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Ritchey Moby Bite Tire

4.75/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 690 grams <br>(Comp 2.1)

Product Description

Moby Bite • Sticky slick tire for riding on Slickrock or city streets • Traction fins hold the trail when riding across steep inclines • Wide tire makes a great cruiser or sand tire • This tire is a blast to cruise on

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kat a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2010

Strengths:    The tires came on the bike that I still use after ten years. People laugh when they see my tires because they're fat and slick..but they get me all over the place. They may be made for beach travel, but I take them everywhere!

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
These tires have taken me all over the place. Another cyclist told me to get a different bike with the skinny tires so that I could ride farther..but my bike with these tires takes me wherever I want to go. They grip the road well, the ride is comfortable and I've never had a flat.

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Favorite Trail:   the streets!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Agoura Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Beach Cruiser

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by earlpizumi a Cross Country Rider from DC

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2009

Strengths:    slick, fat...perfect for the beach

Weaknesses:    slick....terrible for hardpan, pavement, gravel, cornering is deadly!

Bottom Line:   
Got them for the beach...they are great on the beach but will drop you on the road or trail!

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Mike's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   no such animal... I've never seen anything like them!

Bike Setup:   Mongoose IBOC Comp with Judy tt...LX, XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cody a Weekend Warrior from Claremont, CA

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2007

Strengths:    Huge Volume, fat, smooth

Weaknesses:    It's heavy and it has weird ribs on the near vertical part of tread that limit lean angle.

Ritchey discontinued them, although you can find them w/o much searching.

Bottom Line:   
They're great for aggressive commuting. The term is sort of an oxymoron, but it's apt. On a fully rigid MTB, they make you feel like you're racing around the neighborhood in your Schwinn Sidewinder again.

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Favorite Trail:   Claremont Wilderness Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   Cambria?

Similar Products Used:   None. Though I've used Michelin Wildgripper S knobbies for real MTB.

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Moab 2 w/ LX shifters, Salsa rigid fork, Moby bite tires, Avid Ti brake levers and SD7 brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pellegrino Wichita, KS, U.S. from

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2003

Strengths:    Smooth, wide, and fast. This tire is sooooo much better than riding knobies on the street. A mountain bike equipped big 2.1” slicks makes for a fast, durable, and well mannered urban assault vehicle. If you’re a mountain biker with a passion for pavement, get these tires and don't look back!!!

Weaknesses:    Kevlar bead version not available.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great tire for the street; it maintains the large volume profile of a hardcore off-road tire, while providing ultimate traction for the street. Maybe if enough people start utilizing fat tire slicks, someone will start making lighter versions with foldable Kevlar beads. Until then the Moby Bite 2.1 is the king of the fat bodies mountain bike slick, long live the king.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   2003 Klein Attitude Comp; Avid Single Digit Ultimate Brakes, XTR Brake Levers, XTR Shifters, XTR Front and Rear Derailleurs, XT 180mm Crankset with ES-71 BB, Answer Pro-Taper 2” Riser Bar, Thomson, Elite Setback Seat Post, Thomson Elite Stem, Azonic A-Frame Pedals, Koobi PRS Saddle with Ti-rails.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Hausman a Weekend Warrior from roselle, il

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2003

Strengths:    Fat and slick rides fast and smooth

Weaknesses:    wears quickly

Bottom Line:   
These tires rock but they came on my ride, wore quickly, and now I can't find replacements

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Favorite Trail:   Kettle Moraine

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   2001 Schwinn Panther 7005 aluminum

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by winston from boston

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

Strengths:    fast, has reflective sidewall strips

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
fast, inexpensive, slippery when wet, average looks. They've served me well for a long time now and are very durable but i grew tired of the bland look so I switched. Performed flawlessly for me though.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   cambria

Similar Products Used:   maxxis xenith and hookworm, spec fatboy

Bike Setup:   enduro pro 2001

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from Cullman Ala

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    Rides very smooth at 60psi. Very fast. Picked up 1/2 mph over a 12 mile route I ride by changing to one on the rear

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy. Street only.

Bottom Line:   
Strongly recommend this tire for street use. It is much faster than any other I've encounter and rides and corners well. Don't see a need to burden the front with a monster like this, but it's great on the back.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   cambira bike

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Trek Navigator...1.5 Botrainger in the front, 2.1 Moby in the rear. Excellent for paved but rough country roads.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke Nukem from Silverdale ,WA. USA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2002

Strengths:    Quiet, fast, stick like glue, corner awesome.

Weaknesses:    Obviously you don't do soft stuff or wet trails.

Bottom Line:   
I am a big dude, and at 6'2" and a SOLID 240lbs, beat the crap out of bikes. I generally ride urban and like full susp because I can fly stairs and not be scared of tweaking rims and pinch flats. I hate knobbies on the street (squirmy and noisy and scary on hard corners) These Mobybites are, as some would say, DA BOMB! Totally cushy and quiet, corner like a madman and stick like velcro. They stick well on wet pavement too. Anyone who rides on the street much should have a pair of these around. Besides, there's nothing like em anywhere that I'm aware of. For the street, fat ass slicks rule and these are the only ones above 2" thick. Get some. However, if you want to hit soft stuff or dirt, these aren't for you unless you have good dental..Nothing better on blacktop, nothing worse on wet dirt.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Silverdale cyclery

Bike Setup:   2001 Diamondback xsl pro full susp.

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