WTB TimberWolf 2.5 Tire

DESCRIPTION

A deep-tread bad-boy, the Timberwolf will maul the mountain. The tall center tread provides strong braking power and maximum traction while the massive cornering knobs tear into the soil for taming rough conditions.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 03, 2013]
anarkhos
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Top marks for what this tire is used for: Going downhill fast on muddy, wet rooty conditions. Especially good as a front tire—you feel like you're on rails and let go of the brakes! Climbs well (fully inflated), too.

Weakness:

Weak, porous sidewalls which take a LOT of fluid to seal with notubes. They will go flat tubless after a few months, too. They aren't designed for tubeless so I'm not marking it down for this, but beware. Soft rubber means they will wear fast, especially the rear. Also split one of the soft knobs on a rock somehow, all the way through.

I tend to climb fully inflated and they're reasonably efficient this way. The knobs are distributed evenly which helps a lot. I've since bought a 29er so goodbye Timberwolves *cry a tear*

Similar Products Used:

Various knobby tires. Werwolves suck here.

[Mar 18, 2013]
MrBaker
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Grip everything. Not too heavy for the HUGE SIZE. Awesome looking. Have worked Tubeless well. Long life.

Weakness:

Running really low pressures lessens in the grip (I run 28 or so). They don't make them anymore.

Greatest tire ever. Not too soft, so wears a long time. Certain versions are very light for the size/grip/strength of tire. Ran tubes at first, then now my latest sets I have all running tubeless just fine (two bikes, front and rear). I love these tires. Work in the deep, slippery pirate DH trails mud, nasty mud , amazing on slightly watered down terrain (soft pack), and rip through loose dust like slicks on a road. AMAZING. Not the best on wood, but it definitely works. WIsh WTB would make them again...

Similar Products Used:

Lots

[Jun 30, 2009]
KnobbyTire
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-thorn proof went through a patch of thorns. About 15+ mean looking thorns got picked up in the front tire.

Weakness:

Heavy but it´s actuaclly a plus if you´re not a racer. Bit of a pain in the butt when you are about to put the last bit of tire in the rim, but a great tire lever like Pedro´s does the job. Center knobs starting to wear out. But I think that is normal.

Great durable tire.

Similar Products Used:

None.

[Dec 01, 2008]
elblat
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I found that these actually grip better when you pump them up to 35PSI (prolly stiffens those wobbly side knobs a bit), so I get the best of both worlds for XC: efficiency and superb grip in all conditions: wet mud, rolly babyhead uphills, hardpack. Great control on loose sideslopes, slickrock, and rolls right over deep sand. Seems to have great puncture resistance. Fast on the well maintained trails.

Weakness:

So big I had to to minor truing to the wheel to not rub the front derailluer. Barely fits my frame, they run big for 2.5". Throws lots of little rocks. At 35PSI, of course, the ride can be rough. Alarming noises on sharp rock (but no damage yet).

The best tire I have ever used in 30 years. If you like going long distances on trails that are barely still there (or even gone) then this is your tire. Pump it up to 35 and cruise up sandy washes or hug the rocks on steep sideslopes. Throw mud in the air. Go places without getting exhausted. Don't buy this tire if you think it may not clear your frame, it is BIG.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Roller Pro 2.4", and RS version

[Jul 12, 2008]
philfell
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none

Weakness:

really tall knobs that fold easily

These tires suck. I mainly ride in loose rocky desert type places. The knobs fold all over and the tire dosen't hold a line well at all. Honestly the worst tire I've ever used.

[Oct 02, 2005]
kenny
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

*this is for the 2.5 kevlar bead*
really good for trails with everything
loose dirt
gravel
sand
wood- bridges and ladder riding
rocky trails
has good clearance on a ex729 with Jr.t

Weakness:

hardpack without a good berm
soupy mud
pricey for the kevlar bead
kevlar bead rips easy

i used these tires for a long time because they are so much i cant afford a new set every month. used them for lots of dj, and dh. alot grippier in coners than most. ride super smoothely with low tire pressure. just get some of the thickest tubes you can get and these will be the best tires ever!

Similar Products Used:

moto raptor, tioga team dh

[Apr 09, 2006]
jd
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

super grippy on the dry stuff. perhaps too grippy. I actually feel bad at the damage these tires do sometimes.

Weakness:

Total crap for mud in my opinion. They have a very worrying tendancy to slide sideways which is suprising considering the tread pattern.

Having read all of the rave reviews here I decided to get a pair of these having happily used conti verticals for the last few months. After about 50 miles or so on them I have found them to be less than brilliant. They really dont clear mud well at all and let go into sideways drifts when cornering at speeds on muddy surfaces in a way that the conti's didnt. I have found them to be confidence inspiring in the dry though on everything from hard pack, to lose gravel, rocks, on wood and on street sufaces. They also feel good when landing, just not landing into a corner in the wet. If you ride in muddy or wet conditions regularly I would look elswhere, otherwise not a bad tire.

Similar Products Used:

conti vertical 2.3, tioga factory dh

[Aug 10, 2007]
Sheldon Robertson
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

They look fncken sweet and work well if you use them what they are ment for ( they are the team Down hill tires not street) you should have no problems. They are great for breaking and cornering.

Weakness:

They rip up and dirt jumps with soft soil. haha ( looks cool when the dirts getting kicked up in the air sucks to repair them all the time)

great tire for what they are ment for, and if you don't ride the dirt don't get them. c'mon its common sense.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda nevagals 2.35

[Oct 17, 2005]
Trent
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

huge knobby tires awesome for ripping up a downhill course. they also do very well when freeriding. i havent gotten a flat yet.

Weakness:

hangs on to mud until you get going fast enough to throw it all over your head and back

great tires for killing a downhill course or just going fast

Similar Products Used:

wtb velociraptor, panaracer fire xc pro (both on my old xc bike)

[Apr 22, 2004]
Zoomermonkey

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I have a pair of 2.5 wire beads. It does everything it should and nothing it shouldn't. It feels like it would if bikes were living things and evolution determined what kind of "feet" they would have. They hook up on EVERYTHING. That's the most important quality of a tire. An extra benefit is that they look BADASS!

Weakness:

I wish they were cheaper, but I would buy them again for $50 bucks each.

Get these tires. I would say who should and who shouldn't, but I can't think of a situation in which they wouldn't be great.

Similar Products Used:

Panaracer Smoke, Fire, Maxxis Wetscream

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