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Nokian NBX 2.3 Tire

4.1/5 (21 Reviews)
Weight : 650 grams MSRP : $42.00


Product Description

  • ETRTO mm: 57-559
  • WIDTH tread/casing mm: 57/55
  • BEAD: Folding
  • DUROMETER ShA: carbon/ 60
  • PRESSURE sugg./max. psi: 36/65


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by herbn a Cross Country Rider from cresskill,nj,usa

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2010

Strengths:    good traction ,even off camber

Weaknesses:    knobs rip off,i just started using this xc bike again, they do not have that many miles,i'm on the computer looking for where to send these tires in hope of getting wuarentee coverage.

Bottom Line:   
wouldn't buy them again, using smaller specialized rollex tires i got at as a present a few years ago. i think i like small knobs that are less likely to rip off.

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Favorite Trail:   blue mtn ny

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   westwood cycle

Similar Products Used:   lots of tires

Bike Setup:   giant carbon nrs, fox f80, xtr cranks 58/94 five bolt sprockets 20-32-42 gears, xt 11-34 cassette, sram deraileurs and gripshifters,fsa os carbon flat bar...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake Sawyer a Cross Country Rider from Eugene

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2006

Strengths:    Tire performs exceptionally well in all off-road conditions, especially good at shedding Oregon mud & crud.

Nokian/Gazza is actually a company with an environmental ethos: noncarcinogenic oils & still made in their home country w/ actual environmental laws. Not outsourced to India or Tiawan.


Weaknesses:    Very buzzy on the pavement - creates a harmonic that makes my disc rotors buzz & rub.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden on these for two years now, started w/ the 2.1s & moved on to the 2.3s. I continue to ride these tires simply because you don't have to think or worry about them, exactly what you want from a tire. They climb up most anything without issue, release mud quickly, and corner very predictably; be it hairpin swithchbacks or gravel forest service roads 40MPH decents. Like all Nokians, these tires excel at cornering, they simply do not wash out. The tires let you know when they begin to break loose and give plenty of opportunity to correct before you get yourself into real trouble. I have run these with Stan's since I started using them and have yet to have a flat on the trail due to them. I work in a shop, and have seen plenty of tires over the years, but I simply have had no desire to switch from my Nokians.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Oakridge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Paul's Bicycle Way of Life - W11th

Bike Setup:   Trek Elite 9.8 1x9er - Reba Team reduced to 85mm, XTR discs w/ XT levers, and XTR hubs w/ DT 4.1 rims & Stan's NoTubes.

1995 GT Xizang SS - 2003 Sid Team reduced to 68mm travel, Mavic XM719 rims on XT & XTR hubs. Avid disc in front, Avid Ultimate V-brake in rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake Sawyer a Cross Country Rider from Eugene

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2006

Strengths:    Tire performs exceptionally well in all off-road conditions, especially good at shedding Oregon mud & crud.

Nokian/Gazza is actually a company with an environmental ethos: noncarcinogenic oils & still made in their home country w/ actual environmental laws. Not outsourced to India or Tiawan.


Weaknesses:    Very buzzy on the pavement - creates a harmonic that makes my disc rotors buzz & rub.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden on these for two years now, started w/ the 2.1s & moved on to the 2.3s. I continue to ride these tires simply because you don't have to think or worry about them, exactly what you want from a tire. They climb up most anything without issue, release mud quickly, and corner very predictably; be it hairpin swithchbacks or gravel forest service roads 40MPH decents. Like all Nokians, these tires excel at cornering, they simply do not wash out. The tires let you know when they begin to break loose and give plenty of opportunity to correct before you get yourself into real trouble. I have run these with Stan's since I started using them and have yet to have a flat on the trail due to them. I work in a shop, and have seen plenty of tires over the years, but I simply have had no desire to switch from my Nokians.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Oakridge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Paul's Bicycle Way of Life - W11th

Bike Setup:   Trek Elite 9.8 1x9er - Reba Team reduced to 85mm, XTR discs w/ XT levers, and XTR hubs w/ DT 4.1 rims & Stan's NoTubes.

1995 GT Xizang SS - 2003 Sid Team reduced to 68mm travel, Mavic XM719 rims on XT & XTR hubs. Avid disc in front, Avid Ultimate V-brake in rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CJ a Weekend Warrior from Auckland, NZ

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2006

Strengths:    Great on sand, super grippy when I need it. Had them for a year with no flats (touch wood)

Weaknesses:    Feel knobbly ont he road and treadblocks are easily broken

Bottom Line:   
We do most of our riding in Sand and Clay and it does great on both surfaces. I would recommend these as great tires. I have just bought another set for my new bike that came with red phoenix's which were just utter crap in comparison.

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Favorite Trail:   Woodhill & Redwoods

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Red Pheonix

Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler Deelux 04 and Kona Coiler Primo 05

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jon a Cross Country Rider from moscow,idaho

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2006

Strengths:    super high quality very round nice bead good size, fits most bikes. good cornering on nice soft dirt, ok/good on gravel,likes snow and mud ,great climb/brake traction

Weaknesses:    scary on hardpack. really loud and slow on pavement ,EXPENSIVE

Bottom Line:   
just looking at these tires is pleasure, it better be for the price. riding them though.... Finland is cold muddy and snowy i bet cause thats where the nbx rocks .they are a good in between size, bigger than maxxis 2.35 but smaller than tioga 2.3. knobs are too widely spaced for long stretches of hardpack or pavement .ive had no flats in 11 months on these tires. but they are coming off when it drys out here to make room for some 2.25 intense sys 4s that roll much better on dry stuff and look just as cool

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   irc mythos/trailbear,intense c4,minion/mobster,nevegal,wtb varios

Bike Setup:   hardtail fox hope xtr wide rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver, CAN

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2005

Strengths:    Good stop/go traction, cheap, fit my rear stays, perfect 'trail' tire.

Weaknesses:    heavy for xc, too light for FR, noisy and wear fast on the rear.

Bottom Line:   
I chose this tire cause it fit my stays and had some good refferals. It holds in the wet surprisingly well considering the harder compound. This is a perfect choice for agressive trail riders IMO. Heavy enough to survive but light enough to keep you rolling. They buzz like crazy and won't last the pavement.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   soooooo many

Bike Setup:   Norco Torrent

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joshua a Weekend Warrior from Las Vegas

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2005

Strengths:    Good traction, good climbing, good cornering. Not great, but good.

Weaknesses:    I have only put 50 - 100 miles on it and I have lost many of the knobs on the side.

Bottom Line:   
The tire would be a decent choice except that it is loosing knobs. I have only had it for about three weeks and I already have to replace it! The guys and Manual and Ollies are great though. I normally go with Kenda or Maxxis, but they didn't have any, so they let me try this tire and if I didn't like it they would replace it.

Sorry Nokian. I have to go back to Kenda. The Nevegal smokes your NBX.

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Favorite Trail:   So many.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Manual and Ollies

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal.
Maxxis Hansventure.


Bike Setup:   Haro Extreme x2 with many a mod.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eatmo Bacon a Weekend Warrior from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2005

Strengths:    Excellent traction, solid cornering, reletavely light weight, higher volume = cushier ride

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls too flexy for low pressures and nasty DH conditions

Bottom Line:   
Great do-it-all agressive XC/light FR tire. Excels in a wide veriety of conditions including hardpack, loose dry, moist loamy, and mudy soil. great climbing and cornering traction. feels much more solid cornering on hardpack and asphalt than my contis and tiogas. Feels stable at higher speeds with pressure down to about 28psi (i weigh about 190lbs). They seem to roll fast for their size. They don't feel as solid and stable as my maxxis high roller 2.5s but they're also a heck of a lot lighter. Still plenty of tread left after 9 months of riding. These are some of the best tires i've ever ridden and i'll probably buy another pair when these wear out.

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Favorite Trail:   Mackinzie River

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Fat Tire Farm

Similar Products Used:   high roller and mobster 2.5, conti navigator pro 2.3, conti survival pro, tioga factory dh 2.1 & 2.3, velociraptor 2.1

Bike Setup:   03 SC Heckler, Marz Z1, Progressive coil, raceface, king, avid mech disks

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2005

Strengths:    Looks agressive / knobbly. Rubber seems reasonably sticky on rocky / hardpack downhill

Weaknesses:    Smaller than my Hutchinson 2.1s!! When climbing will "Let go" under load on rock edges etc

Bottom Line:   
More like a 2.0 than a 2.3, which makes the reported 650gm a bit less impressive. Have found that the rear will let go surprisingly easy on technical climbs - especially with steps and tree roots. Have had three pinch flats in less than a month - started at 32psi, but still flatted running 35psi+ (and I'm <140lbs). That's more than I've had in the previous two years. Could be bad luck - but it's not like I am used to bombing descents on 2-ply DH tires. Value based on NZ$70 each.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Burkes

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Spider + Alligator

Bike Setup:   Tomac Eli, Nixons, Hopes

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John a Downhiller from Christchurch, NZ

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2005

Strengths:    I'm sure these are ok for Cross Country riding.

Weaknesses:    But they're terrible for freeriding! The walls are paper thin, and they are very prone to pinch flats. In fact, I've had two pinch flats in the last week, one at 30psi, and one at 35psi. Also, they like to go straight ahead even when you're turning! Not the best - despite all the good reviews.

Bottom Line:   
I think Kona did something really silly here. These tires came with a freeride bike that is designed to take big hits. Unfortunately, the tires blow out in even small hits. Two pinch flats in one week is really not acceptable. The jumps I was taking were only wee ones - they would never blow out any of my previous tires. However, I'm not going to give only one chili, because I reckon they'd be ok as cross country rubber. Really it's Kona's fault for putting them on a freeride bike. (That's the only thing wrong with the Coiler De-Lux though, everything else is brilliant).

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Favorite Trail:   Port Hills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Factory DH 2.3, Maxxis Mofo DH 2.35, WTB Motoraptor 2.24

Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler Dee-Lux '05 (which comes standard with these tires)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pavel a Weekend Warrior from Rockville, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2004

Strengths:    Very good traction, predictable in turns

Weaknesses:    Maybe slightly too heavy for XC

Bottom Line:   
These tires have excellent traction on most surfaces that I ride on like hardpack, roots, rocks. Still hold well when wet although I haven't really used them in deep mud. They are 2.3, but in fact have a size of 2.1 and fit my Blur well. Obviously not the lightest tire for XC, but on the other hand they are very flat-proof and will allow you to do some freeriding too.

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Favorite Trail:   Frederick Watershed

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   Airbomb

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Dart/Smoke, Kenda Karma DTC

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brown_Teeth a Cross Country Rider from Morro Bay CA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2004

Strengths:    Hooks up in a variety of condition even decent in the wet but not the clay slop. Can be run in a variety of pressures to suit contions w/o having pinch flat troubles, reletively light but casting is a bit small for a true 2.3

Weaknesses:    Soft rubber wears faster. I get 700 miles out of the rear and 1000 out of the front.

Bottom Line:   
Great all around tire that rolls fast for a full on knobby. The stepped lugs make it grip great on off camber turns, once the center lugs wear down grip suffers but the soft compund really helps. I'm on my second set and they are my winter tires (wetter California conditions), once the sand turns dusty in the summer its back to the 2.4 mutanoraptors. Great tire give em a spin, I'm trying the 2.1 on the rear tire for wetter conditions now.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Tiogas, WTB, Specialized

Bike Setup:   I have a few bikes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kristian a Weekend Warrior from Finland

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2004

Strengths:    A lot of grip on wet rocks and roots.

Weaknesses:    Soft Compound wears a bit faster...

Bottom Line:   
Excellent tyre for trail riding and freeriding. I have had Conti Gravitys now on my Santa Cruz Heckler for two weeks and I am trying to sell them to get the NBX tyres back.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Foxcomp Finland

Similar Products Used:   Continental Gravity

Bike Setup:   Planet-x Armadillo, Z1 Freeride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven Bowman a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore,MD,USA

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2004

Strengths:    Great traction in all types of soil, climbs and corners with confidence, sheds mud and handels deep sand pretty good.

Weaknesses:    Light sand or gravel over slick rock will slide.

Bottom Line:   
I really like this tire they to roll fast and grip the soil either climbing or desending. Sidewalls are stong and handel 40psi with no problems and I weigh 200lbs. I have used these in Fruita,Co Sedona,AZ Moab,UT and all around the East and Mid-west. The tire is still pretty good,but after a year they are showing wear, center nobs are worn down and side nobs showing signs use, but not-bad. I'll order a new pair this week.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Broadway Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Conti-Vert-pro,Kenda Kinetics Sticky rubber

Bike Setup:   Jamis XLT full-sup Chris King ISO Laced to Mavic F519. Hayes/disc,Fox VanillaRL Fork and Vanilla RL coil/600lb spring,Thompson Stem & seatpost

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Roger a Cross Country Rider from pdx, or

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2004

Strengths:    Excellent Traction in all types of terrain

Weaknesses:    Knobbies torn off, casing wear, out of balance,

Bottom Line:   
Worked great, no complaints until my rear tire started to 'balloon' out of shape. Got completly out of balance and then the knobbies started to fall off. I bought another, but this one had the same out of balance problem when brand new. Looks like a batch of tires were made wrong and got past the QA process. The casing was wearing off near the side knobs, which then made the cords start showing. Not good after only 200 miles! Sent them back to Nokian, no word if they are going to replace them. I'd be wary of using them again, for fear of catastrophic failure at about 40 mph.

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Favorite Trail:   Falls Creek, GPNF, WA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Tioga, Schwalbe

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth ISIS SL, Foxx Vanilla 125RLC, Race Face, Hope Discs

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Nokian NBX 2.3?

I'm still looking for some tires for winter in Tennessee. I'm just getting past a standard tire / Stan's let down... so I think I'm going to try UST. I like fat tires and I like big knobbies, and I don't mind trying different combinations. The tires I like don't seem to come in UST usually (or at ... Read More »

NBX 2.3 Lite on Crosmax SL with Stans

I know that the Nokian are not recommend by Stan's but I've see posts from others that apparently are running them tubless with Stans. Do any of you folks have experience or advice on this combination. Rims are Crossmax SL and tires are NBX Lite 2.3 Thanks for any helpRead More »

UST rear tire search - Nevegal 2.1 vs. NBX 2.1 vs. Racing Ralph 2.1 vs. Spider 2.3

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