WTB Exiwolf 2.3 Tire

The ExiWolf is truly multi-talented. It combines the quick-rolling agility of an XC race tire with the consistent traction of a substantial trail tire. Featuring a deep tread pattern with loads of working edges and spikey, soil-piercing side knobs, the ExiWolf boasts impressive performance on any terrain, in any condition. It provides lively handling, predictable stability and tackles rocks and rough terrain with ease.

User Reviews (31)

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Brendan   Racer [Nov 17, 2016]
Strength:

Great and predictable tire. Grippy and fast rolling. Sheds mud quickly.

Weakness:

Wears out quickly, especially the knobs on the side. East coast rocks aren't nice to these. Without the side knobs, the strengths sort of fall away.

I really like this tire, but I just wish it lasted longer. The 29x2.3 last longer than 26's do. That's nice.

Similar Products Used: I'll try any tire once.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
afclsn   Cross Country Rider [May 05, 2013]
Strength:

Shed mud well. Good traction on dry dirt and sand.

Weakness:

Sidewalls tear easily.

Bought this tire to replace a Kenda Nevegal with a torn sidewall. With in a month I tore the sidewall on this tire as well. Never got to ride a rock garden on it.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal 29, Maxis CrossMark, Continental Mountain King 2.4
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
p0g0   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2012]
Strength:

I run them tubless with WTB Speed Disc rims, I weigh about 165, and I run these at 23-25psi with no worries. They grip great, and corner pretty nicely. They're excellent on hardpack, and even better when the ground gets tacky. I have just over 600 miles on my pair, and I think they'll go for another few hundred.

Weakness:

The wire bead version (that comes stock on the Karate Monkey weighs about 900g per tire. They're not great on roots in the wet.

Heavy, but otherwise, they perform well. They're slick over roots, but what isn't?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
DaveS29er   [May 28, 2012]
Strength:

I've been riding these for 9 months on a Karate Monkey single-speed, on canal banks and dirt and gravel roads. One of my favorite roads, 14 miles of rolling hills in the Sierra foothills, is gravel, rock of 1-2" diameter, and sand at times. I run about 25-30 lbs in the real nasty stuff, so I don't sink in and plow a rutt. On packed dirt, 40-60 lbs is good. For city streets and bike paths, I use 60-80 lb.

Weakness:

The tires are thin btw the treads, and goathead thorns are a big problem around here, so I use Slime tubes.

A great tire for dual use. Not an aggressive loose dirt tire.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
rusheleven   Cross Country Rider [May 10, 2012]
Strength:

Great traction, Able to run low pressure with tubes, Enough air to provide "suspension" for my rigid mtb

Weakness:

Heavy (almost 2lbs ugh.)

I'm able to run down to 30 psi without having to worry about pinching to much. Once I get to 40 psi there are zero worries. I've been running them for the last few months and have only flatted once and it was due to a hawthorn tree sharing its rather sharp huge needles with my tire.

I have yet to try these tires tubeless.

They have a super tight fit on my laser disk rims. Workable just tight.

I'm going to be rocking these until they are bald

Similar Products Used: Last tires I was running were Specialized Fast Tracks. These kill them.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
NachtWolf   All Mountain Rider [Mar 26, 2012]
Strength:

Low rolling resistance, excellent all around tire, above average mud shedding

Weakness:

Trouble with traction on larger blunt objects (smooth rocks, large smooth roots, etc (though I suppose almost all tires have that weakness))

A bicycle is a complex system of moving and stationary parts that work together under the user's power to move the user, as we all know. If any single component fails, the user's well being is at risk. Any rider wishing to push their own limits must have trust in their bike and the components it is comprised of.

I trust the WTB ExiWolf 2.3 tires with my life.

I've been on the trails for about 10 years now. I've taken these tires many places and have abused them in many ways. On hardpacked sloping trails, I get the speed I desire. On the rough and treacherous downhills, I get the stopping power I need. I was once riding on some trails late at night with a buddy of mine, traveling at around 15-20 mph, and all of the sudden I was about a foot in the air with some rather jagged rocks below me. I managed to land on the rocks and make an emergency stop without too much trouble. The same tires I used then are still in use today as my primary set.

Similar Products Used: WTB VelociRaptor, Hutchinson Bulldogs, Continental XC tire of unknown model name
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
bigbadwulff   Weekend Warrior [Jan 17, 2012]
Strength:

Rolls great. That part really surprises me. Hooks up well front and rear in our soft sandy/clay soil. No rocks here at all, so can't comment on that. So far I am impressed. 2.3 might be a bit wide for the rear end on my Cannondale Caffeine. It does rub a bit, but only slightly when the bike is under lateral stress.

Weakness:

So far none.

So far so good on limited rides so far. But haven't noticed anything bad. Have a dirt biking back ground and pretty critical about tires.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ihaveagibsonsg   Cross Country Rider [Jan 10, 2012]
Strength:

Fast rolling, feels light

Weakness:

poor traction on rocks

This is a well rounded tire. It is the fastest rolling 2.3 tire so I put it on my rear instead of a knobby tire like the ardent or the rampage so make my bike a little quicker. My only complaint is that it does not grip on rocks at all. You will slip around in place. It's a 50/50 shot if you will make it up a slippery rock garden with this tire compared to a knobby tire. I wouldn't use these in the wet at all or as a front tire. If you're primarily an XC ride you won't notice it slide out in front of you on the hairy downhill turns but anyone who rides quickly over technical terrain should opt for a bigger knobby tire like the ardent or rampage. I'm not too sure if I'll buy this one again, I'm waiting for a small block 8 in a 2.3.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Small Block 8, Maxxis Ardent, Panaracer Rampage, Kenda Nevegal
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
mblangbehn   Weekend Warrior [Dec 27, 2011]
Strength:

Supper grippy, clears mud great, fast rolling takes a beating

Weakness:

None so far

Best rear tire I've ever used, No contest... When I first got this tire I was a little concerned about how well it would clear mud because the tread was so close together, man was I wrong, it clears mud as well or better than anything I've ever seen and I live in the Pacific North West where mud is a way of life 8 to 9 months out of the year. This tire just holds onto anything, mud, roots, rocks, it just hooks up. I have this tire paired up with a Hutchinson Mosquito Air Light in the front and only the sloppiest of sloppy trails give me any pause at all and that includes red clay. I can't speak for it's abillity as a front tire but I imagine it would do very well I just like an ultra sticky soft tire on the front and the mosquito has that covered.

Similar Products Used: Fire XC, Velociraptors, Hutchinson Alligators, Hutchinson Mosquito Air light
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mtn-Rider   Cross Country Rider [Nov 26, 2011]
Strength:

Super sticky grip on typical desert terrain, tread pattern grabs well on everything, soft rubber compound adds to grip, lasts surprisingly long for such a soft tire, easily deforms over rocks resulting in smooth ride.

Weakness:

Thin sidewalls easily damaged, require more care over sharp rocks. Larger size than other tires increases overall radius and slightly reduces gearing when mounted on rear wheel as a result, it's quite noticeable on the pedals, but not much of a problem.

This is the best gripping tire I've ever had, no buts. Feels great over rough terrain together with a good shock, you really feel the difference when you replace it with another tire. Ran it with tubes and got a surprisingly low number of flats compared to other tires under comparable conditions, extra thickness behind tread pattern seems to help prevent flats. Sidewalls are very thin though and cut easily but keeps the tire weight fairly low.

Similar Products Used: WTB Mutano Raptor 2.24 & 2.4, Exiwolf 2.3, Velociratpor, Specialized The Captain, Maxxis Ignitor, Kenda Nevegal, others.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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