Onza Release a New Take on Their Classic Ibex Tyre

Sep 27, 2021
by Henry Quinney  

The Ibex has been a mainstay of the Onza lineup since 2008. In fact, to many people, it will be their most recognisable.

The tyre’s wide and relatively open tread, which is combined with large edge knobs, aims to be a versatile tyre that rides well in a variety of conditions.

The new version sees a notable design departure from the previous version, mainly its double-stacked centre knobs that alternate with a more conventional-looking laterally siped block tread that covers the centre of the tyre.

Onza Ibex Details
• New tread pattern
• Narrow spaced centre knobs
• Gravity and trail casings
• Black or gumwall options
• For loose or wet ground
• 29x2.4" TRC - 900g
• 29x2.6" GRC - 1250g
• Both casings feature new Soft Compound 50 rubber
• MSRP: €59.90 - 89.90
www.onza-tires.com
The new tyres feature a more aggressive pattern that, thanks to its almost unique double-stacked knobs, means there’s a greater breaking edge to slow you down. Other companies are doing similar things, most notably Vittoria with their Mazza. The difference is that where the Mazza features a stepped design on the leading edge that aims to improve traction without impeding rolling speed or adding weight by increasing knob count or depth, the Ibex goes one further and offers what could be described as large L-shaped lugs that are then subsequently divided into two oblongs that run perpendicular to one another. The main difference will be that the Ibex's design will also hope to benefit from an extra edge of the rear side of the knob. This could increase braking traction.

It's also rather interesting that whilst at first glance the single centre knobs may well appear to be regular block-rectangles, there is actually shaping to the leading side, including a cut out on the corner of the outer edge.

The side knobs are a more conventional affair. The knobs alternate whether there is a cutout on either the outer or inner edge. The knobs that have the c-shaped cutout on their inner shoulder also feature a sipe.

The siping of knobs is done so to make them more flexible. Shaping such as this can aid grip by letting the knob deform more but, in some applications that might feature a raised element, can also help shed mud.


The new tyre also features an increased knob stack height, which should help penetrate softer terrain. This is combined with decreased spacing between lugs. As you can imagine, the Achilles heel of cut-spike style or more aggressive tyres can be the large gaps down to the canvas that can either lead to a vague or fidgeting feeling over rocks and roots or, in extreme cases, leave the tyre or rim vulnerable to damage as square edges can bypass the protection of the knobs entirely and go straight to the rim.

The tyre, by Ibex’s own description, offers a moderate “three out of five” in terms of its rolling efficiency and a more impressive “four out of five” for cornering. Often, particularly in respect to cornering, without knowing the surface it’s pretty arbitrary but it gives you an idea.

Onza claim that the new Ibex is "a perfect all-round tire or rear tire if you desire something beefier up front."

The tyre will be available in two casings - the GRC gravity casing and the TRC trail casing.

The lighter TRC trail casing (left) and the more aggressive GRC gravity casing. Note the extra layers of rubber and the bead protection.

The GRC model will feature a lightweight 120TPI single-ply that is reinforced by an additional 2-ply layer that will sit on the inner side of the tyre. The GRC will also feature bead reinforcement and foldable kevlar tubeless-ready bead. As the name would suggest it’s intended for anything gravity focused, be it downhill, enduro or e-bikes. The gravity casing will only be available in the wider 2.6" size

Onza are somewhat known for their gumwall tyres.

The TRC model goes without the 2-ply inner layer and the bead reinforcement. This will mean that the tyre will be far lighter but will also not offer the same level of damping or support. Its suggested use is trail and all-mountain. Like the GRC, it’s available in either black or gumwall.

Details on the full range.

Both tyres feature Onza’s new Soft Compound 50 rubber. This dual compound offering will feature 50a rubber in the centre of tread and 45a rubber in the side knobs.

The 2.4” models are available now in both 27.5 and 29”. The 2.6” variety will be available soon.


122 Comments

  • 52 1
 Big ups to all the tire companies that name their product lines from a set of words that are cool and fast. Not really feeling the tough try hard names like maxxis Home Invader or Untraceable Kit Bushmaster Clone or Respondent in a Title IX Inquiry
  • 18 0
 but the 3D Printed Glock is amazing in 2.5 3C...
  • 11 0
 You mean like the Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate RCT?
  • 25 1
 @marge88: RockShox naming convention sounds like it was taken straight out of an Onion article. It’s like the marketing dept discovered a thesaurus for the first time.
  • 10 0
 Also shoutout to tire companies that have simple naming patterns. Like tough or light, fast or grippy.
  • 2 0
 @4thflowkage: WTB win this!
  • 34 0
 Need white rubber please and thank you for maximum 1980's Miami Vice, I ride in a linen suit jacket with the sleeves rolled up and a pastel v-neck underneath thru a powder cloud of cocaine vibe. Loving the Porcupines so far.
  • 19 0
 Nevermind that. The people are still working on the White Onza Octopus promised in April 1992. Nearly 30 years of hurt.
  • 7 0
 I'm going ask Zak Tempest to tell us what's up with them...
  • 6 0
 @korev: Fat chance!
  • 13 0
 Why no GRC-casing for 29x2.4? Not a fan of plus sizes…
  • 4 3
 2.6“ are not super wide and balloony on those - check that front tire; its a 2.6
  • 12 0
 There are no plus size options. 2.6 is not nor will ever be plus size.
  • 2 16
flag Balgaroth (Sep 27, 2021 at 13:27) (Below Threshold)
 @SintraFreeride: 2..6 or anything above is plus size and pointless for anything else than beginners or adventure bikes.
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: What a stupid comment haha.
  • 3 2
 @GSuperstar: How many fast riders use anything bigger than a Maxxis 2.5 which for Schwalbe is a 2.35 ? None. CK sure is a legend but he isn't really competitive anymore and I imagine that more comfort up front is more important than cornering precision. I don't get the point of big tires since you need to put a lot of pressure to keep them from squirming, maybe some are fine with tire squirm but I can't stand it so + size are pointless.
  • 3 0
 @Balgaroth: Are you saying no-one in the EWS (Which I think would class as a fast rider pool) runs 2.6? Because that simply isn't true, on a couple of pinkbike videos the racers have been running 2.6 upfront on their bike checks.

My point about your comment, is more that 'you' see 2.5 as okay, but 2.6 is suddenly pointless. Heavier Riders / Super Aggressive Riders / Heavier Bikes / Ebikes, etc, all can benefit from more volume.

Is it a necessity? No. Will it work for everyone? No. But then I'm not the one here generalising a whole group of riders based off 0.1 Inches...
  • 1 0
 @GSuperstar: Problem is, tire sizes are all over the shop. For instance I have some Spé in 2.6 because they are barely any bigger than a Schwalbe 2.35 and similar size to a Maxxis 2.4/2.5. Now for some reason the Maxxis 2.6WT are pretty big, too big if you ask me. So which company is right ? I can't answer this but basically any tire that is in the actual 2.4/2.5 range is fine, anything bigger would need a casing even stiffer than DH casing to be usable at low pressure and riding hard, which would make it way to heavy to be usable. Any of the bigger sizes are pretty rare at the EWS, don't exist in DH WC, and even at the local races I do (DH and EN) they are none existent which is the basis for my point.
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: I've got two bikes that I've taken into Whistler Bike Park this year. One has a 29x3 front tire and the other has 27.5x2.5. Guess what? I'm equally beaten up at the end of a few laps regardless of tire size. So I very much doubt CK rides down there like he's on a beach cruiser.....
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: @Balgaroth: Nicolas Voullioz used a michelin DH32 back in the day in 2.8 size to win races. Big tyres with wide rims don't suffer from squirming. Wider tyres work well on rocky terrain.
  • 1 1
 @SintraFreeride: again the DH32 was barely any bigger than a 2.5WT so this is vastly irrelevant, what is market on the side of a tire doesn't help much to know how big is a tire. As for monster truck tires and rims, they sure do provide low speed traction but if they were beneficial at higher speeds you would see them used in racing, but fact is, you don't. Even super wide rims have been ditched by most pros with 30mm being the widest one would use, just a fashion fade from 5 years ago, move on. One could even go to think that if such setup were even on par with 25/30mm rim with 2.5/2.5 tires then the brands would have forced the riders to use it so they could sell wagons of it. But it clearly is subpar so that no top riders actually use this style of setup.
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: I take it you never had a DH32 in front of you. It was a real 2.8 and later they came out with a 2.6 as well which also was true to size. You can NOT be serious in using the pro riders as a reference for ANYTHING! They are talented athletes that are super conservative. They don't test everything possible due to sponsors and the fact that when they find a setup they like they are unlikely to change it! Most pros still like to ride off the back on tiny frames! Bruni and Benoit Coulanges being prime examples.
Also a Maxxis Assegai 2.5 measures 2.5in which is NOT the same as a Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.35.
I suggest you test out different widths for yourself before making assumptions based on the pros.
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: a friend used to run a DH32 at the front which was bigger than the Comp16 I used to run but then again those were not really big for a 2.5. I got to try DHR2 and Assguy in 2.6WT and 35mm rims but failed to see any benefit. And I'd rather believe that the pros know what setups work best rather than marketing department like you seem to do. To everyone their own but to my knowledge superlong bikes and wide tire/rims still don't win races and that's hard data so I will stick to that.
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: I prefer to test and see what works for me. I don't trust the bike marketing departments as they keep selling longer and longer bikes each year instead of testing the limits. Super long bikes haven't been used in Worldcup races so we can't say whether or not they are incapable of winning or not.
  • 1 1
 @SintraFreeride: didn't Pole and Nicolai with Mojo used some limousine bikes in DH and EN races ? I believe so, yet not starling results came out of it.
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: Jack Reading with Mojo Geometron used a Nicolai to race the world cups. He used a shorter bike so we can't use that as an example. Isak Leivsson used a Pole DH bike but on only one or two races but had some issues with it (I think it broke). So again no conclusions can be taken from it.
  • 10 0
 I’m not the definitive MTB historian, but I am old enough to know somethings up with “...since the company’s launch in 2008...”
  • 1 0
 Maybe I haven't been paying attention but I haven't heard the Onza name in a very long time. I still have a couple pairs of pedals I look at once in a while and don't have the heart to toss them. Guess I'll have to do some research.
  • 1 0
 A Swiss? company bought the rights to the Onza name and created a new tyre lineup. I don’t think there are any connections with the Onza of old other than the names.
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: There are two companies (re)using the Onza name: this one making tyres here in Basel and a component manufacturer in the UK.
  • 8 0
 "The Ibex has been a mainstay of the Onza lineup since 2008. In fact, it was their first tyre and to many people will be their most recognisable." Hang on, wasn't I riding Onza White Porcupines circa 1991 or was it all just a dream?
  • 5 0
 Haha! It wasn't a fever dream. I just blindly paraphrased a possibly mistranslated press release.
  • 1 0
 Nah, you were riding white Porcupines in 2021 www.onza-tires.com/products/porcupine
  • 9 0
 That looks like a great tire - would love to check it out.
  • 4 1
 is it a tire or tyre?
  • 5 0
 tAaas

*cockney co-worker*
  • 44 40
 Don't call it skinwall pinkbike! Y'all should know better. It's tanwall or gumwall. Turns out there's more than one 'default' skin color
  • 19 8
 Yeah, that's a fair cop. It's what Onza are calling their models but I've since amended. Thanks.
  • 23 1
 @henryquinney: in my experience, gumwall refers to a heavier coating on the sidewall (like on a Minion) than the minimal coating these Onzas seem to have where the threads are visible and the sidewall retains its suppleness. What I would describe as a skinwall tire.

My understanding was that the “skin” in skinwall referred to the casing of the tire, regardless of the color. So if Onza was somehow making casings that were green, blue or tie dye, this tire could still be referred to as a skinwall. Excuse my ignorance if there is something insensitive about the term.
  • 7 0
 Would definitely not chew gum that was that color.
  • 21 5
 And 'skin' refers to many other things besides a human's skin. But that's no fun, can't get triggered by it if it doesn't refer to a person's skin.
  • 28 3
 My god, we are really here.
  • 6 4
 @rhubarb414: totally understand that reasoning, although the only tires that I've ever seen marked as skin walls or mentioned is skin walls has been ones with tan sides on it. I've not seen anyone ever reference skin when the tire is black.
  • 8 15
flag ctxcrossx (Sep 27, 2021 at 12:12) (Below Threshold)
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: in this case it seems pretty apparent that it's referring to the color. Doesn't seem that hard to change with the times when we realize some things don't age well. And I certainly don't see anyone getting triggered here. Just people politely pointing it out.
  • 14 4
 @ctxcrossx: Maybe people should stop assuming everything is about human skin color.
That's a better start.
  • 9 1
 @ctxcrossx: that is because many black sidewall tires have, at a minimum, carbon black
added, to toughen the coating(which would be called a gumwall, if not for the addition of the carbon black) that is over the sidewall casing.

Old continental tires were l red in color, but were refered to as skinwall tires. There was also a period of time that a lot of XC tries were skinwall, but with dyed black casings so that they were on trend. I recall in the late 90's a few brands having all sorts of colors on their sidewalls.

Skin is a word used to describe many things other than the water proof outer coating that humans are equiped with.
  • 3 0
 @scary1: we're coming for you, Toyota Super White. We'll build a skin wall, and make the customer pay for it
  • 9 0
 scrotum-wall is the correct terminology for describing this color of tire.
  • 2 1
 @rhubarb414: Maxxis wasn't even a company when tan sidewall tires were the norm.
  • 7 1
 @scary1: too many Karens
  • 5 0
 @a-prince: Ahh, that finally explains all the little rubber hairs.
  • 4 0
 yeeeeep, here we are.
Being offended in someone's behalf.
This video/ guy is just great and perfect for the ocassion:
youtu.be/67XDjwxO0kw
  • 1 0
 @rpet: yeah for sure. I think that's why gumwall is often used interchangeably with skinwall. OG Onza knows though. Skinwall!
  • 1 0
 @rpet: I take it back. Check out these old vintage Maxxis tires: www.pinkbike.com/photo/21387044

Didn't realize Maxxis is owned by Cheng Shin. Not sure if it's always been that way, but if it has, then they've been around for ages even if they didn't take off until more recently.
  • 1 0
 @ctxcrossx: I uploaded some pics I googled of old mtb tires with black and red skinwalls if yr interested. It's def not the fashion these days, but it's existed! www.pinkbike.com/u/rhubarb414/album/Tires
  • 2 5
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: okay, so if it isn’t referring to human skin color then what is it referring to? Naturally the marketing genius who came up with name was referring to the color of tanned deer hides right and just decided to cut out everything but the skin part? Give me a break.
  • 4 0
 @topherdagopher: It is called a skin wall, because it has a very small amount of rubber coating the casing, a thin skin of rubber. It is the color that it is, because that is the natural color of rubber. There are many examples of skin wall tires of various colors, but the most common color is a tan color. Gum wall is different because it has a thicker coating of the same natural rubber.

In the end, it is just the name of this type of tire sidewall construction, a skin wall is different from a gum wall, so to call a skin wall tire a gum wall tire, is to mislabel it. If you want to call this tire a tan wall that is fine, but it will not be a description of the sidwall construction.
  • 2 0
 @topherdagopher: I'm not a bike tire historian or anything, but for me the casing of the tire acts pretty much how a skin works in others situations. For example:

If we say a bike tire is fundamentally built of a casing that keeps the air in plus a tread that provides traction, that seems similar to me to how an animal skin keeps all the guts in while the fur provides warmth.

The skin or casing is the thing that keeps all the inside stuff... inside. And since the casing is very visible on a "skinwall" tire, that's where I was assuming the term originated.

Without any references to cite, I can't say whether or not the term was coined based on the other skin we're familiar with – our own human skin, which in itself wouldn't seem problematic to me if it were true.

As far as the term being based on a narrow idea of what a "normal" human skin color looks like, I have already linked a couple examples of different colored skinwall tires which signal to me that the term is likely more about the function of the casing rather than the color of it.

I certainly could be wrong without knowing the real scoop about the term, so, share it if you got it!
  • 3 4
 @insertfunusername: right I get that but colloquially (by people and the industry marketeers) that doesn’t seem to be how the term is used so while I am sure what you are saying makes sense, it isn’t the reason people use the terminology. People usually refer to skin wall tires as the tires which have tan walls regardless of material properties, historical usage, etc. Now wether they do that for the reasons you’ve stated above or for the same reason the term ‘skin colored’ gets applied to a bunch of things (e.g. women’s bras) I’ll leave up to you to determine. If I google skinwall tires nothing comes up in the first few pages that isn’t using ‘skin’ as a color descriptor.
  • 5 0
 @topherdagopher: You are deciding that it is describing the color, even if it is not. The color is just natural rubber color. I don't have a problem calling it tan wall, but we do lose a description of the sidewall construction. So it is a less good description of the tires sidewall.

It doesn't seem like very many steps before "tanwall" becomes offensive however if we suddenly change the reason that it is called tan from the actual color, to the color of Caucasian skin that has been tanned by the sun.

The word skin is used a lot, without having anything to do with color or the outer coating of an animal. "The paint got a skin on it after sitting out for a while." "Got away with that by the skin of my teeth." "The algae bloom was thick enough to form a skin on the surface of the water." Or more relevant to this thread "Some people have thin skin."
  • 3 2
 @topherdagopher: Don't go to a shop and listen to techs, you might really get triggered if they talk about trannys.
  • 3 5
 @insertfunusername: I don’t disagree with all your points but… You say I am making the connection between skin and a specific color. I am not. People as a whole determine word usage and have. Colloquially people do not use ‘skin’ in regards to tire to refer to anything except the color, they are not talking about sidewall construction. There are some pedants out there who will disagree with the use, and that’s fine, but that’s what people do.

If you google skinwall tires you will get nothing but images of tires with tan walls which supports my claim that the current colloquial usage of the term equates the ‘skin’ to ‘tan’. Manufacturers and people alike refer to tan walled tires as skinwall even when they don’t meet the criteria you mentioned above (I.e. their only difference is the color of the sidewall). Now if you can provide a more substantial argument as to the common denominator in all these images besides color, then I will gladly listen.

Sure, skin is used in regards to other things and that usage has nothing to do with this argument, it is a strawman argument.
  • 1 0
 @topherdagopher: Good point about your google results conflating color with a term that describes sidewall construction. If for instance a website's search filters said "Sidewall color: Black" for one tire and then "Sidewall color: Skin" for another, that would be f'ed.

Maybe that's the biggest takeaway for skinwall/tanwall/gumwall:

Skinwall refers to a particular construction technique, regardless of the color of the casing.
While tanwall refers specifically to the color, both for skinwall and gumwall tires.

So for this Onza tire... could be skinwall or tanwall... but not gumwall. And if you don't know the difference... tanwall is always a good bet.
  • 1 3
 @rhubarb414: it’s not conflating, it’s just a sample pop of how the term is being used by the general public.
  • 1 3
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: worked in an auto shop for years. It doesn’t bother be, neither does skinwall, but I try to be sensitive of the people it may bother.
  • 2 0
 @topherdagopher: I didn't mean you were conflating. I meant google or the hypothetical website filter. Like yeah, the sample population in your results is conflating "construction style" with "color" regarding skinwall tires.
  • 2 0
 @topherdagopher: like I said I don't have a problem calling them tanwall, it is just a less good description.

What though should I call tires like old continental tires? They are not a tan color, they are a kind of sandy red color, I always refered to them as skin wall.

If we, humans, are going to chose to perceive anything that can get twisted into something offensive as offensive, then I don't think we will get very far on real issues. There are tons of actual offensive things that go on in the world and in cycling, a descriptor of sidewall construction is not one of those things. I'm sure some brands though will at least consider dropping this descriptor over time, and make labeling sidewalls a bit more confusing.
  • 2 0
 @rhubarb414: oh yeah yeah I gotcha. I’m with ya. My bad!
  • 1 2
 @insertfunusername: for sure, I agree. Skinwall might not offend me or you, but if someone doesn’t like it then maybe there’s better terminology somewhere. I do think people can be a bit oversensitive to just about everything, and there absolutely are much more heinous things in the world, but maybe if people grow up more empathetic and thinking about these things we can avoid more alienation of people later. That’s what I hope for my kids anywho.
  • 5 2
 @topherdagopher: What should we call whitewalls, after all we need to change it before tires become a symbol of white supremacy.
  • 2 0
 @topherdagopher: We can create new terminology, because someone might choose to think that a word like "skin" means a color, when it almost always doesn't. Like I've said, tanwall is fine in this situation, though I really do not know what to call those old Conti tires, or what to call a thin layered tire that has been dyed any color for that matter. Thin wall casing is the best descriptor, but is totally unmarketable, "Finewall" "Flexwall" "Fastech" I don't know, I am not a marketing person.

I have trouble with worrying about people being offended because they don't understand a word, or choose to misunderstand a word when there are real things to worry about that are infinitely worse, in the same industry, or right next to it. I for instance am about 7 trillion times more worried about the people of color, the poorest people and indigenous people in our country, that we kill, at way higher rates than affluent white people, with our fossil fuel industry and our plastics industry.

Obviously, I should stop worrying about someone being offended by something like, not understanding a word, but hey, my brain is dumb sometimes.
  • 1 3
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Whitewall isn't tying anything to skin color whatsoever so that's a stupid false equivalence. Spoken like an intransigent stick in the mud. What is the psychology behind people being so opposed to arbitrary change when it doesn't affect them at all, but makes someone else feel more included?

It's okay to recognize that other people can feel left out without without you feeling left out about not being left out.
  • 3 1
 @topherdagopher: Skin wall has as much to do with skin color when referring to tires as whitewall does.
Not stuck in the mud, just don't believe in changing language to accommodate people that look for offense everywhere.
  • 1 0
 @ctxcrossx: people are more triggered by someone pointing out a little misshap than the person pointing it out was triggered by the misshap...
  • 2 1
 My Hutchinson tyres have a quite brown wall. I don't know what race they are but it's definitely a POC, like Jesus maybe. Jesus skinwall they could be called.
My son's Maxxis tyres are probably caucasian.
My old 1990s Tioga Pscychos were one of those gingers with the freckles, that cannot cop a tan no matter how had they try.
I would be happy for some slightly darker tones, like the old Conti Cross Country tyres. More of a Taiwanese Indigenous skinwall.
Whatever the colour, if it is about skin, it's not offensive unless you make it so. I have no problem with something that isn't the colour of my skin being referred to as skinwall. If someone has that skin colour, and the company is referring to a human's skin of that colour, it's still factually accurate even if it's not my skin.

As an aside, I think Apple will go down this route with the Air Pods. They stick out like a dog's bollocks in white - because no one has white skin. White people don't actually have white skin, it's kind of tanned to varying degrees. Black people are't really black, they are also tanned to varying degrees. We're all kind of the same colour, just with different tones.

I digress. You know in WhatsApp where you can choose the skin tone of the thumbs up emojis and whatnot? Apple should release the AirPodCamo - available in all those different skin tones to enable people to use them without looking like poseurs. Just choose the colour that most closely matches the tone of your ears and hey presto - invisible AirPods (from a distance). You'll see.
  • 2 0
 The Onza Ibex from 2017 was really dangerous to use in wet muddy/rooty conditions, I don't know if I would risk wasting money on the new one. There was so much Gwin hype with the ones that I had but honestly, he would put his name to OAP stair lifts if you offered him the coin.
  • 1 0
 Wouldn't you?
  • 5 0
 When they release the Onza Octopus I'll be happy.
  • 1 0
 @bigtim lol a the good old rubber soap holder lol. I had Hutchinson octopuses on my old glory but they were actually a good tire.
  • 1 0
 All the photos of this tire, including the old version, seem to show the side knobs positioned much further down the side than the best tires from other brands. The faces of the side knobs appear to be closer to perpendicular to the tread than the norm.
  • 3 0
 Running Aquila up front and Ibex on back on my 180mm travel bike, very happy with them! Have ridden Ibex up front in past with great results too.
  • 2 0
 I really liked the Aquilla, but you couldnt get a 29er foldable version in the soft compound, which was really frustrating, only in super heavy wired DH version
  • 2 0
 Seems like I only see maxxis tires these days in my parts. Never seen an Onza in the wild. Just as likely to see a real Ibex.
  • 1 0
 I've always wondered why. I ran a pair of Aquilas for a race and I loved them. Better compound than Maxxis IMO. But I remember all the reviews praised them, everyone I know who ran them loved them, and then they disappeared like one year later
  • 2 0
 @IsaacWislon82: As a Maxxis diehard, it's because I know I love my Assegai/DHF combo, so why would I spend (likely more) money trying something that I might not like. I know it's not very "free-thinker" of me, but I just don't make enough to be experimenting with different tires at $150-$300 per set.
  • 1 0
 Have definitely seen more real Ibexes than Onza ones. But Onza seems to have a following in the more mellow XC scene.
  • 1 0
 You see a few around here, but mostly on their employees' bikes Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Note to Panaracer - bring us a modernized Smoke/Dart combo! I'd love to try out a 2.6 or 2.4 Smoke/Dart!
  • 1 0
 Never got along with those, much preferred the Ritchey z-max front and the Conti Baja as a rear from that era. Brief stint on some Specialized Cannibals that I had won(learned how to 2 wheel drift with those since they had no traction and a very consistent breakaway characteristic).
  • 2 1
 I don't like it. Tioga already showed with the Edge 22 that since the tire compresses, knobs directly in the center only increase rolling resistance and get in the way of cornering - for the front, at least.
  • 1 1
 Oufff....IBEX...most horrible tire I ever put on my bike. Riding Vittoria Mazza now and loving it.
So glad to see they got "inspired" by the Mazza. Will still not give it a try.


However I love, that most of the discussion here is not about the tire but about the naming conventions Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Their first tire? I had Onzas on my bike in about 1995.
  • 2 0
 Nice tire, but what about that bike. EXT on both ends. What bike?
  • 5 0
 ARC8 Extra custom build
  • 1 0
 I like when tire weigh less then 1 kg, looks like good front tire, that could compete with dfr
  • 1 0
 these are gonna hold some serious front end push in the corners, can't wait
  • 2 0
 Ibex you all it grips better than most.
  • 1 0
 It should climb like a goat.
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 Interesting. Seems like a decent rear tire option in loose areas. I wounder if they will be updating the Aquila next.
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 The only tire news that will grip me is the return of the High Roller with dice and the 2.5" Smoke/Dart combo.
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 The side profile of that tire looks nasty! I want it
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 Loved the Ibex/Canis combo...
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 Tire to rim alignment on next level
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 Let's hope its less awful than the original ones Smile
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 Bring back the porcupine. It actually looks different and I remember it working quite well.
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 They do make an updated porcupine. It looks like a really good tread pattern, but I haven't tried it. The original porcupine may have worked well in some conditions, were I grew up it was the sketchiest tire I ever tried back then. Apparently no good on hard, clay type dirt, borrowed a friend's, and removed it after on short ride of having the front tire try and put me on the ground in every corner with massive sideknob squirm.
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 Stopped reading after i saw 29...
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 Tell me you like DHR II without saying you like DHR II
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 "...greater breaking edge..." sounds good but its all wrong.
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 Looks pretty good
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 Beautiful side knobs...
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 What bike is that?
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 Nm Reactor. Just recognized it.
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 @daugherd: Maybe an Arc8 Extra www.pinkbike.com/news/first-ride-arc8-extra.html

Both companies are based in the Basel area
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 @korev: oh yeah totally could be
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 no more all white?

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