a Weekend Warrior
from Rotorua, NZ
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2007
Strengths: Grip on wet tracks especially mud and clay (that's why I got 'em). High resistance to mud clogging. Good in the dry - esp gravel and rocks. Big tyres that handle the hits. Very puncture resistant (none yet).
Weaknesses: Slightly heavy and slowish rolling on hardpack trails (not so noticeable if only used only on front). A wide chunky fit for an average hardtail - they are DH after all.
Pity I can only use one on the front due to minimal clearance between chainstay and front mesh (started to wear a groove in the chainstay). Similar in performance to Maxxis Minions according to downhillers. Hutchinson Barracuda DH tyres have clogged the treads where the Tiger didn't. As a front used on the wet tracks I can rail into corners like it's dry, quite happy to let the rear (usually a Nevegal if it's muddy) slip a little. Hugely confidence inspiring in the wet.
Similar Products Used: tioga factoryDH, kenda nevegals
Bike Setup: 06 kona stuff,few stock parts
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2006
Strengths: Good durability.
Weaknesses: Virtually everything, is worse than useless in the wet, dont even think about using them on mud. They do perform alright(but not that great) on dry hard packed surfaces but what tyre doesn't? I would have been gutted if I'd paid the high list price for these. Also quite bad for pinch flats.
Dont buy these if you live in the UK, would only get a couple of days use with our weather.
Strengths: Strong, aggresive tyer. Grips very well on the rear.
Weaknesses: Not so much a front tyre, especially with higher psi the tyre washes out on dry soil.
Price I paid is in pounds. This is a fantastic rear tyre, it finds grip on anything, rocks, roots, loose shingle. It rolls quite well considering its aggresive profile and also climbs very well. The only thing I have against this tyre is that it is not for the front (my opinion). I have only had it a few weeks in the dry but it just doesnt seem very sure footed on dry loose corners, it can be quite twitchy and unpredictable. Still a very good tyre though.
Similar Products Used: Hutys One the Rocks 2.1, Coyote 2.1. Tioga Factory DH 2.3 and 2.1. Maxxis High Roller 2.35, Nokian 2.5.
Bike Setup: Kona Stinky, White Tigers, Azonic 2.5 bars, odi lockons, Aireal industries DS 104 Bash ring and chain guide. 650 x 2.25 fox spring
from Vancouver, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2003
Strengths: Awesome grip (up or down hill) in any conditions. Can corner hard without fear.
Weaknesses: Wears out quickly.
These came with my 2002 Kona Stinky Deluxe. I run about 15-18 psi in the rear, 20-25 in the front. (Mine are the wire bead). They are awesome, but they wore out quickly. I liked them enough to order a new set...
Long story short, the new ones arrived, I mounted them, the sidewalls split away from the tread face after one short ride. They had to go back. Then I heard a rumor that all the new ones had been recalled by the manufacturer -- no doubt for this reason. And check it out: This year Kona is mounting something else on the Stinky D, so I guess this is probably true.
Bottom line: If you can get a good set, do it. Watch out for quality control. DO NOT BUY THESE VIA MAIL ORDER -- only buy if you can inspect them yourself.
Bike Setup: Surly Instigator, DJ1, Singletracks, White Tigers, Full XT. Avid Mechanicals
from Manchester UK
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003
Strengths: Very grippy slow rubber compound, respond well to being leaned over, well behaved on all sorts of terrain, good under braking, fair price, nice thick sidewalls...
Weaknesses: None so far...
These seem to be really great tires. I have had them out in a number of conditions, rocky, wet and rocky, muddy, dry, forests etc; and they seem to be doing the business. The rubber cpompound doesn't feel immediately as soft as say a michelin or and intense but the grip is fantastic and you can really lean them over. Also a very fair price!
Similar Products Used: Intense, Michelin, IRC, Arrows, Specialized, Hutchinson, Nokian etc.
Bike Setup: Brooklyn Machine Works Link, Shivers, M4's etc
from East Wenatchee WA, U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2003
Weaknesses: Bulged on my last few rides I rode them, Last ride I they shot me off the trail at full speed into a Stump. Cause me to have to hike 2 miles back up the trail with my Backpack and bike on my back with all my pads on. Which sucked
Bike Setup: Planet X Jack Flash, Rock Shox Psylos, Sun Rhyno Lite Rims
Date Reviewed: January 7, 2003
Strengths: Great traction, can run at low preasure, have raced these tyres at 12psi front and 10psi in rear, they are good in the wet and quite reasonable in the mud, but boy do they stick to the track!
Weaknesses: As you would expect with a sticky rubber tyre, they do wear and the bitumen, but I have only used them for practise and races and they have lasted the full season plus
Great Racing tyre for all conditions, fair price for a good tyre