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Ritchey Z-Max Shield Tire

5/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Fast rolling
  • Low profile VFA tread pattern
  • Side knobs employ VFA design


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by OLx6 a Racer

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2014

Strengths:    Rolls fast, corners well, feels stable at all speeds, and wears well.

Weaknesses:    This tire has smaller knobs and is not meant to be run as a mud tire. It will pack up mud a bit and loose traction like most small knob tires do in mud.

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of the WCS in the 29" format after 3 months of use. If you ride hard pack and/or soft loam this is a superb tire. The mixture of speed, grip, cornering ability, and durability are better than any other tire I have ridden. I have always been a huge fan of the Continental Race King, but wished for some side knobs, my wish has been granted with this tire.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stephen davis

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2013

Strengths:    weight to durabilty ratio, grip on various rock and roots

Weaknesses:    Does not come in larger sizes 2.3 or 2.4

Bottom Line:   
Bought these tires for riding Kanata Lakes Outback trail, they surpassed all expectations I had considering they are designed for XC racing not AM. The terrain is 80% rock in all forms, Canadian shield to smaller jagged edges everywhere. I found some of the larger durable tires just don't conform to the bumps enough and leave you bouncing regardless of lowest of air pressures. Some how rounded profile, many short strong nubs grip very well here. When it's wet here there is really no mud but just enough slop on your tires to make the short steep climbs very dangerous, these tire do well but are limited by their small size of 2.1.
I got a full season out of the front , the rear's side wall was eventually punctured by a small tree stump puncture. I will note here that the side wall has a reasonably tough rubber layer for this tires 530 weight.
Can't under stand why this tire is not more popular.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bobby a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2012

Strengths:    Super light, very fast.

Weaknesses:    If running tubeless, takes a while to set up.

Bottom Line:   
Replaced a set of Schwalbe Racing Ralphs with these Ritcheys. Much lighter and faster. If setting up for tubeless be sure you use a good brand of sealant and makes sure the sidewalls get well coated. It takes about two days for the tires to seal. After that they really will make your riding faster. Got a great deal on these on e-bay.

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Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Racing Ralph.

Bike Setup:   Fuji Outland RC.

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