WTB MotoRaptor 2.1 Tire

DESCRIPTION

  • Extreme cross country and freeride tire
  • Well supported aggressive block tread pattern for multi-condition use
  • Kevlar: 550g, Steel DNA: 580g

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Feb 25, 2012]
    ridin around
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    grip in a straight line
    appears sturdy
    ok rolling efficiency

    Weakness:

    heavy
    smaller 2.1 size compared to a Kenda small-block
    tries to kill me (when cornering)

    This review is for the 29er 2.1 tire.
    I just turned my old bike into a 69er (29 inch front) with a rigid fork. The frame geometry is hardly changed but the front end is far lighter than with my old Dart1 fork. I took it out for a 3h ride in the Dandenong area, near Melbourne. Conditions were hardpack, loose over hard, some rock gardens and some gravel.
    While the bigger wheel was awesome for going over bumps, the tire was downright frightening. The pressure was relatively low (no manometer) so it may require some tinkering, but the first impression is that the cornering ability of this tire is NONE. It seems to lose grip in a totally unpredictable fashion and it makes me very nervous, especially on hardpack and loose over hard areas.
    In a straight line it works well, grips decently and it seemed relatively ok over rocks. I took it through some pretty tough areas and it did not get damaged - so I would expect it to be tough enough.
    Overall, this may be an ok tire if you ride mostly wide forrest roads and you do not expect to corner much. It will take rocks (small and big) well and it has decent stopping power in a straight line. Not sure how it will behave on the back as I only used it on the front.
    Do NOT get this tire if you have any desire to ride singletrack or to try and corner fast at all. You can use it for singletrack only if you feel really lucky and wanna test that.

    Similar Products Used:

    Ritchey Z-max Evolution (1.9), Kenda no-brand (1.9), Racing Ralph (2.1), Michelin Cross-Country Trail (2.1), Hurhinson Cobra (2.1), some others

    [Sep 21, 2009]
    fisher_rider05
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    mud traction

    Weakness:

    climbing traction, hard to install and take off, easily punctured

    This tire is a pain to get on the rim and even worse to take off with the wire bead. There is traction in the mud but when it comes to climbing this tire always slips in the rear. This tire can not stand up to thorns very well either.

    Similar Products Used:

    continental mountain king, wtb velociraptor, bontrager jones acx, maxxis high roller

    [Jan 04, 2009]
    Marin??
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Provides good traction

    Weakness:

    cornering

    These are good tires the have good traction but are not good for cornering. Several times i have caught the side wall of them on jagged rocks and stumps with no damage. Dont expect them to help you any in the corners. They came on my new bike so i dont know how much they would be by themselves.

    Similar Products Used:

    none

    [Oct 08, 2008]
    HarrisonBn
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Good at correct pressure

    Weakness:

    Nothing special, weak sidewalls

    These tires are very mediocre. Spanning 2 years of moderate use they wore pretty well, but I did get a few flats. Traction is ok, you really have to find the EXACT right pressure for it to work any more than acceptable. Unfortunately when I was out riding today I barely clipped a rock jutting out and it ripped through the sidewall... needless to say I had to walk the rest of the ride. Bummer.

    [Jun 01, 2003]
    Neil
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This review is for the MotoRaptor 2.24 Race which is quite different from the MotoRaptor 2.1. The 2.24 tire has awesome knobs which give great grip on hardpack and soft soils. It rolls relatively well and is a tall tire which can be run at lower pressures without pinching. Tire grips exceptionally well in corners. Works great as a front tire. Only 595 grams.

    Weakness:

    None ... so far.

    Great handling! Great price! DON'T CONFUSE THIS TIRE with it's little brother or the 2.4 Downhill version.

    Similar Products Used:

    WTB MotoRaptor 2.1

    [May 25, 2003]
    Steve Vernon
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    If used soley as a front tire it is light and very reponsive

    Weakness:

    Can't climb anything with dew on it if used as a back

    IF you climb at all with this tire in anything other than hard pack the tire just spins.

    Similar Products Used:

    MTB velociraptor, Pysco

    [May 25, 2003]
    joe
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    dont puncture easy. when mountain biking in west texas my dads bontragers looked like swiss cheese and my motoraptors were intacted.

    Weakness:

    they dont offer much climbing taction nor cornering. they dont shed mud very good either. I have about 700 miles and the bactire is about 75% worn.

    these tires dont offer much traction. Cornering is very sketchy and not inspiring. They suck in the sand. there durability and price save them some what.

    Similar Products Used:

    velociraptors, bontragers

    [Sep 08, 2003]
    Tyoda

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Pretty good climbing traction, not bad on hardpack, good on medium forested singles, roots and rock.

    Weakness:

    Will bounce off of rocks and roots if the air pressure is too high, not enough volume to track technical terrain.

    Avg trail tire, typical 2.1" dimensions and competent performance. Tread does bite on steep technical climbs, but the air pressure has to be just right to avoid a harsh ride and getting bounced off of rocks/roots.

    Similar Products Used:

    IRC Mythos, Hutchinson Pythons

    [Feb 07, 2007]
    Mikey Lord
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    easy to get off rim. And thats where they should stay!

    Weakness:

    thin sidewalls. no hold on cornering. horrible in loose gravel and sandy conditions

    The worst all around tire I have seen in 30 years of riding. thank god for folding kevlar, they folded nicely right into my trash can. Nobody should buy these, or have the unfortunate experience of riding such an unforgiving, harsh feeling tire. I've received better traction from a semi-slick in mud than these can give. the rubber compound feels real dry and and stiff. threads show through on the sidewalls. And, they wander when trying to hold a straight line on the loose stuff, even with lowered presure.

    Similar Products Used:

    any bare rim

    [Jul 01, 2007]
    WorldBTom
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Reasonable price, reliable grip, solid feel

    Weakness:

    Slow roller

    I am surprised by several of the pissed off reviews. These tires have treated me pretty well. When I am riding in burly, rocky trails I put these on the bike and they have handled predictably. They are a little slow, but that is why they grip well. Tire pressure is key when reviewing a tire. I go with 40 to 44 psi and I weigh ~170lb.

    Similar Products Used:

    Kenda Karma, IRC Mythos

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