Performance Forte Terra Trac Tire

4.59/5 (17 Reviews)
Weight : 565 grams MSRP : $17.00


Product Description

  • Excellent traction
  • Low profile knobs
  • Lateral side knobs


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nholden98 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2013

Strengths:    Great tread, Lightweight, rolls smooth on pavement but is still an aggressive tread.

Weaknesses:    Hard to set the tire in the rim at first

Bottom Line:   
I just got a set of these tires (from nashbar as the "Nashbar Señor Traction Tires"), and wow, what a difference from my previous prowler mx tires. The tread is very deep and has very large side treads but surprisingly rolls very smooth on the pavement. Before mounting them they seemed to be very flimsy but after being aired up they perform great. These are the Kevlar bead tires, and are very VERY light, much lighter than my old tires. There was one concern when mounting, and that was that at first the bead at spots seemed to seat much lower than the rest of the tire, I had to air them up to 70psi for them to seat correctly but after doing that to both and them dropping it back to 45psi they work great!

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Favorite Trail:   Freedom Park C trail, Williamsburg, Va

Duration Product Used:   1 week

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar.com

Bike Setup:   2009 Diamondback Sortie 1 with BB5's, MRP bashguard, avid speed dial 7's, and oversized rotors.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tgmillso a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2011

Strengths:    Fantastic traction
Low weight for size/volume
Great price


Weaknesses:    ???

Bottom Line:   
Lads!!! Do not despair! I have found these again, but under a different brand. They can now be found on the Nashbar website as the "Nashbar Señor Traction MTB Tire" and appear identical to the Terra Trac in the pictures. They are normally priced at $24, but no doubt they will be available at 50% off at some time. Stoked! I was so sad when I found out that Performance were no longer stocking these, so this is the best news I have had all day. These have been amazing tires in the 3 years I have ridden them. Ride great on rocks/roots/lava/gravel, however I am unsure how thorn resistant they are as we don't have a lot of that around here. They are at 2.3, not a 2.1 as advertized, and are significantly taller than a normal 2.1, which seems to limit pinch flats. I am 165lbs and only run these at 25psi on a hardtail and almost never get pinch flats. If you can pick these suckers up for half price, as I did originally, they are a screaming deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Any tight singletrack

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Performancebike.com

Bike Setup:   XC hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fsalmassi a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley, CA

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2009

Strengths:    Light weight. Works great with no tube (using Stan's).

Weaknesses:    Must have been too good of a deal, because I don't find it in the store, or the web page (darn! I should have bought more).

Bottom Line:   
Great tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Marin, Briones, Tilden

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   All the rest...

Bike Setup:   Ti Rigid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ikeman47 a Weekend Warrior from easley, sc

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2008

Strengths:    Light weight, great traction, shed mud/dirt/sand off of tire quickly and still provide sticky traction.

Bottom Line:   
Crazy low price and great performance (no pun intended). I like them better than anything I have tried before on any type of dirt.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   performance online

Similar Products Used:   nevegals, fire XCs

Bike Setup:   hard tail

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marte a Cross Country Rider from Loma Linda, CA

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2008

Strengths:    Very Cheap (7.99/each). Light. A 2.1 is about a 2.2~2.3. Good for sands.

Weaknesses:    They don't manufacture anymore? Very thin, puncture vines (goatheads) easily pierce through. Hard to find the perfect pressure. Weird tread design which could be redesigned to be more efficient and improve traction. Flings little pebbles and mud and dust against the bike and into your eyes! Have not tried in mud but looks like it would be a problem.

Bottom Line:   
Was looking for a cheaper version of the Panaracer Fire XC Pro. Well, this one is nearly the same weight compared to the Pannies but less traction and is not as immune to flats. Since I am not heavy, i find that the pressure is good around 35~38 psi (below the recommended 40-60 psi). Lateral grip is substantial to pannies but great compared to many others.

DO NOT USE WITH FORTE TUBES!!!! I accidentally left the trail and ended with a flat from goatheads. 12 holes! All, in all, i had more than 15 punctures per tire in less than 3 months of use. Tried to leave an honest review and rating in performance bike .com but they would not allow it! Stupid people.

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Favorite Trail:   looking for one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC Pro, WTB Velociraptors, Kenda Kwickers, Kenda Koyote, CST etc

Bike Setup:   Using it on my Trek 4900.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Weekend Warrior from easley, SC, USA

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2008

Strengths:    Light weight, super traction, fantastic price

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
My Bro In Law Dan said they worked great so I tried them. I like them just as much as the Nevegals and they are 1/3 the price. They are lighter and seem to be wearing very well. I would continue to use them even if they cost as much as all the other brands. I use 35 to 40 PSI with great results. It work in a variety of soils, wet or dry.

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Favorite Trail:   Clemson Forrest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   Performance Web Page

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Fire XC pro, panaracer cinder

Bike Setup:   2007 Access hardtail, 2008 Fox RLC 100 fork, sram shifters and derailers, specialized avatar seat, eggbeaters, truativ crank.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by duanerowe a Cross Country Rider from Lakewood, CO

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2008

Strengths:    Price! As good as the expensive ones, so far.

Weaknesses:    Thin sidewalls? Don't know for sure bout that.

Bottom Line:   
After 3 rides, the tire seems good. This tire converts to tubeless OK, using Stan's conversion kit. Stan the Man himself didn't have a comment on how well this tire works with his system, but "thought" it would be OK. So far, so good, but you absolutely have to have an air compressor to convert this to tubeless with Stan's. Just go to the gas station air pupmp with a presta valve adapter, and some quarters. The tire itself rides as well as any other tire I've ridden, so no complaints. Cross country riding with rocky, technical ascents/decents. Given the price, it's a steal.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos

Bike Setup:   SC Blur Classic frame, Mavic 717 XC rim, Stans conversion kit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior from Downingtown, PA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2007

Strengths:    Roll Quickly

Weaknesses:    Maybe prone to pinch flats with lower pressures and thin tubes.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent cross country tire with a low rolling resistance and good grip on technical single track. The tire rolls quickly. However, it has thin sidewalls and with thin/light tubes I got a pinch flat on my first ride. Keep the pressure on the higher side and use regular weight tubes and these tires have taken punishment without any problems. The grip is very good overall. They don't grip like WTB Prowlers 2.3, but they hold their own in most conditions. I just went on a wet, leafy, rooty, muddy ride with them and they were OK. In drier conditions they do very well. They are not a downhill tire or a mud tire, but if you want a fast rolling cross country tire with good grip, then these are a good choice. For the price, great tires.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python, Panaracer Smoke classic, Panarace Fire XC, WTB Prowler 2.3

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesus Davila a Weekend Warrior from Powder Springs, Georgia

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2007

Strengths:    Size, price, seal, grip. Did I mention price?

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
These tires rock so far. I've had Nevegals on the bike for almost 2 years. The finally started wearing down and I decided to buy a new set of tire. I've been reading up on these and all the reviews are true. These tires are not a standard 2.1. They match the Nevegals in width, volume and almost match the Nevegals traction. I live in the Atlanta, Ga area. Most of you may not know, but North Georgia is in its worst drought in more than 25 years. The trails are constantly maintained by SORBA (deepest Thanks), but are becoming sand traps at every turn. These tires are amazing. The knobs dig in when you need it and roll smooth when you want to hammer. I'm going to try them in South Florida next week to test their performance on wet roots limerock. Stay tuned for an additional posting. I can't say enough about the price. I got these on sale at Performance for $12 each. A steal given that one Nevegal runs around $45. Say it with me boys and girls... Thats almost four times the price, but still at the same level. I'm running them tubeless with Stans and the seal is amazing. The Nevagals would leak from one week to the next. These are rock solid. These tires also weigh much less than the Nevegals. You'll notice the rotational weight difference immediately. Buy them if you want a great tire for a long time and can't seem to get off the fence on the Performance name.

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Favorite Trail:   Blanket's creek, GA/ Markham Park and Oleta River, South Florida

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Performance bike on Ashford/Dunwoody Road

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegals 2.1, Panaracer Fire XC 2.1, Panaracer AM 2.3

Bike Setup:   2004 Specialized Enduro, Minute 4, rear Fox revalve by PUSH, Race Face carbon bar and Evolve XC cranks, WTB Race V, Deore disc (7" front/6" rear) SRAM X-7 shifters/rear deraileur, XTR front. Terra Trac 2.1 on XT hubs and Rhynolite XL rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Shanks a Cross Country Rider from Highlands Ranch, CO

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2007

Strengths:    Holds a line. High volume tire so you can run lower tire pressure, better traction. Low cost. Best tire for the money I have found.

Weaknesses:    None so far...

Bottom Line:   
After trying everything from Hutchisons to Contis, I tried these Performance tires last fall. What a difference! Feels mcu larger than a 2.1 - more like a 2.25 or 2.3 for other tires. They gave me more control and traction through the turns than anything I had before. Handles rocky, sandy, loamy soil conditions very well. Their high volume allow me to ride at 32 psi at 170 lbs. Great cornering - I don't wash out any more. It also gave me the feel of another 1/2" of travel by running lowere tire pressure. The only other tire that compares is the Specialized Adreneline Pro at twice the price. Buy them - you'll enjoy them...

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Favorite Trail:   Monarch Crest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Adrenaline Pro, Hutchison Mosquitos, IRC Mythos, WTB Velociraptors, Michelin Wildgripper, Continental Flow

Bike Setup:   GT i-Drive Race - Rock Shox SID Race, Fox Float R, LX/XTR drive, XTR/Mavic wheels, XTR integrated shifters/brakes, Monkeylite carbon bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Socal

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2007

Strengths:    Big, light, smooth riding, easy pedalling, excellent traction

Weaknesses:    Not flashy, no brag factor

Bottom Line:   
Just had to let people know about this tire. It does everything well once you get the pressures dialed in. I took off a new set of Kenda Nevegals to put these on, and I am not changing back. The Kendas got great traction, but at low speeds on steep climbs, they pedalled like lead. These Terra Tracks pedal much easier, and match the traction of the Kendas. The Vertical pros may have rolled slightly better, but got a little less traction. These Terra Tracks may not be the best tires available, but they are very near the top. When you factor in the price, buying them is a no brainer. I highly recommend them for any trail rider

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer fire, IRC serac, Ritchey Zmax, Hutchinson spider, Kenda nevegal, Conti verticle pro

Bike Setup:   Turner Burner

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johann a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City, UT

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

Strengths:    Long lasting with lugs finally wearing after 2 years and several punctures riding road/trails atleast once a week lasting much longer than original Hutchinson PythonS; Very inexpensive comparitively for Kevlar bead with TPI-120; Easy changes;

Weaknesses:    Can't say really anything bad about them but haven't used many other tires to compare including original Huthinsons which lasted less than 1 year with way less ridng than current;

Bottom Line:   
I have worn out several sets of these tires and have been very satisfied with durability and certainly price compared to other tires; Regarding handling I have ridden numerous trails in SLC/Park City and Moab/Fruita and have not had any problems but haven't used many other tires to compare; Quality XC tire and worth trying;

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Favorite Trail:   Wasatch Crest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike Website

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python; Exiwolf;

Bike Setup:   Cannondale 600 Jekyll XT/XTR; Run low-mid 40 PSI for mixed road and mostly very dry trails; Slime tubes( so what for a little extra weight with tubes lasting well over year+ even after pulling thorns out; Front/Back Forte Terra Tracs running reverse tread in the back;

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Edison

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2007

Strengths:    Light, fast rolling, great traction, price

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Bought these a year ago for my Trek when I retired it to city duty and was surprised at the performance of this tire. Rolls fast and gets great traction, street or dirt. Looks much bigger than a 2.1... and outperforms the Velociraptor it replaced. Just purchased another one for my new Moto that came with a Velociraptor. Just can't beat this tire for the money!

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Favorite Trail:   Kilmer Reserve

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   WTB Velociraptor, Tioga, and others

Bike Setup:   95 Trek 7000 turned into a commuter, Moto 400HT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marvin a Cross Country Rider from Lakeland, FL, Polk

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2007

Strengths:    Light, inexpensive, durable, good traction

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These tires are simply great in every way. I use the Kevlar beaded model, it's a 2.1 and weighs 560 grams. It's a little wider and has more volume than the comparable Panaracer Fire xc pro 2.1. They have good traction in the Florida sand and mud and roll OK on hardback for a full deeply lugged tire. I run them at 30 psi and rarely flat. They are very easy to mount, they are long lasting and I've never ripped a lug off. They've served me well over 2 years and are 1/2 the price of most other tires.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Many other tires

Bike Setup:   Been on a Scalpel, Rush and Enduro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard a Weekend Warrior from Pleasanton California USA

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2006

Strengths:    Grip, rolling resistence price and quality.

Weaknesses:    vibration and noise (but it feels and sounds really cool!)

Bottom Line:   
These tires get grip!!! IMO these tires are better performing than the Panaracer fire xc. Primarily because they roll better and they get better grip in all conditions including the pavement. When you riding these on the street you can feel the vibration and hear that aggressive tire hum. If you put price into the equation, well thats your icing on the cake.

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Favorite Trail:   waterdog

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   performance bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer fire xc pro, bling bling duals, swampthings, kenda klaw xt

Bike Setup:   Marin Rift Zone manitou minute 1:00 fork, fox rl rear shock, xt derailleur deora shifters and juicy 5's on both ends.

Diamondback Coil ex marzocchi Mz3 fork, Manitou QRL rearshock, 34t rear cassette, Shimano m470 front caliper.

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