Ritchey SpeedMax Innovader Tire

SpeedMax Innovader

• Fast-rolling semi-knobby VFA tread design • Great for hardpacked conditions and fireroads • Very low rolling resistance • WCS, Pro and Comp versions • 26x2.0

User Reviews (8)

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doggie   Cross Country Rider [Aug 24, 2010]
Strength:

Fast and light. Despite the look grip well.

Weakness:

Do not know any.

Fast tires that do well in most conditions. They look like they are only good for the road, but I have handled snow and mud with them. They perform surprisingly well for what they look like. Never had a flat. All in all a good value tire with outstanding performance on dry surfaces.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
SnoX   Cross Country Rider [Oct 20, 2008]
Strength:

low rolling resistance

Weakness:

everything. This is my 4th pinch flat in five days. I had it at 60 psi and that didnt help either. Maybe if you buy heavy duty tubes it will help.

probably at least 10 flats in 6 months of riding.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Rich Gibbons   Cross Country Rider [Dec 17, 2006]
Strength:

Low rolling resistance, light

Weakness:

Side grip

For hard pack and pavement, these tires are off the charts. Fast and SMOOOOOOTH. For steep, sketchy, rutted loose descents, forget it. The tire's profile is so rounded, it just LOVES getting sucked into whatever rut it gets near. Having ridden the SpeedMax on the *same* trails with the *same* ruts, it was never a problem with them. I've noticed a big difference in front end grip, even running at 35psi. I'm going to spoon the Innovaders onto my second string bike which I use for commuting to work (98% of which is on pavement) and scoring a set of Kenda Small Block Eights for my trail bike. If you ride a lot of hard pack and pavement, the Innovader is a GREAT tire with good wear characteristics, but if you need the front end hooked up in the steep stuff (I ate it last weekend due to a lack of front end control), go with a tire that has bolder side blocks.

Similar Products Used: Ritchey SpeedMax
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
ben   Racer [Apr 12, 2004]
Strength:

excellent climber, holds well in loose and sandy conditions, sticks to hard pack, an extremely fast tire, spend the extra money for the wcs kevlar well worth it, I race nearly every weekend and this is far and away the best tire I've ever ridden, it amazes me more people don't ride them

Weakness:

not a good tire in mud, only short-coming

if you want a fast light tire that handles well in all conditions except mud this is it, it grabs well on climbs and is unsurpassed on flats and downhill, I've ridden this tire for over two years now and have yet to see anyone else on them, I can't understand why, the physics behind the tires is light years beyond anything else on the market and I can personally attest the ride is dangerously smooth, adds speed on decents and still grips on climbs

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Russ   Cross Country Rider [Jun 28, 2006]
Strength:

Light weight, fast rolling
Good grip for a fast tire
Sheds mud pretty well

Weakness:

Prone to pinch flast? (see below)

Very good all-around tire. My riding is mostly gravel road up and steep singletrack down, so i wanted something light on the rear for the climbs. This tire fits the bill, and even behaves in mud. Doesn't pack up and gets some traction, although it's squirrely when descending muddy singletrack.
Climbs well, this tire let me clean a steep, sand-over-hardpack section that usually gives me trouble.

On the down side, I got my first ever pinch flat with this tire, bombing down a rocky fireroad. I was running at 35 psi, now I run at least 40, as recommended on the sidewall. I like a beefier tire in front, but for a fast rolling rear tire the Innovader rocks! If I wanted hybrid tire for pavement and offroad, this would be on my list.

Similar Products Used: Panaracer XP Pro, kWTB Weirwolf
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Massimo   Weekend Warrior [Apr 07, 2003]
Strength:

Very fast roller
Great on the road

Weakness:

Not very able in hard situations

I'm not a great biker.
I don't like extreme situations so i prefer to go in parks or others similar enviroments.
I like a mix of situations (street too) and the innovader seems to be the correct compromise

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Odilio "Maxbuwaya" Castro   Cross Country Rider [Nov 30, 2004]
Strength:

If you want to get the best of both world then this is the tyre you may wanna get! Good on Tarmac, cemented road, street, Manholes, stairs, Hardpack, Fire road, Rocky Road,
Sand. Almost Everything. Tough on skids (I expect to worn in out while doing drifts) Lighweight (Kevlar 2.0) Looks good. Bites on ground after doin a jump. Digs into mud until it reaches the hard part of the ground
Not too common looking. Makes your bike a li'l bit more special

Weakness:

Hard to find, Actually I just stumble upon on this one. I bought this without knowing any feedbacks. Not much grip on soft mud. (But skill can eliminate that problem!)

The best tyre i ever had, If I could find it again ill buy two more pairs for reserve. You guys should give it a try.

Similar Products Used: Michelin Country, Hutchinson Mosquito, Maxxis Larsen TT, Kenda Kinetics
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Muerto   [May 20, 2004]
Strength:

Fast!, Good grip on hard surfaces(asphalt) packed dirt and gravel.

Weakness:

Bad grip in mud, probably because of the low pattern, dunno what its really called but the part that is on the ground... Doesn't grip very good on wet asphalt when new

Really good tire for most conditions atleast for me who only rides a couple of times a week. First ride was on soaking asphalt and when I had to hit the brakes to avoid hitting a car both wheels skidded but now that the hard glace on them has gone away the grip onto any surface, rocks, roots, gravel, asphalt, concrete, dirt, grass think you get the picture! Its only the mud performance that makes me give the tire only 4 hot ones in overall rating but the value is teriffic... I recommend this tire to everyone who live in the town or have to ride on the roads to get to the trails where they love to be!

Similar Products Used: Kenda Hammer, various street tires
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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