Posts Tagged ‘Tire’

Fat Tuesday – Surly Nate Tires

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Surly Nate 120 tpi Tire

The tire is the fat bike’s exclamation point, delivering its whole reason for being on a super wide, super low-pressure platter. Because the Pugsley was first imagined for life on earth’s loosest terrain, its tires — the Larry and the Endomorph — went all-in for sand and snow, featuring mega girth combined with low, flat tread patterns. But these days, fat bikes are covering all kinds of ground, venturing well beyond winter drifts. Plenty of riders are now looking for a tire that provides increased control — a true four-season, omniterra ripper. (more…)

Schwalbe Tires – Interbike 2012 (Video)

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Just a handful of years ago, Schwalbe wasn’t that well known as a major tire brand, at least not here in the States. Now it’s hard to go anywhere and not see some of their products. A large number of brands have been spec’ing them OEM and customers have been buying everything we can get our hands on. Let’s take a look at what’s new for 2013. Make sure to check out some of our other coverage from last week.


Stan’s No Tubes – Interbike 2012 (Video)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Here’s a look and a few words from the folks at Stan’s No Tubes. It’s good to hear that they’ll be supporting all wheel sizes across their entire product line. 26″, 29″ and the rapidly gaining 650b. It’s reassuring to know you can get the same wheel and performance no matter what size you run.

Studded Tires – A Need To Know

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Studded Tires on Ice For most of the country a bothersome season called winter tries to throw a wrench into training or commuting habits developed in warmer seasons past. Next to clothing, tires can be the most important key to winter riding success. Poor tire choice can not only make for an unpleasant riding experience, it can also be outright dangerous.

The most common style of winter tires are studded tires. Studded tires use steel or carbide studs that are molded into the tire casing to provide traction on ice and snow covered paths, trails, and roadways. They can vary in stud count from as few as 40 to as many as 300.

Park Tools – Interbike 2011

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Park ASW-7 Every year Park Tool seems to release tools that solve problems that not only help out the people at your local shop service your bike quickly and efficiently but also help you make repairs at home that would not be simple or some times possible without these tools.

Some of the tools such as the new AWS-7 which takes the popular park AWS-1 3-way wrench and removes the seldom used 3mm hex wrench and adds the T-25 torx bit perfect for disc rotors and some chainrings. Other tools include the updated CC-3.2 chain wear tool and the SW-5 hex shaped spoke wrench for DT Swiss Tri -Con wheels. (more…)

Tire Review: Michelin WildRac’R 29 x 2.1

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

When Michelin sent us a test pair of the WildRac’R 29 x 2.1 tires to try I was completely pumped.  It uses a re-released tread design, one that in the past always caught my eye but I never got to for various reasons.  The tread gave away that this tire would be pretty fast, wildly grippy, and could rip into corners due to angled side knobs.  What immediately impressed me was the idea of designing the rear treads to be reversed for enhanced traction in climbs.

wildracr I was stoked.  I mounted them on my wheels that night, and the next morning headed out to hit the Michigan single track.  It was early Fall, one of my favorite times to ride.  The trail was dry but not sandy, the leaves barely started falling – it made for a great day to ride.

I took to these tires quickly, though the ride was quite a bit different than I was used to – 29 x 2.1 Kenda Small Block 8’s.  The Small Blocks are a really low profile, fast rolling tire with tightly spaced knobs that can lose it in corners and sand if you’re not careful.  With that in mind, here is my rundown on the Michelin WildRac’R tires after a good couple months of Fall riding.


The tread design of these tires makes for both decent speed and traction.  A lower tread profile and closely spaced knobs allow the tire to roll pretty quickly, while the angled side knobs provide great cornering abilities.  These tires are not wildly fast or wildly grippy; they have a great combination of both, and the strength of the WildRac’R is the blend it provides.

I was really impressed with the cornering.  The angled side knobs, coupled with the wider footprint of 29er tires and a lower PSI, provided for great confidence hitting corners at speed.  I’m generally a pretty wimpy rider as far as taking risks and pushing the limits, but the traction provided by these tires had me experimenting with how fast and how hard I could lean into corners – and it was definitely more than something like the Kenda Small Block 8’s would allow. (more…)