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Ritchey Z-Max Millennium Tire

4.13/5 (143 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


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• Classic, proven Z-Max VFA tread design • All-around, front or rear World Cup caliber race tire • One of the lightest full knobby tires available • WCS, Pro and Comp versions • 26x1.7, 26x1.9, 26x2.1, 26x2.35


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FrenchFit a Weekend Warrior from The West Coast

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2011

Strengths:    Grips for days and fast, I was spinning at 20mph on the pavement, 26 x 1.9. Sort of in between a NanoRaptor and a full on knobby, but terrific grip in the back end on dry and sandy. (Don't have one on the front.)

Weaknesses:    Discountinued I think, replace by a slightly new tread design and/or width. Too bad. NOS on eBay is the way to go.

Bottom Line:   
Solved my need: a fast rolling tire that can really grip on steep. Predictable. Perfect. Looks good too.

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Favorite Trail:   Tomorrow's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Nanoraptors, Specialized FastTrack, Small Block.

Bike Setup:   Hardtail SL.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Be one rider a Cross Country Rider from Hampshire, Great Britain

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2009

Strengths:    very good value. Surprisingly low cost for a good alround varied terrain performance and handling. Predictable performance across dry, wet, snow, hard / loose terrain. This makes for a considerable achievement where it is not essential to spend mega bucks for a good ride out!

Weaknesses:    A bit unpredictable and hairy over wet raised roots. But thats about it really!

Bottom Line:   
If you want good performance across a mudle of conditions, ths tyre cannot be ruled out as a definate contender for the more expensive rivals of other brands.

A very durable tyre for wear and tear which shows it strengths time sfter time, after time.

I am on my second set in two years of regular off roading and I have been very impressed indeed with the quality of this reasonably priced low cost off road tyre.

Top notch!!

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Favorite Trail:   South Downs Way

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Kenda, Maxis and Wolverine tyres.

Bike Setup:   Be One Rufo FS Down hill.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by richsto a Cross Country Rider from Reno, NV, USA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2009

Strengths:    -Low Rolling Resistance
-Predictable Cornering
-Solid Traction
-Great in the Snow
-Works Tubless w/Rim Strips
-Durable
-Lightweight


Weaknesses:    -Mud
-Ice
-Wet dirt/loose traction??
-May be more prone to pinch flats


Bottom Line:   
Predictable break away in the corners, always hooks up in the back. Good traction in all drier conditions. Wet dirt traction, especially in front is questionable as I broke a couple of ribs on a front tire washout. Great in the rain on pavement and in snow as well (I commute and trail ride on these tires). Low rolling resistance works well on the pavement. These tires are pretty durable as well, I've hammered on them extensively in all conditions and they haven't failed me. After getting numerous pinch flats, I switched to tubeless at about the halfway point - works well.

Bottom line - I'm buying another set today.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Mother Lode Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Velociraptor, Dart/Smoke

Bike Setup:   Diamond Back Ascent, Shimano Deore XT Drivetrain, Avid SD7 V-Brakes, Mavic XC-717 Rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ball4759 a Racer from Saratoga, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2008

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, great climber, hooks up well around turns

Weaknesses:    mud clearance could be a little better but 3 out of 4 isn't bad.

Bottom Line:   
I live in Northeaster NY where the singetrack is tight and the climbing is gnarley. I have been searching for the perfect XC race tire for NE conditions and this is it. If you like Hutch pythons you will love this tire. Similar rolling resistance and climbing ability as the hutch Python but hooks up in the turns like a dream. I cant believe I don't see more racers with these tires. I ride the 1.9 Pro model, at first the seemed a little skinny but you don't notice it on the trail they hook up as good as any 2.1 tire. Granted I am a XC racer so I am rating this tire for racing. If you do not care about speed then there are other tires that are probably better. If you are looking for the best combination of speed, climbing ability, and handling the Ritchey Millenium Pro is the best tire out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Spier Falls

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   rbay

Similar Products Used:   pythons, conti speed king

Bike Setup:   Trek fuel ex 9, xtr drivetrain, DT swiss 4.2 xtr wheels, Spinner Aeris fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MO a Cross Country Rider from SlowCal

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2007

Strengths:    Great all around tire

Weaknesses:    Mud maybe?

Bottom Line:   
Best all around tire for Socal. Climbing, descending, rocks, hardpack, and sand this tire just hooks up. I have ridden tires with more stick, but the break away points were unpredictable. This is by far the most controllable tire on the market when it does slide.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   A lot

Bike Setup:   5.5/XTR/Blah/Blah/Blah

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin Murray a Cross Country Rider from Canberra, ACT

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2007

Strengths:    This is very light and has proper knobs. It rolls really quickly.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't like the sticky, clay-based mud we get in Canberra (luckily it doesn't rain too much).

Bottom Line:   
This is the quickest rolling tyre I have ever used. It is sooooo light - I almost fell off the back of the bike when I lifted the front to go over a log - seriously light.

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Favorite Trail:   Sparrow Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Smoke Classic 2.1, Bontrager Jones 2.2, Ritchey Elevader WCS 2.1, IRC SeracXC 2.1, Panaracer Dart Classic 2.1, WTB Velociraptor 2.1.

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500 with Ritchey WCS, Easton, Crank Bros and Salsa upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phillip a Weekend Warrior from Meridian,Ms.

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2006

Strengths:    Good all around tire. Works pretty well in any situation I've put it in.

Weaknesses:    Not doggin these tires they just don't seem to have the braking power you would expect from such a gnarly tread and I believe that's because the knobs are so tall and soft that they just roll instead of dig. Another thing is they IMO don't handle lower pressures that well, at thirty pounds in the rear they feel like mush and I only weigh 160.

Bottom Line:   
I think this tire is great for a beginner. It grips very well, it's versatile, and it's fairly light for the tread depth and volume that it has. Maybe there is nothing wrong with the braking capabilties of this tire. Maybe I should let go of the brakes and there would be no problem. You want be throwing money away buying these. Oh yeah, buy the WCS not comp or pro.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Rbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   GF Tass HT Fully equipped with XTR components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeff free a Cross Country Rider from harrisburg,pa,usa

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2006

Strengths:    very light and durable

Weaknesses:    i have not found any

Bottom Line:   
i started riding in 1977 and rode only rigid forks until 2003. i relied on using 2.35 tires and kin for the suspension ability and rider 12 months of the year. i have gotten many years out of both the black and red rubber compounds and they have always performed as i totally paid attention to the full range of air pressure you can tailor the performance to the condition needed.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Similar Products Used:   continental explorer pro, specialized extreme, bontrager jones

Bike Setup:   lightspeed pisgah hardtail singlespeed

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lpdot a Cross Country Rider from Minsk, Belarus

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

Strengths:    Cheap. Works wells as a rear tire. Good traction and cornering on dry and wet tarmac and hardpack. Durable.

Weaknesses:    The comp version is heavy - 680 gr. at 2.10. Unreliable in the front.

Bottom Line:   
I've been using Z-Max Millenium Comp 2.1 on the rear wheel for almost two years in moderate urban and forest rides and felt fairly comfortable with it. The traction and cornering remained stable and confident on dry and wet tarmac, hardpack, grass, soil and sand. The rooling resistance was relatively low.
Recently I've switched the tire to the front wheel (which might be wrong per se, I'm not sure) as it showed no serious wear and now the situation is quite different. The front wheel feels dangerously unpredictable in sand and wet soil.
I would recommend this tire as a cheap and effective option for the rear wheel. Its usage on the front is questionable.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $17.00

Similar Products Used:   Continental Explorer Pro, Tioga Factory XC, Maxxis Wormdrive, etc.

Bike Setup:   Giant Iguana Disc, RockShox Judy SL.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robotkiller from JAX, FL

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2006

Strengths:    Rolling resistance pretty decent, carving ability, versatility

Weaknesses:    Mud, deep sand and really gnarly trails where really only a big bulldozer tire combo like my 2.3 BG/Nevegal will do. Not as fast a Python (but not much else is either). I have the Pros, not WCS - so weight could be better.

Bottom Line:   
I'm constantly unhappy with my tires, in general. Either they are too heavy and slow or they can't hold a line. In my experience with the tires above, the Z-Max has been the best compromise of speed and cornering ability. You can feel the tires carving into the trail and they predictably break away. I have been using them for about a year now and feel comfortable using them in almost any situation, but in hardpack conditions (i.e. North Georgia/Atlanta area) these tires rule.

Extremely versatile, fast, excellent cornering and long lasting pretty much sums it up -- the best tire I have used so far. No tire is perfect, so 4/5.

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Favorite Trail:   blanket creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Pythons, Mutanoraptors, Speedmax, Fire XC Pro, Jones AC, Blue Groove, Nevegal, Mythos XC

Bike Setup:   IF deluxe/Fox 100RLT/Hope mono mini/King-DT Swiss wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by atbscott a Cross Country Rider from Castro Valley, CA

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2006

Strengths:    Good, predictable traction in many different conditions, 2.1" is a comfortably fat tire for reasonable weight. Forgiving breakaway characteristics.

Weaknesses:    Makes you realize specific strengths and weaknesses in some other tires when you do ride something different! Need a bit of pressure in them or they feel squishy when running at a low psi.

Bottom Line:   
These tires work very well in most conditions that I have found in both Northern and Southern CA. There is no place that they really are weak, though to be honest, there are some tires that work better in certain conditions. As far as having a tire that I can put on a bike, and be fairly confident that it will work more than acceptably well wherever I happen to be riding, these are some of the best. Climbing National Trail in Phoenix, cleaned almost all of it. Muddy conditions at Annadel State Park, they work fine. Sand in Anza Borrego, they get you through it. Lake Tahoe area Sierra Granite and duff - ride with confidence. While these tires may not have the ultimate grip that a few other tires have, they let you know when they are starting to lose traction and do so in a manner that lets you catch it before you hit the deck. They wear acceptably well too - I get about a full season (1,500 - 2000 miles off road) on a pair (Pros - not WCS). Sidewalls are OK against cuts - pick your line carefully or get some heavier tires with lots of rubber on the sidewalls if you are gonna bull your way through! I keep trying different tires, and sometimes will put something different for specific condition riding - but for 80 - 90% of what I do (non-race semi-technical trail riding, and the odd 24-hour event) these tires are what I keep going back to. Think I may buy a case just so if they stop making them again... 5 chilis in both categories!

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Favorite Trail:   Can you only have one?

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Cyclepath Hayward

Similar Products Used:   You name it: Specialized, Kenda (Kinetics, Nevegals), WTB Weirwolfs, Mutanoraptors, etc...

Bike Setup:   Spec Enduro Pro, XTR/XT, pretty much stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jorgex a Weekend Warrior from Almada, Portugal

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2006

Strengths:    -the best all-around tire of all times
-cheap


Weaknesses:    -i never tried it on SNOW

Bottom Line:   
I see a few bad reviews and perhaps it's because this is NOT A GOOD TIRE FOR EXPERTS OR PROS who are always demanding the maximum of their bikes.

This is a GREAR TIRE FOR ROOKIES that doesn't know what's good for their "weak" abilities on a bike.
This tire usualy lasts about 5000-6000Km without a single pinch. Super! After that it's nightmare.
Best used as front tire at 40psi/3bar.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   nokian gazza/boazo, huchinsons python, maxxis, ritchey zmaxs, continentals diesel/gravity/ and so on...

Bike Setup:   Giant escaper'92 (hardtail), Manitou Axel 100mm(om),Hayes disc brake, Mavic mx 321(f) and Mavic D521(r)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Gus a Cross Country Rider from Royal Oak, mi

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2005

Strengths:    Cheap, pretty good traction

Weaknesses:    Poor cornering and handling.

Bottom Line:   
I hated these tires, They handled terrible. I could not hold a line in the corners or ride a straight line on the flats without concentrating (and no I am not a rookie).

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Favorite Trail:   potowatami

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   WTB velociraptor, Hutchinson python

Bike Setup:   Gunnar Rockhound

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fish a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2005

Strengths:    light weight and traction, traction, traction

Weaknesses:    Hard to find in Atlanta, wear quick if ride on road or slickrock

Bottom Line:   
Been riding on this rubber for years and nothing beats um. They are sticky and work great in all types of terain except really sloppy mud. Tried IRC and Hutchinson in the past and went back to the Ritchey's. All my riding buddies are stunned at the grip and carvability of these tires. I just giggle at the grip when I miss a line and expect to end up on my *%#$ and these things link up and save my hide. Get a set you will not be dissapointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Pisgah

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Web retailer

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos

Bike Setup:   Elsworth Truth with all the goodies

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by x from x

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2004

Strengths:    Clyde Approved

Weaknesses:    Jealous bystanders walking while I climb and decend like a monkey on crack.

Bottom Line:   
Im 220, These tires take every bit of abuse I throw at them without complaint. A bit squirrely until "broken in" (which is probably the real reason for a few of the lame reviews on here) but once the factory smell is off you would be hard pressed to find such an all around durable tire. Great brake, climb bite and cornering. Buy them if you hate worrying about your equipment and would rather be riding your bike than counting grams on your scale while admiring your closet full of spandex.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   A Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Round rubber objects with big factory advertising labels all over them from lots of different companies.

Bike Setup:   Springs on both sides, bout 4" worth front and back.

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