The WTB VelociRaptors features exceptional front steering control, whileThe rear grabsTheTrail helping you get upThat killer climb, helpingTo makeThis aTire comboThat is great in wetTo dry and looseTo roughTrail conditions.26" Bead Folding Comp: Cable bead Comp: Steel bead Race: Aramid bead Weight Folding Comp Front: 719 g Folding Comp Rear: 718 g Comp Front: 795 g Comp Rear: 795 g Race Front: 700 g Race Rear: 700 g
Strengths: - grip
- value for money
Weaknesses: - there are lighter tyres
My girlfriend's been riding these here in Québec-Maine-Vermont.
She was new to mountainbiking so I wanted her to have a tyre that would inspire confidence.
These tyres have been great: excellent grip and traction, durable. Don't remember exactly how much I paid them, but they were cheap in comparison to other tyres.
Would certainly recommend these.
I had these on my previous 26" bike and they were awesome for my local trails. No problem whatsoever on roots, sand washouts, etc. Yeah there were some sections on the trails were a faster tire would blow these away but for all around performance these rock, especially when you take into account price. I wish WTB made these for 29ers.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bergen, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2012
Strengths: Rear specific tire with its paddles is an awesome gripper!!! Eats hills for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!! Excellent bang for the buck.
Weaknesses: Wears quicker than I would have liked but hey, that's a trade off for a grippy compound. If you want something that will last forever, get a hybrid tire.
I bought my bike used 2 years ago and replaced the IRC Mythos XC tires which would spin in the mud and were getting dry rot. I chose the front and rear specific WTB VelociRaptor Comp wire bead versions and put thornproof tubes in them. The rear tire is an awesome gripper, the front tire is OK (front tires aren't subject to any torque so not much of an issue for a xc rider). The difference in the rear was like night and day!!! Trails where I would come to a halt and have to dismount and walk out of a mud hole, I was now pedaling out!!! Never had a flat but then again, they may have been due to the thornproof tubes - great piece of mind for those of us that don't care about weight!
Some have complained of high rolling resistance but here again, it's a xc tire, not a dh tire. The rear has worn down quicker than I would have liked but that may be because I have taken it on roads as well as trails. Down to about half worn in 1K miles. Am I being nit picky? Can't really compain as they're only $18. With many MTB tires costing over $40, I could go through 2 sets of these and still spend less $$.
Overall, great gripper and great bang for the buck!
Bike Setup: Cannondale 2002 F500 Hardtail with Headshok front suspension.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2012
Strengths: the front and rear specific work well together( just watch your front pressure) the rear is a paddle type tire that will climb up a wall, went up a rocky trail last week that i was unable to make with my stock bontrangers or kenda telonix that i had on at different times. i stayed in the saddle, put her in low and up i went, i cant say enough about the rocky grip, it was awesome! dry single track and such is equally as good, the soft crap,,,fair,but find me a tire that is great in that crap and ill buy it for you,lol. but now the reason ive been trying different tires,,, wet rocks and roots, and the result was good, i havent ridden in the pouring rain yet, but did have to cross a couple small creeks directly on to rocks and roots and i was happy, tiny(tiny i say) slippage, but was able to peddle out of it!! great price too.
Weaknesses: rolling resistance on pavement, but who cares, if you wanna spend most of your time on pavement, buy a road bike!! this most likely is not the tire for you if you race, as it is a med. to med high weight tire, its not ridiculous, but there are lighter tires out there.
so far these tires have not disappointed me, not really made for pavement, i sound like a jeep with huge tires,lol, but my main goal is trail performance, and so far, so good! i think these are a real good tire for the $$$. i will buy these again, and also would recommend them to a friend.
Similar Products Used: bontranger jones2.1, kenda hans rey telonix 2.2 & 2.4
Bike Setup: stock trek fuel ex8 with steve "the animal" hamilton platform pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Date Reviewed: February 12, 2012
Strengths: Great at climbing, just stand up and pump it and you can get up anything. Cornering is fantastic too. Haven't had a flat yet either. The front and rear tread designs work extremely well together.
Weaknesses: Rolling resistance, but who cares about that. I guess noisy on road?
Great tire, inexpensive and rugged, performs better than I expected. They wear better than I thought with some on road riding. They measure wider than the 2.1 inches, which is a good thing. Would defiantly buy again.
Favorite Trail: LAKE TOM STEED - Great Plains SP, Mountain Park, OK www.ridesteed.com
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
Purchased At: LBS
Similar Products Used: :( Conti Speed King: cut the sidewall 2 miles in. (not really similar, but the LBS put them on and said that I would like them)
Bike Setup: Trek hardtail
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 12, 2011
Strengths: Great tire, the front and rear specific tire is no gimmick it works and it works well. The rear tire is a paddle tread. it has lots if traction and while climbing with a loose surface there is no slip. The front tire has a directional pattern and stays planted to the ground. with these tires you can really push your bike.
its quite thick this is great if you are an AZ rider, less flats from thorns
Weaknesses: When first installed they flung debris but that stopped once they got dirty. on concrete and asphalt they are kind of noisey but that is expected from and off road tire. There are some molding issues, some spots have injection spots these can be cut off and dont affect the tire
Great tire, a lot of bite kind of priecy but well worth it.
a Weekend Warrior
from Tavares, FL USA
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2010
Strengths: Sandy areas especially on turns, sandy hills going up or down.
Weaknesses: Not the best on asphalt but not a big issue.
This tire made the trail down the street from my house (Mt Dora) much more ridable. The trail is a great trail and fun to ride but its new- lots of sandy areas including turns and hills. The hills were tough to climb with the standard OEM issue Bontrager Jones or Connection. We often times had to walk. The sandy turns would send you into the woods. With Velociraptors you can ride must faster with confidence. Just bought my son a set. I highly recommend them and you can't beat the price at performancebike.com.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bartlett, TN, USA
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2010
Strengths: Super cheap (I did the buy one get one free offer at Blue Sky), incredible traction in mud and really soft ground, durability
Weaknesses: Rolling resistance, bad cornering
Imagine driving a truck with hardcore mud tires down the interstate. Just purely unnecessary amounts of rolling resistance and traction. Until there's mud, then it's awesome! Same with these. On hard pack these are awful and don't even corner well (they WILL break loose if you push them in corners. I've proven this time after time....), but when there's mud, HOLY @#$% these are amazing!
5 chilis for value, because $25 for both tires is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP
3 chilis for overall because they can't corner and are terrible unless it's muddy
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