses: Friggin' heavy. I got a pinch flat at the end of the very first ride, but I was running low air pressure. I'll take Tony Laibach's advice and pump them up more to see if they still have the traction necessary. If not, the Smoke goes on.
I put my Michelin/Dart combo head to head in the mud, roots, ice, snow, and rocks against my friend with his Smoke/Dart combo which had one season on them. I felt I had a slight advantage only through the rocks and ice/snow where I had a 2.2 against his 2.1. All other areas we were pretty much even. For the eastern PA mud roots and rocks, this is a heavy, but good back tire. The jury is still out on the pinch flats. It takes some legs to trail ride with this tire, but I can't blame a DH tire in this area. I take a chili from the overall for the pinch flat on the first ride. My air pressure wasn't that low.
Don't buy this tire if you plan on road riding or ride dry hardpack. Keep it in the nasty stuff where it belongs.
from San Antonio, TX
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001
Strengths: Grip well, good braking
Weaknesses: Wear too fast!!!, Pinch Flats!
I have looked forward to riding these tires for some time and I was impressed with their grip right out of the box. However, I have been riding Specialized DH tires for some time and I have never had a flat, even at 20-30 psi in rough rock. I have only riden approx. 20 miles on these tires and I have had 4 flats and the rear tire is almost 70% gone. I think these tires are great for a single race run, but the economy racer like my self needs something that will hold a little longer. Plus these tires have a huge void in leaning the bike. This happens when the leaning the bike off the center knobs and on to the side knobs. The bike almost falls until it catches on the side knobs. It never turns over or washes out, but this can be hard to predict.
from Melbourne, Australia
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2001
Strengths: Grip sooo well!!! The amount of grip on these tires is amazing!! Compared to my Tioga's (which isnt much of a comparison) these things feel like you can drop the bike and still have grip..
Weaknesses: They wear a bit quickly, but who cares? They're only designed for racing and not for going around the streets.. If you want a good street tire, get the Tioga or something.
These tires are the best for my style of riding and weight. I weigh about 80 kilos (dunno what that is in lbs) and these tires are really good for me. They make me feel like the bike has so much more control than before. 10/10 for these tires.. Good job Michelin
Similar Products Used: IRC Mud Mad DH, Kenda Kinetics
Bike Setup: 2000 Giant DH Team, Rockshox Boxxer,Rockshox Coupe Deluxe, Hope Discs.....
a Weekend Warrior
from Hong Kong
Date Reviewed: July 10, 2000
Strengths: Amazing grip. Their 2.20 grips as good, if not better, than 2.35 Kujo. And did I say low priced?
Weaknesses: Too soft, feels like it won't last too long, but hey, that's why it grips, so, it that a weakness?
I weigh 150 lbs and I run them at 55 psi...pumped, I know, but they still grip at technical sections with roots and ruts. Also conquer wet steep muddy hairpins with amazing results. Waiting to see if they still hold up in another 3 torturous months. So far, I like them better than the Kujos.
Bike Setup: RockyMountain RM6DH Y2K, Mr.T Qr20, Fox Vanilla coil, Purple Hayes Disc Brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from Cold Lake
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2000
Strengths: Big, thick casing, awesome traction.
Weaknesses: Heavy, but it shouldn't matter a whole lot on the DH scene.
Awesome tire. I was given this tire 'cuzz it was old but it still had lots of tread left on it. I run it on my XC/Freeride bike and it is a bit heavy for that. You can feel it on the acceleration but overall it's a good tire.