a Cross Country Rider
from Davenport, IA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2011
Strengths: inner peace system allows for low pressures without pinch flats, sticks to the trail like glue, outside knobs have very low durometer and stick well in corners, string sidewall, thick beefy tire inspires confidence when the trail gets rough
Weaknesses: high rolling resistance, feels heavy
Had this tire up front for increased traction with all the leaves and detritus on the ground right now. Never slipped or washed out on me, but then again I couldn't maintain enough momentum on this tire to worry about losing it on the corners. If I wasn't such a weak n00b and had the legs for it, this would be a good all around tire. If you need to conserve your energy for longer rides then I would go with something else. I'm currently using 2.35/front 2.1/rear Kenda Happy Mediums and they roll much faster and grip just as well as the Motoraptor.
from Montreal, Qc, CA
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2011
Strengths: Good resistance to puncture while city riding. Doesn't get stuff with dirt.
Weaknesses: Loud on pavement, no grip on loose terrains, dry, sand or rock, will stop fast on pavement, but will not stay in place once the wheel is locked on pavement, so need progressive deceleration.
At first, they look great and nice, but as I start using the bike, I was getting better, but the tires were not. I do a lot of street riding and trail, then downhill, and those tire are loud on street, have some rolling resistance (not extreme, but), are good stoppers, but will drift on pavement once locked, so you need to be careful when taking a nice curve. On trail, they will dig in loose terrain and wont get you up the hill, they feel really dry and hard on dry terrain, as sand or gravel routes. In mud, they are ok, but be careful not to get yourself covered up when you hit some wet section. On descent, they will make you feel like you can't stop the bike without crashing and no grip on roots, rocks, or dry terrain. They drift once locked. They are easy to clean by themselves if you ride them at 20+ km/h on pavement. I will get some other tires with better grip soon.
Weaknesses: cornering, loosing grip very quick on softer surfaces, grip in wet
I thought it was my technique fault in terms of riding experience that the tire doesn´t grip. But after of year of riding and technique improvement it´s not... Switching to other set of tires for this season
Bike Setup: RB Monster AM, Marzocchi AM1 SL with Fox Vanilla R shock, Syncros cockpit, Elixir CR, Sram X7, Syncros Rims with DT Swiss hubs
a Weekend Warrior
from Seattle, Wa, USA
Date Reviewed: October 27, 2009
Strengths: Good feel absorbing small roots and rocks when straight on and upright. Good grip and feel going over logs and log stacks.
Weaknesses: Sidewalls do not have good traction. Lean just a little off of upright and you loose traction easily on just about any surface.
These tires were brand new with a used bike purchase. The tires feel very "balloonish", absorbing small roots and rocks when hit straight-on - very plush and good control, until you lean the bike and get on the sidewalls - anything other than upright and you loose traction quickly - I've got the cuts and bruises to prove it. If these tires had better sidewall traction, they would be much better. It's definitely not a fast, race tire, but good if you like climbing over obsticles, like rocks, log stacks, etc.
a Weekend Warrior
from Brandon VT
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2009
Strengths: Good construction, tread depth adn thickness
Weaknesses: Sidewall in my opinion
wanted the Velociraptor but it is not available wider than 2.1 so I thought what the hell if I use the moto raptor on the back and the mutano raptor on the front as it is similar to the velociraptor front tire design and it works amazing. Nice knobs for cornering.
This tire has the digging power for those fast take offs. handles mud great so far.
Strengths: After a year, the 2.4 Motoraptors still have tread. Its hard to believe because it doesnt have that much knob height in the first place, yet its not a hard 90 duro rubber either. Its like between a 50-60.
Weaknesses: The folding version is hard to find. Most stores carry the folding Velociraptors, Weirwolfs, Mutano or Timberwolfs. Maybe because the 2.4 folding Motos are cheaper and dont have a bigger profit margin? I dont know.
You cant beat this tire for all mountain riding and in most dry conditions. I've been caught with this tire in a huge downpour in Big Bear, California riding through a singletrack that turned into creek and they performed flawlessly in wet conditions. The side knobs are puny, unlike my WTB Timberwolves yet they hold very well in curves, too. For the PRICE, VALUE, ALL AROUND RIDING and huge availability (on the net only, hint hint WTB) the Motoraptors are hands down the best tire I think for XC and FR bikes period. Second are the 2.5 WTB Timberwolves and third is the 2.3 Kenda Kinetics.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Kinetics, Maxxis High Rollers and Mobsters
Bike Setup: Kona Stinky
a Weekend Warrior
from SE Pennsylvania
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007
What a great tire! Any terrain, any condition, don't think,just ride! It works on the rocks or in the mud. The 2.4 size looks mean too. I'm sure there are better tires out there but at $20 I don't think you'll find a better value!
Similar Products Used: Panaracer Cinder, Hutchinson Bulldog, Velociraptors, WeirWolf, Nevegals, etc.
a Cross Country Rider
from Park City, Utah
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2007
Strengths: Good and wide and strong and comfortable and eat it up...
Weaknesses: A little heavy and wide for rolling but usually worth it.
I got these from a friend who works at a bike shop super cheap. They are kevlar bead and folding and they said "we don't like WTB tires" for whatever reason so they sold them to me super cheap. I run matching 2.4 MotoRaptors both front and rear. Bottom Line: They are killer, and about as good as it gets for a light 2.4 tire. I weigh 230 lbs (I'm 6'5) and ride hard and they are solid and roll and climb and do everything around here great. I ride lower pressures (35 psi about) and I have ridden the crap out of them and they have not flatted once. They also look and feel brand new after 300 miles easily with some time on pavement as I ride to the trails too. I have been reading on the forums and the local bike shops also highly recommend them for Moab too. It doesn't rain here much but I've had them out in light mud and rain and they have been fine for me. Most of our rocks and sharp and give good traction regardless of the weather. On the roots, loose and tight dirt, loose rock, almost everything, they have been killer. I have been thinking of switching to maybe something smaller in the rear for more power/less weight and something fatter up front. A good little bulge with these both front and rear is fine and still super solid. They have also protected my rims very very well, no pinch flats or dings. I have not/do not do any real drops (I'm about 1.5-2' max with agressive cross country riding) and they have been great. The rear does swing out a little on tight little trails when sitting down/putting majority of weight in rear with lower pressure but that is standard. I recently put on some wider oversized handlebars and slightly longer stem and I feel like a good strong steering setup combined with these tires, especially up front, really awoke the life out of the front tire. Even with a lower end front shock, they will just and and chew up just about anything you throw at them. Really no complaints and again I would say about as good as it gets for this type tire and 2.4. Also killer value in my opinion too. I would buy these in a heartbeat again. I only wish they made a 2.5 for the front and a 2.3 for the rear.
Similar Products Used: Continental Slash, WTB 2.1 somethingaruthers that were good in the rear.
Bike Setup: Specialized Stumpjumper Hardtail
Date Reviewed: August 2, 2007
Strengths: Tough tread & sidewall, solid cornering and climbing traction, trustworthy in high speed corners.
Weaknesses: Dog slow on pavement (who cares?).. Tread packs up a bit in mud.in muddy conditions.
I gave these a shot after having a pair of Maxxis Advantage shred on me on their 3rd ride and am glad I did. These hook up great on loose and rocky terrain (CO front range) and provide solid and predictable cornering. I've seen a few people mention weight/speed as a detractor and I'd have to disagree. The weight is pretty average for a 2.4 tire and they roll as quick on the trails as any aggressive tread tire this size, especially considering the traction. The only time they feel slow to me is on pavement. It actually feels faster to ride on a dirt shoulder than on the road itself. They did seem to pack up fairly fast on a rainy day but we don't get enough rain here to really give them a fair mud rating. So far they've also proven themselves through miles of pounding on jagged rock trails without losing a single tread. Given the price on these they really can't be beat as an "all mountain" 2.4 tire.
Similar Products Used: Maxxis, Kenda, Specialized, IRC, Panaracer (ps - the Panaracer Cinder is absolutely the best traction you'll ever see if you don't mind a 2.25).
Bike Setup: Intense Uzzi VPX
from Boulder, CO
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2007
Strengths: Grips well, nearly indestructable, rolls well (for a fatty)
Weaknesses: heavy, but hey it's a 2.4" (800-850g depending on who you believe)
Great tire, only drawback is it's weight. Corners well, floats over rocky sections, deforms around rocks/roots really well so you don't lose traction. I have never flatted this tire, despite running low pressures -- normally I use 32-33psi but I'm lazy about pumping it so most of the time it probably has 25-32. I'm light (160lbs) and pick good lines, but I'm really fast and can run these at low pressures on really rocky descents without pinch flatting. I'm going to try a skinnier & lighter tire next time, but if it disappoints I'll come right back to these. Even after 2 years of lots of riding these don't show much wear. I highly recommend for aggressive XC riders and freeriders.
a Weekend Warrior
from los angeles, california USA
Date Reviewed: December 9, 2006
Strengths: the 2.4 are a tad heavier and lots wider than the 2.1 but the traction is 50% better, it does very well pedaling up sandy conditions.
Weaknesses: youre not going to win a XC, 24hr or ANY race with these tires, you will not be able to beat your friends up a trail either. Plan on being second to the last or being last place with these tires, but you will have a smile on your face because of the traction and the downhills.
The wire bead 2.4's are only MSRP 22.99. You cant beat that price with a stick for a wide freeride/trailbike sized tire, period. Also it will fit on most 4-6" travel trailbikes as well, so you can gain waaaaay more traction than a 2.1 tire. The only thing that this tire doesnt do well is roll fast and the side knobs are small, unlike a Maxxis tire. On a XC or trailbike, unlike a 2.1, this tire is sluggish, it will get you tired fast when climbing. If you are a race freak or weight weenie, dont buy these because like I said you will be the slowest rider in your group. But the traction and sense of more stability is always nice.
Bike Setup: on a Intense Spider (barely fits) and Santa Cruz Bullit
a Cross Country Rider
from Reno, NV USA
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2006
Strengths: Hook up well with pretty good bite on most surfaces, predictable cornering.
Weaknesses: Heavy, not as supple as you might think from a 2.4 tire.
Finally, a set of big air volume tires I like. They bite in nicely and keep you going where most 2.0 or 2.1 tires would lose traction. You can run them at 30 pounds (I weigh 200 pounds) and not get pinch flats (so far). My one complaint is that they have a round cross section. This makes them bounce more than a flatter-shaped tire would. If they used a flatter C-shape cross section like some of the Michelin large volume tires, they would be fabulous. They are heavy, but you gotta expect that in a 2.4 inch tire. All in all, a very good set of tires, especially for the price.
I have one on the back and like it, not so fond of the 2.5 Weirwolf in the front as it always feels like it's gonna wash out before it bites.
I can't find any place that stocks the motoraptor in 2.4. Anyone now where I might be able to find it?
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Does anyone have the true size for a WTB Motoraptor 2.4"? Shiggy's mtb tire site doesn't have the radius from axle to tallest point in the tread, which is the measure I am more interested in.
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I was just on the WTB site and noticed that the Motoraptor is only being shown in 2.14 and 2.24. :confused: I've been running the 2.4's and love 'em.
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