Video: 7 New Mountain Bike Tires - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 14, 2020 at 10:58
by Daniel Sapp  




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Teravail Kessel

Teravail is distributor QBP's house brand. The Kessel is their all-mountain/enduro/DH tire and it bears a close resemblance to the Maxxis Minion DHF. The tire is available in two casings, durable and ultra-durable, and it utilizes Teravail's "Grip" compound for rubber.

The tire comes in 29" by 2.4" and 2.6" sizes. For 27.5" wheeled bikes, it is available in a 2.5" width. The durable casing also is available with a tan sidewall.

Details

• Intended Use: AM/Enduro/DH
• Available Sizes: 29" x 2.4", 2.6"; 27.5" x 2.5"
• Casing: Durable and Ultra Durable
• Weight: 1,040g - Durable, 1,190g - Ultra Durable (29" x 2.4")
• Price: $85 USD - Durable, $95 USD - Ultra Durable
teravail.com


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Maxxis Aspen and Rekon Race WT

Maxxis have introduced a couple of new fast-rolling XC tires to their Wide Tread (WT) line - the Aspen and Rekon Race. The tires are 29x2.4WT in width and feature a 120-tpi casing. The rubber is a dual compound the use Maxxis' EXO casing.

The tires are designed to be used on 30mm internal width rims but can be run on rims as narrow as 25mm. Maxxis warns that the tires won’t clear all XC race frames, especially pre-Boost frames. The Aspen weighs 720g and the Rekon Race, 760g. They sell for $65 USD.

Details

• Intended Use: XC/Trail
• Available Sizes: 29" x 2.4"
• Casing: EXO
• Weight: 720g - Aspen, 760g - Rekon Race
• Price: $65 USD
maxxis.com


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Versus All Mountain

Versus is a newcomer to the tire scene and their direct-to-consumer model hopes to shake up things a bit in the tire world. Their first tire at launch, dubbed the "All-Mountain", looks very similar to the Minion DHR II. It's available in a trail and gravity model, with a single-ply folding bead and dual-ply wire bead, respectively.

Thee tires have a VERSA woven layer stretching bead-to-bead that is made to ward off punctures. The side knobs have accordion folds on the leading edge and a solid back edge to conform to the terrain and then bite. The rubber is a dual compound - 59/52a on the gravity and then 63/60a on the trail tire.

Details

• Intended Use: AM/Trail/DH
• Available Sizes: 29" x 2.4"
• Casing: 60tpi, single wall (trail) / dual wall (gravity)
• Weight: 1070g - Trail
• Price: $65 USD (approximately)
• Website: versustires.com (Launching May 1)
The tires are designed around a 30mm rim width and are 60tpi. Versus plan to have a loyalty and VIP program, bulk discounts, deal packages, and will be sold on their website and at select events. The tires come with a 30-day limited guarantee. There's also a very interesting and limited edition neon/yellow "splatter" colorway available.

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Vittoria Agarro

Vittoria's Agarro is a trail tire designed to give a little more grip than an XC tire but with less bulk than an enduro tire. The tire takes traits from the Martello, Barzo, and Gato models already in Vittoria's line to form the tread. Vittoria's tubeless-ready trail casing is used with APF inserts and sidewall protection.

The tire uses four separate Graphene 2.0 rubber compounds to give it Vittoria's ideal grip and durability, along with low rolling resistance. It is available in 27.5" and 29" casings in 2.35" and 2.6" widths and sells for $69.99 USD.

Details

• Intended Use: Trail
• Available Sizes: 29", 27.5" x 2.35", 2.6"
• Casing: Vittoria TR APF
• Weight:
• Price: $69.99 USD
vittoria.com


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Michelin DH 34

Michelin's DH34 is designed for hard and rocky terrain along with bike parks. It utilizes their Magi-X compound and their DH Shield casing to give the best grip possible and high-speed stability on hard terrain.

The tire has a wire bead and is tubeless-ready. There is a dual 55-tpi casing and the tire comes in a 2.4" width in 29" and 27.5" sizes. Pricing and availability in the US have yet to be announced, but we would expect it soon given that the tires are already on their website.

Details

• Intended Use: DH/Enduro
• Available Sizes: 29", 27.5" x 2.4"
• Casing: 2 x55tpi DH Shield
• Weight: 1,200g (27.5")
• Price: TBA
bike.michelin.com


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Michelin DH 22

The DH22 is the most versatile tire in Michelin's new DH range. The tire is designed to perform best in soft and mixed terrain but also retain performance in drier conditions and on hardpack. The tire utilizes Michelin's Magi-X compound and DH Shield casing.

The tire has a wire bead and is tubeless-ready. There is a dual 55-tpi casing and the tire comes in a 2.4" width in 29" and 27.5" as well as 26" sizes. Pricing and availability in the US are yet to be announced.

Details

• Intended Use: DH/Enduro
• Available Sizes: 29", 27.5", 26" x 2.4"
• Casing: 2x55 tpi DH Shield
• Weight: 1200g (26")
• Price: TBA
bike.michelin.com



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Michelin DH Mud

Michelin's DH Mud tire is designed for, you guessed it, mud. It's designed with the same rubber compound as Michelin's other DH tires and has the DH Shield technology. Its tall blocks are made to penetrate soft terrain and are cuttable to allow for fine-tuning depending on the conditions.

The DH Mud tires are available in 29" and 27.5" diameters, both featuring a 2.4" width. The 27.5" tire weighs in at 1250g.

Details

• Intended Use: DH/Enduro
• Available Sizes: 29", 27.5" x 2.4"
• Casing: 2x55tpi DH Shield
• Weight:1250g (27.5"0
• Price: TBA
bike.michelin.com



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182 Comments

  • 392 1
 I just want to say thanks to Pinkbike! You guys have really starting putting out a ton of articles to keep us occupied while we are all quarantined/working from home and I think we all really appreciate it! You're awesome and I think Pond Beaver has been a massive success!
  • 25 0
 Second that! Thank you Pinkbike! I have been relying on you daily for entertainment.
  • 23 1
 Agreed but...I have one ask for the Pinkbike IT staff. Create a way to permanently check out of updates/new comments, in a story's comment section, that you had made a comment in? I made a comment in the beginning of the "Trust Fork Closure Announcement" and now every day I open up the pinkbike site I have a ton of new comments. All of these are not related to my comment and extended the conversation out by others from trust forks to corona virus to china to racism to how fast pilots can fly in a jet. I just want to be done with that whole conversation.

Thanks
  • 31 7
 Except for Levy. This Donut thing is pissin me off
  • 19 2
 I guess brands think people like Minion tread pattern.
  • 6 1
 @vjunior21: wow they are talking about how fast pilots can fly in jets now? I’m going to check that out!
  • 5 0
 @vjunior21: That comment thread is like pond beaver for me. I check in every day to see what’s new. It’s great.
  • 3 0
 @vjunior21: sounds like a great conversation, think i'll go make a comment to get the updates myself.
  • 3 0
 @vjunior21: What happens if you go to bed with an itchy butt?
  • 3 0
 @vjunior21: 100% agreed.
  • 7 0
 @youknowitsus: the Minion was designed back in 2003 or 4 by Colin Bailey. It's been hands down one of the most reliable tread patterns of all time. So lots of copies.
  • 2 0
 Thanks pinkbike
  • 7 1
 @youknowitsus: Minion patterns which were copied on original Michelin patterns BTW. Remember...
  • 3 0
 @km79:
It is the rabbit hole. I wish I took the blue pill. LOL

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE7PKRjrid4
  • 3 0
 @Eatsdirt: You wake up with a stinky finger.
  • 1 0
 @jtforester: Yes, but don't touch your face until you wash your hands for at least 20secs...
  • 63 0
 Thank you Pinkbike for including pictures and writing alongside the video briefings!!
  • 8 0
 Agreed! Working at home I'm pretty free to watch videos, but when actually at work, it's a lot easier to stealthily scroll through picturesSmile
  • 5 0
 Articles with text pictures are always the superior format for when presenting more than one product. It's not just the unwanted noise in a work environment: videos cannot be navigated / scanned in an efficient manner at any time, and a talking head in front of a camera is always going to manage to say less in more time than a well-written article.
  • 31 0
 Those Michelin DH tires might convert a loyal maxxis rider.
  • 4 6
 I know I was thinking the same thing. I just wish they had options in 2.5.
  • 8 1
 I tried some Wild Enduro's, they have incredible grip and offer a very predictable loss of traction and drift. They seem very durable from a puncture standpoint. I was pretty impressed. Unfortunately the side knobs started ripping WAY too early. If you run these you'll probably be spending a lot more on tires. I went back to Assegais, which have just as much grip and last forever.
  • 15 3
 @Clifflane3: Wut? you wont use a tyre if it is 0.1" or 2.5mm narrower than 2.5 inches? Joke I have missed surely.
  • 21 0
 @Clifflane3: A Maxxis 2.5" tire is almost never going to measure out to a full 2.5, and that goes for most of their sizes. They usually run small. There is a good chance the Michelin 2.4 will be bigger than the Maxxis 2.5
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: I think if you ride very hardpacked surfaces, wild enduro in magic-x compound is of short life.. gum-x front or rear last a little bit more.. these DH34/DH22 are very different though.. cannot wait to try the dh34 I have already mounted on my bike.. its gorgeous.and it does not feel like its brother wild Enduro in Magi-x, looks like the tire was contructed differently (type of rubber underneath outer layer).. besides the fact these are wire bead and sidewalls are really thick.cheers
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: I run a WTB 2.4 now in the rear. So no I do. But having the options of a 2.4-2.6 range makes it more appealing.
  • 2 0
 The Wild Enduro Rear's side knobs are pathetic but Wild Enduro Front/Wild Rock'R2 have been solid for me (front/rear). Planning on trying a pair of Fronts next (worn one on the rear, fresh one on the front). The DH34 Bike Park looks a good option for the rear but midweight casings with CushCore is enough for me.
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: interesting. I've got them, and the front seems pretty unburstable. The rear is starting to undercut, a bit like a schwalbe, but not so bad. I've actually lost a couple of the rear centre knobs. But I try to run my trail boss when it's dry anyway, as it's a bit less slow rolling, which is a serious downside of wild enduro.
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: same experience here. I’m still using them but one of the side knobs came off on the rear and I can see the threads of the inner part of the casing exposed. It’s still holding, but it makes me nervous every time I take that bike out. I should go ahead and just change the tire but now I’m starting to get curious as to how long it will actually last in its current form ????
  • 2 1
 @Clifflane3: Oh wow you were serious, I was 90% sure you were a troll.
  • 6 0
 @Clifflane3: 2.4 Wild Enduro is wider than a DHF 2.5wt
  • 2 0
 My GF is running Michelin's on her DH bike and she loves them. I'm about to switch once I've used up my Minion tread.
  • 1 0
 @JTA: Ain't that the truth, I run 2.4" Continental's on 30mm rims and people compliment me on my "plus bike" lol they're 2.4s guys
  • 1 0
 @swenzowski: Continental's use a higher volume than most. I have a set of der baron projekt's, and compared to my WTB judge they are much taller and wider as well.
  • 3 1
 @Clifflane3: Michelin tyres always size well, not like Maxxis ones, so a 2,4 is a quite beefy beast and equals a 2,5 Minion ;-)
  • 3 0
 @JTA: I mounted a dhf 2.6 and a magic mary 2.35 on the same wheel (30mm external) as my wild enduro 2.4 . Measured at the widest lugs, and they are as follows:
WE-front 275x2.4 = 61-63mm
WE-Rear 275x2.4 61mm
DHF 275x2.6 = 65mm
MM 275x2.35 = 58mm
Hans Dampf 275x2.35 = 59mm

28 psi all around for consisency. The Schwalbe were brand new, the other tires had a few rides on them. I was bored while it was cold and rainy.
  • 2 0
 @JTA: that's correct for the old tires. The latest ones seem to measure pretty close to specification.
  • 1 1
 @fruitsd79: the MM need some time to widen up after installation and usually get a little over 60mm.
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: I haven't really tried much of Maxxis, but i ran DHR2 EXO/Aggressor DD before switching to Wild Enduro F/R, and the Michelins held up much better for me, but I usually wreck the casing before the tread is worn out.
Maxxis EXO really don't last for me on my local trails, the rocks just rip the casings to shreds, DD holds up a little better, but Schwalbe SG and Michelin just seem to handle the abuse better.
  • 1 0
 @dirtpedaler: Definitely, my Michelins rubbed on the fender of my fork in hard turns, while my Maxxis 2.5 WT had pretty good clearance and never rubbed.
  • 1 0
 I'm going to get the Michelin 34 DH for my Enduro Bike =)
  • 29 2
 Just when you thought tire logos/colorways couldn't get any uglier...
  • 7 1
 The new(ish) Maxxis sidewall logos are horrid
  • 44 0
 -1 for designing a tyre that looks like a minion has jizzed on it.
  • 9 0
 @bigtim: +1 for the double entendre
  • 1 0
 @J1BB: Those are the ones that stand out to you? I was thinking the Michelins...
  • 1 0
 No kidding - I long for the day when hot patch / logo paint is entirely optional.
  • 4 0
 @bigtim: that tyre was supposed to be called The Bukkake initially, but japanese market was compromised.
  • 1 2
 The Michelin tire logos look pretty good. Most of the others are kinda boring and not very sexy. Maxxis has always had great logos.
  • 2 0
 @DangerDavez: I picked out Maxxis as I used to love the old style logos on them. Maxxis flyweight, medusa, swampthing, maxxlite etc all stand out for me as awesome logos from back in the day
  • 2 0
 @b0cephus: A black sharpie will solve your problem!
  • 1 0
 @GalenS: I do that today, but that yellow Maxxis logo always comes back
  • 1 0
 @b0cephus: First job I do when I get a new Maxxis: 3 layers of black permanent marker on the yellow logo. Otherwise I can`t ride :-)
  • 20 0
 So it only took like 4 videos and 3 odd some articles, but I am finally getting the Pond Beaver reference... I have never been so dissapointed in myself. ha
  • 3 1
 You're forgiven. Given the circumstances.
  • 1 0
 I just realized this week too.
  • 1 0
 Oooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, I get it!
  • 2 0
 @gibspaulding: Could someone please take pity and enlighten me?
  • 8 0
 @garneau565:

Sea/Pond Otter/Beaver
  • 5 0
 @garneau565: Pond Beaver = Sea Otter
  • 16 1
 I'm gonna need an Aspen with DH casing for blasting berms in your mom's backyard.
  • 3 2
 Honestly an Aspen with a DH casing would be perfect for a hardcore hardtail. Fast rolling for flowy XC trails, tough for hitting rocks with no suspension.
  • 15 1
 oh god not, lets not add color pigment to tires....
  • 50 0
 oil slick tires!
  • 4 0
 During certain times of the year, cows are brought in to graze on the provincial lands around some of our local trail heads. As such, I can assure you that this kind of 'colorway' doesn't look (or smell) any better in person.
  • 1 0
 @sutter2k: sick tires

Maintain 1.5m distance and wash your trails after use. Together we can beat this.
  • 12 2
 Assegai > DHF, IMO. Funny to see so many Minion clones when Maxxis has put out an even better tire. The DC 2.5" version is excellent, lasts forever, and can be had for less than $50.
  • 2 0
 Why do you think it is better? Asking because I'm curious about swapping my front rubber
  • 11 0
 @bigbrett: I ran DHF's for many years, and never really understood the "vague" traction feeling at intermediate lean angles that people talked about. Then went to Assegais, and back to DHF's on a different bike, and instantly understood. There's a...vague is the best way to describe it...feeling when you're leaning but the side knobs haven't really engaged yet. Bigger-radius corners are probably the place where you feel it the most...mild turns where you really aren't really leaning the bike a ton.

The Assegai has all the cornering bite of the DHF, but as you lean it, the traction feels uniform all the way through your lean. It's very confidence inspiring. It also has better braking traction than the DHF.
  • 5 0
 DHR > DHF and rolls faster than Assegai.
  • 1 0
 where for less than $50?
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: I just got some from competitive Cyclist for $48. Not sure if that's how much they currently are, but they pop up regularly online for just under $50.
  • 8 0
 IRC Kujo > Panaracer Dart. Next level.
  • 2 0
 Imo the dc tires are better rear tires. If you live in somewhere with loose over dry or lots of rocks, the stickier rubber in the 3c models is really worth it.
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: i guess i have similar feeling with the Shorty right now. It's bone dry here and sometimes loose over hard and i have that feeling of vagueness combined with more or less sudden breakouts. Granted, i run a 2.5 WT on i25 rim. Still, i almost liked my Forekasters more on hardpack than the Shorties and i think it's the round profile with no gap to the side knobs. Any thoughts from your side?
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: This makes so much sense now.
I feel more comfortable on a tight turn leant right over than I do just cruising round a mellow turn.
Will have to try an Assegai out.
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: moreover, any thought for the Assguy on gravelly trails? I live on the banks of a riverbed and theres lots of loose gravel everywhere. Will it have an advantage over Shorty in this kind of terrain?
  • 1 2
 @dthomp325: ... but out of the three, DHR has the lowest traction. Good straight line braking but not my favourite for a front tire that's for sure
  • 3 2
 Different strokes for different blokes. Assegai allows amazing precision at high speed on intermediate angles. But it lacks the edging feel of DHF. It may as well equal DHFs cornering grip but it feels a bit vague when leaned over a lot. With DHF it feels easy to know what you can and can’t do. But after switching from Assegai to DHF I miss this precision. So... if you are into intermediate angles, railing corners and good braking: Assegai. If you love hitting the berms hard, edging the tires into the offcamber corners: DHF
  • 1 0
 A tire is only good when paired to the right application. My personal setup at the moment is the AssGuy up front and the DHR in the back. I've experimented with the Aggressor in the back but found it too drifty and unpredictable. I don't think I'd run AssGuy front and back as it might be overkill and too slow in the rear. For context my riding is in the Kootenays where we need a good mixed tire; lots of dirt, roots, rocks, some loam, some dry dusty midsummer, some slick/wet but not like riding a winter on the coast, and not a lot (hardly any if any at all) hardpack. The AssGuy is an amazing tire IMO as an option on the front for what I ride. I was converted first ride and was a fairly loyal DHF rider until I gave it a go.
  • 7 0
 I've had the Vittoria Aggaro's on my 2020 Topfuel for full on Fun/Down/Up Country Riding since late Oct 2019. They are a great tire for the intended use. Most of the miles have been in the Bentonville area, which is known to be hard on tires & sidewalls and I've had zero issues. Overall, Vittoria has been an underrated company in the dirt world.

I'd be interested to see the sidewall durability of the Maxxis Aspen Wide Trails... Could be an interesting / fun UpDownCountryFun tire.
  • 3 0
 Vittorias are definitely the choice for NWA. XC/Trail casing super durable. Done Barzos & Mezcals on my '18 Top Fuel and they're money, Aggaro going on the trail bike for sure.
  • 2 0
 @davidccoleman: Yep. I haven't found anything better than the Barzo for an everyday, aggressive XC tire. For that purpose, they strike a great balance on weight/durability/grip/fast rolling.
  • 1 0
 It seems to be a very versatile tire in mixed conditions - I run it on the front on my XC Hardtail and on the back of my Enduro bike wear and grip have both been very good and overall I'm happy with Vittoria tires in general... will see how the DHF clone (Mazza) stacks up when it's released!
  • 1 0
 Agarro’s are super versatile. Ive been running A 2.6 x 29 on the rear wheel with Cushcore recently and it stands up to all the abuse of the local rocky / clay trails and makes it a lot easier to pedal around compared to the strong and grippy E13’s that lived in my rear wheel before.

The Agarro will not provide you with the best braking traction but that’s the only compromise.

Its remarkably fast and has great climbing grip on all surfaces. Seems to also have decent durability so far.
  • 6 0
 1. Tan wall sendy. 2. XC for Wendy 3. Lets get trendy 4. Not too spendy 5. Hardcore sendy 6. Timewarp sizing 7. Mud Normalizing
  • 3 0
 The most amazing thing here is that 'Grip' has never been used as a compound tradename until now.

I like the look of the Michelins too (from an aesthetic point of view. I don't go anywhere near fast enough to worry about how well it grips). I know a lot of people don't like the branding on there, but i like it. It looks fast, fun and exciting. And fun and exciting is what i like about mountain biking.

Things that are better in darker plain colours:
1. A well-cut suit.
2. Guitars.
3. Maybe a sports car or motorbike (although everyone knows red ones are faster).

Otherwise, fun colours all the way for me please*


*except the splatter tire. Looks like you went fast and loose through something that came out fast and loose. They might be on to something with coloured/patterned tyres, but maybe take another swing at it.
  • 2 0
 WTB High Grip would like to disagree with you, as would Maxxis 3C MaxxGrip.
  • 1 0
 guitars are better in every colour of the rainbow.
  • 1 0
 RED WUNZ GO FASTAH!
  • 3 1
 So cool that more and more brands start to roll out tyres with side lugs’ support running down almost to the middle of the casing. The only way to turn quickly on modern long and slack 29ers is to lean them so hard that only side lugs will be in contact with the ground, lugs with no support fold way to easy.
Wonder if we will ever return to 25mm id rims so that these cornering lugs will be placed more outwards and help carving as well.
  • 1 0
 I think we will see side walls shrink to bring the lugs out. Personally I'm a fan of this because it means less flex and more direct steering, similar to cars with low profile tires.
  • 6 0
 Can’t wait to cop a pair of 26” DH22’s
  • 2 0
 Teravail Kessel: it's gutsy to charge $85 USD for a tire, then charge extra if you want the one that actually lasts more than a couple of rides... Adopt your best gangster voice: "nice tire ya got there, would be a real shame if sumptin' wuz to happ'n to it"
  • 1 0
 $85 MSRP and it will always be on sale at your local bike shop. It’s known psychology-the $85 tire marked down to $50 is “better” than the $50 tire.
  • 5 0
 The splatter colorway matches my garage floor nicely.
  • 1 1
 It matches the burnt brat I have on the grill after I put mustard on it.
  • 3 0
 Michelin weight: you'd rather not know. (Full disclosure I run Michelin and love them, but weight is not something you consider with them)
  • 3 0
 Michelin looks absolutely flyweight when compared to the Gravity version of the Versus which is over 4 lbs.
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 Their wild enduro lineup isn’t light, but it’s not “that” heavy either. Depending on the model the casing is similar to Maxxis DD, or a bit more robust than EXO+.

I was curious, and looked up the weight for the DH22 on their website.

Looks like it’s 1500grams for the 29er version. Not sure what most DH casing tires weigh, but that is definitely getting up there in weight. Not sure I’d want to pedal that anywhere if I wasn’t getting paid to do it.

And my bike has a WTB vigilante front, and Michelin wild enduro rear on it right now, Neither of which are lightweight tires.
  • 1 0
 It doesn't look so different from maxxis DHC or other DH tires
  • 1 0
 On their website the dh 22 (dh 34 not available for 29" yet) is coming in at 1500g
  • 2 1
 they really should have updated the Aspen tread in the process of increasing casing size.

IME the big gap in the side knobs can be treacherous and really reduce use of the tire to strictly dry conditions (even in the dry, it would be a much better tyre, if there was an intermediate knob for consistent handling when it's leaned right over).
  • 2 0
 I've always wanted to try the Vittoria tires with graphene, I think I will next time. It is time for new tires, but I already have an Ardent and want to keep it all the same brand.
  • 6 0
 You won't regret it. I've ridden Schwalbe, Maxxis and Conti...all in their highest quality XC/Trail versions...and the Vittoria Graphene (I'm still on original 1.0) are head and shoulders above all of their counterparts.

Schwalbe: I have run Ralph, Ron's, Nic's in Pacestar and Speedgrip compounds
Maxxis: Ikon, Ardent and Ardent Race in 3C TR
Conti: Only run thei XMountain Black Chilli

Vittoria: Barzo Graphene 1.0, Morsa Graphene 1.0 and Mezcal 1.0

All in a 27.5 x 2.25 or 2.35 size.

The Vittoria's have less rolling resistance, and less wear than any of the other tires. And they feel more supple. Grip-wise, I'd say they are as good as anyone else. So they don't grip more, but they roll faster and wear less. And I got them on ProBikeKit for $42CDN per tire shipped! Way cheaper than the other brands even through online retailers. I stocked up on a bunch of the Barzo/Morsa/Mezcal's for all my bikes at that price after a few rides on the first pair I ordered and tried.
  • 3 0
 I am running a Martello 29x2.35 on the rear and it's great. I wanted a DHR2 EXO Maxx Terra but with a stiffer sidewall and faster rolling but not DD weight and thats what I got. Very pleased with it
  • 3 0
 @Lee-Gee: I was running Martello's F&R but now run Agarro rear and have lost nothing to grip and braking but rolling resistance has improved heaps!
  • 3 0
 Would love to see more tire content. It's one of the most important and frequently replaced parts of the bike. Also great job pulling pond beaver off!
  • 1 0
 Some time ago, I stumbled upon a review of the DHR2 tire. Other than praising it as a rear tire, the reviewer wrote that Minnaar used to trim the wide transversal "paddles", so to open the transition channels, turning it into a very effective front tire. Same cornering grip as the DHF, but increased braking traction. Anybody tried this?
  • 1 1
 Jill Kintnet AKA “the Queen” runs double DHRs
  • 1 0
 *kintner
  • 3 0
 One could come to the conclusion that all possible treads have been done at some point.
  • 2 0
 Yeah... but compound etc. is probably as or more important than tread.
  • 1 0
 @RedRedRe: well, give me DHF and DHR II, in 60a and 42a and I'm fine. Who really needs fancy triple compound sourcery and what not? Really?
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 @Muckal:

Teravail Wellsmart single compound is priced $85/95.
Vittoria makes the most advanced and durable tires on the market and cost $70.

I guess you are right... people seem not to be able to tell the difference besides the logos.
  • 4 0
 What are the weights on the Agarros?
  • 2 0
 850-970 from their website
  • 1 0
 Don’t get hung up on weight.

The Vittoria ‘Trail’ casing ( their lighter casing for Agarro/Martello etc) is far stronger and more subtle than say a Maxxis EXO casing.

Its closer to EXO+ as a comparison in terms of air tightness and durability.
  • 5 0
 Need some Michelins
  • 3 0
 Glad Michelin is back in the game. Used to run their tires back in the 26x3.0 days and they were fantastic
  • 2 0
 it kinda bothers me that this guy has a huge ass garden but not a single MTB feature in there, at least buy an MTB hopper man.
  • 4 0
 Had to build a fence for the pup and to block the view of my methy neighbors first...things take time, and dollars!
  • 1 0
 @danielsapp: haha, i was just yanking your chain man, i get you, i was actually projecting, i am in the middle of desinning the first features for my backyard, the only thing i've built is the shed for the bikes
  • 2 0
 The Versus looks like a copy of the Aquila signature tire Aaron Gwin designed with Onza'.

www.pinkbike.com/news/onza-aquila-aaron-gwin-signature-dh-tire-review.html
  • 3 0
 Is that weight on the Versus gravity model right - 1900g?
  • 1 0
 I think it´s wrong, I saw on another site and it was 1.300g
  • 1 0
 Was wondering the same.
Typo?
  • 1 0
 I once weighted a mud DH tire from WTB ( forgot the model) at 1800gr,and it was a 26",so...
Anyway, that's a lot of rubber!
  • 1 0
 1300 according to Vital.
  • 1 0
 @BiNARYBiKE:Yeah I figured it was wrong. They removed it here.
  • 2 0
 I want that yellow splatter tire, just so everyone on the trail,will think that I’m spraying Slime all over the trail!
  • 3 0
 Excuse me, I didn't order mustard.
  • 3 0
 ...was it Grey Poupon?
  • 3 0
 Anyone know of good 29x3.0 tires aside from the XR4 or Minion?
  • 2 0
 Not many options on that front, have heard the duro crux or vee buldozer are good, but I don't have personal experience. Running a dhr2 in front and a chupacabra out back on my trek stache and that has worked well for my uses
  • 1 1
 DHR ll for a rear, 29x2.3 DD or EXO Maxx Terra
  • 1 0
 Surly Dirt Wizard? Haven't tried one myself, though I am 29+ curious. WTB do a 2.8 Vigilante too.
  • 1 0
 I'm a big fan of the Innova PRO Race 29 x 3.0. Looks like they've been discontinued, but still available in a few places (www.bikehighway.com/innova-pro-race-29-x-3-transformers-foldable-mtb-tire-kevlar-bead.html)

They've held up to single speed rigid riding in New England for a couple of seasons with only one pinch flat, which was because I was running a tube and hit the bottom of a sharp dip at full speed. Treads still look good though and no holes in the casings. Probably have 750 miles on them total at this point.

They roll pretty fast and break traction pretty predictably. They are however terrible in the mud, so if you ride where its really wet or muddy I'd go with the Dirt Wizards, which I found much more stable when its soft.
  • 1 1
 There's the 29" high roller in 2.3.
  • 1 0
 Man, people already complain about the yellow Maxxis on the side of their tires. How about that Michelin or limited Versus? Yikes!
  • 3 0
 Those Michelin's look super nice.
  • 1 0
 Whatever happened to Gwins Onza tire? After MSA in the rain I really wanted to try them, but then he switched to Kenda and I forgot about them.
  • 4 0
 They were practically giving the folding version away online at the end of last year. I think I got the set of two for $40. Looking online it appears the price is back up on par with the competitors. Imo it's not that great. It doesnt do anything particularly well except perhaps roll a little faster. It's kinda exactly what it is....a knock off of a good tire and it falls short. Save your time and money is my advice. At $20 per tire they made sense, at $55-$60 (worldwide still has them for $90!!!) Not really. Just my opinion.
  • 2 0
 @Trudeez: Thanks!
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 @Trudeez: I agree.
I've been running it on the back. It's been fine. Good, even considering how much mud it's seen. And yeah, I think I paid $23 for it last fall but I wouldn't opt for it at full price.
All that said, I find it doesn't matter that much to me what's on the back as long as it hold air.
  • 3 0
 I'm very excited to try out the Agarros.
  • 2 0
 Those bird-poo colored tires will match my neighbor’s Four Loco wrapped Camero.
  • 1 0
 Michelin...if you are reading this...we all want the blue/yellow logo!!! Not the plain white one....don’t be stingy mr Michelin...get it spend..
  • 2 0
 Good long term review on vitalmtb on the versus tires, hopefuly they take off and can release more model's and size's.
  • 1 0
 I remember I had a bike that came with aspens on. if you ran wide and touched wet grass you were dead before you could utter oh sh@t
  • 2 0
 where us the oil slick tyre pattern? I need it to match EVERYTHING
  • 2 0
 1900g for a Versus tire? Does it have an iridium bead and 2 lead plies?
  • 2 0
 Where is 3rd generation Schwalbe Nobby Nic?
  • 2 1
 Vital has a longterm review up of the Versus tires. They rated them 4.5 out of 5 stars, "outstanding."
  • 2 0
 I really like the looks of the Teravail. Gonna try that next.
  • 1 0
 Informative, thanks Pinkbike. I need a tire that last me more than 2 months in the south west. Halp!
  • 1 0
 Michelin DH 22 I like! Reminds me of an Intense 909 from back in the day.....
  • 1 0
 I've wanted to like gumwalls, but they always look like ass on my bike...must have to be a certain frame color? rim color?
  • 1 0
 I personally think gumwalls look best alongside classic retro paint schemes.... Think dark metallic colours, like deep purple, black, charcoal, navy blue, dark green, etc. Today’s typical gloss and matte paint schemes, with strong visual graphics and logos tend to clash too much, and look better with tires that blend in.

I don’t think rim and component colour matters too much, but gum walls tend not to have the ‘shine’ of black walled tires, and look better with polished, shiny components for contrast. Never been a fan of ‘bead blast’ finishes myself, but they definitely look weird with gumwalls.
  • 1 0
 Seen that yellow splatter one on Vital, worn in it just looks like it's been ridden through a load of rodent poop
  • 1 0
 I guess they had to add the yellow coloring on the versus to hide that it’s a minion.
  • 2 0
 6 New Off Brand Minions and some cool Michelan's
  • 2 0
 Finally a new 26" tire Michelin DH 22 26 2.40
  • 1 0
 Is there a reason Specialized are not reviewed? They have been around forever and don't mimic other designs.
  • 1 0
 Michelin still hasn't figured out what to charge for these?
  • 3 0
 they are in stock in europe.. 40-50 eur
  • 1 0
 Do a bontrager vs. Everyone review please.
  • 1 0
 The Vittoria Ardentos look nice.
  • 1 0
 Why does wtb tyres ever get reviewed? I'm a big fan
  • 1 0
 They do, but they don’t crank out new models to show off every 4 months like other companies. These aren’t reviews-they’re showing off new product.
  • 1 0
 Recon 2.4" perfekt rear tire for the summer .
  • 1 0
 Good job actually amounting these on rims for the video.
  • 1 0
 Been waiting like 3 years for these Michelin DH 34's
  • 1 0
 I've always wanted my tires to have yellow paint splashes on them. Not.
  • 1 0
 It looks like you've just rolled through a giant pile of cow dung. Instant cred
  • 2 2
 who cares - no 26" tires!
  • 3 0
 Except for the Michelin DH22’s. I was hoping with the number of 26” kids bikes coming out there might be more offerings.
  • 1 0
 We didn't say that. Check the site May 1.
  • 1 0
 Simpson splooge...
  • 2 3
 Such an amercan way to Light up a fire
  • 5 0
 You mean American and intelligent? Name a better way to start a fire when it's raining.

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