Ritchey Excavader Tire

DESCRIPTION

The ExcaVader CrossTire is aggressive cyclocrossTireThat is great in many conditions while offering a low rolling resistance with its centerTread pattern. Aggressive, fast-rolling 3rd generation VFATread design All conditions, front or rear

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 13, 2003]
Learux
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Grip and looks. Low rolling resistance on asphalt

Weakness:

none so far

These are great tires. I use them in Socal where they hook up great in the loose sand on fireroads.

They were cheap $20 a tire for the pro version.

I am curious how much better the WCS version grips.

I used to ride on the old Ritchey Z maxes(the red one 2.35)and ritchey didi it again tjis tire rocks.

Very fast on aspahlt and hardpack (low rolling resistance)
and also very good grip in the climb and braking.

i am using it for a rear tire. Something inside me says teh tire wont be a great one on the front.

We will see how fast it wears. So far looks good. U got to try this tire I like it a lot

Learux

Similar Products Used:

all sorts of rubber

[Jul 02, 2003]
Jared
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

It was free.

Weakness:

It is falling apart after less than 1 month use. The turning knobs are ripping off. This tire has pinched 2 tubes in the last month, even with increased pressure.

These tires were give aways. And a good thing to. They have not lasted at all.

Similar Products Used:

Lots

[Jun 03, 2003]
Joe G
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Awesome Tire! Looks cool, too! Great traction in mud, on rocks, packed trails, and pavement based on 150 miles so far. Low rolling resistance on pavement and hardpack. No specific front/rear pattern means that they can be rotated to increase life. Similar Elevader tire is rear specific for better climbing. The wire bead version is dirt cheap at about $14 from bikeman.com, but I had to go for the Kevlar.

Weakness:

Seems to wear quickly on pavement - but what else do you expect from an agressive tire.

Buy them.

[Feb 16, 2006]
Justen
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Reasonably lightweight, grippy, easy to get on and off of the rim.

Weakness:

For the price- None

I was pleasantly surprised with this tire. After reading the reviews on this site I bought one for the front and have been happy with it.

Similar Products Used:

IRC, Michelins, slicks...

[Oct 27, 2003]
Jim
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

ExcaVader: Richey WCS 1.9 $49 and 490 g’s fantastic tire, true lightweight, rolls fast and with good traction in wet/dry condition in compared to Hutchison Pyphon Lite. Good side bite wet rocks/roots and didn’t plug up in the wet, plus better in sand. Mounted easily to non-UST rims using Stan’s NoTubes. Sidewall appears to be stiffer then the Python’s and the tire appear to be a lower profile. I would rate traction as 25% better then the Phython’s and equal in speed. Good-looking tire/tread patter and rolls true, straight with no tread wander during rotation. Can’t describe dry conditions results yet here in CT, can’t wait! Ran 40 lbs pressure,

Weakness:

None identified

Excellant tire, added control in all situations

Similar Products Used:

Hutchison Python Lite and Alligators Gold (700g's)

[Oct 19, 2002]
henrik strøier
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very fast and a good grip

Weakness:

none

get 'em

Similar Products Used:

vittoria, Michelin, continental, hutchinson, schwalbe

[Sep 14, 2003]
joost ooijman
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

good grip, great look

Weakness:

after one month they fell apart, very weak tyres, punched two tubes at back and forewheel

don't buy, unless you like changing tyres

[Sep 29, 2002]
Andrew Klauser
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very, very fast tyre.

Weakness:

?

This is about Ritchey Excavader WCS 2.1 front and Elevader WCS 2.1 rear. Excavader seems to be a derivate from the Z-Max, Elevader from the ZED. Well these Ritcheys were always fast tyres, but this one is very fast indeed, just like the Conti semislick. But it bites nicely, too. I am a heavy rider, so I am dependent on good grippy tyres. What is atypical for Ritchey tyres: volume may just be a 2.1 and it has much less rubber on it than the classic Ritcheys. This you fell: while the old ones were very comfortable, these new ones are much harder. One feels the lack of both air volume and rubber. So these tyres has a very direct handling. So, in summary, these new ones are the best xc tyres I've used, best for a racy hardtail or a xc-fully. These are no downhill or mud tyres, and if you want a comfortable tyre for touring, you may be happier with one of the older Ritchey tyres. But the Elevader and Excavader are very, very fast, just in caes if I've forgotten to tell you.

Similar Products Used:

Ritchey Z-Max WCS, ZED WCS, ZED Pro, all 2.1, Z-Max Millenium 2.35, Conti Twister, Vertical, Semislick; IRC Mythos redwall 2.1

[Mar 30, 2003]
Adam
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Grippy, grippy, grippy. In any conditions. (even push you quickly through deep mud - and shed it too).

Weakness:

Wear quickly on tarmac.

They have excelled under any conditions. I bought them due to recommendations here, and I would recommend them again.

buy them.

Similar Products Used:

Tiogas.

[Nov 12, 2004]
Martin
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Lightweight,Good in Sand , Low rolling resistance. Great feel at the right psi.

Weakness:

Running at 35psi on tubes they pinchflat constantly due to thin sidewalls.Going to 40+psi they skip and loose traction.

Overall the Zed max millenium has a better constructon a faster tread pattern and will do every thing better except mud.Going to try with Stans to avoid the flats.Otherwise run two Z Max.

Similar Products Used:

Larsen tt, Michelin hot s ,Ritchey Z Mill... Scott Cougars.

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