Review: Delium Rugged Tires Cut Costs, Not Performance

Oct 27, 2022
by Matt Beer  

Much like the light truck tire market, you can easily spend a premium for quality all-terrain tires, but there are products out there that sell for a whole lot less and still punch above their price point in terms of bang for buck. The Delium Rugged Reinforced tire draws similar parallels to the automotive world, undercutting premium-priced Maxxis and Schwalbe tires by up to 45%.

One way Delium lowers that price tag is by offering tires through their website on the direct-to-consumer business model. Founded in 1956, the Indonesian company has been manufacturing bicycle tires and tubes for over fifty years. Previously, they’ve created products on a larger OEM scale until recently turning their efforts towards the high-performance side of mountain bike tires.
Delium Rugged Reinforced Details
• Extra Soft Triple 42/50/65a
• Triple Zone Casing
• 62 TPI + Rim impact protection
• Folding Aramid Bead
• Sizes: 29 x 2.5" or 27.5 x 2.5"
• Weight: 1235g - 29 x 2.5" / 1150g - 27.5 x 2.5" (claimed weights)
• MSRP: $58 USD

The Rugged Reinforced tire is designed for the most technical terrain with an open tread, triple compound rubber and a gravity casing that protects three areas using different layerings.



Delium makes understanding their tire lineup simplistic and also streamlines possible combinations to the most common choices. For example, the low-profile tread of the “Fast” model, aimed at cross-country riding, isn’t available in the heaviest, Reinforced carcass. Similarly, the meaty Rugged model is only available in All-around or Reinforced casings for trail and gravity applications. Delium only offers their tires in one width per tire model, but in two diameters; 27.5” and 29”.

Similar to a Maxxis DH casing, the Delium's Reinforced casing uses a dual-ply, 62 TPI casing, Rim impact protection, all in a folding Aramid bead. TPI stands for threads per inch, as Mike Levy explained in this tire tech video. Like bed sheet thread counts, the lower the number, the thicker the threads are. Above the bead is a belt to deter flats when the rim might bite through the tire casing, plus a second layer continues up the sidewall to mitigate rock slashes.

Another triple layering strategy is found in the rubber where three durometers make up those square-edge blocks. At the base to support the knobs is a firm 65a rubber, with 50a covering the center and a softer 42a durometer on the shoulder lugs.

As you can imagine, when sporting these gravity-oriented tires, you can expect to hear the "looks like an Assegai" comment frequently. Without a doubt, they are close in appearance to the alternating two-three-two center knobs and are another take on the popular Maxxis tire. When mounted and compared on a 30mm rim, the Rugged has a flatter profile across the top of the tread and measured to exactly 2.5" at the widest point.


Each rider will have their own tire security demands based on their discipline and terrain. The Rugged Reinforced casing comes in at 1259-grams for the 29” x 2.5”, twenty-four more than claimed. That aligns closer to the equivalent size of a Maxxis Double Down carcass, which is about 100-grams lighter than their DH casing tire.

Are tires the best place to save money, though? Remember, our bikes cost thousands of dollars. What’s a few hundred more for max traction? Maybe you could spend less on carbon parts or shiny suspension and hoard more black magic rubber. That’s a decision you have to make for yourself, but it doesn’t change the fact that Delium Rugged tires are an exceptional value at $58 USD. Keep in mind too that Maxxis and Schwalbe pricing doesn’t vary between their soft and softest rubbers.


For up to one year from the date of purchase, or 50% of the original tread depth, Delium provides a warranty for original owners in the North American market. This of course does not include punctures, only manufacturing defects, such as knobs possibly detaching from the casing or warped casings. All of the fine print is clearly listed in the warranty section of their website and instructions for warranty returns will be handled by their warranty team.

There is also a 30-day return policy for tires that are in new condition only. Meaning you have thirty days from receiving the tires, still in their packaging, to begin the return process. Any tire that has been mounted or without the packaging will not be eligible for a refund.

Customers are responsible for shipping costs associated with tires returning for refunds and authorization must be acquired first. This process will be handled by contacting their sales team via the Delium website.



Tire in hand, you can feel the protective layers throughout the casing. The foldable tire is intended for front and rear use, so I doubled down on the Ruggeds. Popping the tire onto the bead on either rim posed no issue and a compressor or charging pump wasn’t needed. They snapped straight into place with no sign of any wobbles.

The tires never wept sealant, but they would drop considerably more pressure over the span of a few days compared to Maxxis. The loss of 10 psi wasn’t due to faulty rim tape either, the usual suspect when a stored tire drops pressure. That’s not a deal-breaker, but a reminder to always check your tire pressures before setting off.

The proof is in the pudding. This slice didn't make it all the way through the sidewall shield.


Considering the price of the Rugged tires is close to half that of premium tires from Maxxis and Schwalbe, does that mean that the performance is also cut in half? Most definitely not.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the rubber is not as soft of a compound or as slow rebounding as the Maxxis MaxxGrip, however, it is very close to their MaxxTerra formula. If you’ve spent time on both Maxxis compounds, you know that even with the same tread pattern, there is a noticeable difference in grip. Compared to a Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity Soft compound, the Rugged grips on wet rocks and roots with more consistency. There seems to be the extra surface area on tap from the Deliums, which makes control on slick rock slabs manageable. Dropping the pressure helps here because the sidewall is fairly supportive for a mid-weight gravity tire - knock on wood, I haven't flatted on the Deliums yet.

My pressures would hover around 21 psi up front to 24 out back on the dampest days in Squamish and on the North Shore. I also got to feel out the Rugged’s characteristics on the dry, loose, and blindly fast trail conditions around Kamloops, BC, where I upped the pressures to 23 and 27 psi. Tire roll was manageable and no major burps occurred on either wheelset, even when hitting those face-melting corners found in the arid landscape of the province’s interior region. I did start to notice more bounce from the tires than first perceived at lower pressures on slower speed trails. This is where the suppleness in the top makes up for harder rubber and is an example of the compromises one must choose for their riding needs.

On harder pack trails and rock slabs, there is a limit to the 50a durometer top rubber layer on the center though. Striking a balance between sidewall support and grip means a narrower window to hone in on the optimal pressure - something has to give, and sometimes that meant sliding early in a turn or feeling the front tire folding. Where the square profile digs into the perfect loam around the PNW the harder compound and closer shoulder knob didn’t allow for the same lean angles that you can reach with a MaxxGrip Assegai. However, they are predictable across the tread and breaking the rear tire free doesn’t come with a jump or sudden loss of traction. "Consistent" is the best way to describe the traction that the Rugged tires produce.

This is the rear tire after plenty of hard braking in all sorts of conditions. A softer compound would provide increased traction, but this tread is still in great shape.

After weeks of use in every condition possible, the Deliums still look very fresh, even the rear tire. There's no sign of the knobs cracking and they don't fold as easily as some super soft compound tires. It’s all a balancing act: rolling speed to straight-line braking, carcass support to suppleness, quality to cost, durability to weight. However you want to sum it up, the Delium Rugged Reinforced strikes the target of meeting all demands very well in a gravity tire that doesn’t lose much performance to hit a cheaper price point.

Delium Rugged Reinforced - left, Maxxis Assegai - right.


+ Excellent value
+ Predictable braking and turning characteristics
+ Solid mid-weight gravity focused tire for all conditions
+ Durable casing with long tread life


- Casing could use more damping
- Tackier option would allow more grip without compromising support

Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesIf you’re looking for a cheaper tire alternative for your enduro bike with a predictable, all-conditions tread and adequate protection without feeling like you’re pedalling on hot tar then the Delium Rugged Reinforced tires are a suitable candidate.

They don’t surpass their look-a-like Maxxis Assegai in its grippiest MaxxGrip compound, but they do give the MaxxTerra option a run for a lot less of its money.
Matt Beer

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  • 176 81
 When something is too cheap to be true, you have to ask how and why? Do some research into the labour practices at PT industri karet Deli tire , some 380 workers were illegally dismissed when they asked for min pay. They do not pay the basic minimum wage for Indonesia ($2.25 a day), worker demands for safe working conditions are not met, human rights watch has documented the impoverished conditions and severe pollution.
  • 31 19
 Ok, so only Seth from Bike Hacks will buy them...
  • 12 15
 This is a great point.
I've run an All Around and Rugged casing of these tires after they were announced a while back and the pricing piqued my interest. The tires are really good for the price. However I continued to be suspicious considering they're mfg in Indonesia and I couldn't find much info on them aside from the Deli Tire stuff about other tires they produce for various applications.
I'll probably be trying some Vee out next, good price and they seem to have fair labor practices, based on the Freehub/E13 video produced a while back about mfg there
  • 36 2
 So sad to read that when the « too cheap to be true » is almost 60$ for a MTB tyre that is a copy of Maxxis.
  • 21 61
flag i-like-toytles (Oct 27, 2022 at 8:45) (Below Threshold)
 At least their low expense on employees is reflected in the cost of the product. Most companies with terrible labor practices milk every penny out of the consumer they can. Seems like Delium really has the consumer in mind so their intentions are pure.
  • 35 6
 @ct0413: Surely you do not want to fug workers over in lieu of receiving cheap tires for your recreational machine? Surely
  • 9 5
 That's a bummer. been running the assegi/dhf versions for a while. Was just thinking I should order the steady to try as a rear tire... Oh well, those third world children have to earn their cigarette and beer money somewhere.
  • 19 3
 @kokofosho: I just enjoy posting comments that test people's sarcasm meters.
  • 11 3
 Thanks for the heads-up man.
  • 6 1
 Do we know who else they manufacture for? As they've been going so long, I assume lots of other brands have been coming out of their factories? I'll admit I've not done due diligence on any other brands - can we either name and shame the bad ones or props to the good guys?
  • 4 5
 Don't they make your Maxis tires as well? Not buying Maxis now ?
  • 9 0
 @Sshredder: Deli Tire is not CST (Maxxis) tire.
  • 9 2
 Understand this concern but do we know if other manufacturers are any better?
  • 185 5
 @sirbikealot This is false information, the article is from 1994 and the worker problem was not linked to our company but to PT Industri Korek Api see article below:

We comply and even go beyond all government regulations in terms of wage and working conditions, and on top of that our work force is unionized.

In terms of product we meet ISO certifications. As a OEM factory we get audited by major high end tire brands every year with very high human rights standards and proudly pass those audits.

As far as the pricing goes, our tires are not cheap it’s the other mtb tires that are too expensive. We use top of the range material, we use athletes for R&D but we do not overspend in marketing and we do not have a big margin. This is how we have our tires at the price they are and at the price a mtb tire should be.

We can see on you profile you own a bike shop, we would be happy to sell you tires if you're interested in giving better value to your consumer instead of selling an overpriced product.
  • 26 3
 @suboptimusprime: Hi there, it was false information provided in this comment and you can see our response addressing the concerns above on how we manage to bring a high-performance tire to the market at a great price and exceed and go above government regulations for working wage and working conditions.

Many thanks and happy riding!
  • 24 1
 @DeliumTires: Appreciate the response and clarification. There are many that do try to be educated consumers and value transparency of the supply chain from brands. Providing evidence, reports, etc. for consumers on your website could even help your brand stand out even more than the price:quality provides.
  • 8 19
flag kcy4130 (Oct 27, 2022 at 12:12) (Below Threshold)
 Oh, now I get how they're able to sell for less. Their spokesperson saves money by copy/pasting! #commentsectioneconomiesofscale
  • 6 18
flag ultimatist (Oct 27, 2022 at 12:52) (Below Threshold)
 @DeliumTires: thanks for responding, but relax with the copy/pasting. Is this your first time on a forum?
  • 4 11
flag KK11 (Oct 27, 2022 at 15:43) (Below Threshold)
 Booo hoooo
  • 49 30
 @DeliumTires: it is not false, have a look at all of these documents that prove everything, you can try and spin it off to another company that has a similar name as yours but its simply not the case.
Not to mention the 25 billion rupiah you've been ordered to pay for price fixing and unfair business practices.... (article linked below)

I take human rights and environmental issues extremely seriously and studied them both in grad school.

If you are going to stand up and promote yourself on the merits of "cheaper tires" be prepared for people to figure out why....

Here are several examples to name just a few, many with actual pictures of people trying to protest for their human and labour rights directly out front of your factory.


Busting up union efforts out front of their factory, violating federal labor laws, dismissing employees inappropriately , outsourcing work to avoid normal wages of the employees which is against the law, cutting wages without knowledge of the employees, unsafe work conditions for female employees etc etc etc

This company had 29 workers who were striking against unsafe working conditions and underpayment arrested. One of the was taken in a PT Deli company van and tortured in one of the warehouses.
Section 385

Human rights watch documentation on page 4 of the rights violated and


They fired employees for demanding a raise from $1.50 a day to $3.50 a day

Employees of 7+ years still report mandatory overtime 4 out of 5 days a week and pay that is below UN standards.

Here is the 25 billion rupiah fine they are a part of for unhealthy business practices
  • 2 0
 @ct0413: obviously they're pretty low on here, that was a spot on comment
  • 9 4
 @DeliumTires: If that first comment is false have mods @mikelevy remove it so it doesn't hurt your brand
  • 12 0
 @mattbeer just want to say this is a well structured, impressively written review it’s detailed, comprehensive, technically explained in a universally understandable way, balances all the different factors well, and generally enjoyable for us notoriously technically opinionated mtb’rs so thanks!
  • 12 9
 @DeliumTires: damn thanks for clarifying. I totally bought that first comment from sirbikealot. Shame on me for just trusting misinformation so easily, I generally trust people's opinions around here as were all in the same hobby. Without your clarification I would have just gone along with that. Definitely planning on trying your tires next. Everything is so expensive, glad to see a company bringing great value. Mtb sure ain't cheap haha.
  • 23 9
 @DylanH93: Careful. How do you know you're not just as easily falling for Delium's misinformation now? After all... they were pretty defensive about a comment on a forum that only a couple hundred people may ever read...
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: My new Argotal Dh and Kryptotal Enduro tires are made in Germany (at least thats what the sidewalls say) and you can get them for 50 € if you are lucky, seems pretty good to me.
  • 11 6

I've been running the Versatile and the Steady for awhile now, and I have been incredibly impressed with this combo. I will be running your tires on all my bikes that don't have 26" wheels.

I also think it's amusing that initially posters were up in arms about a (false) story regarding labor practices, but yet they happily buy bikes and components from various areas in China. Not that all manufacturers in China treat their workers like slaves, but a lot of them do.
  • 10 7
 @DeliumTires: One way to put an end to the debate would be to share the lowest and average pay rates for your factory workers.
  • 1 0
 @rjmogul: Thanks! That's what I'm aiming for.
  • 4 0
 @bicyclelifestyle: Rather certain most goods made in third world countries is one step above slave labor . Your clothes,. Shoes ,. Tires . Cheap labor.
If you are buying clothes , shoes and food locally.
Thank you.
Buying cheap stuff on Amazon? ......
I don't .
Think globally act locally. I'm not preaching that's how I roll.
  • 2 0
So are you being down voted because.
1) Sarcasm translates poorly.
2) People would like to pay more.
3) In general first world consumers such as my self are ignorant about most production, shipping labour from around the world.

Regardless it appears that you are an evil person and everyone hopes you get a pinch flat and a thorn threw the tread at the same time. Wink
  • 1 0
 @bainer66: I've been downvoted many times for sarcastic comments and the bike gods have yet to deliver me my pinch flat reckoning, so until that day comes I will continue to be an evil person.

P.S. do you guys really spell through "threw" up in Canada?
  • 1 0
 @ct0413: Nope I’m an awful speller with poor texting technique it appears.
But I should be safe the internet never has attacked some one for that.
  • 66 0
 I remember when Vanilla Ice tried to explain how “Ice Ice Baby” was different from “Under Pressure.”
  • 11 0
 Although with these tires you would they would be under pressure
  • 21 2
 @WestC0astWanderer: would they would be would really would though?
  • 4 0
 It's not the same, dammit!
  • 1 0
 @wobblegoblin: I really wish they had an edit comment feature sometimes.
  • 2 0
 @WestC0astWanderer: There is an edit option if you post on the desktop site! I used it a few days ago! Not sure about mobile though
  • 2 0
 @aharms: change to desktop at the bottom of screen, but editing is only allowed for a few minutes.
  • 1 0
 @wobblegoblin: That made me actually lol at work and now ppl are looking at me strange
  • 5 0
 @wobblegoblin: Ahhh ok. My excuse is that English is my second language. My first language is also English
  • 4 0
 If you'll just stop, collaborate and listen, I'll explain...
  • 1 0
 Ice Ice Baby was written by Freddie Mercury so legit riffing also on the production was David Bowie, Brian May and a few others. Tires/tyres are the evolving sound of the trail.
  • 19 0
 I've been on these for a few months now and can honestly say they surpass my expectations. I feel like they'll roll faster than an assgai maxxgrip, but still maintains a great amount of traction. Consistent is a great way to put it.
  • 15 0
 Am i the only one that has seen an obvious deterioration of quality on the big brands out there? The last two years i see my tires getting destroyed faster than before....
I think that riders could try and be a little more open minded and try new tires from other alternative companies. What could really happen? I mean we spend so much money on this necessary evil...
Maybe we could stop crying that "it looks like this and that" , and just try it. Who knows maybe it also performs like this and that .....and we could save some bucks and support the other players in the market. 2 main players in a market is not good..
  • 5 1
 Honnestly didn’t feel a difference on my Maxxis tyres lately. Try new brands: why not but when I look at Pirelli Vitoria or Continental they are already as expensive as Maxxis or Schwalbe!
As a Maxxis user for a decade I have tried Onza Hutchinson Michelin and Schwalbe: none of them is better than a Maxxis 3c maxxgrip in terms of grip, puncture resistance and even for durability
  • 3 0
 @pasteque51: The 3C compound was the pioneer!!! regarding grip. You are right. Then came the Black chilly and then came Schwalbe. I still recall my minion dhf 3C. I consider at the moment the Shorty an equivallent to my Magic Mary as a front tire. Shorty is also lighter. But during the years the sidewall endurance for Maxxis rear tires has been, according to my experience, awfull. I can not even count how many HR 2 have i thrown away because of a side wall puncture. They corrected things with DHR 2 though....And if you want to go for maxxis you MUST chose 3C. Or you will surely have problems in the winter.
I tried Michelin in 2017 and they were destroyed in one race! Even though it was Megavalance...but still one race?
I have on the back Schwalbe's Big Betty....Second day of riding i saw some pieces missing.

But this is my personal (as yours) experience. Based on the terrain i am riding and other factors (my weight, brake usage etc).I am still willing to try new things as long as they are cheaper than the popular solutions out there. Still not gonna change my favorite combo for races, but for bike parks ..why not.
  • 1 0
 Wolfpack Tires are a pretty good example of that! Nice Brand, nice communication all along the way, really good tires and on a real value price point!
  • 1 0
 Agreed, my dissector side knobs fully ripped off after one hard weekend of riding.
  • 18 0
 It's not over priced, I won't buy it.
  • 2 0
 Rapha, Santa Cruz and Apple have entered the chat.
  • 12 0
 "The tires never wept sealant, but they would drop considerably more pressure over the span of a few days compared to Maxxis." - Ive never found this to be brand specific but rather individual tire specific. Ive had sets of Maxxis, Schwalbe, WTB, e*13 and others where one tire seeps air faster than the other. Verified to be coming thru the sidewall using a spray test. Once again, maxxis gets some strange benefit of the doubt for an issue all brands actually deal with. Do the side knobs tear off on these before actually wearing out like they do on the assagai?
  • 1 0
 Michelin wild enduros weep the sidewall. First i used orange and it came right through. Remounted after trying other brands and my home made seaped. But the. It holds. Weird. My kids bike came with vee tires and they don't seep but they lose 5 psi weekend too weekend. Same sealant never a problem on maxxis or schwalbe.
  • 8 0
 Sounds like a Deal-ium. Also bonus points for using 1950's gas station font and graphics. The Mike Bear tho...
  • 4 0
 Love to see more tire manufacturers getting onto the game with great products....I was considering Delium but I want/need a softer compound. Always ran Maxxis MaxxGrip but got sick of the wobbly casing BS.....

Want a more tacky compound with a nice enduro casing and still save a bunch of $? e13 Grappler Mopo. Better than Maxxgrip (IMHO) and only $69.....
  • 2 0
 Where do you get them from, my Sea-to-Sky brethren?
  • 1 0
 I liked my E13 AT EN Mopo tires, but can't seem to find them or the Grapplers for sale
  • 2 0
 @chacou: they're available in both 27.5 and 29 on the e13 website. Enduro casing mopo for the A/Ts. Grappler in enduro casing mopo in both sizes too, plus 20% off sale in tires.
  • 2 0
 @mammal: I got my last pair directly from the e13 website. There's a sale on now too so stock up!
  • 1 0
 @FaahkEet: f*yeah, stocking up! Grappler front, AT rear! Thanks for the heads up
  • 1 0
 @Marky771: thanks!
  • 4 0
 I honestly had and am still having a great experience with this exact setup. The Versatile on the back. Only complaint I have, that they may have missed, is that they were an absolute pain to get on the rim. It makes sense given the protection, but damn..... Loved them otherwise. Front tire has lasted about 400 miles and is still running ok. Starting to pull at the shoulder knobs but I'm too scared to take it off since I know putting on a new one is going to suck!
  • 7 0
 Great tires! Been on them 1 year. Last longer that maxxis and half the price. Super fast shipping.
  • 7 0
 I hope they start selling these at Costco soon.
  • 3 0
 These tires have to be the most reliable and predictable compound I’ve ridden so far! Love what Delium is doing for the Mountain bike community. They’re super involved with creating an affordable option and staying true to an environmental friendly process. They’re going above and beyond as a tire company, stoked to keep working with this brand.
  • 4 0
 What I want: A double down tough tire at a lower price, or a double down tough tire at EXO carcass weight.

Looks like Delium has a winner here. Might try a set.....
  • 5 0
 Does Delium make a more trail focused tire?
  • 5 0
 Yeah i think they have a 4-tire lineup
  • 3 0
 Yep. XC too. Haven't tried the trail one myself, but one of my buddies likes it.
  • 5 0
 Yup. They make a DHF clone and a hans-dampf clone:

I wish they made a proper DHRII clone.
  • 4 0
 Yes. Can’t remember the names of them though. Pinkbike and a few other sites (loam wolf?) had reviews of them
  • 2 0
 @bonkmasterflex: The DHRII is my favorite tire of all time, for front or back.
  • 1 0
 what is more trail than Assegai clone?
  • 3 1
 @mattbeer it would be neat to see 'actual' durometers using a Shore A tester for a number of tires on the market. Have you guys done this already? I'm always looking for the stickiest rubber, specifically on the front.
  • 2 0
 Cool idea, the only challenge I see is the multi-durometer layered construction could mess up the accuracy.
  • 2 0
 Rubber stiffness is only half of the story tho. You need a slow rebounding rubber too if you want to get proper grip and from experience I often ended-up prefering stiffer rubber with slower reboudn than softer rubber with faster rebound. Unless the rubber is 55+A I feel stiffness isn't always the problem.
  • 4 0
 I think that a licensed chemical engineer could help here. Establishing a universal test for tires could be very informative. BUT the manufacturers wouldn't like it and that is why the media won't do it.
That is why they all use different numbers, acronyms and names.
Imagine that it could be proved that the X tires that cost 30% less than Y , have the same compound....
I think it is all about marketing.
  • 3 0
 That idea has been thrown around before but its far trickier than one would imagine. @Balgaroth is right that durometer only tells part of the story. Rebound and tack can affect grip as much as softness.

Even measuring durometer alone is surprisingly hard. To get comparable results one would need a test sample of precise thickness on a hard surface. So one would have to cut the tires apart and hope that one doesn't have a mixture of base and surface rubber in the cutout.
  • 1 0
 @philshep I'd have to agree with the comments that @Balgaroth and @Ttimer made. One characteristic can break the performance of a tire, but just because you have a softer durometer or slow rebound doesn't make it a clear winner. Michelin's Wild Enduro Racing Line tires that I reviewed are a great example of that.
  • 4 0
 Inexpensive, actually good tires means they're always sold out and they can't make them fast enough for restocks.
  • 4 0
 At least the molds are well aligned hehehe,both sides match.It is a good start to sell a tire.
  • 2 0
 I can't immediately find if these are for sale in Europe too. Are they also cheaper here than their competitors? Because the mentioned USD prices aren't far off from what you typically pay online for big brand tires in EU.
  • 1 0
 @kokofosho: yeah came here to say this, these really aren't any cheaper than what Maxxis cost if you don't mind waiting a week to get them from Europe
  • 1 0
 I bought a couple of these a few months ago and tore a few of the side knobs off within two weeks of riding (approximately 6 rides). They were mounted on 30mm wide rims, and I weigh about 215lbs. My PSI was 28 front, 30 rear. I was riding all rocky Arizona trails. FYI. For me, the price was too good to be true.
  • 1 1
 Gave the Rugged a try earlier this season in the all-round casing as a front tire. I can get away with light casings in the front, so the Rugged fit the bill of big treads for not a lot of weight. They came in true to size and grip felt pretty close to a Maxxterra Assegai for 10% less weight.

I won't buy another pair, however, as the side knobs are made of swiss cheese and had massive undercutting within a couple months. Easily the fastest-wearing front tire I've ever used, worse than a Butcher in T9 compound.
  • 2 0
 If only those coul dbe sold in Europe. Since this is direct to customers it shouldn't be too hard to open a pipeline for EU countries, especially considering the market size.
  • 6 6
 I bought a set of these tires and was not happy. I'm the most average man by all accounts. I weigh 170lbs, am 5"10, drive a Volkswagen, and can barely ride a bike. But, these tires were folding and flying off my rims as if they had somewhere else to be. Maybe I had a bad batch or some divine Maxxis god tampered with them to make sure I went back to our tire overlord and saviour. I may give them one more chance because I'm a masochist, but who knows.
  • 8 0
 Thanks for sharing your experience. And remember, you're not average to mom!
  • 3 3
 I blew out a sidewall on a reinforced casing tire from these guys... They were quick on initial responses, but now that I've provided everything they asked for it's been a few days. Tire had 15 miles on it, no damage, but going down a blue trail on roots the casing blew out, tried reseating the tire with digital tire gauge and around 12 psi it will blow the bead off again. Possibly a goof, but for now I'll determine my use of them base on their responses.
  • 3 0
 I'm not upset about the tire, chance it's just a fluke. Just want another to try and confirm rather a fluke or design issue. I'll try to remember to come back and update this after I hear back from Delium. BTW, sidewall blew out on me at 26PSI. Nothing Crazy for a rear tire.
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 Want my opinion? Glad you asked. I'd give these a pass. I ran a Versatile 29 x 2.5 All-Round in front with a Fast 29 x 2.4 All-Round in back this past summer. The Versatile lured me with its DHFesque pattern and was actually a grippy tire when it was sorted out. But first I had to remount a replacement Delium sent me because the first one was soooo wobbly it was distracting and definitely threw my balance when leaning the bike. I get it: it's a new operation and there are kinks to sort out. Kudos to Delium for sending a new tire without delay.
The Fast was Good cornering thanks to the side knobs and rolled pretty nicely. I thought the compound, however, was a bit slippery when things got wet. And this is where things get serious. I had to take these tires off. The bead made it IMPOSSIBLE to dismount. I eventually took the wheel to my LBS and they too concluded the bead must be cut. Unfortunately I had to cut off THREE of these tires this summer. As for the cushioning/support of these things I cannot offer anything of value since we all run different pressures and inserts and I think this dimension of tire characteristics is riddled with BroScience
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 I got one of their Steady Tires in the more durable casing. The tread compound felt like pencil eraser rubber and lasted about as long.
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 Any dealer agents in Australia? only delivers to North America.
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 I wish double down Maxxis tires weren’t so freaking good. They are obviously overpriced in the USA but every alternative misses the mark in one way or the other.
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 I think it was in a Blister Bikes and Big Ideas podcast with someone from Maxxis. Basically reason why Maxxis cost soo much is due to their advertising and supporting events.
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 Pick and tire and be a delium about it? Wait that doesn't work, never mind.
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 Yay! I can use the money I save to buy those TuboLito tubes!!
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 I'd rather pay the overpriced big brands than risk in hope of saving money. If you I can't try I don't buy
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 it's tough, I've been riding for 30+ years and have had expensive tires fail and cheap tires last forever and vice versa.
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 Mike Bear 100%
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 Loam (/lōm/): a soil with roughly equal proportions of sand, silt, and clay.
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 So, in short, there are compromises…
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 Specialized tires are cheaper and better
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 Who wants an assegai I'm Maxterra anyway?
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 I check my chainstay length at least twice a day.
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 Why are these better than American Classic?
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 Good price for MTB Tire
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 10 psi in a few days seems like a lot... The Rekon/Dissector combo I have right now only drop about 4 psi in a week.
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 That'd be my only real gripe with these. WTB tires are similar, in my experience across several tires, and it's frustrating.
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 I check my tires every ride and if you are not, enjoy being wrong.
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 @kokofosho: Me too, unfortunately that's once a week right now
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 Sometimes it feels like I'm the only person on the planet that inflates both his tires and fork (HT) to the well documented reference psi before each and every ride.
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 @DBone95: if you're needing to actually add pressure to your fork before each and every ride you should probably consider learning to do an air side service.
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 @DBone95: I do the same with my tires. My suspension gets checked about once per month, because they don't tend to change much or at all.
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 @PhillipJ: lol!! If only you knew who you are talking to regarding maintenance. I'll just say it's covered.... Fun fact that you may not know..... I live in the high desert of SoCal and right now we are 45f at night and 90f during the day. Set pressure in your fork at either extreme, then check it at the other extreme....
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 @DBone95: tires yes. Fork? That's annoying, and a defect if you're losing air quickly.
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 @ultimatist: Dude, come on. Tires have the least change because they are high volume and low pressure. Shocks the most, then forks because low volume and high pressure. I'm not "losing air quickly", I'm just making sure that it's at my preferred psi setting right before I ride.
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 @PhillipJ: I also check my fork and shock every ride. It's not that you need to add air pressure every time, sometimes I end up letting some pressure out. But between the changes in temperature, barometric pressure, and altitude between different trails here, the pressure can vary by 5 to 10psi from one ride to the next and that's a very noticable impact on the way the suspension feels.
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 @DBone95: @chize it's obviously most optimal to tweak psi for your terrain and elevation. I just don't have the time when I'm rushing out of a meeting to meet at a trailhead. The low volume creates faster psi change, sure, but forks are built to a much higher tolerance than a tire sidewall, or bead to rim interface. I'd schedule a repair or a warranty claim if I'm losing 10% of fork pressure in a week. That's not within spec.
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 @ultimatist: "That's not within spec". There are no specifications for how much fork/shock pressures should change with temp and elevation changes. It's literally the ideal gas law that dictates those changes.
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 @ultimatist: I'll say it one more time, I'm simply making sure that my fork has my preferred psi in it before I go riding. No different than when I race.... and by the way, sometimes it actually gains 3-5psi if I adjusted it 3 days ago on a cold morning ride and now check it before my hot afternoon ride. I'd like to hear Rockshox warranty claim response on that.
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 @DBone95: we're talking past each other. I'm discussing slow leaks over time from bad seals, scratches, etc. Mine has been stiffer in hot, high altitude conditions as well, but I've found the Fox 36 bleed buttons get it back to baseline without having to pull the pump out. Great feature to have!
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