Home | Reviews | Tire | Tioga

Tioga Factory XC Slick Tire

4/5 (17 Reviews)
Weight : 530g (kevlar)


Product Description

  • 26" x 1.85" (46mm casing; 51mm tread)
  • FAT66 casing technology
  • Weight: 530g kevlar; 560g steel


  • Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

    Reviews 1 - 15 (17 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 25, 2007

    Strengths:    Light weight, fast rolling, reasonable price

    Weaknesses:    none found yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought these originally for a 60 KM point to point race (Paris to Ancaster) that had road sections, fire roads as well as some mild single track and some muddy sections.

    These tires have exceeded my expectations. They roll very well, so well that I haven't bothered to put my Specialized Nimbus slicks back on for road rides.

    I can comfortably ride at almost 30 KM/H with these tires on flat ground....and they excelled in the race mentioned above.

    To those who commented earlier about these tires being bad in rocks, rough trails or the wet...these are a purpose built tire...for hard, very dry terrain. If you are riding rocks, mud or technical terrain, look elsewhere.

    using these tires outside their intended use is like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

    FWIW, I am 200 pounds and I have never had a flat on these tires.

    When used as intended, these tires deliver as promised. 5 Flaming chilis.


    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Bike show

    Similar Products Used:   First semi slick

    Bike Setup:   Kona Kula Deluxe hardtail (custom build)

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by da vincy Trills for kills a Downhiller from Butuan, Philippines

    Date Reviewed: January 8, 2006

    Strengths:    fast rollin,good for roadies, hard pack terrain,xc racing, good for the rear, can lessen pinch flat

    Weaknesses:    slippery when wet, not good for the front, no good for steep descent

    Bottom Line:   
    this wheely are good for the rear, hard pack/dry season terrain, you can ride with this baby on the rockiz! not diffinitely for front

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   brgy.bon2x, pianing, dumalagan uphills, manlangit-alubihid, pinamanculan

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $3.00

    Purchased At:   Genuine cycle center

    Similar Products Used:   any low resistant wheel

    Bike Setup:   freeride/dual attack mode

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alistair a Cross Country Rider from Niagara, ON, Canada

    Date Reviewed: September 22, 2005

    Strengths:    price, weight, rolls very fast on hard pack and dry trails. Handles the technical well at 50 psi

    Weaknesses:    I've had more flats this summer on one tire than I've had in the past 5 years!

    Bottom Line:   
    Is someone seeding my local trails with glass and nails? I never had this problem before, but I love this tire ... it's fast

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Stuturn

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   bike show

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Michelin, Panaracer, blah blah blah

    Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper Hardtail with XT/XTR

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Don a Weekend Warrior from Trenton, NJ

    Date Reviewed: August 27, 2005

    Strengths:    Durability, Larger than 1.85

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire works very good in northeast trail conditions. The best front tire I've ever used. The rear is ok in wet conditions and Excellent in dry. I've ridden rocky, rooty and loose conditions with no problems. These are as good as the kenda stick-e rubber tires, but they don't wear as fast as the kendas. These tires are also a little over 2" wide and have large side lugs. Sidewalls are thick for a light tire. There's almost no tread in the center but they still hook up great in the climbs and roll fast in the flats.

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   internet

    Similar Products Used:   Trailblasters,mosquitos,karma,Kozmic lite

    Bike Setup:   Mongoose Teocali 5.5" Trailbike

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from North Texas, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2003

    Strengths:    Price!

    Weaknesses:    Has a tendency to break loose on fast corners.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a overall a great tire for the price. Zero flats in the past 1.5 yrs., wears just as any mtb tire would and excellent climbing ability. The only downfall I experiance is that the front tire tends to break loose on fast corners.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Cedar Hill State Park

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $19.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager revolt, Fire XC pro

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8900,XT/XTR/SRAM/raceface drivetrain

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by gigsy a Weekend Warrior from bangkok

    Date Reviewed: October 20, 1999

    Strengths:    
    light, looks good, good tread on thew edges, not too rounded


    Weaknesses:    
    None as yet. Worried about flats. Wet, slick surfaces will be a watchout.


    Bottom Line:   
    I like them so far. My theory is that if it gets a little boggy, the square edges should provide enough grip. Have noticed some linear wheel spin in the wet. Cornering is good. You have to consider that these are situation specific treads - they won't perform great in everything, but I think they're versatile enough in rougher conditions to prevent any disasters. If you're using them in conditions other than what they're meant for all the time, you're an idiot and need to choose a different tire. 5 ring stingers.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   
    patpong road

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    IRC, Panaracer


    Bike Setup:   
    Mongoose RockadileSX, with Indy C, Cross Link wheelset.

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by GTRider a Cross-Country Rider from Bremerton Wa.

    Date Reviewed: October 11, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Light,Fast,hook up well under most conditions


    Weaknesses:    
    Pain to get off rim.


    Bottom Line:   
    Great tires for all sorts of riding.But remember they are slicks.So they are not perfect.A pain in the tail to get off my rims when flat.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   
    Victor Falls

    Duration Product Used:   
    3 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    wildgripper sprints.


    Bike Setup:   
    Cr18's with LX hubs

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Willy a Racer from SLC, UT

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 1999

    Bottom Line:   
    I had a MTB race this last weekend that had over 5 miles of pavement. I decided to use some slicks because of this. The day of the race it was pouring and everyone was changing to their mud tires. I didn't change (duh). When we got to the first muddy climb they mud was so sticky that everybody else was gumming up and the slick hooked up and I had no problems. I'm not smart enough to have guessed right I was just to lazy to change tires before the race and they worked great. For me this day, these unique conditions they are 5 flamers worth. I'll post another review after I ride them more.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   
    Wasatch Crest, SLC Cottonwood Canyon, LV, NV

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month


    Overall Rating:2
    Submitted by Travis Allen a Racer from Melbourne

    Date Reviewed: May 30, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Low rolling resistance, excellent cornering ability, low weight.


    Weaknesses:    
    Muddy Conditions, Rocky conditions.


    Bottom Line:   
    This tyres are good only in hardpack dry conditions. They are pathetic in rocky conditions , even on dirt road with some rocks. I had 6 flats when riding these on a rocky dirt road which totally destroyed the rear tyre with cuts in several places (I tried to vary air pressure to avoid pintch flats but did not seem to help). If you ride on Olympic control trials these are fine but for normal racing and training conditions these tyres are not good enough

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   
    Arthurs Seat State Park

    Duration Product Used:   
    6 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    Most other Tioga tyres


    Bike Setup:   
    Mongoose rockadile SX with a RST Mozo Pro fork

    Overall Rating:3
    Submitted by Patrick Wullaert a Cross-Country Rider from De Klinge, Belgium

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 1999

    Weaknesses:    
    Virtually worthless in mud


    Bottom Line:   
    The Tioga Factory XC Slicks came as standard on my Kona King Kikapu. They're not bad tyres, gripping well in dry corners and even on straight mud sections, but when the mud is in the corners the tyre is really loose (as can be expected).
    For a semi-slick I didn't find the tyre particularly fast. I changed them for my trusted Velociraptors (back tyre in reversed direction) and I'm almost just as fast now.
    Another thing : they were pretty difficult to put on my Mavic X517 rims; harder than with most other tyres.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   
    La Roche, Belgium

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   
    Kona King Kikapu 99 w/ Magura brakes

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by Stummel a Cross-Country Rider from Netherlands

    Date Reviewed: April 11, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Low rolling resistance
    Good tyre on dry and wet terrain


    Weaknesses:    
    If there is to much mud there gonna slip


    Bottom Line:   
    A good tyre if it's used in dry and not too muddy terrain. Low rolling resistance

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   
    XC

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    michelin wildgripper


    Bike Setup:   
    GT talera with Rock Shox Indy SL 98 front suspension

    Overall Rating:3
    Submitted by Scott a cross-country rider from Orange County, Ca.

    Date Reviewed: December 24, 1998

    Bottom Line:   


    These tires are very fast and provide good climbing traction. They are a good racing tire for most courses. They would be ideal in tacky terrain, like in No. Cal. or some East Coast areas. Just keep in mind that they aren't necessarily ideal for training or all around riding. They have 0 bite or cornering grip when descending on hardpack with loose dirt, which is the case in most of So. Cal. I was also surprised at hoe heavy they are, especially for 1.85's.

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Ove Rekstad a cross-country rider from Norway

    Date Reviewed: December 22, 1998

    Bottom Line:   


    I have bought the Tiogas and are very satisfied. They rolling quality is good.
    What i like best is the overall usage og the tire. I ride them everywhere and has not been disappointed. Of course they are not as good as tires whith large knobs in the mud, but i don't care, they are doing the job.

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve a cross-country rider from Missoula MT

    Date Reviewed: December 13, 1998

    Bottom Line:   


    I bought the XC Slick for the rear of my GT hardtail and love it. It performs great on the hardpack sections but when attempting some climbs I found myself spining. What I did to help fix this was to deflate it from say 65pound's of pressure to 45lbs. This worked well and is what I now do when I ride certain places. I dont think that I would run this tire on the front end, my WTB raptor has that job.

    Overall Rating:2
    Submitted by Raging Richy a weekend warrior from Antwerp

    Date Reviewed: November 13, 1998

    Bottom Line:   


    Nice tires, came on my '99 Scott Comp Racing. They looked quite capable of dealing mud, but they didn't. The first pool was enough to make me kiss up with mother earth. Big downer, she stinks when she's wet!
    O yes, they work fine when circumstances are dry and flat, but that is not what I bought my bike for! (I'll buy the old 2.1 Banzais again..cheap and real mud masters) Why do manufactures put slicks on MTB's? I hate compromises!

    Reviews 1 - 15 (17 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

     

    INTERBIKE

    Contests



    Interbike Featured Booths

    Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!



















    See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »

       

    MTBR on Facebook