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WTB Prowler MX 2.1 Tire

4.05/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.95


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The Prowler MX (Motocross) featuresThe same aggressiveTread design asThe Prowler XT, but with a shifted centerTread.The Prowler MX is designed for speed and it is a highly predictableTire at speed, boasting deep-piercing lateral grip in loose conditions.The 2.5-inch version excels onTreacherous descents and high-speed chutes whileThe MX 2.1-inchThrives on epic, day-longTrail rides. Beads: Race: Aramid bead Team DH: Steel bead Weight: 26x 2.5 Race: 952 g 26x 2.5Team DH


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xcmrx a Racer

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2014

Strengths:    Rolls fast and corners very well. Hard braking is a lil sketch if ita damp out. Pretty light and easy to mount

Weaknesses:    Probably not so great in wet or muddy conditions.

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2.1 race version and its a perfect aggresvie xc tire for my conditions here in florida. Its a little sketch with wet conditions but it rolls fast and is very grippy in the turns. Handles roots fairly well and has solid contact with thw ground providing great feedback and predictable braking. Great all round xc tire.

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Bike Setup:   09 marin mt vision custom build.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by augustiner a Downhiller from NC, USA

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2012

Strengths:    Very Dry Conditions

Weaknesses:    Very slippery on leaves and red clay with any moisture

Bottom Line:   
Not very pleased with this tire. I got the 2.3 MX Race version...they are 100g's heavier than advertised (Im not a weight weenie, but together for the pair thats almost half a pound heavier in the wheels), and they just flat out have no grip in most conditions. For the first 3 rides, I really liked them for local XC trails, when it was dry. But after a few rides, they just dont seem to corner at all, and wash out a lot. I had much better traction with a set of worn out High Rollers. Love to spin out over roots that I dont even notice on my other bike...

These seem to get great reviews, which is why I got them.... But I must say I'm pretty disappointed and going back to Maxxis... At least in the very Red Clay based soils we have in NC, these really don't work well for me...

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Favorite Trail:   headleys...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Minion, Ardent, High Roller, Advantage, Kenda Nevegal

Bike Setup:   On-One 456 Carbon 1x9, Revelation 140

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by IAmHolland a Weekend Warrior from USA

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2011

Strengths:    light, fast, reasonable grip

Weaknesses:    narrow

Bottom Line:   
It works well, but it is very small for a 2.1 It is more like a 2.0 or 1.95 on a 28mm external/23mm internal width rim, which is the most disappointing aspect.

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Favorite Trail:   Skegg's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   WTB prowler XT, MX 2.3, Moto Raptor, Stout, CST Caballero, Critter


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by @ER_Shawn a Cross Country Rider from Hesperia, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2011

Strengths:    Grippy, Fast, Predictable

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
I was looking at going to a wider 2.2 or 2.35 tire, but the 2.1's that I went with are awesome. I only have a few rides on them but front end and descending confidence are way up, they roll as fast as any XC tire I've used and knock on wood I haven't had a flat on them! All around great tire, really happy with my choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Honda Valley loop

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Jenson Corona

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis High Roller 2.1, Larsen TT 2.0, Specialized Fast Trak 2.0

Bike Setup:   XC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JAYDMF a Weekend Warrior from FOD

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2011

Strengths:    everything (running the 2.3s but left comments here as the 2.5s are a different tread pattern)

Weaknesses:    Super sloppy winter bogs are not its friend, it'll cope but if its that bad your better off dusting the maxxis swampies off as theyre the only thing that'll hold

Bottom Line:   
Great allrounder, i havent found anything that comes close to this really, verticals are probably the nearest thing but the prowler rolls a hell of a lot faster. i find the contis have a deadspot where they can just wash out if your not taking corners just right.

not so with these just hammer them into anything and they just grip. did 3 days in wales about a month ago, llandegla in the dry was just ripping, the beast at coed y brenin in the pouring rain ( i was a bit worried that they wouldnt hold out at first) and they stuck like s@*T to a blanket. and talybont blue in soft mud with some road which they coped with really well.

Yes they do wear quickly compared to other tyres but with the performance i cant fault them for that, as people have said i would rather replace tyres and enjoy my rides than sketch out about washing out (potentially not being able to ride if i get messed up) than saving a few quid on rubber.

Im sure there are more specialist tyres for each of these conditions but i cant be bothered with swapping all the time.

Bottom line - try em, you'll love em

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Favorite Trail:   Cannock Chase/LLandegla

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   Conti Verticals, Vapours, Gravitys. Maxxis crossmax, high rollers, swamp things, holy rollers. Nokian Gazzas. Panaracer fire xc &FRs

Bike Setup:   Various bikes (both FS and HT)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dismal a Cross Country Rider from Peebles

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2011

Strengths:    2009 Prowler MX Race folding 2.1
Super FAST rolling yet aggressive XC tyre
Fit and forget all condition tyre
Quality 60a Durometer rubber


Weaknesses:    A lighter tyre could be better for racing
A fatter tyre would be better for comfort



Bottom Line:   
I bought this from Chainreactioncycles.com for a mere £8.98 (67% discount). This is the 2009 Prowler MX Race folding 2.1. At this price i thought it worth a try. I am glad i did. I have been running them front and rear(reversed) through the winter with Continental Supersonic 100grm inner tubes.
It is similar in weight and size/volume to a Continental Mountain King 2.2 folding. It is smaller in volume than a Maxxis Advantage 2.1 but faster and stickier. The rubber is 60A.
This is the fastest rolling tyre I have EVER used. The grip is awesome, and under breaking it felt as if I had gone up a rotor size. I initially found cornering a bit vague but i soon found i needed to lean the bike under my body to a greater degree.... and suddenly cornering was transformed. No punctures yet at 35 to 40psi (me 70kg). No wipeouts, or wet root moments (so far;-). Cant comment on wear yet, but i don't care at this price.
My Orange EVO8 feels alive again, skipping, jumping, and sprinting.
This would be good for the aggressive XC'er and makes a great fit and forget do every thing XC tyre. It might feel a bit too fast for inexperienced riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.

Similar Products Used:   Mountain King 2.2
Race King 2.2
Nevegal 2.1 stick-e
Advantage 2.1 folding


Bike Setup:   XC 1x9, but slightly wider bars, and slightly shorter stem

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cxfahrer a Cross Country Rider from germany

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2011

Strengths:    cheap, low rolling resistance, predictable in mud, sheds mud easily, true 2.1"

Weaknesses:    cheap rubber has a meaty feel and wears quite fast, slippery when wet (but still ok)

Bottom Line:   
good tire for crosscountry cruising ;) and 10€ is really cheap

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   chainreaction

Similar Products Used:   Nobby Nic, IRC Mythos, Z.Max...

Bike Setup:   rigid ´93 serotta t-max

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by iPhrankie a Cross Country Rider from USA

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2010

Strengths:    Fast. Very low rolling resistance

Bottom Line:   
I put these on the front and rear tire of my single speed. I was a little hesitant about putting a 2.1 tire on the front, but these have performed amazingly well. As stated by WTB, they are predictable. They inspire confidence on fast turns. I haven't had any problems with washouts. The speed of these tires is immediately noticeable. They have also performed well when climbing.

One last note: I don't expect any product labeled "Race" to last forever or be resistant to flats and tears. This is a thinner, lighter and faster tire which you would expect from a race tire.

Bottom line: I highly recommend these tires.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   Chainlove.com

Bike Setup:   SS

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ARacer a Racer from NJ

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    Excessive wear and poor cornering grip

Bottom Line:   
The roll quickly in a straight line and I perceive very low rolling resistance but they wear faster than any tire I have ever ridden. I have about 10 rides on the rear and it is ready to be replaced... the knobs are almost gone and those that are left have chunks taken out of them. The front is still ok but I can't get the front tire to bite in corners. I have had this front tire wash out so many times I approach every corner with extra caution. I can't wait to get rid of these. My other Stumpjumper with Captain Controls is much better. The Captains wear a lot better and bit better in the corners. Even the S-Works FastTraks and Scott OXYD tires wore better than these things. I can't wait to replace these WTBs.

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Favorite Trail:   Hartshorne

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FastTrak, Captain Controls, Panaracer Fire XC, Bontrager, Scott OXYD

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR Expert 29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lew242 a Cross Country Rider from UK and China

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap, great profile, traction, speed, bite at extreme lean angles, hard-pack, tire compound grips great, even on road. Loose over hard-pack, tire is really good, even a life saver. Great for front tire use.

Weaknesses:    Very hard to mount needs to be over-inflated (60 PSI plus) and dropped back to sit true. Tube puncture risk when mounting with tire spanners, certainly for basic wire bead version.

A biting tire, not that great at climbing if on rear.

Why not double-knob version for faster speeds esp for rear?

Noisy on road, wear rate is medium fast.


Bottom Line:   
Been using this tire for years and have been through over 10 tires, mostly due to lack of choice in my area. If you ride road to your trails and ride pure hard-pack, I would suggest a tire with a closer tread pattern.

If you ride XC and flats are a problem buy a tire that is less of a hassle to mount.

This tire will suit you really well if flats aren't much of a problem and you are looking for a front tire that can dig deep into loose over hardpack and damp soil on moderate to extreme lean angles.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Larsen TT, High Rollers, DMR Moto RT and Digger. Plus many others.

Bike Setup:   Hard-tail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Monster387 a Weekend Warrior from Clinton Twp, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2010

Strengths:    Grip!

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
I switched stock XDX front tire because the lack of its ability to hold lines when bombing down a trail. The prowler holds lines, corners well, cuts through sand and inspires confidence when in a variety of riding conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Hifi deluxe,Bontrager XDX rear

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by 2xr a Cross Country Rider from San Ramon, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2010

Strengths:    Mud/Clay Shedding

Weaknesses:    fast wear on hardpack, loose grip around long bends.

Bottom Line:   
Best winter tire in the SF Bay Area. Sheds mud/clay quite nicely compared to other fast rolling tires available. However, wears fast any other time of year. Considering you can pick these up off eBay for $18-$25 I'd say this is the tire you'll want in the SF Bay Area Dec-Apr.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ignitor, Hutchinson Python, Continental Mountain King

Bike Setup:   SS Niner

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sume02 a Cross Country Rider from Huntersville, NC

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2010

Strengths:    The race version is light, fast rolling. Good traction over roots and rocks, even in the wet. So far the casing has resisted all punctures so no need to run the Mr Tuffy tire liners.

Weaknesses:    Soft rubber wears quickly if you have to ride pavement to your favorite trail.

Bottom Line:   
These tires are great for fast and flowing cross country. With the soft rubber I would not want pay MSRP for them.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Norman State Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $27.00

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythtos II.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hillwilly a Cross Country Rider from Kingman, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2009

Strengths:    Very low rolling resistance, very fast tire. Strong sidewalls, very grippy, they stick to dirt like glue. Excellent cross-country tire, the best I have ever tried.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Excellent, very fast rolling tire, very sticky too. Probably wear out pretty fast, as they are soft rubber. I hope I can get at least 500 miles on a pair. Best tires I have ever purchased, highly recommend them for X-country use.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Roads

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bicycle World

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal 2.5, WTB Weirwolf 2.1, Swoop with flat protection system.

Bike Setup:   07 Santa Cruz Heckler, 140mm Fox Vanilla 32 RLC, Fox DHX Air 5.0, 2 chainring w/ Blackspire Stinger, Wellgo Radical Clipless pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by rkj__ a Racer from Niagara Falls

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2009

Strengths:    Great traction.

Weaknesses:    Durability.

Bottom Line:   
I was very happy with this tire's performance. I used it as a front tire, mostly in wet conditions. I liked it in the mud. But, it is really a good all around tire. Good in loose sandy stuff, and fine on hardpack too. Rolling resistance was not great, but traction was. It worked well with a wide range of air pressure.

BUT (and that's a big but) I tore through the casing of the tire. One of the side knobs was ripping off, but instead of just the rubber tearing, a hole was torn through the casing of the tire.

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Favorite Trail:   The HOOD

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Roll-X, Michelin XC Dry, WTB Prowler XT, Kenda Smoke, Maxxis Ignitor, Maxxis Crossmark, Hutchinson Python, IRC Mythos XC, Bontrager Jones XR.

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS

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WTB Prowler MX 2.1 tires

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