a Cross Country Rider
from Eugene, Oregon
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2010
Strengths: Hooks up great. Fairly smooth.
This tire is fantastic. I live in Oregon, so as soon as the wet season hits, everything you used to get over fairly easily becomes a difficult proposition. Sideways on roots, losing the back end on rocks, you name it. I got the Stouts on a whim and they are fantastic. They rail in the wet. They hook up on muddy climbs. It is almost like riding during the dry season.
My two "issues" are these- the tire isn't as soft as I thought it would be, though I am certainly still working on dialing in the pressure. The other is that the tire takes more work to get going than others. Still, neither are huge complaints, given that they really have breathed life into my winter riding. Great deal, great tire.
a Weekend Warrior
from oxford, mi, usa
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2010
Strengths: Best tire I've ever used period as far as girp and traction. I've run dry, wet, even snow. and never failed. Confidence in the corners is amazing. in 2.5 seasons of riding in mich, I have never dumped in a turn. Since I have replaced with racing ralphs i've dumped 3 times in 1 summer. There is not much else to say. These tires are the real deal.
Weaknesses: Like everyone else says they do ware quick because the are soft. However if you want the traction you gotta give somewhere, right? And they are no doubt heavy. Not recommended for racing, unless, like me, you don't give a damn if you finish last.
An awesome awesome tire, for all terrains. A great confidence builder especially if you are new to riding like I am. A word of caution though Beacuse of the stability in corners and over any terrain or condition, they may just take the thrill out of mountain biking, and you just may want to buy a road bike instead. :-)
Strengths: great cornering, sticky rubber, good grip for climbing
Weaknesses: dont last long, roll slow on hard pack
This is a great all around everyday tire, I have never felt more comfortable in corners. Works great in wet conditions also. Sheds mud easily. Only if the middle of the tire had smaller nobs in between the bigger nobs, this tire would be perfect.
Bike Setup: nomad, fox 36, dhx coil, hayes, xo, dt 340 5.1d
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 11, 2009
Strengths: Ludicrous grip, durability, relatively good rolling resistance.
Weaknesses: Can be pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for.
I've been using this up front on my hardtail for general trail/downhill thrashing as well as fast cross country riding.
I can't really fault it, I've yet to wash it out (that's not to say I haven't come off though!) even on lose silty soil and or gravel tracks. I like to ride fast and tend to chuck my bike around and they come back for more everytime.
Perfect front tyre for general trail use if you ask me. I wouldn't recommend them on the back if you do varied riding, tarmac shreds the knobs because of drive torque and the rolling efficiency isn't the height of cross country performance, however coupled with something like a WTB wolverine you'll fly; I've been riding that combo for 6 months and it's bloody brilliant! Highly Recommended.
Similar Products Used: Spec ed Captains/Geax saguaro
Bike Setup: Spec Ed StumpJumper 29er FSR
from Las Vegas, NV
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2009
Strengths: This tire flat hooks up in the desert terrain around Las Vegas. Running them front and rear and they grab the corners, will bring you to a stop like now, and keep going in the loose climbs. A great everyday get out there and ride tire.
Weaknesses: Heavy, not bad heavy, but not a racing weight I would want to run
If you want a big, fat, gnarly knobbed tire that will hook up in the loose rocky desert and will have you railing the corners for your weekend or everyday rides this is your tire. I run this on my everyday go bang the trail bike, but just too heavy to race with.
Strengths: This tire corners better than any, yes, any other tire I've used. It has not failed me yet.
Weaknesses: It's a bit heavy and may not last as long as other tires, but if you ride hard it pays to have a tire that you won't let you down.
This is the best front tire I've ever used. It will be replaced with another stout when it wears out. I have not tried it on the rear so I cannot say how it will do there. It is a bit heavy but is totally worth the extra weight. It's a beefy high volume tire (I generally run about 30# of air in it). It shines in the woods, whether dealing with roots, rocks, mud, sand, whatever-this tire can take it. It doesn't roll well on pavement-because it's a trail tire. The knobs have worn fast initially, but once they got to a certain point they've not worn nearly as fast. I probably have around 600 miles on it and it isn't finished yet.
I feel like this tire is getting a bad rap, but it does exactly what it's supposed to, and it does that well!
a Cross Country Rider
from Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2008
Strengths: Excellent traction in wet and muddy conditions. Just came back from a 6 hour trail tour, 7/8 of it spent in rain and riding on trails that were bogs and streams due to the amount of rain. Also, wet small-medium rocks downhill and uphill. Tires were very stable - in fact stalled out going through 30-50 ft mud sections a 1/3 of the tire deep and tires kept the bike from tipping, giving me a perch to power through. Same effect on uphill wet rocks even - abosolutly amazing grip. Didn't experience any mud tacking onto the tread - maybe because the rain and riding into streams washed them off?
Weaknesses: Not ideal for xc racing track - ineffecient; but its not a racing tire so no points lost here. Probably weight as well. Tough time fitting my bike rack rail.
Can't get over the traction/grip this tire gave me through mud, bog and even uphill wet rocks.
Similar Products Used: Fire XC, Maxxis ADvantage, Mutanoraptors and other WTB tires
Bike Setup: Stumpy FSR Fox front and rear, Thompson stem and seatpost, Avid brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from Las Vegas
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2008
Strengths: Tread pattern is excellent on loose, rocky terrain.
Weaknesses: It's a tad heavy
I wanted a tire that could handle the loose terrain of the Las Vegas area better than the Weirwolf I had on the front. Reading the info on this tire made it sound like the one for me. To tell the truth, it is perfect for loose terrain! It has made a big difference on my local trails and how fast I can ride them since I have confidence that the front won't wash out and slip through loose corners. It's a heavy tire and I do notice that when climbing, but it's tolerable as the round profile does roll pretty good.
Similar Products Used: Big Betty, Weirwolf, Nevegal, Blue Groove
Bike Setup: 6x6
a Cross Country Rider
from Las Cruces
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2008
Strengths: good tread pattern, great on downhill was great at first. I really got some good use out of it but...
Weaknesses: to big for my bike i.e. frame rub. seemed big for a 2.3, knobs are starting so rip and show there wear. I have used them some on asphalt though which you should not do but I did because I like to ride to the trail head to get a better work out. Have used with stans tubeless setup and had great results at first but now the tire is covered with dozens of nail size holes I do not want to repair because the tread is almost spent.
this is a great downhill tire with an aggressive tread pattern and is great all around. I wish it would have been longer lasting but I shouldn't have rode to the trail so much shame on me. I do think is was over priced but I loved the way it looked so I went for it I will not try again due to the frame rub and the fact that I like to get the 50o dollar tires that are on sale for 20-25 and this one isn't usually on sale. Try it if you have a DH bike but be wary of trying to convert it to stans or other tubless sealents because it doesnt like to seal with the rubber.
Similar Products Used: smoke/dart combo/ velocorapters/ panaracer fire. IRC trailbear the list can really go on for a long time
Bike Setup: specialized epic that I rolled the stout on(does not fit frame rub was experienced. and many many more bikes to many to list
a Cross Country Rider
from Marin Co. , CA
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2007
Strengths: Great Traction in dry, rocky, CA terrain.
Weaknesses: Muds up quick, and knobs wear quick on shale, rocky, Tahoe terrain
The tire is a great all around tire, and rides smooth, and corners quick for a 2.3. The knobs are spaced far apart and that caused quick wear in very rocky shale conditions in Tahoe, which would wear out any tire I guess. The only other issue was that it cakes up mud quickly because of the spaced knobs.
I'm thinking about pulling off my Racing Ralph for the Stout to see if I get better grip... I've been a little sketchy in the front with the RR. Current setup is tubeless and this will be my first time mounting tubeless... will the Stout require sealant? It's a China Stout.
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Does any of you tried the WTB Stout 2.3 ? I'm used to ride 2.35/2.5 nevegals in rocky terrain and pinch flat a lot. I also thought about the 2.35 Muddy Marys, but they're far more expensive around here.
These will be used in soft to hard soil, with lots of roots and rocks. No mud at all, j ... Read More »
Looking for a steel fork supplier in the UK to take a wide tyre plus mud. I ordered a Karate Monkey Fork from wiggle.co.uk as their site listed them. When I chased them nearly a month later as to where it was, I was advised it was not in stock and "should" be available at the end of Septe ... Read More »
Good traction on loose stuff
Runs low pressure nicely
Heavy at 960 grams
Slow rolling (compared to WTB Exiwolf 2.3, Bontrager XR 2.2, etc)
walks around on hardpack
Feels like dragging a dead body around.
I picked these tires up thinking they would be good for Sie ... Read More »
Just found out my cheap suspension forks graze the top of my Stout 2.3 29er.
Anyone know height and side clearance with a 29er Stout 2.3 and Karate Monkey rigid steel 29er fork.
Need to know before trawling ebay.
Thanks for any advice.Read More »