Similar Products Used: WTB Prowler MX, Maxxis Minion, Kenda Nevegal
Bike Setup: Yeti ASX, Truvativ Holzfeller, WTB Dissent/Prowler MX, Rocket V SLT, Mavic EX729
from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2009
Strengths: - Incredible traction on hardpack
- Keeps on gripping as it's pushed into drifting
- Low rolling resistance
- High volume (same size as a 2.7" Minion)
Weaknesses: - Poor traction on loose terrain
- Heavy (over 1400g)
Note: I'm using the 2.5" Team DH version.
This is the best hardpack tire I've used, but its performance drops off sharply when it's taken out of its element.
Compared to my "reference tire", Maxxis' Minion in Slow Reezay (40a) compound, the Dissent has more traction and, most impressively, drifts unbelievably well. When it finally starts to slide, there's still plenty of traction left, so you can keep pushing without fear of things suddenly getting scary.
Like most downhill tires, the Dissent has a "dead zone" between the centre lugs and the side lugs, meaning that cornering at intermediate lean angles places the contact patch between the rows of lugs. This effect is less severe with the Dissent than with something like a Maxxis High Roller, which makes the Dissent a good choice for less skilled riders and provides a pleasantly relaxed experience for advanced riders (i.e. you don't have to be constantly thinking about leaning the bike over).
Traction on loose gravel and soft dirt is the Dissent's weakness. The broad and shallow knobs rely on friction, rather than digging into the dirt, to provide traction and aren't up to the task when the trail isn't in top condition.
I can't say much about flat resistance or sidewall strength, since I rarely have problems with either. The durability of the rubber seems to be average or slightly below average for a soft compound, but the good news is that it wears progressively, rather than falling apart in large chunks.
The Dissent is a one trick pony, but it does that trick better than anything else on the market. If you want more versatility, I suggest the Minion, which is solid in everything from hardpack to light mud.
Similar Products Used: In the past few years, I've used over 60 tires.
Bike Setup: Iron Horse Sunday
from La Verne, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2009
Strengths: Tread pattern is good, grips pretty well.
Weaknesses: Very thin, I have pinch flatted four times, three on the rear and once up front, filled up at 30psi. It has popped three maxxis DH tubes, and one pana racer DH tube. The tire also seems like it roles over on itself pretty bad as well, probably due to the thin sidewalls. (And these are the wire bead DH ones).
Pulling these things off after about four rides, three of which have resulted in pinch flats. Luckily I got a good deal so its not a big loss to learn these tires are absolutely not worth the pita they have become.
Similar Products Used: Kenda nevegal, maxxis high roller.
Bike Setup: 2005 Giant DH Team w/marzocchie 888rc2x va.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 30, 2008
Strengths: Roles exceptionally well.... Side-Walls grip well on concrete and hard-pack trail, as well as grass, and small dirt jumps.... Because the knobs are shorter on top, and the tire is in general wider.. it makes a great Urban assault front tire...
Weaknesses: Weight I suppose.... I have Free Ride bike... SO... What do you want for your money.... !!! If I want to ride free ride.. Im going to have to peddle... Its that simple...
Im a mixture of riding experiences.. I dont always get a chance to get to the trail... It requires a Half hour drive and a day planned.. Thier is another day trail, I can ride to.. ITs about 30 minutes away by bike.. but I dont always need or want that... Im an urban Free-Rider... I look for my experiences with in the yards, and alleys, and parks, and curbs of the small town of 35'000 that I live in... and I can find quit allot to enjoy myself and stay occupied.. I spend allot of time jumping back-and -forth on concrete... With that in-mind.. The tire is Wonderful.... Better then the 2.4 MotoRaptor for such things... It just corners wonderfully and its flatter and wider, and smoother on the street when Im bouncing around looking for things to jump of off, or onto.. or through or around...
For the more serious trails.. I think I would buy a Motorapter for the front because of the center grip for loose mud and gravel.... Yet.. I dont really know how well this tire works in serious downhill trailing in NorthWest Washington conditions...
Its great for urban though.... and in-town loose and hard pack experiences...
Similar Products Used: WTB 2.4 MotoRaptor... ... A marvelous all purpose front tire, that I had a hard time giving up.....
Bike Setup: blue powder coated Giant AC with Romic shock with all new decals.. ... Zoke z1 Bomber-sprey concrete powered grey... with blue powder-coated caps...
LX and XT transmission and gearing... Race-face full adjustable seat post...Terry saddle, with fake applied blue and white spray paint age markings.... to make it look cool..!! Intense mag 30 Rims, custom built at Speedgoat.com Hope Bulbs, Red... Azonic bars and stems and flats .... Blue OURY grips .. Panaracer FIRE DH Pro on back... WTB on front...
a Weekend Warrior
from broomfield co usa
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2008
Strengths: Grip in corners, braking grip, low rolling resistance, super grippy rubber
Weaknesses: Heavy, or weak if you get the single ply version
This is a review of the heavy duty casing as I had destroyed the single ply version in a little under a month on regular trail riding. This is a downhill tire and it does very well at that it is fast, sticky, and it hugs corners very well. The only downside to this product is the weight but what "Downhill" tire isn't. Everyone needs to get off the lightweight train buy the big bags and huck your meat.
Similar Products Used: WTB prowler mx, Weirwolf lt, Maxxis minion, Kenda nevegal, Intense world cup, and about every other big bag tire
Bike Setup: Haro Werx 7 with all the goodies
a Cross Country Rider
from Evergreen Co
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2008
Strengths: Rolls fast, weight, corners ok, climbes ok
Weaknesses: Pinch flats!!!!! Brakes poorly
THis is a review for the DH race, the heavy DH version may be a great tire, but my main complaint is the DH race pinches very easily! This tire also brakes poorly. I'm some what out of control with this tire when braking hard for a tight corner. This tire corners pretty well, but it's tough to keep control when entering corners. It rolls very well, and very fast, but when you need to brake, good luck! Don't buy the DH race if you ride hard, you will flat over and over. I use a 1.5mm thick tube, which negates the weight savings of this light tire, and I'm still pinching over and over. I'm going back to two ply, with a lighter tube and over all weight will be about the same. If you race DH, you may be able to sprint faster with this tire, but good luck finishing with out pinching. May be this would be a good tire for buffed out DH runs with no rocks. Oh yeah, my rear tire is almost trashed already and it only has 10 rides on it at the most. Buy something else, or go with the two ply version and maybe you will be more happy with them than me.
Similar Products Used: tons of DH tires and light cassing fatties
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Heckler, fox 36
from EDH, Cali
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2007
Strengths: Fast rolling, good traction, big contact patch
Weaknesses: Race version - rear tire lasted 3 days!
Nice tire in general but didnt last 3 days in Whistler. I was running the lighter version (still over 900grams each!) I have run WTB folding race tires on a number of bikes for a long time and never seen one cut up as bad or as fast as this. I got 5 or so punctures and cuts in between the center and side tread blocks. Luckily Stans kept me from the long walk down the hill at W. I have a Dissent on the front, and although it had no cuts the tread was already showing signs of heavy wear.
Similar Products Used: Lots of WTB, Maxxis, Spec, IRC, Ritchie... ya know a lot of em over the past 25 years
Bike Setup: Dissents went on the 03 SC Bullit, 888 RC up front, 5th in back, Avid 8" Juicy, Sram etc.
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007
Strengths: Traction & Speed
Running the Dissent in the front after being on the Maxxis Minion which is the next best thing to the WTB TimberWolf but lighter. This tire is very fast rolling, hitting a trail I know very well it was amazing how fast I was going. This section is smooth hard pack dirt & rock that S-es through trees on a hillside. Braking power in loose silty marble size rock karp could be described as stopping on a Dime. Total control with the brakes at all times. Some tires you can get on the brake & it skids making you believe the brakes are locking up. With the Dissent there is modulation between the two that just flat gives killer confidence in brake power. Silt & rocks the size of golf or soft balls it just plows through them keeping a smooth straight line. When cornering in any of these conditions you will find your self pushing it more then you ever felt confident in the past. The Dissent is the best tire in the front ever that will step up your confidence & abilities by at least 2 times it's that good.
from Hood River, OR
Date Reviewed: July 23, 2007
Strengths: Fast rolling for a tire this big.
Weaknesses: None found yet.
The downhill, jumps, and stunts are my focus, but I climb what I ride down. So, this is a review of the folding bead, which I bought for the weight savings.
These tires maintain momentum and roll well, especially for a sticky compound. No need for a dual tread compound with these; the rubber seems to roll just as well as a harder compound, and there's no compromise with traction on wood stunts, log rides, etc.
I deflate to about 30 psi for the descent, and no pinch flats yet (including overshot trannys to flat, 4' wheelie drops to flat, and high speed rocky descents).
They may not do quite as well as the Nevegals in loose/dusty conditions (maybe the large and closely spaced knobs "surf" a little more, rather than dig in), but not a major complaint. The positive traits far outweigh this.
These are my new "all around" tires, front and rear.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal 2.5, Panaracer Fire FR 2.4, Maxxis High Roller 2.5, Kenda Telonix 2.4.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Rogue w/ Totem fork.
from ashland OR 97520
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2007
Strengths: Maintains momentum extremely well, corners great, great braking traction, compound is a fine balance between sticky grip & efficient pedaling. Grooves for easy tire triming is a great idea. Highly flat resistant,.didn't flat once in 2 days of testing in Downieville. Pretty light weight for a DH-All mtn- Free Ride tire and pedals like it's even lighter than it is.
Weaknesses: I didn't have a single complaint in 2 days testing,..of course it's not like I was doing endurance racing or hill climbs all day.
I had the honor & privilege of getting to hang out with & ride in Downieville (for their spring '06 new product launch) with all the great people who are the heart and soul of WTB. It's been almost a year since I got to test the Dissents and they left a serious impression on me. I've been biding my time until they are available (although probably not as patiently as I should be). I've been ploting which bikes to put them on, what pressures to run, how I might use the triming lines to cut them to my preference. You see,...There were lots of rocks, fixed & loose, tire cutting rocks, dust ruts, sream crossings, snow patches, mud holes, Descents (and climbs) made of nothing but loose baby head rocks,..and I had traction everywhere. And I didn't flat once in 2 days of aggressive riding,..AND I didn't feel like I was paying for it by dragging a boat anchor up the hills. When it was time to trade with others & test other tires I made myself scarce, kept quite & kept the Dissents. It was stingy of me, I know, but it was worth it,..and I'd do it again. Wait for these tires,..Buy them
Similar Products Used: WTB Timber Wolf, Arrow Ratchet, Maxxis High roller
Bike Setup: Nomad with FOX 36 front DHX air rear. DIssent tires front & rear. Lots of great WTB goodies including the new Laser Disc FR wheelset, TXC rise bars(great bend to these) TXC stem, Devo saddle,Gravity Dropper seatpost>>(I'm addicted)SRAM drivetrain, Formula brakes.