from Ancaster Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2007
Strengths: Light, rolls ok, lots of traction
Weaknesses: Thin sidewalls?
I was very impressed with the traction these tires had in wet conditions. They handled mud and wet rocks far better than expected. They are reasonably light, and they make a good XC race tire. Rolling resistance is not bad for the tread pattern.
Similar Products Used: Continental Escape, Hutchinson Mosquito, Hutchison Spider, Kenda Alpha Bike, IRC Mythos XC....
Bike Setup: Giant NRS, zac 19 rims
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2006
Strengths: Super Fast, very little rolling resistance. Hooks up great in just about all conditions. Super light.
Weaknesses: Mud but riding conditions here in CO are typically dry. Wished they came in a 2.1.
These tire are great! Right away I knoticed the lack of rolling resistance, super fast. Hooks up great on anything from hardpack to loose over which is everything here on the Front Range. No more slipping for me. Corners great given the numerous side knobs. A tad narrow for my taste at only 2.0. A full 2.1 would be even better if they made one. Can remove tire from rim easily without a tool. I agree with MBA, the D2 Pro tire is better than the S-Works version.
Similar Products Used: IRC, WTB, Maxxis, Kenda, etc.
Bike Setup: Custom Bianchi racing HT
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Fe New Mexico Republica
Date Reviewed: June 1, 2006
Strengths: In the dry, gravelly (is that a word?)conditions I ride, these things grip superbly well. I've got the Armadillo version, which means (even with tons of chollo cactus spines) NO FLATS!!! Yeah!!!
Weaknesses: People say it clogs with mud easily. If we ever get any of that out here, I'll let you know. If you ride your MTB on the street, it feels like you're pedalling in taffy with these tires, compared to street tires. Boo hoo. Suck it up.
Not the fastest tires out there, but hard to think of a more reliable all around tire, in the puncture resistant Armadillo version. I'll have to report back if these things wear quickly, as some have reported. I don't see HOW with the Armadillo version, which is EASILY twice as thick and heavy as the Kendas they replaced.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Karma 2.0's, which came stock with my Redline Monocog. Those are lighter, give you a little better sense of what's beneath 'em. But they're no match for all the chollo spikes I have to deal with. Even with slimes, you will get flats with those tires. Not with the Armadillo version of the RollX.
Bike Setup: '06 Redline Monocog. Stock, except rear cassette has been replaced by a Surly SS hub, with dual ACS Claws freewheels.
from Carlisle, Pa
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2006
Strengths: All round great tire, great choice when you don't know what the conditions will be like, very predictable characteristics
Weaknesses: Had some sidewall cuts, will wear faster than some
Bottom line is this is a very capable tire that is a great choice when you don't know exactly what the conditions will be like. It is the most predictable front tire I've ever used. Not the absolute fastest rolling, nor the absolute best traction, but they work well in almost any condition, and give tremendous feedback - very predictable. If I'm racing, and I don't know the course conditions, these are my choice every time. Excellent all round tire, my current favorite. A bonus is that for a 2.0 they are nice and wide, and give a cushy ride. Specialized nailed it with this baby.
huffs dong when climbing - mud, dust, loose over hardpack, snow, just about any surface except slickrock this tire spins compound is too hard for any self-respecting trailrider corrnering knobs are ok the thing doesn't weigh that much i guess super glad i didn't pay for them weak sauce
Bike Setup: mountain cycle rumble, for aggro trails and stunts
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 4, 2005
Strengths: low rolling resistant Great grip Weight is good
Weaknesses: none sean yet
I really like the grip they have when climbing, cornering or riding a really step off-camber section. They weight is good and the rolling resistant is low. I ride at 30PSI and like the overall performance
Similar Products Used: Rockster Pro, IRC Mythos, WTB
Bike Setup: Jamis Dakar FS, XT Drivetrain, Flat Bar, mix of FSA and Thompson bits
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2005
Strengths: Great tire, fast rolling, large volume
Weaknesses: Poor mud traction but I have a second set of wheels/tires for mud so who cares!
I really like these tires for most riding conditions. I ride a lot of tight singletrack with hardpack, rocky, rooty conditions and these tires always perform well. Even when they are wet, they still get over roots well.
I find that traction is limited for these tires in muddy conditions but I have another set of cheaper wheels with tires that are more suited for mud.
And to top it off, I got the tires on sale at my LBS during their yearly blowout sale...for only $15 canadian each!
Similar Products Used: Regular Roll X tires (wire bead, just heavier), Tioga Red Phoenix, bunch of others
Bike Setup: '04 Rockhopper Comp, RaceFace crank, SRAM X.9 shifters/derailler, ceramic Mavic X517 with XTR hubs, Monkeylite XC bar, Easton post, FSA stem, etc, etc...
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 27, 2005
Strengths: Great all condition tire, with excellent traction on hardpack
Weaknesses: Wears quickly, and it's a bit pricey
This has got to be one of the best tires I've ridden in a long time... Excellent traction, cornering and braking; the supple casing is great when running rocky, technical sections of trail. This tire has received rave reviews by everyone that's used it, although the primary gripe remains the availability and the price. If this doesn't faze you, then by all means, get these tires!
These tires came stock on my 2004 Stumpjumper and I loved them. In fact, they were my favorite all-around tire until I tried the Kenda Nevegals recently and are now a very close second. These guys handle every type of terrain very well and roll fast enough to be considered for racing in non-hardpack conditions.
My only negative about these tires is they wear fairly quickly and you can only buy these at a Specialized dealer. Unless you can find some on eBay, you will pay full retail (~$100/set).
Weaknesses: Not the best mud tire but I don't think it's as bad as some reviews make it seem. I thought we shouldn't be riding in mud anyway?
This is by far the best tire I've tried. For my trails (loose over hardpack, roots, some sand and some smooth rocks)and my riding style (agressive in the turns)it is unmatched in it's performance. I have tried many other tires (all very popular)and I keep coming back to these. I could never understand the negative reviews of the roll-x tires. They must be for the "sport" version as there is a big difference. Anyway, finally I have some support for my opinion on this tire as Mountain Bike Action rated it #2 out of 50 tires and the new issue of Bike (or Mountain Bike) gave it their highest rating of the tires they tested. Try it!
Similar Products Used: Fire XC's, Hutchinson Python and Bulldog,Nokian nbx,many others
Bike Setup: Giant Trance, Kona singlespeed
Some Ozzie rider
from Melbourne, Australia
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2005
Strengths: Good performance in dry, rolls fast, good grip, strong traction, light weight, very supple sidewalls with large air volume. So far wearing very well.
In tubeless format, you can run really low pressure to improve traction without massive increase in rolling resistance, and can handle moderate jumping with tire staying in shape and not losing any air or dint rims.
Works well enough in wet as long as not in mud.
Weaknesses: A real pain to convert into tubeless as air actually leaks from pinholes on sidewall, between casing threads.
Mud turns it into slick tire so say goodbye grip and traction.
Got these tires after reading them on MBAction where it finished second to Nevegals, as Nevegals are hard to find here in Oz. Besides I got the pair for $30 (shop owner must be kicking himself) where Kendas would set me back $35 each.
Initially these were nothing too special when running with tubes, climbed ok, rolled well enough and gripped nicely when cornering. Then I decided to convert them into tubeless and what a painful experience it was! Air was leaking all over place, not from rim / tire bead junction but actually from the sidewalls between threads - took 2 attempts at each tire before sealant finally plugged all the airleaks.
Now in tubeless format these Roll X have become my favorite XC and trail tire. Large air volume with supple sidewalls allow tires to deform and follow terrain nicely, in return giving incredible bite in both cornering, braking and climbing, with bonus of super comfy ride quality. The tire itself is light at 465gms, combined with tight tread patter, rolling resistance is minimal so you feel like superman when pedalling uphills or on flats. Dry weather performance is spectacular especially on hard pack and very good on medium to loose dry stuff including gravel.
However as others have said, once clogged up with mud it's gone. Although running at very low pressure the mud tend to fall off much easier than running normal pressure.
I'd take away 2 stars if these were run with tubes. The difference is almost chalk and cheese.
Similar Products Used: Hutchinson OTR2, Coyote, Mosquitoe, Scorpion, IRC Mythos, FRO, V-Claws, Geo Claws, Tioga Red Pheonix, Factory XC, Psychos, Kenda Blue Grove & Nevegal, Maxxis Highroller, Continental Leader Pro, WTB Weirwolf / Velociraptors, Panaracer Fire XC, Smoke & Dart
Bike Setup: GT Zaskar Expert 04, stock with Fox F100RLT, GT CNC wheelset
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2004
Strengths: Rolls like a bat out of hell. Hooks up well in the corners.
These are a great buy...I have tried lots of different tires and these are by far the best rolling best hooking up tires I have tried. I race solo 24 hour races so I spend a lot of time on the bike. I would recommend these to anyone I ride with.
Weaknesses: Hangs on to mud a bit. I've yet to see a tire that rolls well, has great traction and does not pack up. Such a tire does not exist as far as I know. Pick two: low rolling resistance, sheds mud, good traction.
I use these tires for xc and trail riding. I'd even use them for xc racing should the course require a tire that needs good traction. Great all around tire for demanding trails. The best combination of low rolling resistance and traction I've seen yet. It's got a lot of air volume for a xc tire to prevent snake bites at lower air pressures but not so tall as to roll on you xc rim.