Ritchey Excavader UST Tubeless Tire

Excavader UST

Third generation Z-Max with VFA™ tread design. Lightweight and fast rolling. All conditions tread. Kevlar. Blackwall. 26 x 1.9". 775g

User Reviews (4)

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Nate   Racer [Sep 19, 2005]
Strength:

Durability, sidewalls, traction, versatility

Weakness:

weight

These tires last a very long time. I like to commute on my race bike, so I can ride immediately after work. These are the longest lasting tires I've ever had, period. With Stan's sealant I have not flatted once, knock on wood.

This tire comes in a 1.95, but feels like you're riding a downhill tire when cornering. Sidewalls are very thick. An earlier reviewer claims that this tire has poor rolling resistance, I disagree. Traction is great on many different types of terrain (hard pack, mud, and rock are equally handled).

Downside = These things are heavy, very heavy 775 grams. Thats as much as a 2.4.

Similar Products Used: Hutchinsons (used all of them they are good), Michelin (used many of them and they all suck very bad), Kenda Karisma Nevagal(are great but wear out quickly)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Kevin Laevers   Cross Country Rider [Oct 19, 2003]
Strength:

Endless traction, great mudd shedding and handling. The tire gives a lot of confidence & feedback to the rider.

Weakness:

Price, 53$!!! Also, it looks like the tire has a very soft compound, which makes me curious about the durability.

This tire gives good feedback to the rider, makes the bike handle really good and gives endless traction :0))

I like the comfort of a wider tire - 26x2.1 - but at this moment the UST version is only available in 26x1.9. Surprisingly, the ride was still pretty comfortable due to the hight of the tire (compared to the height of Schwalbe's Skinny Jimmy's).

I can highly recommend this tire to everyone!

Similar Products Used: Michelin Wildgripper Comp S, Schwalbe Skinny Jimmy's, Specialized Rockster's.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Andy Clemmow   Racer [Jan 10, 2004]
Strength:

Great traction in almost any conditions. Sheds mud well, Corners well, especially in loose or marginal terain

Weakness:

Slightly heavy and slow rolling.

Changed to these from Hutchinson Pythons, because the Hutchies wouldn't hook up on dusty hard pack trails. Brilliant grip, no squirm, and precise feel. You know exactly where the limit is with these tyres. They hook up especially well on greasy, clay based or loose forest trails and give great confidence to the rider. The downside? They are very sloooow rolling, in comparison to the Hutchies and not the lightest out there. Use 'em if you ride technical or loose trails or if you are not worried about the last tiny bit of speed, Race on the Hutchies.

Similar Products Used: Hutchinson Python
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Brian   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2007]
Strength:

Light weight, outstanding fore/aft traction(rear Tire), great mud-shedding, good roller for being an agressive tread

Weakness:

relatively small air volume for a 1.9 (smaller outside diameter, shorter side walls)resulting in a firmer ride at a given air pressure

A perfect rear tire for the type of riding i do. it doesn't slow you down on dry hardpack, and it tears through mud, very hard to break it loose even on soft/wet/muddy uphills, gripps roots surprisingly well, no problems on rocks. I like to be able to lock up the rear tire and slide it laterally around some types of turns and this tire allows me to do that with a lot of control, especially for a tire with so much fore/aft grip. For the weight weenies out there, these tires (ust pro 1.9) claim 595-650g depending on your source, mine weighed in at 660g. In hindsight i might choose the 2.1" in hopes of a better ride and larger tire diameter, but i'm not complaining, it'sno big deal.

Similar Products Used: none, specialized fast tracks are the only other tires i've used
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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