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WTB TimberWolf 2.5 Tire

4.29/5 (34 Reviews)
Weight : Team DH 1510g, Race 890g MSRP : $50.00


Product Description

A deep-tread bad-boy, the Timberwolf will maul the mountain. The tall center tread provides strong braking power and maximum traction while the massive cornering knobs tear into the soil for taming rough conditions.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by anarkhos a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2013

Strengths:    Top marks for what this tire is used for: Going downhill fast on muddy, wet rooty conditions. Especially good as a front tire—you feel like you're on rails and let go of the brakes! Climbs well (fully inflated), too.

Weaknesses:    Weak, porous sidewalls which take a LOT of fluid to seal with notubes. They will go flat tubless after a few months, too. They aren't designed for tubeless so I'm not marking it down for this, but beware. Soft rubber means they will wear fast, especially the rear. Also split one of the soft knobs on a rock somehow, all the way through.

Bottom Line:   
I tend to climb fully inflated and they're reasonably efficient this way. The knobs are distributed evenly which helps a lot. I've since bought a 29er so goodbye Timberwolves *cry a tear*

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Duration Product Used:   years

Similar Products Used:   Various knobby tires. Werwolves suck here.

Bike Setup:   Freeride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MrBaker a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2013

Strengths:    Grip everything. Not too heavy for the HUGE SIZE. Awesome looking. Have worked Tubeless well. Long life.

Weaknesses:    Running really low pressures lessens in the grip (I run 28 or so). They don't make them anymore.

Bottom Line:   
Greatest tire ever. Not too soft, so wears a long time. Certain versions are very light for the size/grip/strength of tire. Ran tubes at first, then now my latest sets I have all running tubeless just fine (two bikes, front and rear). I love these tires. Work in the deep, slippery pirate DH trails mud, nasty mud , amazing on slightly watered down terrain (soft pack), and rip through loose dust like slicks on a road. AMAZING. Not the best on wood, but it definitely works. WIsh WTB would make them again...

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Favorite Trail:   Ones in the woods

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   No more left

Similar Products Used:   Lots

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler, On One 456, 96 Kona Lava Dome (2.7 timberwolf front), was on others

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KnobbyTire a Weekend Warrior from Stockton

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2009

Strengths:    -thorn proof went through a patch of thorns. About 15+ mean looking thorns got picked up in the front tire.

Weaknesses:    Heavy but it´s actuaclly a plus if you´re not a racer. Bit of a pain in the butt when you are about to put the last bit of tire in the rim, but a great tire lever like Pedro´s does the job. Center knobs starting to wear out. But I think that is normal.

Bottom Line:   
Great durable tire.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   1999 Specialized FSR Race face diabolus crank, race face diabolus bars, hussefelt stem, wtb laser saddle, hope pro ii front hub, dt swiss ex5.1d front rim, xt rear derailer, lx 9-speed cassette, hayes nine front disc brake. Marzocchi drop off

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by elblat a Cross Country Rider from Socorro, NM

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2008

Strengths:    I found that these actually grip better when you pump them up to 35PSI (prolly stiffens those wobbly side knobs a bit), so I get the best of both worlds for XC: efficiency and superb grip in all conditions: wet mud, rolly babyhead uphills, hardpack. Great control on loose sideslopes, slickrock, and rolls right over deep sand. Seems to have great puncture resistance. Fast on the well maintained trails.

Weaknesses:    So big I had to to minor truing to the wheel to not rub the front derailluer. Barely fits my frame, they run big for 2.5". Throws lots of little rocks. At 35PSI, of course, the ride can be rough. Alarming noises on sharp rock (but no damage yet).

Bottom Line:   
The best tire I have ever used in 30 years. If you like going long distances on trails that are barely still there (or even gone) then this is your tire. Pump it up to 35 and cruise up sandy washes or hug the rocks on steep sideslopes. Throw mud in the air. Go places without getting exhausted. Don't buy this tire if you think it may not clear your frame, it is BIG.

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Favorite Trail:   TR10, maggies

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Roller Pro 2.4", and RS version

Bike Setup:   Voodoo Bizango, Marzocchi 100mm fork

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by philfell a Weekend Warrior from kamas ut

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2008

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    really tall knobs that fold easily

Bottom Line:   
These tires suck. I mainly ride in loose rocky desert type places. The knobs fold all over and the tire dosen't hold a line well at all. Honestly the worst tire I've ever used.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on bike

Bike Setup:   iron horse 7.5

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sheldon Robertson a Weekend Warrior from Baden, Ontario

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2007

Strengths:    They look fncken sweet and work well if you use them what they are ment for ( they are the team Down hill tires not street) you should have no problems. They are great for breaking and cornering.

Weaknesses:    They rip up and dirt jumps with soft soil. haha ( looks cool when the dirts getting kicked up in the air sucks to repair them all the time)

Bottom Line:   
great tire for what they are ment for, and if you don't ride the dirt don't get them. c'mon its common sense.

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Favorite Trail:   Trussler Dirt Jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Mr.C's cycles

Similar Products Used:   Kenda nevagals 2.35

Bike Setup:   2006 norco Rival, white frame Manitou Stance flows, deity dirt jump saddle,deity 25 mm stem

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Gavin a Downhiller from ATL

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007

Strengths:    Burly looking

Weaknesses:    Heavy, flexy knobs

Bottom Line:   
Nice looking tires, but not too solid on rocks, loose, or hardpack that I've found. I rode these with 27lbs. air. I'm 200lbs, so I don't run lower. I only used it as a front tire, but it was helpless over alot of the terrain I ride here in GA. I think the knobs being too flexy might have something to do with it. No other tire I've seen for dh looks like these. Most are going lower profile.

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Favorite Trail:   Waterworks

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Minion DH, Syncros BHT-2

Bike Setup:   '05 Kona Stinky, r der xt,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ammar Hasan a Weekend Warrior from Lake Grove, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2007

Strengths:    Increadable cornering ability and un-imagenable grip!! Even if you try to break the grip on these tires, you will find it hard to. Good rolling resistance on Fire roads and XC trails, like the ones found on Long Island if you have the psi at about 35. Even better on dedicated downhills. You will feel confident in the sharp corners. High speed drifts are solid with the incredible grip. My favorite thing about these tires is there awsome traction in deep sand and snow! I left dirtbikers in the dust at our local sand pit, incredeable!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    I couldent really find anything wrong with the tires. Not that great on paved surfaces, i guess? Cant really think of anything wrong with them!

Bottom Line:   
AWSOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 FLAMIN' CHILLIES ALL THE WAY!!

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Favorite Trail:   Stillwell, Hunter Mountain, Rocky point, Shin eater

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $37.00

Purchased At:   Bike Discounters(local Shop)

Similar Products Used:   none of this caliber or grip. These tires make the Nevegals look like bald road tires!

Bike Setup:   Giant AC, Crankbros 50/50 pedals, truvative cranks, Cateye micro wireless, Atomlab trailpimp rims, Manitou Swinger 3, Manitou Nixon 150mm, Timberwolf tires

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve from Encinitas,CA

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Update, just took them off to swap for Kenda Nevegals, sidewalls and rest of casing were pretty flimsy for an alledged DH tire. Surprised I hadn't flatted them before. Casing compares to a Kevlar beaded version of the Nevegal 2.5, Timberwolf does have steel bead though.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Encinitas, CA

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2006

Strengths:    Tire casing is strong and resistant to punctures.

Weaknesses:    Side knobs are too long and too flexible, also the knobs are not in a symmetrical line which gives the tire a feeling of wandering around even in soft stuff or on pavement. Center knobs on rear tire are wearing really fast also.

Bottom Line:   
For SoCal, these are not very good tires, they lose grip in the rocks especially on side-slope conditions due to long and flexy side-knobs. On straight ahead climbs thru rocks they will just spin out. As someone else noted these tires also fling smaller rocks with great efficiency. The best place I found these tires to work is in deep sand where the soft knobs don't work so much against you. Haven't had them in mud yet and they'll be off the bike before we get rain.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Maxxis

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse 7.3, these tires came on the bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Prescott, AZ

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2006

Strengths:    Exemplary cornering and grip in (almost) all conditions. Burly sidewalls, good overall durability

Weaknesses:    Slow roller, tread flings mud and small rocks like mad.

Bottom Line:   
This tire is outstanding for what it is, a huge, meaty tire. As such, it rolls slow, and is on the heavy side. Not really anything that could be avoided while keeping the benefits, but on fire roads it makes things seem longer.

The grip is amazing. I've found it to excell in all circumstances, from nasty slop to loose sand to jagged rocks and roots. It corners better than I do, especially in loose and chunky conditions. The braking is superb, as advertised. Durability has been good, I've actually yet to get a flat. There have been countless times when one of the side knobs has exploded off a root or rock with a loud FAP, and it took me a month to stop checking for damage. Wear is certainly evident after five months of hard and varied use, but has been more than satisfactory.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   None in this category.

Bike Setup:   Rigid SS. I run it in the front, on a Rhyno Lite XL, at 20 psi.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jon a Weekend Warrior from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2006

Strengths:    Huge, high volumed, aggressive, burly tire that floats over just about anything.

Weaknesses:    Slow, clumsy, poor on hardpack and on rock.

Bottom Line:   
A burly, abusive tire that looks and feels like it can ride over anything (but not on rock too well or hardpack due to very tall, flexy knobs) that can be slow and clumsy especially down twisty, technical singletrack.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Universal

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Kinetic, BG. Maxxis Highroller.

Bike Setup:   Azonic Saber 6" with 2.5 Race version up front and 2.3 Race on rear.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jd a Weekend Warrior from ireland

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2006

Strengths:    super grippy on the dry stuff. perhaps too grippy. I actually feel bad at the damage these tires do sometimes.

Weaknesses:    Total crap for mud in my opinion. They have a very worrying tendancy to slide sideways which is suprising considering the tread pattern.

Bottom Line:   
Having read all of the rave reviews here I decided to get a pair of these having happily used conti verticals for the last few months. After about 50 miles or so on them I have found them to be less than brilliant. They really dont clear mud well at all and let go into sideways drifts when cornering at speeds on muddy surfaces in a way that the conti's didnt. I have found them to be confidence inspiring in the dry though on everything from hard pack, to lose gravel, rocks, on wood and on street sufaces. They also feel good when landing, just not landing into a corner in the wet. If you ride in muddy or wet conditions regularly I would look elswhere, otherwise not a bad tire.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere dry

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   conti vertical 2.3, tioga factory dh

Bike Setup:   kona coiler.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zach Love a Cross Country Rider from SF

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2006

Strengths:    Grabs wet roots and rocks like a $5 crack ho. Super aggressive profile makes your friends jealous.

Weaknesses:    Throws crap at your girlfriend like a monkey in the zoo. Scares small children.

Bottom Line:   
Great for winter riding. Digs deep, but still rolls fast on hard pack. Eats rock gardens for lunch. 2.3s are quite possibly wider (on mavic 517s) than Motoraptor 2.4s. 2.5s fit great on the zoke. 2.3 barely fits the superlight - I had to true my wheel to make it fit. No biggie. Great for climbing despite the weight - real good digger. Kick ass for (my new all favorie term) "all mountain."

I'll be buying more at this price for when these wear out - which, with this profile, won't be long. Claws like a tiger.

Buckle up, drive fast, and vote often. Z

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Favorite Trail:   tenderfoot

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Blue Sky

Similar Products Used:   Motoraptors, velocips, anything WTB, remember Hardpacks?

Bike Setup:   SC Superlight, Marz Z1 CR 130, xtr, race face, thomson, mavic, sram, wtb

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Savage a Weekend Warrior from Bend, OR

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2006

Strengths:    Relatively light, hooks up anywhere

Weaknesses:    Not the quickest roller

Bottom Line:   
this is a wicked good DH/FR tire. Hooks up in the wet, the loamy, the hardpack. A great value.

Not quite as versatile as the Weirwolf. I'd rather run that as the trail tire, but the Timberwolf for dh and shuttling.

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Favorite Trail:   Flagline Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Web Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Weirwolf 2.3, Kenda Nevegal 2.3, Trailbear 2.25

Bike Setup:   Raleigh Ram XT2500, Sherman Firefly, Mavic F219's, Shimano Deore Hydrualics w/ 8" rotors, Race Face Evolve DH X-Type, Sram x9 drivetrain.

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