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WTB MotoRaptor 2.1 Tire

3.23/5 (60 Reviews)
Weight : 550g. MSRP : $35.00


Product Description

  • Extreme cross country and freeride tire
  • Well supported aggressive block tread pattern for multi-condition use
  • Kevlar: 550g, Steel DNA: 580g


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by ridin around a Cross Country Rider from Australia, Melbourne

    Date Reviewed: February 25, 2012

    Strengths:    grip in a straight line
    appears sturdy
    ok rolling efficiency


    Weaknesses:    heavy
    smaller 2.1 size compared to a Kenda small-block
    tries to kill me (when cornering)


    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the 29er 2.1 tire.
    I just turned my old bike into a 69er (29 inch front) with a rigid fork. The frame geometry is hardly changed but the front end is far lighter than with my old Dart1 fork. I took it out for a 3h ride in the Dandenong area, near Melbourne. Conditions were hardpack, loose over hard, some rock gardens and some gravel.
    While the bigger wheel was awesome for going over bumps, the tire was downright frightening. The pressure was relatively low (no manometer) so it may require some tinkering, but the first impression is that the cornering ability of this tire is NONE. It seems to lose grip in a totally unpredictable fashion and it makes me very nervous, especially on hardpack and loose over hard areas.
    In a straight line it works well, grips decently and it seemed relatively ok over rocks. I took it through some pretty tough areas and it did not get damaged - so I would expect it to be tough enough.
    Overall, this may be an ok tire if you ride mostly wide forrest roads and you do not expect to corner much. It will take rocks (small and big) well and it has decent stopping power in a straight line. Not sure how it will behave on the back as I only used it on the front.
    Do NOT get this tire if you have any desire to ride singletrack or to try and corner fast at all. You can use it for singletrack only if you feel really lucky and wanna test that.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   LBS in Melbourne

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Z-max Evolution (1.9), Kenda no-brand (1.9), Racing Ralph (2.1), Michelin Cross-Country Trail (2.1), Hurhinson Cobra (2.1), some others

    Bike Setup:   69er with Alivio line shifters, Shimano no-line disc brakes, rigid fork and a Giant frame

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by fisher_rider05 a Cross Country Rider from Welaka, Florida, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 21, 2009

    Strengths:    mud traction

    Weaknesses:    climbing traction, hard to install and take off, easily punctured

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire is a pain to get on the rim and even worse to take off with the wire bead. There is traction in the mud but when it comes to climbing this tire always slips in the rear. This tire can not stand up to thorns very well either.

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    Favorite Trail:   Oleta

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

    Similar Products Used:   continental mountain king, wtb velociraptor, bontrager jones acx, maxxis high roller

    Bike Setup:   hardtail w/ thudbuster suspension post, 35psi tire inflation

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Marin?? a Weekend Warrior from Ada OK, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2009

    Strengths:    Provides good traction

    Weaknesses:    cornering

    Bottom Line:   
    These are good tires the have good traction but are not good for cornering. Several times i have caught the side wall of them on jagged rocks and stumps with no damage. Dont expect them to help you any in the corners. They came on my new bike so i dont know how much they would be by themselves.

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    Favorite Trail:   Nu Draper

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Sun & Ski Sports

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Marin Eldridge Grade HT

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by HarrisonBn a Cross Country Rider from Golden, CO, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 8, 2008

    Strengths:    Good at correct pressure

    Weaknesses:    Nothing special, weak sidewalls

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires are very mediocre. Spanning 2 years of moderate use they wore pretty well, but I did get a few flats. Traction is ok, you really have to find the EXACT right pressure for it to work any more than acceptable. Unfortunately when I was out riding today I barely clipped a rock jutting out and it ripped through the sidewall... needless to say I had to walk the rest of the ride. Bummer.

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    Favorite Trail:   Dakota Ridge

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by WorldBTom a Racer from NorCal

    Date Reviewed: July 1, 2007

    Strengths:    Reasonable price, reliable grip, solid feel

    Weaknesses:    Slow roller

    Bottom Line:   
    I am surprised by several of the pissed off reviews. These tires have treated me pretty well. When I am riding in burly, rocky trails I put these on the bike and they have handled predictably. They are a little slow, but that is why they grip well. Tire pressure is key when reviewing a tire. I go with 40 to 44 psi and I weigh ~170lb.

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    Favorite Trail:   Skeggs, Skyline, KTown

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $29.00

    Purchased At:   PricePoint

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Karma, IRC Mythos

    Bike Setup:   Better than yours

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by bikrboij a Weekend Warrior from Monterey

    Date Reviewed: March 28, 2007

    Strengths:    there isn't many.

    Weaknesses:    It corner's like a piesce of crap. It feels like I'm riding on a crumpled peice of paper, and cannot turn. it skids out from under me in soil, and when I even do the slightest lean to try to corner, it just skids out. Very horrible design, and durability.

    Bottom Line:   
    I would not consider buying these if I were you. the cornor horrible, if at all. the tread design is very useless, and sucks.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   2.1 moto raptor in rear, 2.3 moto raptor in front, darn it!! I need to change tires now....

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mikey Lord a Cross Country Rider from Lakeport, Michigan USA

    Date Reviewed: February 7, 2007

    Strengths:    easy to get off rim. And thats where they should stay!

    Weaknesses:    thin sidewalls. no hold on cornering. horrible in loose gravel and sandy conditions

    Bottom Line:   
    The worst all around tire I have seen in 30 years of riding. thank god for folding kevlar, they folded nicely right into my trash can. Nobody should buy these, or have the unfortunate experience of riding such an unforgiving, harsh feeling tire. I've received better traction from a semi-slick in mud than these can give. the rubber compound feels real dry and and stiff. threads show through on the sidewalls. And, they wander when trying to hold a straight line on the loose stuff, even with lowered presure.

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    Favorite Trail:   Panthers Path

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   stock

    Similar Products Used:   any bare rim

    Bike Setup:   GT-i drive

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andy a Cross Country Rider from Pittsburgh

    Date Reviewed: September 1, 2006

    Strengths:    balanced all around performer with above average climbing traction

    Weaknesses:    no outstanding quality to tout, a bit slow rolling, not a tire that offers much for road or urban assault so if you do a lot of that you won't find it versatile enough

    Bottom Line:   
    If you need a do-it-all 2.1 middle weight performer with no real quirks the Moto 2.14 will please you especially if you value climbing traction and are not too put off by just average loose conditions turning/braking performance. Performance is above average for the type in climbing traction, snow/ice traction, and roots. Overall average in cornering; actually cornering is very solid on most trails but you will notice the front crabs and washes a bit easily in uneven and loose turns, fortuntely it can be brought back under control as speed is dumped in the slide. Cornering performance is definitely air pressure sensitive in front, a few too many psi really accentuates that feeling of wide gaps beteen the shoulder knobs and it will scrub sidewides, so experiment. Roots are handled nicely. Good grip climbing most anything. Average durability. Average in mud, no unusual strength or problems. The BEST thing is that this tire will not hurt you with some weird surprising quirk half way into long ride. If you wreck, YOU wrecked... the tire did not misbehave. TRUSTWORTHY, if a little boring. Not a fast pedaller with tubes; plenty fast converted with Stan's (I've ridden about 3 months tubed, about 3 months tubeless - it is less stable at speed done tubeless, but traction and especially rolling resistance are improved.)

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Bike Setup:   Marin Mount Vision

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: March 9, 2006

    Strengths:    good grip on dirt, rocks

    Weaknesses:    Slow roller , hard work pedalling on roads.
    IRC Mythos is noticeably faster and less work in these conditions.


    Bottom Line:   
    Really only for dirt use, not an all rounder, way too much like hard work pedalling this tyre on the road, feels like the brakes are on.

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    Favorite Trail:   Port hills tracks

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   came on the bike

    Similar Products Used:   Continental Vertical, Irc Mythos

    Bike Setup:   Stock Marin Rift Zone

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Denis a Cross Country Rider from White Rock BC

    Date Reviewed: December 28, 2005

    Strengths:    great traction in the wet and dry( and i live i nthe pacific northwest also).

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    these tires rock. plain and simple. I rode today over days of rain over roots, logs, and skinnys,hardly no slippage... if there is, it grabs shortly after slipping and your on your way. for max traction you have to drop the pressure as any tire this time of year. climbs great, corners great too.

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    Favorite Trail:   Delta watershed

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came on the bike

    Similar Products Used:   panaracer

    Bike Setup:   IH warrior mostly upgraded

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by stephen knott a Downhiller from townsville,QLD,Australia

    Date Reviewed: December 9, 2005

    Strengths:    they grip well all the while the bike is verticle IE perpendicular to ground

    Weaknesses:    wash out in corners unless bermed realy easy
    no grip on loose stuff.sand ECT.


    Bottom Line:   
    good if you don't realy push it through turns otherwise they're pretty ordinary.

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    Favorite Trail:   creek track

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   came on bike

    Similar Products Used:   tioga factory DH 2.3,


    Bike Setup:   ironhorse yakusa aniki, stock with homemade chainguide.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by dirtdog a Cross Country Rider from tulsa

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 2005

    Strengths:    Hooks up

    Bottom Line:   
    Im always looking for a rear tire that doesn't give up when I stand up and lay down the power. The moto raptor can take more than I can give! Hooks up on roots, loose, rocky, you name it. Descends well too. 2.1 motoraptor in rear, 2.3 weirwolf up front. Nice combo!

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   you name it

    Bike Setup:   singlespeed

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Cory a Weekend Warrior from Virginia

    Date Reviewed: July 2, 2005

    Strengths:    Light Weight, good treat

    Weaknesses:    Kind of wear fast

    Bottom Line:   
    Good allround tire. I've used it in wet/ muddy conditions as well as dry and rocky and they seemed to be fine. The look like they wear down pretty quick though if you ride them alot.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Nokian NBT 2.3

    Bike Setup:   2005 Kona Dawg, Full XT

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Norwich, CT

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2005

    Strengths:    Good grip and performance

    Weaknesses:    Poor durability

    Bottom Line:   
    I've been riding this tire as a rear tire for a little under 2 years in a mix of conditions: on-road, off-road, hard-pack, mud. I probably put on 300-400 miles each year. It has done fairly well in most conditions and seems to grip pretty well provided there is enough weigh on the tire. My main complaint is durability, the tread has worn down a lot already and the sidewalls are starting to tear.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   IRC pirahna pro, specialized, geax hook

    Bike Setup:   cannondale xc hardtail - using motoraptor as rear tire

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Terrance a Cross Country Rider from Issaquah, Washington, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005

    Strengths:    lasted quite a long time, seems to work alright in most conditions, fair traction in corners, inexpensive

    Weaknesses:    can slip easy in wet conditions.

    Bottom Line:   
    this is the best tire I've used so far. I put this tire, the 2.14 on the back and a 2.4 motoraptor on front. In the great Pacific northwest here it rains quite a bit and this tire can wash out from under you fairly easy over wet roots and rocks. I've also tried Tioga blue dragon 2.1's and those were much worse then the motoraptor. So far I've only ridden these two tires for any length of time and out of the two this came out on top. Still for wet weather I think somthing else would be better. I hear the Panaracer trailblaster works well for wet conditions, I'll try those next.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   rei

    Bike Setup:   03 jamis dakar xc comp, with shimano disc brakes

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