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Thread: New Tires

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    New Tires

    I am looking for a new set of tires. I have had my eye on the WTB Velociraptors. I have read reviews on MTBR about them, and have gotten great ones, only concern is they say they aren't good on the road/pavement? Why is that? I ride my bike to school as well is why I am asking...


    Thoughts? Any other suggestions for new tires that won't break the bank?

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    Full knobby tires are slow and noisy on pavement. The asphalt will also wear them down faster than dirt. Fat, low pressure tires have more rolling resistance than skinny slick tires too.

    I don't have any suggestions though. I have been using WTB weirwolf tires earlier in the season when it was muddier. The only road riding I do is an urban ride with our local club once in a while. They're not great for road riding for the reasons I mentioned above.

    The fast track tires that came on my Rockhopper are an okay compromise. The roll good on the pavement and fine on dry packed trails. They're about worthless in the mud or sand.

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    I run the WTB velociraptors on my bikeand they are great, for trails. The front tire steers awesome and the rear climbs like a goat, however i would never run them on pavement. For the 100 yards i must ride from the parking lot to the trail they roar. Just imagine those big mud tires on jeeps and jacked up trucks, thats what they are like. Emtnate hit the nail on the head but with these tires in particular it is twice as bad as most. At the same time i cant recomend these tires high enough for trail riding.

    Ever consider a set of slicks to ride to school and a set of trail tires for the weekend?

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    Less knobby tires work well for the combined use. The best examples I can think of that I've used are many of the Continentals and the now discontinued Specialized Enduros. There are also tires geared for road that do better on dirt.

    Racing tires will have less tread but modern ones may have sticky rubber that will wear fast.

    One more option is the sort of tire popular with dirt jumping, BMX and urban riding - Kenda K-Rad, Maxxis Holy Roller.

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    I found the velociraptor rear tire doesn't shed thick mud very well. But the front is good. I ride the Michillin Hot S. It is more expensive, but works well in dry, wet, and gravel. If you ride hard-pack, the conti's are good for both the road and trial. But if you ride wet and logs like here in MD, you can't find a duel use tire that is good for both. In that situation, I say get a cheap pair of rims, and put the hardpack on those for the street.

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    I also like the panracer fire XC Pro.

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    Panaracer Fire XC Pro's are a good trail tire. Would have the same problems on road that others have mentioned.

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    + 1 for Panaracer Fire XC Pro's. I'm running them now and they've been good to me. I had Velociraptors on my last bike and as other said they were great on the trail but I would never run them on pavement. They are loud and slow.

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    New Tires

    oliveryou, Get Schwalbe Racing Ralph. They are one of the fastest mtb tires.
    They have an evo carcass that improves rolling resistance.

    They would be great if you go off road and yet still very, very fast for pavement.

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    i found some velociraptors for $21 each. they are the comp model. what exactly is the difference between the race model and the comp model? the race model is around $40 each.

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    The comp tire has a cable bead, whereas the race has a kevlar bead. Mainly it is a weight diffrence issue. I personnaly run the kevlar tires, but picked them up for 25 a peice at blueskycycling.com.

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    tires

    I believe the best rolling mt.tire sucks on the street.But one of the best rolling street tires don't suck on the trail.Maxxis Holly Rollers.Long story short.My Banshee Scirocco was pressed into commuting duty.Then found out I could shred the local trails.Even sketchy off camber,dry,dusty corners.The only down side is the weight.But you get used to it.No tire can everything,but these come close.

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    Another vote for the Fire XC Pro. I just got some on my bike and I like 'em a lot for the trails. You're not going to notice that huge of difference riding them on pavement.

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    Don't even bother with any WTB tire on the black stuff.

    Occasionally, I'll take a 2 mile trip on road to a different trailhead from the parking lot with my Exiwolfs, it's loud, difficult, and slow, plus I'd imagine it's not the best thing to do to the tires.. Somebody mentioned XC race tires, which would be a good bet as long as they are a fairly high durometer, the tacky ones will heat up and wear down in no time on pavement. If you're in school, I'm betting you don't have the money for 2 wheelsets or the patience to change from knobbies to slicks every week. Most people don't and rightfully shouldn't!

    If only you had a CX bike..


    Spec4life forgot to add the Kevlar one probably folds too, whereas the steel one won't.

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    Kenda Nevegals are awesome for the forest but quite noisy for the road.They were voted best tire of the year recently.

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    Noise aside, they are super tacky and will wear down on the hardstuffs.

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