The redesigned WeirWolf is a different animal entirely. WTB added an extra row ofTransitionalTread betweenThe crown and side knobsThat givesThe new WeirWolf a positive feel and consistentTraction at any lean angle, from moderateTo extreme.TheTCS model addsThe performance benefits ofTubelessTechnology without adding weight. MountThe WeirWolf for big mountain cross county rides, Super D races of DH adventures and find out why Mark Weir is always sportingThat goofy grin. 890 grams UST Aramid b
Strengths: Grip, rolling, control up front, perfect fit for 29er
Weaknesses: Pricey but worth every penny
These reviews are tough and all over the place most likely because this tire has changed a lot over the years ... but six months after mounting this TCS model up front on my Tallboy LT in spring of 2013 I can honestly say I would never consider another because it is the best I've had, bar none. The new Weirwolf has more than proven itself on the trails in Downieville, Bend, Ashland and my home turf in Santa Cruz. Can't say how it performs in mud yet. Run it up front paired with a Wolverine in back ... so obviously big fan of WTB. I currently run these with tubes but plan to go tubeless next chance I get. Yeah it is a little pricey but worth every penny, no question. Absolutely no issues with wear. Highly recommended.
Weaknesses: My "2.3" is really a 2.12. That's measured from outside of outer knob. With so many ordering these online this is bogus. A little bit off is cool but this is going on a 1/4" off. The "2.3" in my world is suitable for a rear xc tire in hard pack as the knobs are too small for gravel. Too small for front unless you like them old school skinny style or need them for xc racing.
Strengths: Front end grip, corners like a roller coaster, and long lasting tread.
Weaknesses: None yet, but I haven't ridden them in wet conditions.
I'm running these tubeless on a Haven (Al) wheels on a 2012 Trek 9.7 (19.5"). I'm 205 lbs at 6'-2". I ride mostly in the Tahoe area, Auburn, Folsom/Granite Bay/El Dorado Hills area. The trails here are mostly dry and somewhat loose in the summer with plenty of technical rock gardens. I have raced XC on these and never had a problem. The WW is my favorite front tire.
Some people I know run them in back as well with limited grip unless you run the tire backwards so the claws dig into the trail. Most likely, you're better off running another tire in back.
Weaknesses: Cornering, side grip, build quality is a question mark.
For reference, the tires are mounted on full UST rims without sealant. Used for trail riding on packed, loose, and/or rocky singletrack.
The tires mounted, aired, and seated without issue. No special tools, and a floor pump was sufficient to seat beads.
The tires biggest strength is straight line traction. I noticed a definite improvement while climbing, did not have to balance my weight as carefully to prevent spinning the tire (compared to the Nevegals). Also pleased with the overall ride, it may be due to the slightly larger 2.3 size but the bike goes over the rock gardens and rough stuff with a bit less drama. Lively but controlled on the downhills.
Have not had a wet ride on them so cannot comment.
The side grip isn't there. I was totally surprised by the front sliding sideways off a loose-ish hillside. The section was in no way sketchy and my buddy (on the same line) rode right through it. On some faster downhill sections I just did not have the confidence to really push in the corners. Surprising since the tire seems to be billed as a carver.
Potentially an issue. Of the first pair I ordered, one leaked through the tread before I ever rode it. Hucknroll replaced the tire without question. Now, after three rides, the front tire has a leak in roughly the same area of the tread. It certainly could be a puncture but I cannot see any foreign object and based on my previous tire, I'm worried this could be a trend. I will be installing Stan's sealant in the hopes of preventing more leaks.
At the sale price ($32.48) it's a great deal for a full UST 2.3 tire and I'd likely buy again. Well, providing I have no further quality issues. But at the full $60-70.00 price per tire I'd try something else.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal (tube) WTB Velociraptor (tube)
Bike Setup: Giant Trance X4
a Cross Country Rider
from Chico, CA
Date Reviewed: January 30, 2012
Strengths: Very predictable cornering
Excellent climbing traction
Reasonably fast roller
Very good dry to damp traction
Weaknesses: Weak sidewalls
Middling braking performance
Very fast wearing
Poor in mud and wet conditions
I like this tire, I really do, but I have stopped running them as they are too subject to sidewall failure. I had been running the TCS tubeless almost exclusively front and rear for almost two years and have gone through about 8 tires. Of those 8, 3 have failed due to sidewall cuts and one had the tread sliced through by a rock. Two of the failures were in the Downieville area and two were in the Chico area. Chico is very rocky but in 20 years of riding 'other' tires I have only had one sidewall failure. Downieville is just not that rocky or technical. Tires should not fail there. In sum, a very nice but unreliable tire, which is a shame as they had a lot going for them.
Similar Products Used: Too many to list but to give a general idea..... Nevigals, Mythos, Trail Kings, ect...
Bike Setup: Moots Cinco nicely equipped
a Cross Country Rider
from Vacaville, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 14, 2011
Strengths: Awesome grip during corning and climb. Soft rubber compound and specially designed side knobs really hook up. Able to run very low pressures with tubeless setup.
Weaknesses: Soft rubber side knobs wear out fast. Not a super fast roller.
I really love these tires. The very thing that makes them great also is their nemesis. That is the soft rubber knobs. These wear fairly fast and you lose a little corner grip. The rear tire tends to wear out faster than the front. Best used if you have a twisting hard packed single track that requires a lot of grip. Very playful and fun tire.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Blur 4x. 30psi 2.1 on the rear and 2.3 on the front.
a Weekend Warrior
from Albuquerque, NM
Date Reviewed: June 27, 2011
Strengths: Great dry draction. These tires are extremely predictable in dry conditions. Also did well in loose/rocky conditions and on slick rock. Seemed to roll well and gave lots of good feedback under braking. Sidewalls fared well getting scrapped against granite and cactus. 2.1 size holds true.
Disclaimer: Review for Dry conditions only!!
Weaknesses: None so far.
Great tire! From my expreice I've had so far I would buy these again or recomend them to a friend. I don't know if I'd buy them at MSRP tough... (that could just be me being a penny pincher though)
Strengths: Well priced for the online deal that I found. Good rolling resistance and manageable skidding.
Weaknesses: Bad traction on wet, muddy and loose surface.
I have to admit I only tried this as a rear tire this winter. So I haven't had a chance to ride them on a dry hardpack surface.
They haven't been acting good on wet. As they have good climbing traction while on the saddle they easily loose traction uphill when you get off the saddle.
It just wont roll over wet roots and rocks. Due to their design they gunk up easily with mud but they shouldn't be used under those conditions anyway.
It shows very predictable skid on corners. Feels like it s gonna be good on dry hardpack.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio, TX
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2011
Strengths: Lot's of grip, much more than the WTB Wolverines I had before. You can just toss the bike into corners. Climbing and braking grip is also very good. Rolling resistance is suprisingly good considering how well they stick to the trail. When they finally break away it's very smooth and controllable. First 50 miles of use has shown little wear.
Weaknesses: Heavy. I bought the 2.3 size, looks narrow.
Great tire. I'm happy so far. It's much heavier than my last set of tires and I really felt it the first couple times out. Now that I'm used to it I dont really care. I'll take the added grip even though it costs acceleration. I'd highly recommend this tire for riders looking for traction in the corners with pretty decent rolling resistance. If you get them for as cheap as I did it's definitely worth a try even if you are happy with what you have.
Similar Products Used: I've tried all kinds of tires, most recently I have burned through a set of WTB Wolverines.
Bike Setup: C'dale Prophet
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio, Texas
Date Reviewed: January 23, 2011
-Easy to mount for a UST
Weaknesses: -Price! (I refuse to pay $60 for a tire, so I waited and found them on sale for $40)
-Horrible in conditions that are slightly wet
I was hooked on the old line of Wolf tires. When these came out, I bought one for the rear and hated it. Then I gave it another try and bought one for the front and hated it even more. The old style really hooked up in loose terrain (really bit). This one has a more controlled slide feel to it and just feels heavy. The casing seems small for a 2.3, more like a 2.1. Also, any small amount of mud and go home, this tire packs up like a fat man's bowels on cheese. Don't get me wrong, in the right conditions which is dry to slightly loose soil, this tire will do well. But for aggressive trails with loose rock very loose soil, this tire is all over the place. Its too bad they don't still offer the old style for special order.
FYI, after trying countless tires trying to find one that rode like the old wolf, I found the golden tire. Continental Trail King 2.2. I can really rail corners and she doesn't pack up to bad in the mud. Wide casing on the 2.2 more like a 2.3 and only 650 grams. I'm sold.
If the tires were cheaper and the 2.3 was a 2.3 and not more like a 2.1 I would give it a higher rating.
I had ultra low expectations -but currently living in Indonesia you have to sometimes take what they serve you... quite nice ride feeling when it is not 'too engaging' (meaning slow). Roll better than they look... I was almost getting happy with them until -after only some 20hrs, the rear tire delaminated (at ~40psi). Managed home thanks to Stan... not sure I'll risk buying them again
Strengths: I am reviewing the 2.3 TCS and I love the way these tires hook-up in any terrain at any angle. I run these tubless, and I am a heavy guy who has never had them flex or burp. Excellent traction.
Weaknesses: A bit on the heavy side, but they're very durable, so the weight is a good trade-off
Bike Setup: Santa cruz BLT, i9 all-mountain wheels, Avid Elixr brakes, sram X-9 drivetrain with an XTR crank, fox Float RLC 140, Fox RP23.
a Cross Country Rider
from water valley alberta canada
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2010
Great tire. Using the 2010 2.3 UST version and it is better than previous versions. Wear rate seems quite high, but that's the price you pay. Weigh is a tad high but that's the tradeoff for higher durability. Run them at 32 psi and they provide awesome traction. Replacement will be same tire when the time comes.
Similar Products Used: 2.1 Weirwolf, ohter front specific tires (I consider this front specific)
Bike Setup: Blur LTc xc build
a Cross Country Rider
from bay area california
Date Reviewed: July 28, 2010
Strengths: Weirwolf 2.3 AM TCS. I am talking about the new weirwolf.
THIS TIRE ROCKS!
Ok Run this tire tubeless. Thats what it was designed for and it gets a better contact patch. I love the way this tire corners. It rolls fast and transitions fast and once you get used to it you fly. As a trail tire for xc and freeride at the right tire pressure its very stable and very hooked up at lean angles.
Tire pressure: OK knuckle heads this is important! Get a good gauge on your floor pump. A 0-60 psi gauge is super cheap and very accurate to read. Every race car,race bike,bike racer needs to have perfect tire pressure Nobody in Road racing or supercross or World cup DH or XC squezes their tires to measure air pressure. Get a good gauge, get it right and be rewarded with traction! I am running the front tire at 31psi and the rear at 30psi. In my area it works awesome.Lower than 30 just flexs to much This tire has help me make more switchbacks and technical sections then ever before.
Cornering:The new weirwolf likes lean angle, the more the better! Once you get used to the fast turn in and getting the bike to the right lean angle this tire will hook up and pull just about any turn.
I would say this tire is a soft terrain on anything moist and tacky its hands down the best rubber I have been on as it get dry and loose on the downhill it pushes around a bit but in a controllable manner. The Weirwolf tcs gives great feedback as opposed to just letting go. I have ridden just about every wtb tire and so far these are my favorite!
Weaknesses: If your a lazy rider the front will push. Its the type of thing if your sitting in the seat and your just turning your bars and not getting the bike leaned over the front feels nervous and a little skiddy. Remedy-weight the inside bar on every turn and you will be stoked.
I feel like this tire sacrifices a little in the braking dept to be better in other areas so take it easy on the rear brake.
Run the right PSI for you
Run it tubeless!
ride as much as you can
Similar Products Used: Almost every wtb tire plus kendas and a couple of Michelins.
I used to road race and tires cost 500 a set. MTB tires are cheap when you compare.
Bike Setup: 2009 Specialized Enduro sl pro
a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego, Ca
Date Reviewed: June 30, 2010
Strengths: Excellent cornering! I went through sand, sand on hardpack, wood chips, and light mud. I was little apprehensive at first, but found that no matter how hard I pushed the lean, they never lost grip.
Rolling resistance on hard-pack is very low. The center of these tires ride a little high for very quick speeds, with the bigger cornering knobs ready for any turns.
Climbs very well for me, and I'm not too heavy. Powers up a lot of stuff I used to always slip on.
They are setup perfectly on my EX 7's stock rims (Bontrager Duster), tubeless with Stan's.
Weaknesses: Going through any sort of mud, these things will cover you! I guess if you like to gey WAY dirty this is a Pro, but man... I only went through a few stretches of very light mud and the back of my bike is plastered. I have a water bottle mounted on the bottom of the down tube and the opening was sealed with crap. Mmm... minerals!
After muddy/wet sections they tend to pick up a lot of junk between the knobs. They clear themselves after a little riding on some dry stuff, but only by means of flicking a lot of stuff in your face.
They are a little thin for 2.3 tires. I wish they made these
I don't know what's with the few bad reviews here. These seem to be excellent quality, and I've had no issues running these tubeless.
Highly recommend these to anyone tired of washing out in corners and want an overall aggressive tire.
I haven't had these too long, but I'll see how they hold up.
I'm looking at some Weirwolf 2.3 - enjoyed it on a friend's bike and want to give it a try on my mojo. A couple questions:
That's a heavy tire - I thought it rode great, but is it worth the weight?
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I'm currently using tubed Kenda Nevagals on Stan's Crest rims (lumpy...) and would like to try tubeless.
Which of these tires do you guys recommend? Mostly hardpack, occasional rocks. roots, and some mud.
I'd prefer the lighter of the three if WTB's weights are accurate.
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Has anyone mounted up a Weirwolf TCS on a UST rim? I just bought a Weirwolf 2.3 AM TCS, and was going to mount it to my XTR UST front rim. I was thinking about mounting it before my ride tonight, but not if it's going to be a PITA or take a long time.Read More »