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Jzang mikelevy's article
Jul 22, 2019 at 6:24
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Review: Ibis' 4th-Generation Ripley Is More Capable, But Still Very Much A Ripley
@Calkodawg96: If the world cup scene is any indication I'd say so. Loic and Amaury both on ALU frames. I've also heard many high level racers and frame designers prefer the feel (compliance) of aluminum bikes.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 10:13
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
I can provide a side by side of the Vigilante and Judge but not the Verdict unfortunately.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 10:09
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
@GlassGuy: I agree. I've noticed increase difficulty with asymmetrical rims.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 10:08
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
@pargolf8: Next time try taking the presta core out and using the shrader converter right over the valve stem without the core in it. Presta valve cores clog up with Sealant making it hard to get high volume are flow in to expand the tire quickly to get it to seat. If I ever have trouble seating a tire that is the first thing I do and with an air compressor it blows right up.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 10:02
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
@adespotoskyli: For sure. I rather not deal with the headaches of pinch flatting a thinner casing tire. These beefy tires should last a while and get full tread wear without punctures. I also don't have to be concerned if I want to ride my trail bike at the DH park. I welcome the beefy casings.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 9:58
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
@denomerdano: Very true. I think rubber compound is almost more important than tread pattern to a point. I'm excited to get mine in some loamy rooty trails.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 7:49
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
@Ttimer: When comparing these tires to Maxxis offerings the weight is on par. These are Enduro/DH tires so to compare them to a Maxxis Exo/Exo+ casing would be unfair. Comparing a Maxxis DD to a WTB Light casing and a Maxxis DH casing to a WTB Tough casing would be a more fair comparison. When comparing the two brands this way you will see the weight is on par. A Maxxis DHF 29x2.5 WT DD is 1237-1335g (https://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-468-121-minion-dhf). Verdict is listed at 1193 in the light casing. Now looking at the DH casing Maxxis DHF (29x2.5 wt) runs 1295-1335g, DHR (29x2.4 WT) runs 1265 and Shorty (29x2.5 wt) at 1335g all listed on their website. The Judge comes in at 1295g, Verdict Dry 1291g, and Verdict Wet 1332g. Now the weight doesn't seem so bad.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 7:22
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
@Ttimer: I totally agree with you. Nuance matters in the tire game. Pictures don't show much without a direct side by side comparison. I'm excited to try these tires on some proper DH trails.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 6:27
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
I just got the Judge 2.4 in tought/high grip. Id say the casing is tougher than any casing offered by maxxis. The rubber softness is softer than Maxxis 3C Max Terra (found on trail tires) but slightly harder than Maxxis 3C MaxGrip (found on DH tires). Id say a lot of the extra weight comes with bigger knobs. The side knobs of the Judge are significantly bigger than the DHR2. I compared them side by side. Comparing weights of the DHR 2 in the DH casing and the Judge Tough/high grip the Judge is heavier. I think due to the bigger knobs.
Jzang RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2019 at 6:22
Jul 18, 2019
Review: Judge & Verdict - WTB's Most Aggressive Dry-Condition Tire Combo
@Ders316: I've done that working in the automotive shop seating car tires but never successful using that technique with bike tires. Did you try taking the valve core out to get higher air flow into the tire with the compressor first? Just curious.
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