A Cutaway Full Face, a New Rack, & a New Enduro Tire - Interbike 2018

Sep 17, 2018
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2018


Have you been around long enough to know what the IRC Missle is? If you weren't, it was one of the few downhill-oriented tires that were available back in the late 1990s, although it's thin sidewall inserts wouldn't even pass for enduro rubber these days.

IRC never disappeared - although they might as well have when talking about burly mountain bike rubber - but they're back now with this stout looking, 2.6'' wide tire that was on hand in both 27.5'' and 29'' diameters. Weight, prices, and even the tire's name are all still on the TBA list.


Interbike 2018
Interbike 2018
IRC's prototype enduro tire looks like it's ready for action, but only time will tell if it can compete with the regulars.


IRC isn't keen to share anything besides photos at this point, but it's clear that the yet to be named tire is aimed at the all-mountain and enduro crowd, and it looks to have a mid-weight, reinforced sidewall made for exactly that type of use. What do you make of it? Can IRC make a comeback and challenge Maxxis and Schwalbe's relative stranglehold in most parts of the world?



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Don't have any friends to ride with? Me neither, and apparently I'm not the only one as Küat is bringing a $219.95 USD one-bike version of their Transfer rack to the market, appropriately called the Transfer 1. The idea is for it to be a relatively inexpensive, simple rack that doesn't stick out from that back of your car by five feet.

The Transfer 1 is a tray-style rack, even if there isn't a full-length tray, with the front wheel slotting into a U-shaped holder that'll work with everything from 23mm road rubber to 4.5'' fat meat. The rear wheel goes into a rotating holder that uses a ratchet strap to hold it in place.


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Interbike 2018
The no nonsense Transfer 1 goes for $219.95 USD.


The Transfer 1 is a mostly bare-bones unit, but it does still fold down to allow access to a rear hatch, and of course it folds up flat against your car when there isn't a bike on it. Küat also includes an adapter to go to a 2" receiver, or you can ditch it if you have a 1-1/4'' hitch. One thing it doesn't come with is a locking system, but Küat does offer an integrated lock upgrade, or you could just go pick up a burly cable lock or length of chain and be done with it.



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Much like suspension, helmets are tricky because the important stuff is pretty much hidden from view. Thank God for cutaways, though. You're looking at a sliced open Kali full face that shows off their Nano Fusion shell, which kinda sounds like it's from a NASA science lab. It's actually an in-molding process that joins acrylic self-healing foam and carbon nano-tubes with the shell, though. In simple terms, all that means is that Kali has used a different density foam, one that they say "dissipates energy more efficiently and in a smaller volume than any other material on the market,'' in places on the helmet's shell that are likely to make contact with things that don't move, like the ground.

Nano Fusion is also a multi-impact material that's said to allow for a thinner shell, which in turn should mean that the helmet is applying less leverage to the rider's head and neck when it hits the dirt, rocks, or trees.


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Interbike 2018
Brad Waldron, Kali's Founder, holds Nicholai Rogatkin's Shiva that he was wearing during his infamous Rampage crash.


Kali is big on technology, but it's not a stretch to say that their helmets have looked, er, of lesser quality than some of the competition. That's a shame given that Kali has long been doing some neat things to help prevent head injuries, but we all know that isn't all that matters. Brad Waldron, the main man at Kali, was well aware of this and they're now running much nicer colors and graphics, have visors that actually match, and are finished better all around.


78 Comments

  • + 67
 Oh man, I'd be all over a modern IRC Kujo DH with the red sidewalls.
  • + 29
 Same. So many iffy memories.
  • + 13
 Ah yes, the good Ole days of kujos, nokian gazzolodis, and the Michelin comp 24(or was it the 16?)
  • + 5
 @onemind123: tioga white tiger too!!

I had some irc’s on a wheeler 9000zx! I was the man!
  • + 15
 @mikelevy: I believe there was a version of the Missile or Kujo with some kind of anti pinch flat foam insert sidewalls. Seems to me IRC was 20 years ahead of time.
  • + 2
 Seriously. I used to ride those on my Ibis Mojo. Yeah, I was enduro hardtail before enduro!
  • + 1
 @tcmtnbikr: yes! Those sidewalls were amazing, not that heavy and I got fewer pinch flats running tubes with those than I do now running tubeless
  • + 21
 This has been sitting in my basement for about 20 years.
m.pinkbike.com/photo/16364591
  • + 1
 @Olimac: looks like a baby Magic Mary
  • + 1
 @onemind123: yep! On a Norco VPS 2 hucking to flat????????????
  • + 9
 @Olimac: The Missile, as hopefully all would remember, was the signature tire for Missy Giove.
  • + 3
 Hell yeah....24x3.0 Kujo's on a freeride HT was the shit bitd! Had'em on a .243 and a LeToy lll....I miss.
  • + 1
 @tcmtnbikr: yep i had a set of those kujos on my hardtail.
  • + 1
 Don't forget about the El Gato too! BTW, Kujo's were so popular in this country that the pedalkick in trials was actually named after them, because of the skidmarks they left. As in ”Oh, so you can do a Kujo!” Wink
  • + 5
 I thought the brand was called IIRC, if I remember correctly?
(sorrowful, bad joke, couldn't resist)
  • + 5
 It's interesting that they still have that base pattern so many years later. IRC's were definitely the shiz in the late 90's. I went from those to Tioga factory DH's, to Kenda Nevegals and then Maxxis. I'd imagine many of the old farts around here had a similar trajectory.
  • + 1
 @tcmtnbikr: yes! I just threw mine away when we moved in February after moving them to 4 houses over the last 16 years lol
  • + 2
 @Rimrider26: I rocked a pair of Tioga Black Turtles for a few winters
  • + 2
 @sngltrkmnd: I had the White Tiger in the early 00's. That thing was a beast and it had mad traction making for killer front tire.
  • + 2
 @hellbelly: man, I remember getting on my first Maxxis tires after my last set of Nevegals. Game changer in terms of performance.
  • + 1
 This!! And in 24x3” to boot!!
  • + 1
 @VwHarman: Maxxis really got their act together in the last half dozen years. Early 00's they had some solid DH/Freeride offerings (Mobster), but not much for AM/trail/Enduro or whatever it's called these days where you still need to pedal the bike. I stuck with Nevegals up until '11-12 and then went with Maxxis upon moving to 27.5 wheels. Plus, their US headquarters is here in the ATL metro so they are omnipresent in the area.
  • + 2
 I'm prepared for the neg props here, but Kenda have never, in their entire history, made a mtb tyre that I would have chosen to pay money for, like knowingly and on purpose
  • + 2
 @IllestT: There was a brief period where the nevegal was not a bad tire. But then Maxxis introduced the 3c and the rest was history
  • + 0
 @Rimrider26: or a panracer, or Tioga velociraptor. Oh the good old days...

Hoe they come out with something good and competitive in performance and price
  • + 4
 Looks like the Maxxis DHR II or Onza Aquila. Pretty sure Maxxis has they’re super tacky tire compounds figured out and Aaron Gwins winning Worldcups on the Aquila’s so I’m not sure why I’d buy these tires..UNLESS they where affordable.. as no tire is. Only thing that might be appealing, if the price isn’t, would be the wider 2.6” tire.. but if it’s not out already, Maxxis plans to sell a 2.6” DHR II soon.
  • + 2
 Anyone know of a bike rack that will work with my wife's 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport. The twin exhausts in the center seem to preclude a receiver hitch. I want to avoid a roof rack. Are there any alternatives. I only need to carry one bike.
  • + 2
 Custom twin receivers, then modify existing rack and add 2 tubes. Or go the easy route and get a trunk rack. There are some really good ones out there these days.
  • + 1
 Good point. Glad I didn't buy that car. Thanks and good luck.
  • + 2
 @jacobyw take a look at SeaSucker. I'm using one with great success for nearly two years on a Z.
  • + 1
 There are suction cup racks, sea sucker I believe? May work well
  • + 1
 If receiver hitches do not yet exist for that car, they probably will soon. Last time I was car shopping, the Focus ST was on my list and had a similar situation with the center exhaust. There is a company that makes a receiver hitch for the ST. Maybe search for that option and ask the company about a similar setup for the Civic Hatchback Sport.
  • + 1
 Thanks to all for the useful suggestions.
  • + 1
 Have the exhaust rerouted so you can actually use a receiver mounted rack.
  • + 1
 I found a hitch made for my Veloster that also has the twin center exhaust. I can now use normal hitch racks but the rack gets super nasty from exhaust fumes. Maybe soon someone will make a hitch for it.
  • + 2
 Saris bones rack
  • + 0
 The kuat transfer racks are pretty terrible. After three months of standard use, the wheel locking U mechanisms have become increasingly difficult to operate. I'm actually about to return it to REI this week
  • + 17
 Go 1up
  • + 2
 2 years on mine with no issues besides a little bit of rust on the small hardware. The "locking" bolts for the wheel trays seem to never stay tight though.
  • + 4
 Wd40
  • + 3
 @ybsurf: 3 years in and even after having been rear ended my 1up is still killing it. Every 6 months or so it will get a little squeaky, but a few drips of Dumonde Tech on the hardware gets things smooth again. 100% happy with the purchase.
  • + 2
 I've had no problems with my transfer 3, best bang for the buck rack in it's class.
  • + 2
 Weird, absolutely love my transfer 3. Just check the bolts every once in while and no worries.
  • + 1
 Transfer rack doesn't fit a mastodon fork....
  • + 1
 @sspiff: The original single bike carrier. Love mine.
  • + 1
 The bolts are all fine. The problem I'm having is with wear on pieces that lock and glide. There is nothing that u could do other than replace parts if I wanted the rack to go back to it's original operating condition. In my opinion, a budget option like the kuat, is not ideal for driving 15,000 miles from bike park to bike park. If I was just driving short distances, than maybe the rack would be acceptable.
  • + 0
 @Mntneer: Have you contacted Kuat about replacement parts? Pretty sure they will send these out for free if you have any issues.

Also when was the last time you washed the rack or did any maintenance to it? You think if you used your bike that often without any upkeep that it would work as good as the day you got it?

As for 1up, they are decent racks but not for $100+ more and especially not since they don't really support the bike community at all. When was the last time you saw any of them out a bike event?
  • + 1
 Curt on Amazon, better weight rating, better price, simpler to load and unload as well. REI's website is full of return issues with this rack and the ratings for this company's racks are not that great on Amazon as well. 3x the price for half the rack.
  • + 1
 @mikesmith2534: Never washed/lubed/tightened anything on my rack other that the anti-rattle pin in the reciever, back of my car rain/snow/sun for 4 years and its still good to go, and it was $100 bucks why pay 3x that for a name.
  • + 0
 @PinkStatus: 5 out of 5 stars is bad rating? Holy crap! I have been looking at the reviews on Amazon wrong this entire time. :/
  • + 1
 Is it just me or does anybody absolutely HATE ratchet straps every time I use my rack these things are a hassle - this is the best solution we can come up with?
  • + 1
 I love my one up rack! No straps to futz with.
  • + 1
 $220 for a one bike rack... If your on a budget Curt on Amazon for $100, held two Status's regularly for years, almost 90lbs worth of bike, still going 4 years later too.
  • + 2
 ahh... 2.4 fire freeride 26 in. 2 still laying around half used
  • + 2
 IRC bring back TrailBear 2,5"@27,5" !
  • + 2
 That's the one. Fatter than a Mythos but lighter than a Missile.
  • + 1
 Please apply better compound tech in the process!
  • + 1
 @Hyakian: I used wire version and it was a monster on a trail. Compound used to be rather hard/stiff and long lasting but my God it was good on everything. Except for asphalt Wink
  • + 1
 @EnduroriderPL: I rode the crap out of several pairs of the Kevlar version BITD, solid tire in general but in the PNW when things got wet they were like ice skates on roots and rock surfaces. A good triple compound would rectify that however and they have the tech to do it.
  • + 1
 @Hyakian: my were much more than ok on every surface I rode it but I need to point out that there was not much riding on solid wet rock as they usually were covered in mud.
  • + 1
 IRC makes some of the best dirt bike tires you can get for mtn moto. M5B evo!
  • + 1
 Awwwww @mikelevy I would ride with you....if you didn’t live across the Straight of Georgia
  • + 1
 Interbike definitely isn't as good as it used to be. Too many of the big bike manufacturers are not going anymore.
  • + 2
 Yeah, maybe so, but it was pretty sweet test riding several bikes at Northstar bike park!
  • + 2
 Honestly, I only made it thru about 10% of the vendors. There was way too much awesome stuff to see (and ride)!
  • + 2
 There's no way that's Nicholia's helmet, it had a visor!
  • + 1
 i irc sketchy. Seriously, I'd like to try some of their new tires. That tread pattern looks pretty good.
  • + 6
 Yeah, looks like it would Butcher any loose trails it came across!
  • - 1
 So yeah the guys that have a car, but can only carry one bike on it....those guys are inconsiderate dicks. Look up "engineer" if you need further info.
  • + 0
 CST tires aren't dead either. The BFT is ther best tire I've ever ridden better than minions and Mary's
  • + 1
 whatever happened to the new Goodyear tires?
  • + 1
 Sold out their whole production run, as I understand it.
  • + 1
 " and a new Enduro tires" lol
  • + 3
 Dammit lol
  • + 0
 6 D's cutaway helmet was way more impressive.

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