Review: E*Thirteen's New Grappler Tire

Jun 8, 2022 at 23:21
by Mike Kazimer  

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the designers behind the Maxxis Assegai must be positively blushing at this point due to the number of similar-looking tires that have been hitting the market in recent months. Of course, there are only so many ways to design a tread pattern, and a tire's casing construction and rubber compound also have a huge impact on its performance. How does that other saying go? If it ain't broke, don't fix it?

Cliched phrases aside, e*thirteen are joining the party with the new Grappler, which is aimed at enduro and DH riders looking for high levels of traction in steep terrain, especially when conditions are loose or wet.

Grappler Details

Wheel Sizes: 29", 27.5"
Width: 2.5"
Casings: Enduro & DH
Compound: MoPo or Endurance
Weight: 1245 grams (29", Enduro casing, MoPo compound)
Price: $69.95 USD
More info: ethirteen.com
It's available in a 2.5” width for 27.5” or 29” wheels in either a DH or an Enduro casing, and with either e*thirteen's super-sticky MoPo compound or a firmer 'Endurance' compound. It's great to see that both rubber options are available in either casing – too often the sticky rubber is reserved for the DH tires, or the longer lasting rubber ends up only being available for the non-DH tires.

I've been testing a 29” Grappler with the enduro casing and MoPo rubber, a configuration that weighed 1245 grams on my scale, just slightly more than the claimed weight of 1225 grams.



DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

The Grappler's tread pattern consists of a row of three or two center knobs paired with large rectangular side knobs. Those side knobs are siped at an angle, which decrease the stiffness slightly so that they can dig in for traction, especially while cornering. Additional siping is found on the center knobs, where it's intended to help increase braking traction by allowing the rubber to flex more than it would if it were just a solid rectangle or square.

As the story goes, e*thirteen's MoPo rubber compound was originally developed for competitors in Thailand's underground moped drag racing scene. It's a slow rebounding, 42 durometer rubber that's used across the entire tread for maximum grip. The Endurance rubber uses a 56 durometer rubber at the center knobs, and a 50 durometer rubber on the side knobs for a longer-lasting tread.

The DH version of the Grappler uses a 2-ply 72 TPI casing with e*thirteen's Apex DH inserts at the sidewall to help prevent pinch flats. A 2-ply 120 TPI casing is used for the Enduro version, with an Apex EN insert for sidewall protection.



INSTALLATION

Installation didn't pose any unexpected hassles – the tire popped right into place, no swearing or frantic pumping required. However, once inflated it didn't quite measure up to the 2.5” width printed on the sidewall. Even after giving it plenty of time to grow it still measured 2.4” at the widest part of the tread when mounted on a rim with a 30mm inner width.

I typically ran between 20 – 22 psi depending on conditions, which tended to be on the softer and wetter side of things.

TRACTION & CORNERING

The Grappler's MoPo rubber works as advertised, delivering predictable grip even on slimy roots and rain-soaked rocks. For how sticky it is I didn't find the rolling resistance to be a hindrance when climbing or on flatter bits of trail, although it's worth noting that I do typically run a front tire with as soft of a rubber compound as I can find, so I'm used to the speed that the lower durometer rubber provides (or doesn't). The knobs have enough flex to keep from getting pinballed around too much at slower speeds while retaining enough support for cornering.

The Grappler's profile is slightly more squared off than the Assegai due to the position of the side knobs, but that's more down to the variation in width, since the Assegai measures a true 2.5”. The Assegai does seem to provide a little more room for error – I found it easier to correct a line choice mistake with the Assegai. At times the Grappler had more of an on / off feel during quick direction changes, although it's a fairly subtle difference.

The Grappler excelled on the steeper, loose terrain that it was designed for, with good traction under heavy braking, and decent mud-shedding capabilities. It will pack up if conditions get especially dire, but it takes pretty sticky, wet mud for that to happen.



DURABILITY

Not surprisingly, the soft, slow rebounding rubber isn't particularly long lasting. All of the knobs have remained in place so far, but there are chunks missing from a few of them, and the square edges are starting to lose their sharpness. The wear rate seems quicker than with Maxxis' MaxxGrip rubber, and while it's hard to say without riding the exact same trail the exact number of miles, when comparing the Grappler to a MaxxGrip Assegai that I've had in my rotation for a longer period of time there's less visible wear and fewer pockmarks in the tread on the Maxxis.

PRICE & WEIGHT

The Grappler's $69.95 price tag is on the more reasonable end of the spectrum; it's $20 - $30 less expensive than comparable options from companies like Schwalbe, Michelin, or Maxxis. The weight is in line with this style of tire – it's within 40 grams of a DoubleDown Maxxis Assegai, or a Super Trail Schwalbe Magic Mary.

Can you spot the differences? That's the Grappler on the left, and a Maxxis Assegai on the right.




Pros

+ MoPo rubber provides lots of traction
+ Predictable handling as a front or rear tire

Cons

- Not as wide as advertised
- Rubber wears quickly (but there is a longer lasting version available)





Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesI'm a big fan of the fact that the Grappler is offered in configurations that make sense. Riders in rockier, drier terrain will be better served by the Endurance version, and riders who want the most traction possible will want to go with the MoPro rubber. Having just one width to choose from simplifies things even further, although I do with that it measured true to size. Still, if you're in the market for a grippy, 2.4" tire that isn't exorbitantly priced, the Grappler is a worthy candidate.
Mike Kazimer








115 Comments

  • 123 20
 "rubber wears quickly"

nice to see e13 commiting to their ethos of making things that fall apart much sooner than you'd expect!
  • 34 6
 While visually it may seem to be the case, the MoPo rubber keeps on sticking. Definitely a good compound and those can be found for super cheap compared to anything else that offers similar performance. If you pay 50% less for a tire that performs the same but wears 20% faster you are still at a win.
  • 3 4
 @Balgaroth: Thats a good point i wore MoPo tires down to the point where they should not grip anymore (also the threadheigth of the recent LG1 is kinda low). To my surprise they still grip fine even in sloppy conditions. The only bad thing about e13 tires i have to say, is that all the center knobs of my LG 1 Race on the rear a ripped straight through in the middle. I have not heard of such a failure before, so i guess its a one off, still a bummer.
  • 17 4
 Their wheels have to be the worst offenders of this. Don’t even think about riding their aluminum rims on anything but pavement, because if they so much as touch dirt they’ll explode.
  • 5 0
 @TheSlayer99: Their tires are made by Vee so they should be at least ok, they have basically nothing to do with other e 13 stuff.
  • 8 9
 @TheSlayer99: I am using their DH rim for Enduro and Bike Park with no problem at all, they are definitely not more disposable than any other alu rims I ride, that is if laced properly but that's true for any rim.
  • 5 1
 @Balgaroth: There’s a reason they don’t sponsor any enduro teams, and all their sponsored dh teams (intense, yt, mondraker) ride their carbon rims. I personally went through 4 of their old enduro rims (which were the same as their dh rims but with less spoke holes) in one season, mostly on my local trails, running Cush cores, dh tires and nearly 30 psi. If this is what the average rider is doing to their rims I couldn’t imagine what World Cup guys would do. And if I was a World Cup mechanic, I wouldn’t want to spend all my time at races lacing wheels either.
  • 4 2
 @conoat You have free will to buy something different.
  • 3 0
 @TheSlayer99: You are therimslayer99!
  • 7 1
 @TheSlayer99: Whoa whoa whoa, don't forget their cassettes with the biggest cog made from kleenex and spit!
  • 4 3
 I've been running the LG1 EN Mopo tire for over a year and traction was better AND it lasted longer than my last Maxxis DHR2 MaxxGrip. I bet if Kaz really did his homework he'd see the same...That and my last 2 Maxxis were wobbly so I'm done with Maxxis. Schwalbe and e13 for me, and e13 is now a nice chunk cheaper....Stoked to grab a Grappler for the front of my new rig.
  • 2 4
 @TheSlayer99: Depends on the Rim. Their low end "Base" stuff wasn't great, but their higher end Plus rims (better aluminum and welded) have been bomb proof on 2 of my friend's bikes. Lasted longer than the DT rims and WTB they had on previously....
  • 1 0
 @Marky771: I'm interested to know what you mean by "wobbly." Do you mean that they didn't seat properly in your rim? Or that the tread itself was misaligned? Please explain.
  • 2 1
 @TheSlayer99: David Trummer has been riding and racing their alloy rims extensively this and last season. Most sponsors want their racers on their halo products so the race teams running carbon is no surprise. Not to mention the carbon rims are really good.
  • 2 0
 @Marky771: Agreed. Claiming fast wear but then not providing milage associated with that wear is a bummer. Ive got a couple buddies who are blowing thru assagai with knob tearing issues and fast wear.
  • 1 0
 @adamszymkowicz: Maxxis have a reputation for the tyre to have a wobble even when seated correctly on the rim at a glance you think your wheel needs truing up but its the tyre out of shape , the white painted OEM ones seem to be worse .
  • 3 1
 @Marky771: I've only ridden their plus rims, and I've broken 6 of them to the point where they are completely unusable. 1 of them failed pretty catastrophically and made the front page of Pinkbike. (www.pinkbike.com/u/Eastern-States-Cup/blog/video-and-race-report-maxxis-esc-enduro-1-diamond-hill-ri.html) I watched a buddy a few weeks ago have the spokes on a plus wheel literally explode, then bend the spoke holes of the rim making it unusable on a 2 foot drop. I have yet to talk to anyone who has had a positive experience with their plus model aluminum wheels.
  • 1 0
 @DubC: With lifetime warranty on almost every carbon rim sold its pretty hard to buy a bad set of carbon hoops. Looking back at bike checks, David Trummer was riding their most current dh rims, which are 40g heavier than their old ones that were just their enduro rims rebranded, and that gives me hope for their durability. However their aluminum enduro rims look even worse than before. Their old enduro rims were god awful, and now they've made them lighter.
  • 1 0
 @adamszymkowicz: The seated properly but has a pronounced wobble when rolling...Google "Maxxis wobble" and see for yourself. LOTS of info.....
  • 4 1
 my exploded carbon e13 cranks agree
  • 1 0
 @Vinnijussi: not entirely true. E13 enginerds still decide the compound, casing, materials etc. Vee just builds them to order and doesn't really have anything to do with the tire design.
  • 1 0
 @Marky771: You know, I'd never really put any thought to it before, but I've totally had that happen. Not recently, though. I feel like the last time I had that unexplainable wobble was a few years ago at least.
  • 1 0
 @Marky771: Do they use a higher grade aluminum on the + rims? My LG1 DHs came apart at the seams in a very short time, but were also way too soft a grade of aluminum. I change everything to EX511 pretty quick and have a spare on hand, they take a beating.
  • 1 0
 @wildcatwilly: They use the 6069 grade aluminum on the plus rims compared to 6061 on the base. Their last generation of rims just weren't designed to be anything but expensive and comically oversized paperweights.
  • 1 0
 @TheSlayer99: Crazy to hear that... I've had the original E13s on my 2018 Jeffsy and I have not had a single issue -in SoCal harsh trails. Maybe I got lucky or I'm not that aggressive. Sorry to hear about your experience...
  • 1 0
 @ticoslayer: I’m more shocked you’ve been running those rims for so long. I have yet to talk to anyone, mechanics or otherwise, who has see ethirteen wheels that aren’t square blocks.
  • 1 0
 @TheSlayer99: Maybe I just got totally lucky. Also, I'm 158 lbs and not a big jumper, I hit lots of rocky tech trails with high speed or steep sections where I would have expected major damage. So far, nada...
  • 55 4
 Is anyone else loving the fact that there's an underground moped drag racing scene in Thailand?
  • 11 0
 That and the turbo Longtail drag boats...
  • 19 0
 'Thailand's underground moped drag racing scene' IS CRIMINALLY UNDER-COVERED
  • 15 1
 Wouldn't be underground then would it?
  • 1 1
 Found the mopedophile

@justinfoil: I blame the tech editor. The hooks in Grappler center-tread ought to have an attributable effect
  • 22 8
 Let's start moaning about tire prices. Any decent tire (good sidewall + rubber) is an equivalent of $75 where I live. Recently, I bought quite decent Nokian tyres for my car and they were actually cheaper! Last week I bought a DT E532 rim and ... it was cheaper then a Maxxiss DHR II in 3C ...
  • 23 22
 Your Nokian tyres and not racing tyres or high end tyres. Check some racing or proper offroad tyre prices for cars then come back.
  • 12 6
 Kup Continental (np. Kryptotal jest w bikecenter . pl). 10 razy lepsza guma niż gówniany Maxxis. Przyczepność podobna (czyli bardzo dobra), a zużycie 10 razy wolniejsze. Klocki się nie odrywają i tak dalej. Ja jestem zachwycony. No i ostatnio każdy Maxxis jaki kupiłem (kupuję nie tylko dla siebie) był krzywy. Continental to kompletnie inna jakość. Jedyna wada to to, że strasznie te gumy śmierdzą i ciężko rower w mieszkaniu trzymać. W PL 60EUR. W DE 45EUR. Jest sporo sklepów w DE które Ci to wyślą do Polski.
  • 11 15
flag mb23 (Jun 9, 2022 at 0:39) (Below Threshold)
 Economies of scale I guess Mate everything is expensive these days, stop doing skids
  • 6 16
flag DG370 (Jun 9, 2022 at 1:22) (Below Threshold)
 Also supply and demand, bet they make 1000x times more of them car tyres than MTB ones.
  • 10 0
 Take a look at the new contis. They are already less than 60 euros in the dh supersoft versions and less than 50 euros in the enduro versions. And bike components should be able to send them to poland
  • 4 12
flag kirat (Jun 9, 2022 at 3:30) (Below Threshold)
 @tonit91: I would agree normally with this observation, but it happens that for tyres, racing compounds are much simpler and cheap than the technology in the rubbers made for everyday use in cars. This is said by an tyre engineer working in the development department. He told me that the research and mix of compunds to achieve a balance of capabilites for different situations, good durability, etc. in street tyres is immense compared to the tyres used for much more specific purposes in racing
  • 6 6
 @lkubica I'm always surprised when people say they replace their tires every few months. I ride ~2300 miles a year in very rocky terrain and certainly don't ever replace a tire in less than a year. While tire prices have gone up, I don't find issue with spending $80 a decent tire that lasts. I get more annoyed when I have tires that are supposed to be extra tough get rips/tears as often as regular casing tires!
  • 2 0
 You guys gotta check out Specialized's sale section. I just got some Ground Controls delivered yesterday, $20 for the pair.
  • 2 0
 @tonit91: My S-04 was $120. That tire will last longer and has some actual R&D behind it, not a mild change in feel that barely lasts.
  • 1 0
 @kirat: Even if that is true there is still economy of scale and I don't know if it is or not. I guarantee Hoosier sells a lot fewer tires then Goodyear. And I guarantee Goodyear sells a lot fewer racing slicks then road tires.
  • 1 0
 Your passenger car is the department store bike level of automobiles, take it to pro level race conditions and it will be a coin toss on which piece blows up first.
  • 11 0
 Grappler by the p….
  • 15 0
 ...resta valve?! #MakeSidewallsGreatAgain
  • 2 0
 Asse-Grappler?
  • 6 0
 I thought Maxxis Double Down was the equivalent of Schwalbe Super Gravity. Is Super trail as tough as DD? or is it just similar weight but weaker?

Also I agree with the difficulty to find hard compound in tough casing. Does anybody know good options for a rear tyre that will keep all its knobs for one DH season?
Currently running Schwalbe bike park, the "addix bike park" is not bad at lasts a while, but the casing has wire bead and weighs a ton. Super Gravity/addix bike park would be perfect...
  • 2 0
 I had hoped the super trail would be comparably tough compared to DD but haven't found that to be the case
  • 2 0
 Haven't ridden any Maxxis DD yet but I was pleasantly surprised by the durability of Super Trail (29x2.4 Big Betty). Lots of sharp rocky trails ridden, approx 93 kgs with gear, Stans race sealant + Peppis tire noodle rokkline installed - for this kind of casing it has pretty damn good puncture resistance. Can't wait to try out the Super gravity casing.

I assume if you're roosting corners the tire might squirm. Isn't a problem for me though because I don't know how to do it. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @Bobadeebob: Check WTB's "fast rolling" options, of which even the "light" versions are heavier than DD. Also the "bike park" versions of the Magic Mary. Cheap, fast, sturdy, and quite grippy enough, just not the "soft rubber" kind of grip. And this is a 1500 gr. tire in 29".
  • 3 0
 @DavidGuerra: +1 for WTB Fast Tough for rear tyres. They also do 2.3s if you like skinnier meats.
  • 1 0
 supertrail with cushcore has been very durable and bombproof for me (big betty). michelin dh34 bike park edition is probably the best one.. it's supposedly as grippy as michelin's Wil Enduro GUM X..
  • 2 0
 @Lagr1980: yeah that dh34 bikepark is good and pretty cheap. But it is not a full dh casing.
  • 1 1
 Minion DHF DH DC TR WT 29 2.5 - I'm in the third season with it in the rear.
  • 1 0
 @Lagr1980: +1, running MM SuperTrail soft with cush core front and rear, works good so far
  • 1 0
 Michelin DH34 bike park : almost tried that. Ordered a Magi-x for the front, but a hard bike park edition arrived, and my MM bike park was already filling the rear end duties. Currently hardly any Michelin stock in Europe, whereas the Schwalbes can fe found at 25€.
I suspect that DH34 bike park is very similar but 300g lighter, a bit narrower and a bit weaker.

@MartinDeb I can't roost anything either, but Super Gravity has been excellent for me (protection and damping), really seems like DH level.

@DavidGuerra : I see only 60€ trail boss and vigilante. Expensive and I know at least that Vigilante knobs tend to fold too easily with my riding, trail boss also seems less big knobbed than a MM.

@cxfahrer oh thanks I didn't know that existed! At first glance, the very few places it can be found, are out of stock though
  • 1 0
 @Uuno: www.jensonusa.com/Maxxis-Minion-DHF-29-2-Ply-DH-Tire (I found mine in bikemarkt used like new)
  • 1 0
 @Uuno Vittoria Mazza 2.4 Enduro rolls fast and lasts a very long time.
  • 1 0
 @cxfahrer I have 60$+40$ shipping so not this time Wink but will keep an open eye on that model

@MegaStoke lasts long even in the rear for bike park laps? anyway, I was thinking of trying that one when it's back in stock as a front
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: Well, the 2.4 Trail Boss I have is more like a 2.3. Don't know if their sizing is also inconsistent within their own products.
  • 1 0
 E thirteen also has some suitable options, for instance the LG1 Plus A/T Enduro Gen3 (LG1 en+ dual ply 2.4) has what looks like some pretty durable rubber and weighs 1221 gr. And I'm not sure if there isn't a more reinforced version with that rubber.
  • 2 0
 @Uuno: I’ve been very impressed with the life (and performance) I’ve gotten out of Mazzas. If you’re really worried about it, their “ebike” e-Mazzas are a slightly firmer compound that is supposed to roll faster and last longer.
  • 2 0
 @DavidGuerra: I run a 2.25 HT TB.
  • 1 0
 The new contis have the soft (instead of super soft) option available in DH casing for all of their tread patterns
  • 7 1
 I have been running e13 tires for a couple of years now, I really do find them to be superior for traction to maxxis. They may not last as long, but I definitely appreciate the performance and traction. I’ve been running this Grapplerfor about 2 months, I love it.
  • 14 9
 "rubber wears quickly" Sure, but it's a half assed review Mike, without any mention of how many km's were put on them.
I remember another "long term" tire review by someone else here a few years back, where a tire was praised for being relatively durable for a soft compound. If one had actually bothered to read that article, it turned out that they had pretty much worn out after only 80 km. Fine for a race day tire, maybe, but not for most of us.
  • 5 0
 Agree with @aka-bigsteve on this. Really disappointingly incomplete review from Kaz. He normally does an outstanding job with his reviews.
  • 7 0
 Dang, tough crowd. I don't typically include specific mileage amounts in tire reviews because 100 miles on my local trails will be much different than 100 miles somewhere like Moab or Finale Ligure. Rocky, gravely trails wear out tires a lot quicker than ones made up of softer soil and roots. For this particular test, the conditions were especially soft thanks to a really wet spring. That's why I mentioned what seemed like a rather quick wear rate - the rounded knobs and pockmarking would likely be much more pronounced somewhere drier and rockier.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: you should be required to ride the same 2km loop 100 times alternating laps between the test tire and Mike bear's reference tire. It goes without saying on the same identical bikes in the same identical kit and adding or removing lead from your fanny pack to always have the same riding weight. Results need to be in a table and article, no YouTube video first. All that and the comment section will only complain that you did in on the wrong compound or casing or size to be useful to them.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: No hard feelings, just hoping to offer some constructive feedback while acknowledging all the great work you've done in the past.
  • 5 0
 I know it's not cool to like Specialized, but their Butcher, Eliminator and Purgatory tires in T7/T9 are on par with Maxxis MaxxTerra/MaxxGrip in terms of grip and durability, and are routinely $10-15 cheaper (putting them comparable in price with E*thirteen). They're awesome. E*thirteen has been on a looooooong kick of making crap that looks cool and falls apart fast. I think they're aiming to become the Crankbrothers of the 2020's.
  • 7 0
 E13 Grappler Enduro MoPo (42a) 1225g, $69.95
Delium Rugged Reinforced (42a/50a) 1220g, $55
  • 2 0
 By the way, I really like this tread design with the gumball compound, but I'm not buying it because I like front tires with some volume. Don't @ me about WC DH tire widths
  • 5 1
 The gorilla in the corner: the entire wheel/tire paradigm is a sh@t show of wonky voodoo that effects ride quality almost more than any one aspect of our bikes. Tire pressure, tread pattern, sidewalls, compound, sealant, inserts, rim width, rim material, spoke compliance, spoke material, unsprung weight, etc... So many variables that there is literally no way to properly quantify any of it. And yea, it all directly effects the actual fork/shock, fighting against, contributing to, etc... Only real way to deal with any of this is an actual telemetry setup for your particular preferred setup, which virtually none of us has access to. So we just convince ourselves all is well with our bikes, which I guess may be fine for most.

Of course, then there is actual on-the-trail user friendliness. Tubeless setups are a total crap shoot for trailside repairs. Maybe you can just shove in a plug and ride on. Maybe your tire came off the bead and you waste a CO2 and then are SOL unless you carry a tube, and then why did you have more weight in sealant in the first place? Here, add some dirt to that sealant to create a nice Slushie of abrasive crap in your tire. Just a total nightmare, all of it, and we all just happily look away hoping it doesn't effect us.

Some years ago, dropper posts came, and it was like "how did we ever not have this!". Same for 1X. Sooner or later, somebody is going to solve for this, and make mad bank.
  • 7 0
 I haven't flatted in 7 years, so I'm going to stick with my normal tubeless setup and DH tires.
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: Careful there. Pride goeth before a flat. Wink
  • 2 0
 @Chuckolicious:

Agreed but I have tempted fate with similar remarks over the years.

Another favorite is " If there is a god, i dare him or her to strike me down now as i stand here"

oh shiii
  • 6 0
 Minion side knobs on the centre,looks like a Maxxis jig saw puzzle put together wrong
  • 8 1
 How do all the reviews not compare them to the mike bear tires?
  • 2 0
 Love the Grappler. Had the chance to ride it already in very muddy and wet and it's exaclty this:

"The Assegai does seem to provide a little more room for error – I found it easier to correct a line choice mistake with the Assegai."

why I love it. The Grappler sticks to wherever you aim it too, which gives me a personal level of confidence I am exactly missing on the Assegai.

On the "wear side"..Can't comment yet..guess it's just been to muddy to loose any rubber on as low as 18 psi.
  • 3 0
 considering maxxis is the cheapest option in south east asia and pretty much every other tire is like 50% more expensive, its hard to switch to these other brands
  • 3 0
 I'm glad you gave it time grow. There's too much judgement of size at the start. Then again, it's not a good look to exaggerate how big it's gonna get
  • 1 0
 I was sad to see their trail line go away but reading the reviews and having been on their tires since 2018, I am actually excited to throw on one of these new grapplers when the current ones are ready for replacement. MoPo in Front and Enduro on the back has been a great combination. Happy summer everyone!
  • 1 0
 After reading so many bad comments on e13 I was scared of purchasing this tire, even though it has good reviews on line. It was the only 29 tire available in a non DH case, non paper side wall with what it seemed to have a good compound in my country. Pretty lucky I guess. I really liked it. The mopo compound is very sticky but rolls decently (maybe that’s a thread feature). The Enduro casing is very supple. First time riding something different other than my DHF-Assegai/DHR2 combo. You guys should give them a try.
  • 8 7
 E13 components are probably the worst that I've seen in my life. The tires looked made out of plastic. Never ever again will buy a bike with E13 components
  • 1 0
 E13 tires are the most gummibearish tires out there, kenda 8 block is plastic e13 mopo is the opposite.
  • 2 0
 Even after giving it plenty of time to grow it only measured 2.4” at the widest. I feel you bro
  • 1 0
 Speaking of imitation, who named their product first--E13 with the new Grappler tire, or Surly with the new Ghost Grappler bike?
  • 12 10
 You could argue that the Assegai was inspired by Magic Mary.
  • 2 1
 Maxxis must be proud of their tire designs while everyone copies their tires
  • 1 0
 I been testing them for a couple months and I got to say 5 star all the way .
  • 2 0
 Looks like a tire.
  • 1 1
 Greg is angry and coming after E13 for a host of intellectual property infringements.
  • 1 0
 I do with it methered 2.5 ath well
  • 2 3
 E13 tyres have to be the worst quality I’ve come across. Even worse than maxxis. Every single one has a massive wobble in the casing, sidewalls leaks, burping etc.
  • 1 0
 I had better luck even with the lighter ones, no punctures, no wobble, no pressure loss. I did puncture the most reinforced one even with an insert, but it held fine with a plug until the end of optimum grip lifetime. But regarding wobble and pressure loss I've been lucky with e*13.
  • 1 0
 E13 was previously made in the Maxxis/ Chin factory. I’ve had great luck with the Vee made ones.
  • 5 8
 Assegai has 3 distinct rows of knobs. This has 2. Many other tires have had 3 column, or wide 2 column, rows. It's not like any Assegai anymore than a ton of other tires are. You guys really need to expand your tire comparison bank.
  • 1 0
 Assegai vibes at a glance, but the only shared feature is the large center knob paired with small intermediates, and it's still not done quite the same here. Everything else is different and dare I say unique?

I don't blame Mike though, as I can't think of a more vaguely similar tire. We're wired to compare stuff, and you only have to look at it for half a second to know what the comments will be.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: The comments are fueled by those lazy and inaccurate comparisons, though. Also, who cares how it looks? Does it ride like an Assegai? Not really, according to this review. Kinda proves how silly a bad visual comparison is.
  • 1 0
 The latest Vee rubber tire made exclusively for e13
  • 2 1
 $70 is not "reasonable" for a tire.
  • 2 0
 AsseGrappler Smile
  • 1 0
 Will never run an e-13 tire again... terrible experiences.
  • 1 0
 The Grappler is basically a worn Assegai tire Smile
  • 2 3
 Sounds like Mike was mostly grappling with how badly he missed his Assegai during the test period.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a M-assegai
  • 1 1
 Are any MTB tires made in the USA? Will pay more.
  • 1 0
 No, don't think so
  • 1 0
 Unfortunately no strong american tires that can make MTB tremendous. Just a bunch of Kung fu tires. Weak if you ask me. Check back in 2024, every state will have its option to make their own tires. Until then, we'll have to wait and see what happens.
  • 3 6
 E-Thirteen tires are garbage - if you can get one to seal up with less than a gallon of sealant I'll eat it.
  • 7 0
 There must be something wrong with your rim. They seal just as well as Maxxis or Schwalbe.
  • 1 0
 I've got 6 tires among me and my friends that sealed up great with a small bottle of sealant. When they wear out I'll send them to you to chow down on....





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