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WTB MotoRaptor DH 2.4 Tire

3.8/5 (5 Reviews)
Weight : Laser with steel bead: 1420 grams

Product Description

  • Extremely technical downhill racing tire
  • Features Laser DH casing with DNA Compound and Inner Peace sidewalls

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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Fernando a Racer from Marin C.A

    Date Reviewed: November 27, 2007

    Strengths:    Good all arounder. No flats in a year and I ride 15+ hours a week. Rolls good, corners predictably in all conditions. It is not great like a Weirwolf in the corners, but it holds a line if you have your bike dialed. Good on rocks,roots and i like it in the soft even though it has smaller knobs. This is probally one of the best all around 2.4 front tires. It even rolls nice on the street. I'd buy em again.

    Weaknesses:    Kinda heavy at 700+ grams. but you can run lite tubes cuz their tough. They don't corner at very very high speed 30+ mph, like a weirwolf.

    Bottom Line:   
    Get em if you ride a variety of terrains and conditions and like to run low pressure. I rode them with 20psi one day still didnt get a flat. I like between 30 and 45psi depending on the trail. I dont know about this 50psi plus talk, I mean maybe in the rear maybe. but you put 50psi in the front and your giving up a lot of corner traction in my opinion. Dont do that with this tire because it doesnt have an abundance of traction. just enough for almost any ride. They roll very very fast even for a big heavy bombproof tire. This is the peoples tire, moerate and predictable!

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    Favorite Trail:   Rocky Ridge

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   45 lbs

    Similar Products Used:   WTB weirwolf, WTB Velociraptor, IRC missles

    Bike Setup:   Blur classic, 4"inches up front & 4.3" out back. Formula Oro Puro, X.0 with xtr crank. Hand made DT swiss wheels. 27.02 pounds barends and pedals included. 5 hour ultimate mountan bike.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by cb from seattle

    Date Reviewed: January 20, 2007

    Strengths:    riding straight...

    Weaknesses:    turning, going fast, and turning

    Bottom Line:   
    i've been steadily bumping up tire width in the 13 years i've been riding...this has been the biggest. beware, bigger will not be better. i find myself longing for my old irc missiles, much narrower, but oh man, so much better. my riding lately has tended towards downhilling, so i thought that these would be a good way to go. in corners, dry or wet, they have a nasty habit of slipping out very early in the turns. i've ridden on tires that do this, but much later in the turn, which works well. these throw you off the second you initiate a turn. they are extremely poor for wet nw conditions. and they certainly are not impervious to flats. i know you shouldn't expect good rolling resistance from such a meaty tire, but it was much poorer than I expected.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tony p a Weekend Warrior from grafton, MA

    Date Reviewed: July 23, 2004

    Strengths:    great grip in anything (including snow), sheds mud quickly, never flats w/ a large tube, never loses traction unless you make it - ie locking rear brake

    Weaknesses:    need big tubes otherwise you'll probably flat a lot (wouldn't know- i run them w/ maxxis 2.5-2.7 tubes... expensive but never flat) that, and they are wicked heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    these tires are awesome. i like to do light freeriding and heavy XC and not have to worry about switching tires. these tires will go anywhere you want em to and stick like glue. rolling resistance is huge- but hey it's a 2.4... i run them right around 30 psi- give or take 5 and i've never had problems. granted i'm only 155ish lbs, but no problems nonetheless. if you don't care about weight or rolling resistance, these tires are awesome. the most versatile thing i've ever ridden.

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    Favorite Trail:   vietnam

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   just about every other WTB tire except weirwolf

    Bike Setup:   01 GT avalanche 2.0 w/ beefy components

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by allcapsguy a Racer from Nor Cal

    Date Reviewed: May 18, 2002

    Strengths:    Great traction, near impossible to flat. Ideal for many conditions. Long tread life, good grip, very predictable.

    Weaknesses:    You have to wait when you friends who aren't running these tires get a flat.

    Bottom Line:   
    Get this tire if you want a tough DH tire that hooks up and don't want to get flats.

    note to other guy: 40 lbs? This ain't XC! (I ain't mad at cha either...)

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    Favorite Trail:   The Gimp, Nelson, B.C.

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Mutanoraptor 2.4, 2.2. WTB Nanoraptor.

    Bike Setup:   I run these tires on all my bikes.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Paul Elkins a Weekend Warrior from Aliso Viejo

    Date Reviewed: March 31, 2002

    Strengths:    Light for a 2.4. Low rolling resistance.

    Weaknesses:    Lack of grip, and rollover in corners.

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires worked great until you need to climb or turn sharp. They had little to no grip. I ran them at 40PSI and figured I would lower the PSI to increase traction. All that did was allow the tire to rollover in turns. They were scary.

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    Favorite Trail:   Steps

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC and DH, Maxxis Mofo DH, Pythons

    Bike Setup:   FSR with lots of expensive stuff

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