Strengths: - fairly fast rolling
- lightweight (folding bead)
- decent tread life
Weaknesses: - terrible cornering in loose terrain
- not durable
- succeptable to pinch flats
These tires came stock on my Khs lucky 7. They were the folding bead and the sidewalls lacked any stiffness, i also had a ton of pinch flats. Cornering at high speeds and cornering on loose dirt is not fun on these tires as the like to wash out at the worst times. Might be a good tire for dry hard pack or dry xc riding as they seem to roll quite well with the center tread pattern. I definetly don't recommend the folding bead.
Similar Products Used: Kenda nevegal
Wtb moto raptor
Bike Setup: Khs lucky 7 with rock shox totem fork
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 7, 2011
Weaknesses: Slow rolling,Heavy,Slides out,packs with mud.
It's a good tire, that is strong and reliable. I've never flatted out on these. They are very heavy, and kind of slow. They slide out a lot. As mentioned in previous posts, they do hold mud, so riding these in wet conditions is not advised. Don't know if I will keep riding these.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: September 19, 2011
Strengths: Durable casing
Good traction in hardpack or Rock Gardens.
Weaknesses: Bad traction in muddy or deep loose dirt.
Casing on 1st tire was tweaked.
Happy with this tire in the front in hardpack and rock gardens. Also handles berms well. I spend most of my time in these conditions. Haven't tried it in the rear as I prefer a lighter tire in the back. I did have to send one back as the casing was tweaked. After mounting there was a 1" side to side hop in the tire... yes the tire, my rim did not need to be trued. 3chilis overall as I'm not blown away, but 4 for the great value as they were $10 bucks.
Similar Products Used: wtb weirwolf,exiwolf ,specialized,kenda etc
Bike Setup: MONDRAKER DUNE
a Weekend Warrior
from Scottsdale, AZ
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2010
Strengths: It grips fairly well I guess. It mounts easily tubeless. Probably would make a great front tire
Weaknesses: Way too soft for a rear tire, at least in rocky terrain
Pretty disappointed in these tires, especially for the price. I have had them about a month and they are about done for. They probably would be fine on soft terrain, but rocky terrain eats these things up. Beside normal tire wear, they seem to tear very easily too. You can't necessarily blame a sidewall tear on the tire, but it happens almost every time I ride with these tires, then I patch it, then it tears somewhere else. I wish I wouldn't have tried it as a rear, it might do OK as a front tire.
Funny thing is, the MotoRaptor which cost a third as much as the Prowler MX actually held up much better.
Similar Products Used: WTB MotoRaptor, GEAX DHEA, Kenda Nevegal
Bike Setup: Giant Trance
from Calgary, AB, Canada
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2010
Strengths: - No traction "dead zones"
- Flexible lugs provide progressive breakaway and will find traction in the sketchiest grease
- Sticky rubber
- Large volume
Weaknesses: - Not the best traction on concrete-like hardpack (try the first-generation Dissent 2.5" for that)
- Suffers in sticky, clay-based mud
If I had to describe this tire in one word, it would be "predictable". It may not be the ultimate tire in any condition (possible exception discussed below), but it will never, EVER unexpectedly let you down. It's also the best tire on the market for riders without racer-level cornering skills.
Two design features define the MX's performance characteristics:
1. Cornering lugs run the whole width of the tire, so there's never a "dead zone" of low traction before the cornering lugs kick in, as is the case with Maxxis' High Roller or Kenda's El Moco, for example. This makes the tire very reassuring in difficult conditions and for riders with less advanced cornering technique.
2. The lugs are as flexible as any I've ever seen, yet don't suddenly fold over. This reduces ultimate traction on extremely hard ground, but gives a smoothly progressive breakaway, which allows the rider to reach the tire's limit. It's better to fully reach this low, but predictable, limit than to have to stay well clear of a high limit with sudden breakaway. Again, this is a feature that is immensely helpful to riders who are developing on their cornering technique.
As I mentioned above, I did find one situation in which this tire was spectacular: The greasiest conditions Whistler's upper mountain could throw at me. Mud spikes may have the ability to mechanically engage rocks and roots, hooking onto them like cleats, but those tall lugs can fold over unpredictably, making them terrifying on rock slabs and wooden structures. Whistler's thin mud didn't clog the MX's tight tread, allowing the soft lugs to wiggle flex until they found traction, groping the terrain like an octopus. Garbanzo's greasy terrain normally alternates between moderate traction and sudden, frictionless deflections; this experience was like riding in the dry, but with less traction everywhere.
- The ultimate downhill tire for riders who are learning how to approach a bike's limits and how to handle the bike as it gets loose
- A decent tire for highly skilled downhillers, but there are better choices, especially on concrete-like hardpack (WTB's first-generation Dissent 2.5" is what you want for that)
- Perhaps the ultimate tire for greasy conditions with thin mud, especially when wooden structures and rock slabs are involved
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Minion & High Roller, Kenda Nevegal, WTB Dissent, Michelin DH32, Intense DH & 909
Bike Setup: DT 6.1 rims
Date Reviewed: October 24, 2009
Strengths: Wire Bead is SUper Strong, Never Flatted in 2 yrs on these tires running 20-35 psi., Great for dirt jumping and manicured trails. Super traction in the dry and damp comditions
Weaknesses: Globs up in the sloppy wet. Off camber hits of rocks and roots real slick, the knobs are just too close together. A real @#$%& to get on the Azonic Outlaw rims.
Awesome Tires. I been running a pair for two years and they just keep getting better and better. I got the tougher compound when i bought them cause i heard complaints about how long they last, but these have been going the distance. Real intuitive if ur sliding ur rear around a corner. These tires have never let me down on hardpack, dry, and damp conditions. If your riding on conditions with mudholes, mud covered rocks and roots, and super loose crap change your tires. These dont shed well, nore grip well over off-axis roots in the wet. The only problem i can see is that the outside knobs are just a little too close together. SOme customizing could fix that. I'm gonna be using these tires for a lonnnnnggggg time :)
Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal, Maxxis Minion
Bike Setup: Cdale Gemini 2000 - Azonic Outlaw rims
from San Luis Obispo
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2009
Strengths: This tire is VERY PREDICTABLE. It breaks out slow so you'll slide your front for a while before it slides out.
Weaknesses: The soft rubber wears out really fast on small sharp gravel like rocks. Doesn't work well for a back tire because of how soft it is.
This tire is progressive and it's for the rider who wants a slow transition from grip to sliding out. This tire works WAY better than the WTB wierwolf. The grip is outstanding in dirt, mud, gravel (seems like there could be a better tire for gravel though) and on the road it sticks like it's a slick. The soft rubber is really the ticket for nice dirt trails and any mud or rocks you can throw at it. The soft rubber sticks SO WELL to the rocks you'll be loving it in no time.
However after two days at mammoth the rubber is so torn up I'm going with another DH tire (WTB Timberwolf...) for that mountain.
This tire kills it and especially with the nevegal rear. I can drift my bike endlessly, as lpong as it's moving I can hold it sideways and this tire makes it happen. Don't go out and buy one for the back wheel though.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Witness full suspension tandem with tire on front.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009
Strengths: Light for big tire, rolls well. May work well on dry hardpack - remains to be seen.
Weaknesses: Does not grip well in loamy conditions! Center knobs do not bite on steep chutes while braking.
A couple of rides in ideal conditions - loamy and tacky and tire used up front just washes out everywhere when pushed hard in corners. Poor braking on very steep downhill sections. May work well in dry hardpack but not good in ideal conditions - running back to Nevegal.
Strengths: Has good grip, light weight for a downhill tyre
Weaknesses: single ply, i lost a race because i was getting pinches at 40 psi
i had these tyres on my downhill bike front and rear and was in love with them. Until i went to a rocky downhill track. i did quite a large huck of a boulder, the landing was rocky, but i didn't expect to put an inch long tear in my tube. then it pinched at 30psi sliding along an off camber corner in my next run. didnt have a lot of fun that day. but anyway a good front tyre as it has loads of grip.
a Cross Country Rider
from Shandong, China
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2008
Strengths: Tough, grip really well in all conditions.
Weaknesses: Shed mud OK, but not really well.
THIS IS A PRODUCT REVIEW FOR THE WTB Prowler MX 2.1
This tire is tough yet pretty soft. I need a tire that can do anything, I prefer downhill, but I have to cycle to the hills on the roads, so I can't be having some great big 2.5. I also need to cycle uphill too, so I need uphill grip. Also hanging out in an urban environment doing hops and wheelies.
The rolling resistance on this tires isn't great, but it ain't supposed to be. They do stick like glue leaning or braking on bitumen and even well on dusty concrete. But I use these tires because of how they perform in the hills, I'll put up with the rolling resistance issues for them being sure footed on bitumen, hard-pack, loose over hard-pack, gravel (small) or light/medium mud.
I'm not a competition rider, if I was, I'd chose a tire specific to the conditions on that day, the Prowler MX does well in most conditions. Specific ompetition tires are often high-tech super soft tires that are not tough enough, for everyday abuse. (like Larsen TT)
If I wasn't gonna run these I'd try Maxxis Holy Rollers.
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Larsen TT 2.0, Conti Avenue 1.75, Plus others
Bike Setup: Giant ATX 7 frame, for cross country with some DH.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2007
Strengths: I have only used this tire on the front:
Awesome, awesome grip. Very tough too. I've only flatted once and that was after casing a double.
Weaknesses: Heavy. Very soft rubber, which is a plus and a minus.
It grips really well but I'm not convinced it is worth the weight, unless you are DH racing. I've had the tire about 3 months now and all the knobs have disintegrated. About 30% of each knob remains. They are still tall but they have large chunks ripped out of the middle, especially the side knobs. Which I suppose is good in a way: the tire will rip apart before letting go of the dirt.
As long as I can continue to pick up Trailbear 2.5's for $25, which way around half what the Prowler MX weighs, I'll stick with the Trailbear.