WTB EpicWolf 2.1 Tire

DESCRIPTION

If you want speed and control for XC conditions, look no further. Ramped center knobs with square-edged backsides combine low roll with great climbing attributes. The open tread design and spiky knobs excel in loose conditions and provide the confidence to ride where others walk.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 29, 2016]
Bill
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None

Weakness:

Poor traction. It slides in turns and has no grip. They came on a new bike and I dumped them after a few rides.

Would stay away from these. Gave an extremely poor opinion of wtb.

[Jul 03, 2007]
BigDad
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Low rolling resistance, soft rubber, good looking

Weakness:

not durable, skit like crazy

This tire will only benefit you in soft or hardpack soil, maybe in mud (never tried) due to to low profile knobs. However, it spined on steep hill all the time, didn't grip well in loose gravel. Fast, but not that confident.
I just found out there are cuts on almost every side knobs after 1.5 years of riding, some of the side knobs are cut off from riding the rocky trail.
Keep it on race course for XC riding only!

Similar Products Used:

WTB Weiwolf, Panaracer Fire XC, Bonty Jones, Maxxis Highroller.

[Nov 17, 2006]
CL
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

light weight, fast rolling, good looking

Weakness:

not too grippy, lost traction on steep hill

This is a well balanced tire for fast XC, marathon riding in normal to good trail condition (I only use it as rear tire). If you like to take challenge to push the steepest uphill and expect your tire to stick to the ground, there are better ones elsewhere. I felt the rear slide and spin easier than Fire XC and IRC Backcountry, but overall I am pleased with the value and the fast rolling in most but the loose gravel riding condition.

Similar Products Used:

WTB Weirwolf, IRC mythos XC, Backcountry, Fire XC. Jones AC

[Feb 01, 2004]
boboso
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good braking/cornering/climbing grip, fast rolling, easy install

Weakness:

Unknown yet... but will find one!

Tire:2.1 Epic Wolf / Race-DNA Compound / used on rear

The tire is listed as a 2.1 (measured and it is 2.1 on outer knobs) and weighing 575 in the 2.1 Race/DNA compound. Here in So.Cal the trails is dry but in some places tacky from recent "showers" and moring mist. The tires gripped very nice on the climbs and braking was superior to my normal Hutch Pythons Airlights. These are approx. 80-100 g heavier than the Pythons but I did not notice. The tire is "knobbier" than the Python which in turn was nicer in braking and climbing on rocks, loose sand and dirt and it seemed to turn in better (more grip/faster with more speed available in corners). So far so good...

Similar Products Used:

Round, black, knobby tires

[May 27, 2004]
DLH

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Good rolling (not fast) -- relatively light - good traction in dry conditions.

Weakness:

No!! wet weather traction -- harsh ride with 40lbs or more air pressure.

2.1 in folding version. These are reasonably light weight and an OK tire for basic good to perfect conditions. On wet rocks or roots they may be as bad a tire as I have ever used -- they are useless in mud. If you ride in Arizona or Calif. these may be good tires -- up here they are not IMHO.

Similar Products Used:

Everything!!

[Apr 20, 2004]
ZUGG
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

awesome climbing
awesome cornering
awesome braking
awesome and very predictable
DNA rubber is sticky on all surfaces

Weakness:

I would like the same tred pattern on a fatter casing.
I hope WTB will make a 2.3 or 2.4 version and they can call it the Big Bad Wolf.

There is no such thing as a "do all mountain bike tire", but the Epic Wolf is best for fast XC and epic riding. Rock gardens are no problem. The tires hook up well on super technical climbs. Braking with these tires is so sweet that you simply hit every corner even harder, lay'n the bike low on a nice line, knowing the front and back will not "wash out". Even a rider with poor timing and lame bike skills, these tires will not SKID, they are too grippy!
If you want a light, fast, super sticky, predictable set of tires, the Epic Wolf 2.1 will do the job and keep a smile on your face.

Similar Products Used:

Velociraptor 2.1
Mutano 2.24
Tyranoraptor (these suck)

[Apr 23, 2004]
Rabit
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Eveything, no really, everything. these tire are great.

Weakness:

If there is one I couldn't find it

These tires are the best I ever had. I weigh 150 pounds and no matter what I did these tires kept asking for more. Slick hard surfaces, wet muddy ones, dry conditions, tree roots, rocks, mud, and even the slimmey stuff. When I first got these tires I thought they were a joke. The knobbs were small and looked like they would not hook up on anything. But was IIIIIII wrong.

Similar Products Used:

Pretty much everything except for thoes piece of sh!t Contentals

[May 23, 2004]
dave
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Predictable! these tires get alot of traction, more than you might think when you look at them. There rounded profile and fast rolling shape match my preferances.

Weakness:

I rode with these tires in some moist to wet conditions once. The front did great but the climbing was limited. The back tire has an optional mount direction and very possibly could climb better the other way.

I'm very happy with these tires so far. They go, turn, and stop like they're suposed to. I consisdered bigger tires and they would probably climb better and be more fogiving over roots and rocks and stuff, but for long tiring multi- terain rides I think these tires should work great.
And they look good too.

[Jun 01, 2004]
spinner spinning
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Good xc epic tire, kinda light, good roller. Very sticky tire in the dry. Good technical climbers.

Weakness:

Ride gets a bit harsh above the 45psi mark. Jury is still out on cornering. Descending fast is a little sketchy. They feel like they are gonna slip, BUT they havn't yet.

Very predictable tire so far. DO NOT reverse the back tire. I reversed the back tire, when cornering or braking hard the tire would slide to the side. Put em on normally and they stuck a whole lot better. They make a great tire for a xc rig, but i didn't find them confidence inspiring on the descents. Honestly they stuck quite well but something was missing, they didn't have the point em where ya wanna go and let em carve the way through for you feel to em that alotta tires have now.

Bottom line they are a great XC tire which is what they are intended for.

Similar Products Used:

lots-a-rubber...

[Jun 26, 2004]
Dirk Diggler

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

good steering, sticky, fairly fast, reasonably weighted...very good front tire

Weakness:

tends to drag with the rear reversed, tread life is probably short

for some UNKNOWN reason my last review of these tires was removed......

anyway, this is a more than decent "epic" tire. it has this strange floaty feeling about it where you feel that you just don't connect on hardpack singletrack, though it is entirely in control. despite this experience i have yet to slip out (though i've noticed having to take turns a gnats ass wider). it does require a bit of rider participation but it pays dividends.

front: good steering, no noticable slippage on downhill, actually, provides alot of control on the technical downhill type stuff at speed. i may change the rear out, and go back to the claw but will definately keep the front.

rear: while reversed it provides SUPER hairy traction, but it drags while you're trying to jam on anything flat, in an unpleasant way. this thing is a monster climber in dry, hard, and loose conditions setup like this but it's kinda sketchy on downhill stuff as it slides a bit on narrow tight turns. uphill it has so much traction i actually felt as if i might bust a chainlink while torquing it. it can scale if you've got the gusto.

in the forward position the rear rolls alot smoother with a noticable reduction in traction but it doesn't seem to slide out much, yet that only seems to be the case in straight climbs, rolling on tight singletrack is totally controlable and smooth, even downhill. the downhill sideslide on tight stuff isn't that irritating and overall it isn't necessarily a fast accelerater due to its spongy composition.

i'd buy it again it if i didn't have more obvious choices to try out.

lots of tires out there... and in 15 years of this, the best i've found is the IRC claw comp, others agree. a shame they discontinued it!

bang for buck this is a pretty good deal, i got the DNA softer version but i would like to check out the other as the life might be longer, i really don't need to tacky rubber. the harder compound might provide longer life and a faster role... that's just me though.

Similar Products Used:

IRC claw comp lite (best damn tire, period)

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