from fort william
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2010
Strengths: cheap and grippy
i used these for DH for 3 month untill thay stoped griping. thay lasted longer than maxxis super tackys and provide a simoler level of grip. im a larger rider and find squre treads suit me better. if you have these and thay keep sliding out on you thare either at too high or too low a presure. stop being n. umpties and go change your set up
Similar Products Used: gazolodi. intense fro. maxxis high roller/ minnion
Bike Setup: bouncy and big
a Weekend Warrior
from Norman, OK, USA
Date Reviewed: January 5, 2009
Strengths: Grippy! Knobby! Deep sidewalls
Weaknesses: Umm...kinda fat for my bike...but its ok. A little bit of rub when the frame flexes. Obviously, not good for road...but you already knew that...or else you wouldn't have DH on the side of your tire.
This tire is very good for the price. It's very grippy, it is nice and knobby for rocky downhills, and has deep sidewalls that will guarantee it will stay on.
Ride it on the road and you'll wear it down in no time. Simple.
Similar Products Used: WTB Moto raptor. Continental Gravity (bad!!!)
Bike Setup: Trek Fuel..free ride set up
a Weekend Warrior
from San Clemente CA
Date Reviewed: November 22, 2007
Strengths: It is extremely puncture resistant never had a flat not once. lasted me well over a year. it is also good in sand, dry conditions, NOT GOOD FOR STREET USE!!! hum and knobby. over all is a good tire especially for down hill striat doesnt corer as good as a like
Weaknesses: slides out when cornering in sand, or dirt powder, really heavy suck for ridiing up hill
IS a good tire for going down hill or free ride not good for cornering at high speeds with no berm will slide out. ok tire
These tires are great. I WOULD be using the Fires on the rear, but they won't fit. The DHs fit snugly, but don't rub the stays.
What I like best about these tires is that they are so cushy. They seem to be made of a rubber that is softer than most, yet they wear fairly well. I also use them for commuting *gasp!*, so they get a lot of mileage. When you can find them for $20 or less, they are a supreme deal.
My thinking from the get-go was, yeah, they're heavy. But maybe I'll run these until I race (ha!) or go on a ride where I'll be struggling to keep up, and THEN I'll put on a lighter weight shoe. But either that occasion has never arisen, or I just like them too much to change (or I'm just too damn lazy to put something else on).
I'm riding all sorts of terrain. Rocky gardens to soft, pine-cushioned trails. They hook up everywhere.
I'm hoping that Tioga keeps making these. If not, I need to stock up. Keep me posted, Tioga. :^P
Similar Products Used: 2.0 specialized adrenaline 1.95 michelin xc
Bike Setup: 2005 specialized rockhopper disc
from Abbotsford, B.C.
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2005
Strengths: nice, thick sidewalls.....2.3 sits like a 2.6 on my rims.....Can last forever, depending on how you use them.
Weaknesses: The only time this tire works extremely well is in medium to dry conditions when its being used as a rear tire on a hardtail. I know this isnt saying much for the tire, but This is usually the conditions i rode in, so it worked great most of the time.
I think that any rider that needs a cheap tire should look for this one, as it'll last a good while, and once it goes bald, like mine eventually did, you can use it as an urban or street tire! This tire performed unusually well while running at low pressure on my hardtail, and served as asweet street tire after balding when run at a high pressure. NEVER RUN THIS TIRE WITH A NARROW RIM!!! you should always run it with an alex dx32 or doublewide or similar to get the full effect of a good-gripping, well rounded tire! Narrow rims cut down on the ability to run at low pressures and suck for bigger hits when the landing gets gnarly. Everybody, enjoy your tires. See you on the trails!
Similar Products Used: Gazzi Jr. 2.6(ultimate front tire), Intense 909 2.5(excellent back tire), Maxxis highroller 2.5(good)
Bike Setup: Started with an oryx dd66 hardtail where it served very well as a back tire, then moved onto a Balfa bb7, where it doesnt seem to like to grip very well....weird.....
from Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA !!!
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2005
Strengths: Solid tread, holds nicely on rough terrain and on nasty sidehills...Very nice over techy spots and smooth over easier lines.
Weaknesses: Rolls kind of slow on pavement/urban riding.
Solid tire, sweet buy at about 25$ CND. Don't Overpay!! Not that they are not worth it but i've seen sweet prices for this tire everywhere. If you are an all-mountain/freerider then get this tire...now!!!
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Highroller, Minion, Swampthing
Bike Setup: Enduro w/ sun mamooth rims, Tioga Factory 2.3 DH front tire, Maxxis Swampthing 2.5 rear.
from bampton, oxfordshire, england
Date Reviewed: December 8, 2004
Weaknesses: cornering on road
bought these tires as my others had totally run out of tread- my first mistake. My second mistake was trying to corner with them- they had the nasty habbit of sliding out from under me, particually on the road. I know they arn't designed to be used on the road, but it does help if it's safe to cycle to the local trails, instead of taking the car. Leave them alone.
Similar Products Used: kenda kinetics(about the same quality and a lil cheaper here in oz)
Bike Setup: 2004 haro extreme x2
a Weekend Warrior
from new market virginia usa
Date Reviewed: November 1, 2004
Strengths: good grip on everything; rock, mud, sand, wet grass, and even wet logs. nice in corners and helps soak up what my shox dont. great traction at speed. seem to be holding up good even riding on the road.good side walls that have prevented pinch flats so far. and i ride on some fast trails with sharp rocks hidding under leaves
Weaknesses: none so far
great tire. i recomend it to everyone. if you love going fast and not want to worry about slipping or flats this is your tire.
I rode this tire in the rear for exactly 22 miles, At the start of my ride I experienced very sketchy cornering characteristics. I even stopped because I thought I'd flatted. As the ride progressed I felt a noticable improvement in the cornering. Starting to feel better about my purchase, I rolled to the end of the trail, looked down at my new rear tire and to my suprise 80% of the knobs were ripped off.
Take my experiance however you like, but I now question this tire's integrity and would never pay money for another one.
P.S. To Mad Dog's credit, they took it back no questions asked.
from Roanoke,Va 24018
Date Reviewed: April 21, 2004
Strengths: Tacky,Hooks up well on off cambers.Remindes me of old Dunlop 752(great tire).
Weaknesses: They are not edible
I DONT KNOW WHAT SOME OF THESE SQUIDS ARE BEAACHIN ABOUT BUT I AM A FULL ON TIRE DESTROYING MACHINE .I HAVE USED THIS TIRE FOR XC,DH AND THEY HOOK UP WELL IN SNOW.I CANT DESTROY THIS TIRE.SOME SAY THEY ARE HEAVY,WELL I AM 6'2' 210lb AND I DONT CARE ABOUT GRAMS.YOU WINERS NEED TO SHUT UP AND RIDE,THESE TIRES ROCK BUT I GUESS THEY DONT HAVE A COOL ENOUGH NAME TO BRAG ABOUT WHEN TALKING ABOUT YOUR LAST PURCHASE.I WILL BUY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!IF YOU ARE AN ALL MTN THRASHER OR YOU WANT TO MEET AT SNOWSHOE YOU WILL LOVE THIS TIRE. O=00=O 02S RULE.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2004
Strengths: good grip in all conditions. theyre usually on sale. last long
Weaknesses: a little slippery on rocks, i think they have a hard compound. probably why they last so long
i usually run these tires caus for the price you can get them, and how long they last, the performance is outstanding. theyre really good in mud, shed real fast. also theyre are not that heavy for the size.
im about 180 and run these at 25psi front 30psi back with no problems. of course, it is my freeride bike so i run downhill tubes.