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Ritchey SpeedMax Innovader Tire

3.5/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.99

Product Description

• Fast-rolling semi-knobby VFA tread design • Great for hardpacked conditions and fireroads • Very low rolling resistance • WCS, Pro and Comp versions • 26x2.0

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by doggie a Cross Country Rider from Czech Republic

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2010

Strengths:    Fast and light. Despite the look grip well.

Weaknesses:    Do not know any.

Bottom Line:   
Fast tires that do well in most conditions. They look like they are only good for the road, but I have handled snow and mud with them. They perform surprisingly well for what they look like. Never had a flat. All in all a good value tire with outstanding performance on dry surfaces.

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Favorite Trail:   various XC

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with the bike

Bike Setup:   NoSaint Urian frame, Shimano XL, Mavic wheels

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by SnoX a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2008

Strengths:    low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    everything. This is my 4th pinch flat in five days. I had it at 60 psi and that didnt help either. Maybe if you buy heavy duty tubes it will help.

Bottom Line:   
probably at least 10 flats in 6 months of riding.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $22.00

Bike Setup:   Hardrock Sport

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rich Gibbons a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2006

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, light

Weaknesses:    Side grip

Bottom Line:   
For hard pack and pavement, these tires are off the charts. Fast and SMOOOOOOTH. For steep, sketchy, rutted loose descents, forget it. The tire's profile is so rounded, it just LOVES getting sucked into whatever rut it gets near. Having ridden the SpeedMax on the *same* trails with the *same* ruts, it was never a problem with them. I've noticed a big difference in front end grip, even running at 35psi. I'm going to spoon the Innovaders onto my second string bike which I use for commuting to work (98% of which is on pavement) and scoring a set of Kenda Small Block Eights for my trail bike. If you ride a lot of hard pack and pavement, the Innovader is a GREAT tire with good wear characteristics, but if you need the front end hooked up in the steep stuff (I ate it last weekend due to a lack of front end control), go with a tire that has bolder side blocks.

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Favorite Trail:   Single Track near my house

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey SpeedMax

Bike Setup:   Intense Tracer

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russ a Cross Country Rider from Corvallis

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight, fast rolling
Good grip for a fast tire
Sheds mud pretty well

Weaknesses:    Prone to pinch flast? (see below)

Bottom Line:   
Very good all-around tire. My riding is mostly gravel road up and steep singletrack down, so i wanted something light on the rear for the climbs. This tire fits the bill, and even behaves in mud. Doesn't pack up and gets some traction, although it's squirrely when descending muddy singletrack.
Climbs well, this tire let me clean a steep, sand-over-hardpack section that usually gives me trouble.

On the down side, I got my first ever pinch flat with this tire, bombing down a rocky fireroad. I was running at 35 psi, now I run at least 40, as recommended on the sidewall. I like a beefier tire in front, but for a fast rolling rear tire the Innovader rocks! If I wanted hybrid tire for pavement and offroad, this would be on my list.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer XP Pro, kWTB Weirwolf

Bike Setup:   Magnesium hardtail, 9 speed, rim brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Odilio "Maxbuwaya" Castro a Cross Country Rider from Cavite Philippines

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2004

Strengths:    If you want to get the best of both world then this is the tyre you may wanna get! Good on Tarmac, cemented road, street, Manholes, stairs, Hardpack, Fire road, Rocky Road,
Sand. Almost Everything. Tough on skids (I expect to worn in out while doing drifts) Lighweight (Kevlar 2.0) Looks good. Bites on ground after doin a jump. Digs into mud until it reaches the hard part of the ground
Not too common looking. Makes your bike a li'l bit more special

Weaknesses:    Hard to find, Actually I just stumble upon on this one. I bought this without knowing any feedbacks. Not much grip on soft mud. (But skill can eliminate that problem!)

Bottom Line:   
The best tyre i ever had, If I could find it again ill buy two more pairs for reserve. You guys should give it a try.

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Favorite Trail:   Hardpack without the cow Manure

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Art (Quiapo Manila)

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Country, Hutchinson Mosquito, Maxxis Larsen TT, Kenda Kinetics

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC SE3 with Italian Zoke MX comp. With Canecreek Thudbuster, Aclass Vectra wheel set SRAM 7.0 Drivetrain, Truvativ Firex Crank, Avid Mecha disc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Muerto from Sweden

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2004

Strengths:    Fast!, Good grip on hard surfaces(asphalt) packed dirt and gravel.

Weaknesses:    Bad grip in mud, probably because of the low pattern, dunno what its really called but the part that is on the ground... Doesn't grip very good on wet asphalt when new

Bottom Line:   
Really good tire for most conditions atleast for me who only rides a couple of times a week. First ride was on soaking asphalt and when I had to hit the brakes to avoid hitting a car both wheels skidded but now that the hard glace on them has gone away the grip onto any surface, rocks, roots, gravel, asphalt, concrete, dirt, grass think you get the picture! Its only the mud performance that makes me give the tire only 4 hot ones in overall rating but the value is teriffic... I recommend this tire to everyone who live in the town or have to ride on the roads to get to the trails where they love to be!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Hammer, various street tires

Bike Setup:   Rigid steel frame...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ben a Racer from atherton, ca

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2004

Strengths:    excellent climber, holds well in loose and sandy conditions, sticks to hard pack, an extremely fast tire, spend the extra money for the wcs kevlar well worth it, I race nearly every weekend and this is far and away the best tire I've ever ridden, it amazes me more people don't ride them

Weaknesses:    not a good tire in mud, only short-coming

Bottom Line:   
if you want a fast light tire that handles well in all conditions except mud this is it, it grabs well on climbs and is unsurpassed on flats and downhill, I've ridden this tire for over two years now and have yet to see anyone else on them, I can't understand why, the physics behind the tires is light years beyond anything else on the market and I can personally attest the ride is dangerously smooth, adds speed on decents and still grips on climbs

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Favorite Trail:   skeggs point

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   palo alto cyclery

Bike Setup:   rocky mountain vertex team sc

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Massimo a Weekend Warrior from Rome-Italy

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2003

Strengths:    Very fast roller
Great on the road

Weaknesses:    Not very able in hard situations

Bottom Line:   
I'm not a great biker.
I don't like extreme situations so i prefer to go in parks or others similar enviroments.
I like a mix of situations (street too) and the innovader seems to be the correct compromise

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Favorite Trail:   Parks

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $14.00

Purchased At:   Rome-Ciampino

Bike Setup:   Alu 7500
Shimano DEORE group

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