Pinkbike Poll: Do You Opt For Performance or Value From Your Tires?

Aug 13, 2021
by Matt Beer  
How long do you think sticky rubber tires would last in this razor sharp slate?

Tires are the only component contacting your bike and the ground. There are a boat load of other factors at play when we start talking about grip, but tires are one of the most important and particular pieces of the puzzle. They come in a variety of diameters, thicknesses, thread counts, compounds, and of course, tread patterns. All of those variables have to match your riding style, terrain, weight and price point. Picking a single tire for the job can be tricky and downright confusing with all of the marketing nomenclature. If you need a refresher course, take a look at our Explainer series on Decoding Tire Hot Patches.

The number of tire parameters is mesmerizing, but that probably means that the combo you're looking for does exist.

Tires like the Maxxis Aggressor feature a dual compound rubber and an all-terrain tread pattern. That makes it a great rear tire choice that rolls fairly quick and has a longer life span than a soft compound, aggressive tire. These characteristics give it great value, but it doesn't shine in wet conditions.

The tire with the best performance is often the softest compound combined with the most complex casing construction. It's also usually the one that wears the fastest and is the most expensive. For each discipline, performance can have different meanings though, keeping in mind that riders may also demand different traits from their front and rear tires.

Cross-country (XC) athletes might choose a lighter, more expensive tire casing that offers more grip and puncture resistance than a heavier, cheaper tire. Those focused on maximizing performance on the downhill sections of races, such as enduro or downhill racers, are seeking out traction for control during braking and cornering, while trying to manage the balance between rolling resistance and puncture protection.

And then you have the more common, casual rider who might still demand performance, but isn't racing the clock or other competitors. We've even seen some brands like Michelin and Schwalbe market to the weekend warrior crowd with tires given specific titles, such as "Bike Park" construction, for a lower wear rate and increased puncture resistance.

Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.6
The Schwalbe Magic Mary in its Ultra Soft compound is a prime example of the trade-off of a fast wearing tire to gain ultimate traction, but at a high price.

So, the question then is, do you choose pure performance over a longer lasting, valued tire and what compound does that equate to for the type of riding you do?

Let's use a simple system to differentiate between brands' compound names, where the softest means the most grip, but is faster wearing and rolls slowly. The hardest is has very limited grip, but will last for ages and rolls faster.












And since we've touched on the topic of durability, let's include that as a talking point for value. A brand new tire isn't worth a penny if you puncture it on the first descent. The value comes from a tire that lasts through the sharpest of rock gardens, but may be on the heavier side - a con for some seeking the upmost performance out of their ride.

For the sake of this poll, let's use a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 would be lightest-duty casing offered from your preferred tire brand and 5 would be the most durable.















215 Comments

  • 184 1
 I only ride All-Mountain apparently because my bike is 150 travel. Can't answer this poll.
  • 65 6
 I'm not answering because it will enable backdoor or w.e. the company is called, to sell data to companies.
  • 20 1
 It was noble of you to not skew the results. Thank you. Sincerely, A Trail-Biker because a website told me I am.
  • 34 3
 @makripper: wow you really beat big tech this time!
  • 22 3
 @makripper: I just tried to guess the answers. I got two right!
  • 6 2
 @makripper: I just answered the top one for each one, so I could view the results.
  • 12 2
 I just picked random choices to see the results
  • 9 1
 @makripper: no free data to the corporate overlords!
  • 4 1
 @makripper: not to mention f*cking tedious
  • 11 1
 The forgotten category. All-Mtn is the Heart and Soul of MTB and Snowboarding. LONG LIVE ALL-MTN!
  • 11 2
 Anyone else play the game where you intentionally try to guess the least popular answer? I’ve done it for years to add a little chaos and it’s kinda fun. Damn the man, save the Empire!
  • 1 2
 @jaame: you win! A date with @taprider

Maybe they will make a poll about answering polls
  • 2 3
 Tried loads of different tires and now settled on 2.35 Magic Mary DH casing in soft up front and 2.4 Big Betty Trail Park in medium on the rear. Best for all kinds of riding I do in the UK though I'll admit to being a fair weather rider and avoiding the slop and winter clay fest.
  • 3 2
 @makripper: So you’re so afraid of a company making money that you don’t want bike companies to know what you like so they can make more of it? You’d rather they just guess?

It’s different if you don’t want everything on your Facebook to be available. But we’re talking about a tire compound.
  • 1 0
 @Blackhat: I'm not afraid lol just call it what it is.
  • 1 1
 @makripper: you’re obviously afraid of something or you wouldn’t have let it change your behavior.
  • 76 1
 What rear tire ? Worn front
  • 6 1
 This^
  • 12 1
 ^ yes that or the one I bought for the front but didn’t like
  • 61 2
 Polls are getting more and more complicated
  • 74 2
 Market research disguised as fun little polls. I imagine PB is getting good money from these.
  • 18 4
 Blame backdoor magazine lol
  • 6 2
 Poll: how have been enjoying our polls? Do you ride a hit a pole while riding a Pole after taking our poll?
  • 2 2
 Poll: How many Poles participated in this poll? Or to put it another way, do people of Polish descent like taking polls? I don't know why I'm asking this.
  • 24 10
 @highfivenwhiteguy, ha, nailed it. We’re getting ready to release a line of tires to go with the Grim Donut.
  • 14 4
 @mikekazimer: No one claimed you guys were, but the implication is that you are presenting the data either to a single tire manufacturer or many as part of a service. When the "articles" are market research presented in an obtuse way people have problems believing anything being said from the PB team as it comes across as non-transparent and insincere. Just be upfront about it and then people will at least not assume the worse.
  • 60 5
 @ohbmxer, as hard as it may be to believe, the Friday polls don't have any deeper meaning. The topics are chosen by the editor that writes them, and that's it. Would a tire company find this one useful? Probably. But why would they pay for it when they could just look at the results above for free?
  • 3 1
 @mikekazimer: seems TOO easy, almost like... A conspiracy is afoot.
  • 7 3
 @mikekazimer: I assume these polls and the data provided (weather you give it to them in a gift wrapped bundle or make them get on PB or sort through it) is part of what they sponsor the site for, right? I can see Maxxis sitting down and saying "Mike Mike Mike...we need to know what kinda tires these dudes/dudettes want, here is a pole, can you post it?".....paid poll to @ohbmxer point....

What about profile data - age and location, is that shared?
  • 7 6
 @mikekazimer: well, um, because maybe they paid you to do the poll? Like, you said hey, we’ll have five polls about tires this year if you increase the cost of advertising on pinkbike by ‘x’ amount or something idk. Or hey, a good review will cost you x amount of dollars.

That’s what people think pinkbike is. Or maybe they pay the individual writer idk, but is it true? Who knows, we don’t. It’s always been the undercurrent around here, but now that the company has been bought, the chatter is louder.

Not much from levy these days, and RC has left so the state of things is a bit wonky for a lot of folks. So yeah, idk, it is hard to believe these polls don’t have a deeper meaning. Do I care? Not really, they’re still interesting to see the results of. Maybe I might change my tire casing if I’m like damn everyone is running different from me, good information is good information for all.
  • 3 1
 @mikekazimer: if that is true then what do you do with the data and what exactly is the point of these polls? Someone is being paid to waste time just for fun? The PB audience isn't that dense. Business usually have a motive for paying someone for labor. Unless pinkbike just likes doing crazy random things for fun? For no apparent reason?
  • 1 1
 @RadBartTaylor: yeah that's most likely accurate
  • 8 2
 @mikekazimer: Groan... Conspiracy theorists... I don't give a hoot who uses my poll response data, knock yourself out. Great website by the way, keep up the good work Beer
  • 20 3
 My god people. You complain about the Trailforks subscription, complain about the imaginary Outside paywall, and now you’re outraged about a non-sensical conspiracy where the ‘scandal’ is that PB might pay the bills while getting information that helps companies make products you want?

If you don’t like companies making money of any kind then just f*ck right off the internet and go dig a hole to live in. But over here in the real world, selling survey data to guide product development is the most win-win-win way I can imagine to pay the bills.

But no, that’s not pure enough for your entitled content demanding asses. You should be excited for a way to help them keep the lights on without going to a pay wall.

Of course that ignores the stupidity of thinking you can sell the data that’s freely posted on the survey above.
  • 7 1
 You all are hilarious, companies don’t need this poll. They already have all this data from sales. As an FYI for existing products sales data is what most companies use to determine what they should continue to sell or not sell. It’s why Nickleback is still around, you all say you hate them, but sales say otherwise.
  • 1 0
 @RadBartTaylor: That's exactly what I'm suggesting. Smile
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer:
“But why would they pay for it when they could just look at the results for free”
LOL. Your logic is irrefutable and of course will be ignored by the conspiracy segment of the comments section.
  • 3 0
 @dpars63:Logic is too boring for conspiracy theorists.
  • 39 1
 whatever is on clearance for real. I will not pay more than $40 for a tire but I don't want to ride junk either. champagne taste and beer money as they say
  • 5 1
 My man !
  • 1 0
 You don't have to ride junk at a bargain. I stocked up on Kenda hellkats (dh bike) and e13 (trail bike) when they were on sale at 50% off. No complaints for either tire
  • 1 6
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Aug 14, 2021 at 22:42) (Below Threshold)
 Unless you are a pro, a tire is a tire. As long as it has DH casing.
  • 30 1
 I own one bike and I use one set of tires for everything. EXO+ and 3C MaxTerra.
  • 22 1
 Tires are one of the few places where I don't go for "best value" but rather just the best for the application. Tires have such a huge impact on the overall performance of your bike. A slightly underwhelming tire can undo all the money and work you put into suspension, brakes and training pretty quickly, so it's worth going for decent tires.
  • 5 1
 You're totes right. Tyres are cheap in the grand scheme of things, and make probs more difference than anything else you can change. Totes worth getting the ones you actually want.
  • 9 1
 Totes
  • 1 1
 I'm wearing totes right now!
  • 2 1
 @pipm1: your feet must be totes warm yo!
  • 2 1
 @jaame: Ab-sole-totes-lutely!
  • 3 1
 @pipm1: slipped on the kitchen floor the other day. Totes should have been in those socks with the rubber grips on the bottom. Can't for the life of me remember the name.
  • 3 1
 @jaame: I think they're called something clever like, Slip-On Non-Slippery Slippers*, or suchlike?
Copyright 2021.
  • 2 1
 @pipm1: I will totes purchase some when I see them in the shops
  • 22 2
 What tyre did you choose based on somewhere middling on price / what you thought looked decent many months/years ago, don't know how soft/hard it is & won't change for any discipline, rain dry or snow... only once it is worn out.
  • 2 1
 Yes to this
  • 18 1
 Yes
  • 1 1
 All of the above.
  • 20 5
 Randomizer, engage! You're welcome, Outside.
  • 13 3
 I now avoid maxxis minions. I got tired of the tire wobble from poor quality even with the bead on.
  • 26 1
 I just align the tyre wobbles with my wheel buckles, for the ultimate level of balance.
  • 8 1
 When I could afford it I started riding softer compound tires for more margin of error, and changing them more often with the idea that it's a bit safer than wringing the living daylights out of every set... jury is still out there on if it's worth it.
  • 1 1
 I recently fitted a DHF exo/dual since I had nothing else lying around, expected to be as good as a slick tire in snow and to my massive surprise it handled everything really well even wet roots as long as you keep agression to a rather high level. As soon as you doubt/slow down then it starts sliding on wet roots but that's a general rule for wet riding so not entry level tires only exacerbate it a bit.
  • 6 1
 I switched to MaxxGrip for my front tire this season and am never going back. The level of grip is insane. I always justify stuff like that by considering what being injured and not being able to go to work would cost me. The extra margin for error is worth its weight in gold. I mean not literally though, that's like 70k worth of gold and I can't say I make that much after income tax lol.
  • 9 1
 Where is the response for "I will buy any tire I can actually find in stock somewhere."

Currently running Vitorria rear and a VEE front as that as all I could find.

VEE attach HPL is actually pretty legit I must say
  • 1 1
 good tires are about the only component that's been easy to come by for me over the last year and a half, come check out some local shops in MT I guess?
  • 9 2
 After IPCC, I am trying to look for companies commited with the environment, and this week I made a research for the most ecologic tires, despite the grip and quality... didn’t find any 100% eco fiendly tires, but so far after the research I have done, it seems Vittoria are one of the most commited brands. Shout out also to Schwalbe. If anyone have any information, please comment.
  • 2 1
 Fat fingered a downvote instead of an upvote, sorry! Yes to this!!! I have no additional info sadly.
  • 8 2
 You get both value and performance with the new Michelin DH tires, AM2s, and Wild Enduros. I'm talking about the ones with the blue and yellow logos. Makes every other tire manufacturer out there appear overpriced. *cough* Maxxis *cough*
  • 1 1
 Got the Wild enduro, they are nice but you have to pour ton of sealant otherwise your tire gonna leak air on the sidewalls. Maxxis are overpriced had the issue too with a new DHF.
  • 2 1
 I run Force Enduro rear and Assegai Exo+ front, maximum driftage and rolling speed
  • 3 2
 My experience with the wild enduro rear was that it was a very good tire but not as good as DHR2 in every category. DHR2 is easier to pedal up a steep pitch, rolls faster and has more cornering/climbing/stopping grip in all situations. Was happy to pay 50% more to go back to Maxxis. Just my experience though.
  • 3 1
 @friendlyfoe: Idk Dhr2 have weak cases in DD
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  • 1 2
 Agree for the DH22, not really for the DH34, lack of grip in wet conditions and lasts 5 days when I keep my maxxis ones 10, so maybe less expensive but if you need to replace it earlier it become more expensive...
  • 1 1
 Sounds like your Rim is the problem not the tires… @Ba1rog:
  • 1 2
 @RobHesse: Brand new rim and tire. Put like 250 ml of sealant and rode the bike a bit. Still making bubble and the pressure is going down.
  • 8 2
 Assegai Maxxgrip up front and DHRII Maxxterra in the rear. Exo+ right now because that's what came on my bike, otherwise it's DoubleDown baby. That's any trail, anywhere, amytime! Change my f*cking mind!
  • 2 1
 That's exactly what I run and couldn't be happier. Not going to try to change your mind lol.
  • 1 1
 @friendlyfoe: It is honestly a great combo for most conditions. Love it for the steep, the wet, the rooty and even for the (sometimes) totally dry conditions over here.
  • 1 0
 How’s the drag when climbing?
  • 1 0
 @zamanfu: Less drag than a michelin wild enduro rear with better grip. Haven't gotten to compare to DHF in the back as they don't make it in DD MaxxTerra 27.5
  • 8 1
 New poll: Reader participation in polls before and after Outside acquisition.
  • 7 1
 Wish Maxxis made some solid Maxx Terra in DH casing… right now I’m just burning through Maxx Grip on the DH weekly and rotating
  • 1 1
 Ditto, I burnt through those f*ckers so quick, so I just started buying the "bike park spec", not as grippy but last half a season of daily riding.
  • 9 1
 Performance in the front, value in the rear!
  • 1 1
 Honestly, the "bike park" spec tyres do wonders.
  • 6 1
 I won't answer the poll unless you pay me.

But: wearing through tires is my personal strava. I get the softest compounds I can and ride the brakes.
  • 7 1
 MaxxGrip in the front, Dual Compound in the rear. All year long.
  • 2 1
 Good luck finding a dual compound tire with a decent casing. That's why I don't like Maxxis.
  • 2 1
 @crashtor: aggressor in exo or DD
  • 2 1
 @crashtor:
This. I wish there were more dual compound options from maxxis. Riding here in BC it’s tough to justify not running a maxxgrip in front (or equivalent tacky rubber from other brands). But come summer time having a dual compound in the rear would be so much better. A single long weekend of bike park riding in dry conditions can roast a maxxgrip rear tire.
  • 2 2
 @brycepiwek: agreed! And exactly
I’m going through a Maxx grip per week right now on the DH and that’s like it’s bald and all side knobs tearing off or torn off. Like getting 95% of life out of it
  • 2 0
 @brycepiwek: hahah check those downvotes from the maxxis fanboys. All I run is maxxis but I still wish they’d last longer…
  • 7 3
 Best value/performance ratio in tires I've found so far is the new Specialized tires in their T7 and T9 compound. They are $60 per tire, great casing and excellent compounds.
  • 4 1
 Schwalbe for the win, 44€ for Soft compound magic marry and big betty (each)
  • 3 3
 But Specialized doesnt have any offernig for anything north of light Trail riding.
  • 1 1
 Actually bought a set of Wolfpack Tires and they are 40€(47$) each
  • 3 1
 This poll isn't super interesting. It would be more useful to get an idea of what people are using in different regions, as tires are obviously terrain specific. Anyone have any tire suggestions for the Pacific Northwest?

I've been running Assegai/DHR II combo, both MaxxTerra and EXO+. That combo works great as a year-around setup, but I kinda wanted to try something different.

I've never tried the newer Schwalbe or Specialized tires, and am considering getting two sets for dry/wet. I have one bike, and use it for everything short of bike park.

Any suggestions?
  • 2 1
 What’s the general consensus on Maxx grip vs 3C on rolling resistance/speed. How much difference is there really? Let’s assume both front and rear. I have a set of each but the Maxx grips are double down with cushcore pro -Assguy/DHR2 and the 3C are exo/exo+ Assguy/Dissector. I swap back and forth(2 wheel sets) for trail and park or when it makes sense. Never really ridden the same stuff with both setups. Always wondered how much speed difference there really is. Obviously I can feel the other differences.

Feedback from personnel experience appreciated.
  • 2 1
 Maxxgrip is also 3C. I think you mean Maxxterra.

From personal experience, when pointed Downhill, the difference in speed is minimal. I love the maxxgrip up front, but pedaling is another story. I fitted a maxxgrip dhrII on the rear of my trail bike and took it off after only a few rides. The “glued to the ground” feel was too much.
  • 3 1
 Maxxgrip is much grippier on roots and when it’s wet. Doesn’t make so much difference in the dry, but there is still a difference.

Rolling resistance is probably worse, but it may just be the extra weight of the tyre as Maxxgrip are rarely available in anything lighter than did.

I run them (or ultra soft Magic Marys) front and rear as I don’t care how fast the bike is uphill, but I do care about grip when going downhill. I’m not sure why people run less grippy tyres tbh.

JP
  • 4 1
 As I've been taught, grippier tires tend to have rubber that rebounds slower. Makes sense right? So there may not be a huge difference in rolling resistance at speed, but where you will notice it is trying to pedal at lower speeds up any kind of a pitch. That's where low rebound tires like MaxxGrip will steal a ton of your forward momentum.
  • 6 1
 1,2,3,4,5 casing... Sounds like me on a jump trail.
  • 2 1
 I like the idea of this poll but am having trouble answering the questions. Tire compound choices are less motivated by riding style( cross country, enduro etc.) and more by trail conditions. I think that needs to be a factor. Sure this is probably data mining but If it leads to more tires being produced that fit what riders are looking for what's the harm.
  • 2 1
 My aspiration is to have 3 or 4 sets of wheels completely interchangeable between several bikes. A couple burly cheaper wheels would get a set of durable enduroish tires for everyday riding and a set of nice enduro rims would get performance DH tires for special rides. A set of light rims with high quality aggressive XC tires for faster smooth trail rides or any racy activities would be nice. And maybe a set of cheap xc rims with gravel tires. The truth is that this would never really work. By the time I invested in the entire system a new standard would wreck everything and leave me unable to upgrade either the bike or the wheels. Maybe I just need to learn wheel building.
  • 1 0
 Tires are important. Maxxis tires are expensive and every year get worse in terms of quality. Finally moved on to better things. Wouldn't ride a kenda tire if a slick generic was available. Continental on a budget, schwalbe if money flows like water from a faucet. Rolling resistance matters! Weight matters! Unless your firebombing park or downhills from a tailgate pad and not climbing.
  • 1 0
 I'm 280lb...I run DH casing front and rear with inserts (cushcore front/vittoria airline rear) at 22/30psi for everything because anything less and I'll pinch on the first ride here in the AZ big mountain rock gardens. For bike parks I run dh casing with dh tubes...too much risk of rolling the bead and burping while blasting turns with tubeless..even with cushcore/airliner.
  • 2 1
 I choose types based on availability and thread pattern, do not acre much about soft/hard;
DH casing at the rear EXO at the front, tires do not last long where I ride because of rocks, so few pairs over supper easily
  • 1 1
 Magic Mary front and Hans Dampf on rear was stock on my Optic. And it's a good combo.

I want a tire slightly favouring traction: Soft compound for traction at the expense of rolling resistance and longevity. Magic Mary is about perfect, but also have no experience with any other brand.
  • 2 1
 Kinda weird to mix "riding" and "racing." For EN and DH racing (which I don't actually do anymore), I run the softest/stickiest compounds I can get. For casual riding, I run less stick and faster rolling in the rear.
  • 1 1
 Seems like these days we could get a tire that's light as an XC tire, grip like DH tire, rolls like an XC tire and is durable with a tough supportive sidewall. Good in most conditions too. I know, this might be a unicorn but the tech must exist? Would the cost be way too high for bike quantities compared to cars? Wouldn't it be great to have one tire for all your riding, anywhere, all year except DJ and DH.
  • 4 1
 Compromise is just an inherent part of life... tires are no exception.
  • 2 1
 If the tech existed, someone would make it.
If it genuinely did everything you say, with no compromises every racer in every discipline would be on it (with some sharpie action if they are sponsored by the wrong brand).
If something gripped and protected like a DH tyre but rolled like an xc tyre that would be worth multiple seconds in Maribor this weekend just on the intermediate sprint and the finish.
  • 1 1
 That was a pretty darn well set up poll. Well done Pinkbike.

Performance > value always at my income level. I feel bad for half broke peeps just starting out. It was an expensive sport already but the price of tires isn't $25 to $50 like it was not too long ago.
  • 1 1
 I justify buying good gripping tires like this. If I crash because of shitty tires I’m looking at expensive physiotherapy which will cost more than the price difference between good tires no tires made from recycled hockey pucks. That said, Maxterra rubber on the rear grips well enough and softer front rubber for winter.
  • 2 1
 Where you’re from would be a good addition to this poll. If you’re in whistler/sea to sky like myself, you’re not putting less than exo, and personally I will only run dh casing
  • 3 0
 Im from Madeira and I only use DH casing because this rock is janky AS F....K! could go DD but almost the same weight and more expensive! I rather use my tire for its whole life than save weight
  • 3 0
 I just whack a Minion DHF 2.5 on the Front and a 2.35 on the rear and run them until they die.
  • 1 1
 Soft Front / Medium back - tread patterns are important here though. I find my Rock Razor rear with Speedgrip offers better traction than Hans Dampf Soft or Nobby Nic with Speedgrip. I am quite surprised by the traction I get out of that tyre in a variety of conditions. Pair it to a NN Soft up front of which I will flip to the rear and put my MM soft back on for the Winter.

Horses for courses and it also helps brands having stock when it comes time for a tyre purchase. I was interested in checking out Vittoria's Mazza but - no availability when I needed to purchase. They still seem hard to get as are Michelin tyres.
  • 3 1
 I'm like Levi, give me the softest rubber you got boii I'll spare no expense
  • 3 1
 Might be worth adding, "I don't ride these disciplines, but am curious anyway."
  • 1 1
 Yeah, my annual morzine week on my trail bike is going to be substantially different to someone who does DH “properly” whether that is with a number board, or without.
  • 3 1
 Vittoria tnt trail casing for xc and trail. More durable than exo, grid etc and mezcal/barzo is wicked fast
  • 3 1
 Maxxgrip dh casing for trail, enduro and dh. Ride in a lot of mixed conditions with a ton of rocks and roots.
  • 2 1
 Keeping it real!
  • 1 1
 @SimbaandHiggins: trying to keep the air on the inside lol
  • 5 2
 “30psi in my minions, I don’t care about your opinions”...
  • 1 1
 I've found the Kenda tires to be a great blend of quality, robustness, grip, and value. The "ATC" casing is very tough, but still lighter than any other tire I know of with a similar strength.
  • 2 2
 Not a clue what compound or other crap but I run Hutchinson tyres front and back and never had a puncture that’s all I care about. Came across them because they were sooo cheap. Will now take sooooo much to change my mind
  • 4 1
 way too many polls in this poll
  • 1 1
 I buy tires based on tread pattern, casing, width, and price. I really don’t pay much attention to type of rubber when i purchase. I have had softer tires and they are nice but it is not a deal breaker.
  • 3 2
 I chose value over performance because I'm too sh*t of a rider to notice any significant diference. So there, just answered the poll for 99% of this forum.
  • 6 1
 Yeah, but maybe if you had better tires you'd ride better. . Its the only thing connecting you to the trail.
  • 1 0
 Ever actually tried nicer tires? The difference is immediately noticeable.
  • 2 1
 it would be interesting to see a pb poll about pb polls. its safe to assume peoples tire preferences are based on location, and seriousness
  • 2 1
 Why not just cut the trivial shit out and do one about the things that matter, like cheese? This guy thinks that Cotswold is the maxxgrip of the dairy world.
  • 1 1
 @Eatsdirt: thx for the reply. there is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid people.
  • 2 1
 I wish I could say "both" for performance and value...
But with tire availability what it is right now, I have to say "neither"
  • 2 0
 I beg to differ from Matt Beer here, those Aggressors don't really shine anywhere
  • 3 0
 Value mtb tyres now cost more than the tyres for my van
  • 2 0
 I’m sorry but All or most tires shine when they are wet. Wet surfaces are shinier than dry surfaces.
  • 3 1
 Where's the "what tires do you run on your hardtail" questions?
  • 2 1
 @TimRidesBikes: dhf/dhr2 wt dh (steel 64hta and fox 36 160)
  • 1 0
 pic looks like a magic mary soft (my preference) and not an ultra soft, bruh
  • 2 0
 I put on summer tyres to ensure monsoon season comes quick
  • 2 0
 I chose answer 5 because its bigger than 1
  • 1 0
 I used to buy the best tires I could afford. Now I buy the best tires I can actually buy.
  • 2 1
 Run nothing but schwalbe unless I'm between orders...been on them for years now...
  • 2 0
 Planet cyclery has DHF DH casing on sale for 39 bucks, cheers boys
  • 3 1
 I only have one bike but still answered all the polls.
  • 2 1
 I have a feeling rubber is gonna jump in price in the near future... Good thing I have a stack of tomac nevagels on hand.
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 Very interesting.
We'll just be here hanging out with tires in stock... we even ride bikes & have a "PINKBIKE" discount
  • 1 1
 ???? What tires in stock????. Gravity casing all on "pre-order" & no 26" option? Next.
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 @respect-my-authorita: 29" folding, gravity in stock & ready to ship.
275 FINALLY coming next month (ordered May 2020)
Hoping to have 26" next summer (was supposed to have them this past June)

All come with a 30 day guarantee (if blow one out on the first ride or don't like them for some reason), frequent buyer program & we're rider a rider owned brand.
  • 2 0
 @VersusTires: noice. Need a set of 27.5 now & a 27.5/26 for next week unfortunately. . . Guess I'll have 2 check ya out next season
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 @respect-my-authorita: Thanks! Should have Canadian distribution/shops in the next few months for you, too!
  • 2 1
 Specialized butcher black whatever front and rear 29* 2,6 for everything, xc to dh
  • 2 1
 My favorite tires... stupid name tho... "butcher"
  • 1 1
 @axleworthington: the black death destructor Pit viper side of MTB... But good tire
  • 2 0
 Price be damned! I just want some 26” WTB Vigilante Tough/Grip.
  • 1 0
 In europe you can get a set of schwalbes MM in 2.35, SG, EVO, TR soft compound for 70€. Thats less than a single assegai.
  • 1 1
 I put 4 new Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s on my Prelude beginning of this season. Cost $130/tire shipped. Something is wrong in MTB world. Very wrong.
  • 2 1
 Yeah? Can you pedal your Ford Probe up a hill and shred the gnar on the way back down. If not, try it and let me know how that works out for ya champ.
  • 1 0
 the best way to make sure companies stamp labels that means nothing is this poll.
  • 3 1
 What company makes five different tire compounds?
  • 1 0
 My tires come with multiple durometers in each tire. This poll is stupid and doesn’t answer anything
  • 1 0
 Only my basic opinions are free now. Premium ones like this are now available for subscribers only. So basically no one.
  • 1 0
 Well….neither…..the industry changes wheel size standards faster than before I even manage to inflate a new tire……
  • 3 1
 Rubber!
  • 5 3
 That was shit
  • 3 2
 Taking polls on the toilet again?
  • 3 1
 Whatever is cheapest
  • 1 0
 Cheap or cheap
  • 1 0
 Whatever is discontinued and seems reasonable close to what I need.
  • 1 0
 Fun fact, pinkbike: there is such thing as too many poles, errr polls.
  • 2 0
 5 for life
  • 1 0
 Cheapest for life!
  • 1 0
 In the UK we opt for anything that is for sale. Shipping joy..... Naaaaat.
  • 1 0
 Performance at front Valve out back
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 Quick question, how do you justify charging almost the same amount of money for a mountain bike tire as you do for a car tire? And consequently the car tire last a lot longer
  • 3 1
 Car tires that cost the same as a bike tire aren’t equivalent in performance or durability because they have different construction and purposes.
  • 2 1
 Yeah, not the same.
The cheapest 27.5 knobbly tyre on CRC right now is £8.99.
There are multiple tyres from multiple brands going for over £70 (and claimed rrp over £100) on the same site.
Which of these is equivalent to the budget tyres for your minivan?
  • 1 0
 i got shortys for 15 a piece, performance and cost both 10's
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 I only ride park
  • 2 1
 Perfect poll to represent the tyre market, far too many options.
  • 1 0
 Whatever comes on the bike
  • 1 0
 Tioga edge22 up front has been better than anything I could of imagined.
  • 1 0
 None of the options said Maxxis!
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 Compound ? Casing? Enduro?
I'll have to check the dictionary
  • 1 0
 I only ride park…..so I guessed at everything else.
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 Both. Mountain Bike tyres are a rip off! You can pay £70-£80 for a tyre it's a joke! Compare that to the price of a car tyre!
  • 6 0
 You should compare that to the price of a high end performance car tire, not a cheap all season one.
  • 1 0
 @crashtor: I am.
Pound per pound they are still a rip off
  • 4 0
 @MattP76: Compared to the price of wheelbarrow tyres... what a rip!
  • 2 1
 @justincs: OK. Take a step back and look at the size of them and how much materiel is on them. Take a good look. Then tell me if they are worth £70-80
  • 2 0
 @MattP76: You sound like my wife!
  • 1 0
 @justincs: I love mountain biking. I have done for over 25 years. Just hate been ripped off for a bit of rubber
  • 4 0
 @MattP76: MTB tyres are like condoms just "a bit of rubber" but the consequences of using a cheap one could change your life!
  • 3 0
 I know! I just got a brand new Hotwheels Bugatti Veyron for under $14 and it come with four new tires! Unbelievable what these bicycle tire manufacturers are trying to get away with these days. Highway robbery I tell ya! HIGHWAY ROBBERY!
  • 2 0
 @MmmBones: Think about how much they cost and take a real good look at them. Gobsmacks me you guys think they are value at full retail price.

I wanted a set of Maxxis DHRs Tubeless for my bike. I scoured everywhere and eventuality found a pair of new ones for £29 each. That's value not £80 for a tyre!!!
  • 1 0
 @MattP76: hahaha “would you just look at it?” I have been looking at tires for a minute and decided to not ice skate around on the dirt with cheap NOS crap from the bargain bin and instead reach out to manufacturers for a “pro” deal and/or work in a shop to get wholesale pricing. If I had a decent job/salary I would pay whatever MSRP my local shop is charging for the freshest & most suitable tire to the conditions I’m riding because it makes riding so much moar fun. Yes, nice bike tire = expensive toy gear. No, nice bike tire does not = nice car or truck tire. That’s like going to a Porsche dealer and telling them they are asking way too much $, look at this sick MTB I got, only cost $2k from CRC. They would f*cking laugh at you.
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 @MmmBones: What an absolute idiot you are. You crack on mate.

"Please bike industry..... Charge me whatever you like for my tyres, I will pay whatever you say. I promise I won't complain and I promise I will laugh at amyone who questions how expensive they are for what you actually get! I am your perfect customer Bike industry!!.... I love it!!

Honestly kidda you should be on stage, the audience will find you hilarious.
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 @MattP76: You have changed my mind down to the core. I agree with all of what you wrote and apologize for being such a hate pandering retard slave to the Bike industry." Why should someone be able to walk into a shop, pay what the shop asks to provide a part and service and then walk out with a bike that is ready to go? They should behave like us and order it from the internet. It's just a rubber circle, why should we have to pay so much? People should learn to enjoy waiting for days or weeks before they can ride, just like the rest of us sound minded bike enthusiasts who complain about the cost of things they need to "enjoy" riding. In fact, it's people like I was before U changed my mind that make me want to attempt to destroy someone elses character in a comment section. Thank you and much love.
  • 1 0
 @MmmBones: I have plenty of people trying to destroy my character in these comments and not succeeding, in fact I find it funny. Perhaps you should do them same. Love ya!
  • 1 1
 where's the answer for whatever i can get my hands on
  • 1 1
 Connentinal needs to come out with a Der Baron with softer sidewalls
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 Imagine giving away free data lmao losers
  • 1 1
 Shhh you'll insult people.
  • 1 1
 NEW 3C on't front any old crap on't rear
  • 1 1
 More free data for manufacturers, and advertisers.
  • 1 0
 market research
  • 1 1
 performance... up to $65
  • 2 2
 exo tires for life
  • 4 1
 Short life
  • 1 1
 Performance value

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