WTB Prowler MX 2.5 Tire

A large, all-mountain/freeride tire that has bike with it's bark. The MX eats up those wet, loose & rough late season trails.

User Reviews (19)

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Tony   Downhiller [Jul 12, 2012]
Strength:

- fairly fast rolling
- lightweight (folding bead)
- decent tread life

Weakness:

- terrible cornering in loose terrain
- not durable
- succeptable to pinch flats

These tires came stock on my Khs lucky 7. They were the folding bead and the sidewalls lacked any stiffness, i also had a ton of pinch flats. Cornering at high speeds and cornering on loose dirt is not fun on these tires as the like to wash out at the worst times. Might be a good tire for dry hard pack or dry xc riding as they seem to roll quite well with the center tread pattern. I definetly don't recommend the folding bead.

Similar Products Used: Kenda nevegal
Wtb moto raptor
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
rockinMTBer   Weekend Warrior [Dec 07, 2011]
Strength:

Strong,durable

Weakness:

Slow rolling,Heavy,Slides out,packs with mud.

It's a good tire, that is strong and reliable. I've never flatted out on these. They are very heavy, and kind of slow. They slide out a lot. As mentioned in previous posts, they do hold mud, so riding these in wet conditions is not advised. Don't know if I will keep riding these.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
dragster12   Weekend Warrior [Sep 19, 2011]
Strength:

Durable casing
Good traction in hardpack or Rock Gardens.

Weakness:

Bad traction in muddy or deep loose dirt.
Casing on 1st tire was tweaked.

Happy with this tire in the front in hardpack and rock gardens. Also handles berms well. I spend most of my time in these conditions. Haven't tried it in the rear as I prefer a lighter tire in the back. I did have to send one back as the casing was tweaked. After mounting there was a 1" side to side hop in the tire... yes the tire, my rim did not need to be trued. 3chilis overall as I'm not blown away, but 4 for the great value as they were $10 bucks.

Similar Products Used: Continental Diesel 2.5.
Kenda Nevegal 2.5.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
RobbC7   Weekend Warrior [Jan 23, 2011]
Strength:

Good for Cross country

Weakness:

It can not handle mud or wet terrain.

No grip on a Muddy terrain at all. Almost cost me a serious injury trying to avoid a tree stump going downhill at triple X. And all these tires did is slipping and sliding.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
apache448   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2010]
Strength:

todos.gran neumatico,buen agarre en todos los terrenos secos,sueltos roca ,gravilla etc .ruedan bien para su tamaño.

Weakness:

ninguno hasta ahora

NEUMATICO RECOMENDABLE PARA TODOS LOS TERRENOS,ROBUSTO Y FIABLE,AGARRA MUY BIEN...

Similar Products Used: wtb weirwolf,exiwolf ,specialized,kenda etc
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
tonebone2000   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2010]
Strength:

It grips fairly well I guess. It mounts easily tubeless. Probably would make a great front tire

Weakness:

Way too soft for a rear tire, at least in rocky terrain

Pretty disappointed in these tires, especially for the price. I have had them about a month and they are about done for. They probably would be fine on soft terrain, but rocky terrain eats these things up. Beside normal tire wear, they seem to tear very easily too. You can't necessarily blame a sidewall tear on the tire, but it happens almost every time I ride with these tires, then I patch it, then it tears somewhere else. I wish I wouldn't have tried it as a rear, it might do OK as a front tire.

Funny thing is, the MotoRaptor which cost a third as much as the Prowler MX actually held up much better.

Similar Products Used: WTB MotoRaptor, GEAX DHEA, Kenda Nevegal
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
R-M-R   Downhiller [Apr 12, 2010]
Strength:

- No traction "dead zones"
- Flexible lugs provide progressive breakaway and will find traction in the sketchiest grease
- Sticky rubber
- Large volume

Weakness:

- Not the best traction on concrete-like hardpack (try the first-generation Dissent 2.5" for that)
- Suffers in sticky, clay-based mud

If I had to describe this tire in one word, it would be "predictable". It may not be the ultimate tire in any condition (possible exception discussed below), but it will never, EVER unexpectedly let you down. It's also the best tire on the market for riders without racer-level cornering skills.

Two design features define the MX's performance characteristics:

1. Cornering lugs run the whole width of the tire, so there's never a "dead zone" of low traction before the cornering lugs kick in, as is the case with Maxxis' High Roller or Kenda's El Moco, for example. This makes the tire very reassuring in difficult conditions and for riders with less advanced cornering technique.

2. The lugs are as flexible as any I've ever seen, yet don't suddenly fold over. This reduces ultimate traction on extremely hard ground, but gives a smoothly progressive breakaway, which allows the rider to reach the tire's limit. It's better to fully reach this low, but predictable, limit than to have to stay well clear of a high limit with sudden breakaway. Again, this is a feature that is immensely helpful to riders who are developing on their cornering technique.

As I mentioned above, I did find one situation in which this tire was spectacular: The greasiest conditions Whistler's upper mountain could throw at me. Mud spikes may have the ability to mechanically engage rocks and roots, hooking onto them like cleats, but those tall lugs can fold over unpredictably, making them terrifying on rock slabs and wooden structures. Whistler's thin mud didn't clog the MX's tight tread, allowing the soft lugs to wiggle flex until they found traction, groping the terrain like an octopus. Garbanzo's greasy terrain normally alternates between moderate traction and sudden, frictionless deflections; this experience was like riding in the dry, but with less traction everywhere.

To summarize:

- The ultimate downhill tire for riders who are learning how to approach a bike's limits and how to handle the bike as it gets loose

- A decent tire for highly skilled downhillers, but there are better choices, especially on concrete-like hardpack (WTB's first-generation Dissent 2.5" is what you want for that)

- Perhaps the ultimate tire for greasy conditions with thin mud, especially when wooden structures and rock slabs are involved

Similar Products Used: Maxxis Minion & High Roller, Kenda Nevegal, WTB Dissent, Michelin DH32, Intense DH & 909
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
MotoRder   Downhiller [Oct 24, 2009]
Strength:

Wire Bead is SUper Strong, Never Flatted in 2 yrs on these tires running 20-35 psi., Great for dirt jumping and manicured trails. Super traction in the dry and damp comditions

Weakness:

Globs up in the sloppy wet. Off camber hits of rocks and roots real slick, the knobs are just too close together. A real @#$%& to get on the Azonic Outlaw rims.

Awesome Tires. I been running a pair for two years and they just keep getting better and better. I got the tougher compound when i bought them cause i heard complaints about how long they last, but these have been going the distance. Real intuitive if ur sliding ur rear around a corner. These tires have never let me down on hardpack, dry, and damp conditions. If your riding on conditions with mudholes, mud covered rocks and roots, and super loose crap change your tires. These dont shed well, nore grip well over off-axis roots in the wet. The only problem i can see is that the outside knobs are just a little too close together. SOme customizing could fix that. I'm gonna be using these tires for a lonnnnnggggg time :)

Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal, Maxxis Minion
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
FlyingIrish   Downhiller [Aug 17, 2009]
Strength:

This tire is VERY PREDICTABLE. It breaks out slow so you'll slide your front for a while before it slides out.

Weakness:

The soft rubber wears out really fast on small sharp gravel like rocks. Doesn't work well for a back tire because of how soft it is.

This tire is progressive and it's for the rider who wants a slow transition from grip to sliding out. This tire works WAY better than the WTB wierwolf. The grip is outstanding in dirt, mud, gravel (seems like there could be a better tire for gravel though) and on the road it sticks like it's a slick. The soft rubber is really the ticket for nice dirt trails and any mud or rocks you can throw at it. The soft rubber sticks SO WELL to the rocks you'll be loving it in no time.

However after two days at mammoth the rubber is so torn up I'm going with another DH tire (WTB Timberwolf...) for that mountain.

This tire kills it and especially with the nevegal rear. I can drift my bike endlessly, as lpong as it's moving I can hold it sideways and this tire makes it happen. Don't go out and buy one for the back wheel though.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevagal, WTB Wierwolf, Nokian Gazzalodi 3.0
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
kayakjamie   Cross Country Rider [Jul 25, 2009]
Strength:

Beefy tire with strong side walls.

Weakness:

Not very agressive tread. Heavier.

A good solid tire for a tandem.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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