Vittoria Release New Downcountry Tire - The Syerra

Oct 8, 2021
by Henry Quinney  

Is downcountry a passing, silly fad? Is it an industry buzzword because it denotes a genuinely different style of riding or is it just lazy marketing? Well, as somebody who has been bitten by the downcountry bug, I would contend that it is very much here to stay and it would seem that Vittoria agree. Today they release their new downcountry tire, the Syerra.

If downcountry is to be taken seriously it needs some downcountry-grade parts. This isn’t dissimilar to how a lot of us, myself included, balked at the idea of enduro-this and strap-a-banana-to-your-downtube-that. This might make for uncomfortable reading for some people, but downcountry is a thing and it’s only going to get bigger.

However, it’s not unheard of for a brand to add “e-bike ready” to a components spec list purely because they worry e-bikers won’t buy it unless it explicitly states its compatibility and this has never felt very helpful to me. In fact, this is exactly the nonsense Vittoria are trying to avoid; they're not here to offer a mere sticker to add to your collection. This is a new product designed for a specific purpose.


The Syerra is a completely new tire designed explicitly for the demands of downcountry and is there to complement and not replace the other tires in Vittoria’s range. There will still be the XC race tires such as the Barzo or the trail orientated Aggaro. It’s intended to offer a genuine alternative to both. So, how does it claim to do this?

Due the combination of a slightly thicker 60 threads-per-inch cord in the sidewall and an anti-pinch flat insert, Vittoria feel that the damping provided from the tire is adequate enough for the rider to venture to lower pressure as they try and find the grippiest set up. Unlike a thinner tire, you can aim to use the stroke of the Syerra without fear of hitting your rim. Vittoria wants this tire to strike a balance between speed, comfort and descending capabilities.

The tire, unsurprisingly for Vittoria, uses four compounds throughout with their 4C technology. The centre knobs are the XC-grade fast rolling rubber and the side of the tread uses the trail-grade compound. The idea behind the four compounds is that you can have a harder compound at the base of a knob to resist excessive deforming and softer at the top to help it grip. Both the centre and edge knobs feature two different compounds to make four compounds total.


The tread also aims to offer more of a shoulder than traditional rounded XC tires. Throughout the tread you can see quite intricate siping. This is done to let the knob deform while also biasing it to only move on one plane. You can also see the stepped centre knobs. At lower speed they aim to give a second edge under driving load. However, thanks to their relatively small step, at higher speed they should begin to act more like a single edge and not decrease rolling speed.

You might also notice that the tire does not feature an alternating tread pattern. This is done in a bid to provide more braking traction in whichever area of the tire is in the dirt as you lean the bike or ride more technical trails where the contact patch isn't always so consistent.


The tire features quite an open and spaced tread throughout. This is for three reasons. Firstly, it means that there is a paddle-design to aid traction on slippy stepped climbs or on obstacles such as roots. Secondly, a defined channel between the side knobs and the outer centre knobs means that there can be a second turning edge as you lean the bike. This channel also helps with the third reason - how the tire clears mud and dirt.

The open tread and relatively small knob also hope to help keep the casing flexible. As you can imagine, as knobs get bigger, and their surface area greater, it will begin to take on a structural influence and add stiffness to the tire’s tread, acting as something like an exoskeleton.


The tire has a claimed weight of 850g and will be available in a true 2.4” when fitted to the 30mm internal rim diameter that it was designed around. The weight is important because it often goes hand in hand with damping. On short travel bikes having light tires at high pressures can compromise comfort and traction when riding hard. In fact, I personally think the more damping you can do before the forces even get to the axle the better the ride quality and this is made more prominent on modern shorter travel but very capable bikes.

The tire has a RRP of $78.99 USD and will be available around November.


180 Comments

  • 95 11
 Can't stress enough the importance of the mental side of riding and racing.

Understanding that side makes me question if we can even ride bikes that dont have great marketing campaigns loaded with mimd altering messaging?

My bikes almost a year old, and I've forgotten the tag lines that made me get it in the first place. As a result my strava times are dropping off - Im getting slower. How am I supposed to stay motivated?

Kudos to victoria and all the great companies reminding us of how much better we can be through buying new everything! Keeping us confident, sharp and focused to be our best selves living our best lives!
  • 5 12
flag Speeder01 (Oct 8, 2021 at 6:06) (Below Threshold)
 Agree, and of all the stuff we buy, tires might be the biggest stoker! The first few rides on new rubber are awesome.
  • 5 7
 No Way this is a downcountry tire. My Downcountry tire if choice for the North Shore on my Anthem

Summer = High Roller

Winter = Magic Mary
  • 5 0
 @Grosey: Sounds like what Orange has been trying to prove wrong for a couple decades
  • 5 0
 @Speeder01: exactly right. I re-read the (positive) reviews of my bike before every ride and have inked out any negatives. Questions for Vitoria: (1) is this a summer, winter or mid-season downcountry tire? (2) is is a mud, hard pack, wet root or other specific tyre? I need to know before I tackle wet roots or mud which season and terrain this is made for (and then buy a down country bike as this is clearly not xc for which I use Barzo’s unless muddy)….
  • 2 0
 @DuncanXc: their site addresses this www.vittoria.com/us/en/tires/mtb-xc/syerra looks like it is best for mixed==>hardpack==>wet in that order.
  • 3 0
 @fabwizard: you are obviously not downcountry-ing
  • 1 2
 @fabwizard: HR is not only a great tire, it is one of the best tire names evah!
  • 5 0
 @foggnm: For some reason my brain went straight to Human Resources...could be a cool tyre name too.
  • 52 1
 Make fun all you want, but a perfect in-betweener with moderate tread that can actually be run at lower pressures is harder to find than people here seem to think. This is honestly exactly what I’ve been looking for to replace the discontinued Mavic Quest Pro tires that worked great on 120mm “DC” bikes.
  • 1 0
 thanks! I was just looking for an alternative for my Mavic Quest that I found in the pile of tires in my bike cellar. I was just thinking if I should give it another try.
  • 2 0
 While I’m not a fan off anything marketed as down country, these tires do look nice. They look like maybe a better option than the Conti Crosskings I’ve been using for nearly a decade for said purpose. The cornering knobs look well designed, at least in pictures and the weight seems appropriate.
  • 8 20
flag Speeder01 (Oct 8, 2021 at 6:08) (Below Threshold)
 Maxxis Ardent 29 x 2.4 EXO Maxx Terra 3C
  • 10 0
 @Speeder01: Had those, the ramped and closer spaces knobs don’t actually bite that well, and they don’t really like low pressure either.
  • 2 5
 @ninjatarian: I used a 2.4 Ardent on the rear and had plenty of grip, even in mild mud, like 1-2 inches. I'm on the heavy side, so I ran 26psi in it. I matched it to the front with a 2.6 Rekon OR a 2.5 Minion DHF, depending on ground conditions. Had some 2 wheel drift with the Rekon and an awesome time with the DHF.
  • 14 1
 @ninjatarian: BTW, I don't recommend an Ardent for the front. Ever!!!
  • 15 0
 @Speeder01: wow, probably one of the last tyre I would use.
  • 4 0
 I had a great experience with quest as well, great grip on wet rocks and roots, fast wearing but worth it.
Ardent no support and no grip. Wants to kill you in wet.
The closest to quest I is nobby nic in soft /super trail. Slightly less tacky, more support (heavier, 1kg in 29''), corners better, rolls slightly slower, lasts longer. Hard to find tho
This looks interesting.
  • 9 2
 Maxxis rekon in 2.4
  • 4 0
 @ninjatarian: The Ardent has ok grip for the first few turns before the sideknobs get undercut and start folding over... if it lasts that long.
  • 3 0
 I have burly tires, DHr2 rear and Mazza front, on my trail bike now, and planned to put on something a bit faster for 98% of my mileage once I am done with an Enduro race in NOV. Having run the Barzo for years and currently running the Agarro on my hardtail, I think this might be the tire I go with for my normal rides. Would drop about 1-1.5 pounds making the swap and I know that will pay off on the climbs and any tight terrain where the extra weight adds up. And it also keeps me from wearing out my aggressive tires during my weekly 50+ "boring miles".
  • 3 0
 @Speeder01: I hated that tire on SoCal loose over hard. Rekon was nice, but never got along with the Ardent.
  • 1 0
 Now if they would just make it in a true 2.6 for those of us on hardtails that want a little extra cushion.
  • 1 0
 @carym: their mezcal could be a great choice for that. I'm currently building up a hardtail and will use either the 2.6 mezcal or these, depending on how weight weenie I go.
  • 6 0
 @Speeder01: I’ve never had a tire I liked less than the Ardent. I’d rather run Ikons front and rear. Too me, the ardents have way too much drag for the little traction they provide over a real race tire. Rekon seems much nicer, to me.
  • 2 0
 @whambat: tried the rekon 2.6 this summer its very grippy on traction and braking on the rear, cornering is good as you don't forget you'll have less support on drift/sideway actions. i loved it but it was a wet summer in my place so i didn't ride it that much but i loved it. Paired with a 2.6 dissector that is really underrated imo, maybe because the 2.4 is useless or average on the rear, but the 2.6 is really confidence inspiring, just 2 mm wider than an assegai wt 2.5, no cons in comparison for me and still on front of my bike.
  • 5 0
 I’m actually a Bontrager XR4 fan for the same reason. Supple casing, light, roll well and durable enough for my trails. I do like the look and spec of this tire.
  • 2 0
 @6feet10: I run the 2.35 Quest Pro front & rear on 31mm rims which gives them a nice profile, and at the correct pressures they really grip wonderfully without being over heavy or slow rolling.

I looked for months to find a clone and even bought some Teravails, but to nothing is quite the same. This new tire is the first one that really looks like a ringer, and at a true 2.4 might actually be a bit of an improvement, too.
  • 2 0
 The Mavic Quest Pro XL was a brilliant tyre, front and rear. I'm on my last pair unfortunately, and can't find anything to match it yet. Vittoria stuff seems to be the closest so far though, so I would give these a try.
  • 1 0
 @Kyleponga: the Vittoria Agarro shits on a Rekon in every single way. Their products are excellent let down by atrocious marketing… proven here!
  • 1 0
 @professed: Agarro has gotten some really good reviews from friends. Only negative is weight it seems and where this tire seems to address. Would like to hear a comparison eventually.
  • 78 24
 Downcountry….. omg f-off
  • 7 4
 Exactly what I said when I read the title.
  • 47 3
 Downcountry could be renaimed "montain biking"
  • 2 3
 Agreed! But we at least need to come up with an alternative if any of these fit your fancy then go for it. Trail lite Lite trail XTrail I'll be quick to parrot anything other than downcountry
  • 18 5
 If it's a thing, it needs a name. Whether it's because of trail bikes getting overly burly, or XC bikes too race focused, there's clearly a space in the market for people who want a really speedy bike, but want to push the boundaries. Something like an Izzo would be perfect for my local trails. You could say that's a "fast trail bike" or you could stop fighting the tide and call it down country.
  • 5 0
 "This one defies categorization so let's make a new category for it because we like things that defy categorization but also like things to be categorized so that we can defy them again and what we'll do when that new category defining thing appears we'll go ahead and create another category for it to show that it defies all current categorization. Yup."
  • 10 1
 @sonuvagun: XC. Trail. DH. Everything else is just labeled in between the three
  • 3 0
 @fracasnoxteam: So could enduro
  • 4 0
 @sonuvagun: Upduro...since I prefer to run light tires on my burly bike when I don't need to lug around an extra few pounds of rubber for mellow trails.
  • 2 0
 @sonuvagun: xtrail = nissan lawyers
  • 3 0
 @fracasnoxteam: upvoted but the world needs to identify every itty bitty teensy thing into a itty bitty teensy category
  • 6 2
 @mountainsofsussex: It already has two names. Trail riding or all mountain.

Enduro is a racing format and downcountry is a stupid term some marketing gapers came up with. Screw off with this nonsense, I already have to memorize 18 new pronouns for people, stop trying to do it with bikes.
  • 1 0
 @lehott: @lehott: There's 4. Enduro is real.
  • 2 0
 On an mtb tour in the Italian dolomites recently I overheard part of the group (mostly German engineers, sales and IT guys) seriously discussing how downcountry was now the thing. Couldn't believe it. I think pinkbike / Levy have created a monster.
  • 2 0
 @brentkratz: wouldn't Enduro be a tier above Trail? But a tier or 2 below DH? ya have infinite ticks between the established 3
  • 1 2
 Vittoria was starting to gain traction in the mtb market with some great tyres like the Agarro and Mazza. Then they employ some bearded graduate high on cool aid and double hopped IPA and take his inspirational ‘cutting edge’ drunken ideas as gospel. Talk about detonating your own brand! Utter stupidity at its best!!
  • 1 0
 @brentkratz: xc, trail, all mtn, dh
  • 1 0
 @jimeg: yes and no, if enduro is racing it's not mountain biking. Like every category, add racing and it's something else.
  • 39 3
 I'm waiting for the Freehill version with Upduro casing
  • 12 0
 Yes. The mezcal 2.35 is one of the best rear tires around. Tough, way tougher than exo or grid. Fast as heck. True to size.
But what goes up front? 2.35 barzo? No. It measures 2.2. Aggaro? Heavy. This looks to be a perfect although a bit heavy
  • 4 1
 My 2.35 barzo is exactly 2.35 inch on 30mm internal rims, freshly installed (so I expect it to grow a bit)
Mezcal 2.35 the same, true to size (I run barzo front, mezcal rear)
  • 5 0
 4500 km on mezcal's, this tires last forever.
  • 5 0
 I ran a peyote up front for aggressive trail riding and racing. Works great in all sorts of conditions with minimal weight and rolling resistance. The well-spaced and pretty deep knobs hook up real well with loose dirt, it's pretty similar to a MX front tire.
  • 1 0
 @cgreaseman: seems like they discontinued the Peyote as it is gone from their website now
  • 2 0
 I've been riding Vittoria's 4C tires for a couple of seasons now. They are incredible...

Grippy
Fast Rolling
Lasts forever
Cheap

I've run between Mezcal, Barzo and Morsa's. But definitely love the look of this new tire as I think the Agarro is too heavy to try.

I run 2.35's on 31mm rims and get true 2.35 width on all of them (the Morsa is a 2.3).
  • 1 0
 Maybe with an insert. I destroyed two Mezcal 2.35 on their first ride, rears, with pinch flatting at +4psi from what I usually ride with Barzos or Agarros. They're fast but...got to be careful.
  • 2 0
 @JohanG: thats interesting. I gave up on all things exo or exo+ as well as grid. Ive got 4 NUE races and about 2500 miles of rocks and roots on my mezcal this year. Sorry to hear they arent as robustvfor your use. 165 lb on a hardtail for reference
  • 2 0
 @dmitri6: Agree, used a set of mezcals for a 6 day race in Kenya and after pulling a bunch of thorns out at the end of every day they are still going strong 2 years later! I do however only use them if it’s dry and I need a load of speed rather than grip.
  • 13 2
 XC vs Trail vs Enduro vs DH

XC/Trail = Downcountry? to me Downcountry is just a trail bike.

Enduro I get because these rigs can handle the rougher descents but still can climb back to the top albeit slower and with more cardio effort.

XC is super light but super fast but not recommended for the extreme gnarlier descents but aimed at being super efficient at the climbs

Trail is the inbetween bike that suits most riders looking for the do it all kinda bike. You can take a trail bike and beef it up to handle the all mountain days or days at the park. You can also lighten it up to be better at the climbs and faster to hang with your XC buddies.

Downcountry however, I'll always think of as just a marketing term to sell more bikes when in actuality it's just a trail bike.
  • 12 0
 Ridiculous marketing aside; all Vittoria tires I've tried so far have been outstandingly good. Am currently on the Martello on my trail bike and I don't see myself switching back to Maxxis any time soon.
  • 11 1
 A lot of people here shitting on “downcountry.” Maybe some of you haven’t been around long enough, but I believe this term was coined by our own @mikelevy. What started out as a goof of his has made its way into common industry vernacular. Say what you want, but that’s an honor. Way to go, Levy!

Related, I once argued in the comments that Pinkbike isn’t that influential. I mean, come on! But because of a writer on Pinkbike, we now have “downcountry.” I have to admit — I was wrong.
  • 4 0
 It wasn't actually coined by Levy, but I guess you could say he was the one who helped it rise to prominence.
  • 4 1
 "Stupid term for trail riding made up as a joke, industry takes seriously"

Is this something to be proud of? Good god.
  • 3 0
 @scott-townes: Yep, right up there with discovering the polio vaccine and landing on the moon.
  • 9 0
 I've been looking for a front tyre that I can "downcountry" on for a while now. Seems like there's not enough middle ground options between DH and XC for my liking.
  • 3 0
 Try the Vittoria Agarro if you want something that is tough enough to play hard, but light enough to churn through the miles relatively easily. I have yet to have an issue with the Agarro in spite of a lot of hard use. But it is heavier than this new option.
  • 3 1
 @SprSonik: the Agarro isn't light enough. They (both widths) come in at 950g. That's solid enduro territory. A 2.4 Mazza is lighter, but much knobbier.

This tire - Syerra - seems to close a gap in Vittoria's lineup.
  • 1 0
 Schwalbe Rock Razor is solid rear option that is def downcountry-ish
  • 1 0
 @Ososmash: nonsense. Agarro is a fast rolling trail tyre. Its a tad heavier than xc due to a large knob content and strong casing. Its hardly enduro. That is unless Enduro means Downcountry to you? Who knows. It all seems ridiculous
  • 1 0
 @professed: Mine weigh 1000gs. That seems like a decently strong casing / weight for an Enduro tire. Maybe not at the professional level, but the local level with more pedally trails for sure. Something that you need to pedal all day etc.
  • 9 1
 Exactly the tire I've been looking for. People can make fun of down country, aggressive XC, etc. Many of us prefer these bikes and types of rides.
  • 3 0
 Nobody is making fun of the bikes or the tires, just the silly marketing terms.
  • 2 0
 @Blackhat: nicee patern... Super interesting... pity only 27.5...
  • 5 0
 This tire looks great.

I dig the tread pattern--basically a rekon with real cornerning knobs and, if the mazza is any indication, the knobs won't immediately start to undercut and disintegrate like the Maxxis competitors in this category I've tried (Rekon and Dissector). Casing is a bit of an unknown but they talk a good game and weight seems ballpark for a tire that will hold up (for me at least).

And yet, I'm not rushing to buy (ok let's be real pre-order and pray) because of that godawful red sidewall. Looking forward to being downvoted to oblivion for being vain, but man, ugh. Don't believe me, go to Vittoria's website because you won't see any images of that "feature" in this article.

On that front, I'm 100% certain the caption for that bottom picture of Julien Absalon holding the tire reads: "I'm holding the tire like this so you can crop that godawful red fade out of the marketing materials."
  • 2 0
 I think it'll look cool on my Black and Red Trek, but yeah it's a very different look from the other ones in the catalogue. Also a departure from the casing nomenclature (XC Race, XC Trail, Trail, etc) though this would be roughly akin to a 60tpi version of their Trail casing. What I can't figure out is why we need the extra 50-100g Anti Pinch Flat butyl in the sidewalls if we're all supposed to be running inserts.

Here in Bentonville this is probably the perfect tire, resists cuts from bead to bead with 60tpi, enough knob density to avoid casing slices in the middle but still rolls fast. I'll give em a chance when they're available, the Barzo/Mezcal combo has been great and played with some Agarros all summer which I liked but just too heavy for XC.
  • 6 0
 Does pic #3 look weirdly photoshopped to anybody else? What's up with the odd double-knob?
  • 5 0
 Looks like the tire equivalent of a third nipple.
  • 3 0
 I just swapped the barzo on the back of my hardtail for a second aggarro to get more traction, but this looks perfect. Faster rolling and still has some decent side knobs. Only issue is that red on the label won't match my other Vittoria tires!
  • 2 0
 Might be a good alternative to the Nobby Nics, of which all reasonable weight options were discontinued. I will likely look to these when my current set of NN wear out. Also, tire damping and rolling resistance are likely correlated. It likely isn't possible to have your cake and eat it too.
  • 2 0
 Last set of tires that I ran on my Ripley was EXO+ Dissector(F), EXO+ Rekon(R). Loved the Dissector, but the 3C Maxx Terra Rekon didn't last very long. Started losing traction trying to climb up ledges etc. Fast running set of tires though. This sorta looks like a Rekon to me. Trying DHR (F) and a dual compound Dissector on the rear now. What I lost in speed seems to be made up in traction. Time will tell.
  • 2 0
 Running 2.35 Aggaros on my HT bike....I already considered those "down country" tries *cough* *cough*....the Aggaro is too knobby to run fast compared to other XC tires and anything more aggressive is simply a trail tire...I would consider these fast rolling trail tries...get out of here with this "down country" labeling. (my go to being Reccon Races 2.35...best XC dry condition tires in my opinion).
  • 3 0
 The Peyote tire seems to be gone from their website, and this one looks suspiciously similar to what the peyote was, so i guess it very much did replace a tire in their lineup
  • 2 0
 Run a Mezcal 2.35 on rear of light trail/xc bike and great fast rolling tire for desert xc trail riding. Have a Martello 2.6 on front of mnt/enduro bike and this is a great tire just a bit on the heavy side. They need to ditch the pinch guard insert in these tires, they add like 100grams and pretty much useless if you are running tire inserts.
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney "You might also notice that the tire does not feature an alternating tread pattern."

Ok serious question, does 'alternating tread pattern' not mean what I think it means? Because to me it quite clearly has alternating centre and side knobs.
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same thing. That sentence and the picture attached to it just didnt seem to agree.
  • 3 0
 They're referring to the center knobs, if you look at the rest of the Vittoria XC tires the center knobs are offset from one another.
  • 1 0
 @grabtindy: So how does that relate to providing more braking traction when you lean the bike? On this tyre when it's leaning over you're still using two alternating types of lug each on the inside centre and side. On some of their other tyres they may be asymmetrical but only have one lug type being used on each line either side.

So when you lean the tyre over on a left-right alternating Barzo or Saguarro you are only using one, non-alternating type each of side, outside centre and inside centre lugs.
  • 1 0
 these actually make sense, while I'm not necessarily a fan of the term downcountry being used as a way to entice customers that they need to buy new stuff. Tires in that size range, with decent casings are kinda hard to find. Nobody wants to put double down maxx grips assegais on a trail/xc bike because it negates the advantage of the lighter weight components and tires. I'm happy that we can finally get wider tires that fit with wider rims for xc riding. Nobody wants to ride a 2.1'' tire on a 21mm wide rim
  • 1 0
 Looks like a shallow tread Goma, which makes me a little sad. Goma was my favorite dry weather/western US tire. Since they’re discontinued, it’s been back to yellow hot patches for me.

That said, I do see this as a good rear tire for a lot of people.
  • 1 0
 Rip Goma, Rip Morsa. Both of these had crazy durability. My theory is that people were still riding on the original purchase from two years ago and that hurt sales.
  • 1 0
 The struggle to find a front tire that's simultaneously fast enough while still not throwing me on my *ss on the Spur is real.

The Ground Control T7 started off not feeling bad but soon it was skating about in every turn until it finally decided to flick me at a most inopportune moment. The rubber compound just isn't soft enough to hang on to hardpack and rocks. Makes a decent rear on the SJ Evo however!

Testing some other options now but the Syerra will definitely be next on the list.
  • 1 0
 I have a set of these. The pictures don't really do justice to how small the center knobs are. They are tiny. This thing is probably going to roll more like a semi-slick than a regular old trail tire. Can't wait to mount them up
  • 1 0
 This is just a heavy XC tire. Having a Spur myself, I was under the impression that DC bike owners used aggressive tread patterns to take full advantage of the aggressive geometry. I literally thought that was the point of aggressive geometry short travel bikes.
  • 1 0
 So they took an XC tire made it with 60 tpi and talked about how much better that is, and charge you $80 bucks for it? Sorry, but I’ll stick with my 120 tpi forekasters. And save a half a pound and climb the hell out of slippery roots and rocks and still enjoy a fun descent.
  • 1 0
 Quite intrigued by these, but I wonder why more folks don't just run semi-slicks like Specialized Slaughter, E-Thirteen semi-slicks, or Minion SS? I put a Slaughter Grid Trail on the back of my bike and I notice no difference in roll speed from the Ikon I had on there before, but infinite more traction than the Ikon. I'm enjoying it so much I'm even considering one up front for downcountry riding.
  • 6 2
 Somebody please explain what the heck is "Downcountry"?
  • 3 0
 trail-lite…. or AM-lite, I forget
  • 28 1
 It’s like riding a bike but different
  • 7 0
 Kind of Enduro but with a lighter close to XC bike, stupid but fun!!!
By the way "Enduro" was also a new word when it started, and everybody was shocked too!
  • 6 0
 New here? Ask @mikelevy
  • 4 1
 Trail. Period!
  • 2 1
 110-120mm xc/trail bikes with aggressive geo (rocky element, transition spur, banshee phantom, etc)
  • 2 0
 It's like "Upduro", but different.
  • 2 0
 It's the reason @mikelevy is going to be sent to the ICC someday.
  • 2 1
 Modern more capable xc bikes with aggressive geo and 110-120 mm of travel, riden on more demanding trail- enduro type of trails.
  • 10 1
 I like to think of it as "non-racing XC."
  • 8 0
 It is the bikes the vast majority of people probably should be riding for the vast majority of places but it didn't have a sexy enough genre name after other new and exciting genres won peoples hearts/ money/ highlighted their marketing gullibility and then some joker came up with a new daft name for a mountain bike... or something Smile
  • 5 0
 It's like a trail bike that's having a midlife crisis, so it costs more and is often hard to find.
  • 1 0
 Well, I don't know what downcountry is supposed to be according to marketeers, but if it would have a race format, I immediately think of races like the TransVesubienne, TransRivera and TransWest in the south of France. These are long endurance races, requiring lighter and faster rolling tires with the difficulty level of an enduro race, requiring volume and some puncture protection. Seems like the Vittoria's fit that bill. The narrative around the lower tpi as an advantage, makes me laugh a bit. It's just cheaper.
  • 1 0
 @BeardlessMarinRider: If DH bikes weren't such pigs to pedal I bet most people would be on 1. They ways want more travel, longer/lower/slacker
  • 1 0
 A trail bike that bottoms out way too early bringing you down.
  • 4 0
 @JulioValeinte: I plead my innocence - I was only joking about down-country Wink
  • 1 1
 Its a stupid name that need to disappear for short travel trail bike.
  • 2 0
 labels aside, I have 2 sets of Vittoria tyres and they have been pretty good. Also, by far the easiest tubeless setup I have ever done
  • 1 0
 Ive been running an Aggaro as my rear tire for the last 6 months and love it. Now that the rains startng to roll back in, itll be interesting to see how it holds up.
  • 1 0
 @mtmc99: It's fine. Ran one all last winter. However I don't have a ton of mud where I ride. Mostly wet sandy / rocky soil. A Martello doesn't roll that much slow and has a ton more braking if you need it.
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 @Ososmash: thats great news about the Martello. I currently have one in my garage so if it gets a bit sloppier I can slap it on.
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 is there a content filter for down country lol
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 Now we're waiting for Supertrail niche Smile
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 Burlier than Trail, but lighter than Enduro...
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 I have been riding occasionnally my cx bike in alpine trails and my road bike on single track. Should I start creating a line of component for crosstrail and skinnytrack riding ?
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 So Barzo+Mezcal late spring to early autumn, Syerra+Barzo fall-winter... why not Smile
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 Really liking the performance of Vittoria’s XC/light trail offerings. Cheaper than Maxxis and Schwalbe too. It’s been Vitoria and Conti for me the last few years.
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 @Rich-Izinia: Same here. Started running Mezcals on kids' NICA bikes. I've been really happy with them.
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 Can't wait until water bottle companies start releasing downcountry-specific bottles. I've been waiting years for it.
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 Wait, does that mean water bottles are for down-country? Do I need to have it on my bike or in my hip-pack? Can I use a hydration pack? How do I know what hydration system fits the type of bike I ride????? Who am I as a rider???
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 @ice29: This is too good. The fact that this actually exists makes my comment even more ridiculous.
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 Need a comparison test with this versus the Wicked Will.
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 Let's start calling it Downcunt for short
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 Sure thing ass clap
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 Now that it's literally written on a product I'm a little sad for @mikelevy that he hasn't gotten royalties for popularizing the term. If I was Vittoria I'd send you a pair of tires and a 24 or something.
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 Kinda disappointed to see Martello/Agarro side knobs on every new tire from Vittoria. Goma/Morsa design side knobs were the best for dry riding - step at the edge interface and big sipe for predictability.
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 As a "downcountry" user(Santa Cruz Blur or Tallboy), I dont think we need specific tires, I'm always alternating between Agressive XC and Enduro tires, depending on where I'm riding and the season. The different protection and thread pattern some brands are already offering are enough for me.
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 I run Maxxis Rekon's which aren't dissimilar to this, although the tread spacing looks better on this Vittoria. I expect it would clear mud a bit better, maybe.
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 @tremeer023: I find the ramped knobs and spacing of the Rekon tread just doesn’t give the bite that I want. It also doesn’t enjoy being run at lower pressure, which is key. This Vitoria seems like it might fix those issues.
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 I guess “downcountry” would be the label attached to the style if riding I do. My favourite tyre, that seems similar to this, is the Continental X King Protection.
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 @lewiscraik: I run Xkings in 2.2 and find them to be low volume & round. Good for XC style, but not very comfortable in anything rough (they are on a HT) and don't like loose/dusty or mud much at all.
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 @m1dg3t: I have 2.2 xkings on my XC bike too, but they do come in 2.3 which would be a better comparison to this new Vittoria offering.
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 @Rich-Izinia: Hence why I stated the size Wink . I know they come in larger volume casings. Maybe if I had them on a slightly wider rim it might change their behaviour?
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 I waiting for the down country specific pedals, stems, handlebars, water bottle cages, and Ti bolts before I invest in these....
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 That's next week Smile
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 in about two seasson you will have the oil slick version for 70 buck more Smile
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 what exactly is "downcountry"
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 Modern more capable xc bikes with aggressive geo and 110-120 mm of travel, riden on more demanding trail- enduro type of trails
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 The Hip, cool, new thing that everyone must have/get! If you don't you suck and should die. Pleb.
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 According to @mikelevy it is fundamentallly a XC bike, but with a slightly longer travel fork, wider tires, flat pedals instead of clipless ones, a riser bar, a short stem without negative offset, maybe a dropper post, etc. Basically a combination of a XC bike frame and trail bike components. A good example would be the new Scott Spark or the old Trek Top Fuel.
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 Veri Nyce
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 Labels aside this looks like a cool rear tire for a trail bike. Hopefully they bring an updated Martello 2.4 or something for the front.
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 I ll never go less than minion exo at front, or similar... That's the most important component of the bike ,.. everything under is just gravel to me ..
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 I have to agree. Right now the most weenie tire on the xc bike is the Tioga Edge 22, which corners better than the dhf.
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 Thought that was Levy in the pic….
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 Looks more like a crosshill tyre to me
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 I thought downcountry was Double Down tires on a trail bike?
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 @TerrapinBen : I think you just coined a new mtb category! Doubledown country! Can you tell us where that sits in the line up of gravel, xc, downcountry, trail, aggressive trail, all mountain, enduro, e-trail, e-duro, downhill?
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 Why is the industry always trying to put us in a box, MAN!
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 S'all 'bout the upcountry next week...stay tuned, the future will be televised.
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 Sea Otter typically happens in April, coincidence? This press release has April Fools all over it.
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 I like it! Fast with a smidge of tread seems like a fun tire for those easier trails.
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 Wait till they hear about the Rekon and Ground Control
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 Missing my Geax Gato rear tire right about now
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 I still have my stock....sold the 26 er but still not giving up my Gatos
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 Cycling luke skywalker glasses are the worst thing about cycling
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 Would these tires be a good fit for the BC Bike Race?
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 Here to say thank you to Vittoria for still making 26” enduro tires
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 It’s a maxxis dissector
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 Does it come in 26"
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 Sweet! I gonna out this on my downduroxc gravel bike.
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 $80 USD for marketing gimmick? Looks like a Maxxis anyways. No thanks.
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 I’d rather spend 80$ on hair plugs.
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 It’s $80 for a tire with fast center tread and more aggressive corner knobs. Being woke means looking beyond marketing, not rejecting any product that uses it.
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 Just fit dissectors and ride FFS
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 Looks like an Ardent
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