tire lineup continues to grow in 2011 with the addition of a new lightweight, mud specific Datura soft conditions tire, as well as an updated Mezcal in a higher volume option. We'll take a closer look at those two, as well as the proven all-mountain friendly Sturdy. Inside you can scope out the new tires and listen to the audio explaining what changes have been made.Read on...
Geax has a host of tires that span pretty much any condition or type of bike, but their Sturdy is designed specifically for more aggressive riders and terrain. If the name itself didn't tip you off, this is no flyweight XC tire, but rather a full sized 2.25" meaty option. The tread pattern consists of large blocks that have been spaced relatively far apart in order to keep the lugs working when things get sloppy. Three different versions of the Sturdy are available, including a 760 gram TNT casing option that lets you run it sans tube, but without the majority of the tubeless weight penalty.
The Datura is Geax's wet or loose condition tire that has been designed specifically for the task. This is no half assed mud tire, it has been designed from the ground up to excel when a standard tire becomes close to useless. To that end, the Datura sports tall square knobs that should penetrate deeper into the slop than standard lugs, and each one features sipes at their crown that not only provide more edges to bite with, but also allow the lug to flex more to conform to the terrain. The 2.2" Datura is available in three different casing options, including 2-ply DH and a folding XC casing, as well as Geax's TNT AM casing. The skinnier 2.0" width comes in a DH casing, but for 2011 there will also be a svelte Datura Light weighing in at only 590 grams (a 2.2" Datura Light is also available)
The Mezcal has been a longtime member of Geax's tire line up, but gets some tweaks for 2011, as well as a new wider casing option. While the 1.9" and 2.1" options are still available in both TNT and standard casings that range from a lightweight 450 grams to 650 grams for the rigid Aramid 3D equipped model, a higher volume 2.3" model has been added for the coming season that should allow you to run the Mezcal at a lower pressure. The new size still uses the same fast rolling pattern that incorporates a chevron lug at its center, but will be more at home under aggressive riders than its smaller volume brothers.
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