October 2, 2017
Great loose pack cornering. Great climbing traction. Inexpensive.
Only available in 2.1 for 26"... would be nice to have a 2.2 or 2.3.
My pros and cons above are relative to tires I just pulled off (Kenda Nagaval Pro 26.2,25). Had to downsize from 2.35 due to new wider rims (a little frame rub). LBS only hat the Velociraptors in stock (in 26"). I see a lot of rolling resistance cons for the Velociraptors. Honestly, they seem to roll a little better than the Nagavals. I ran 50 lbs in the Navagals, and do the same in the Velociraptors. Both climb great, but loose pack cornering feels more stable and predictable on the Velociraptors. But on tarmac, the Velociraptors loose confidence. Only concern at this time is sidewall. The Velociraptors, although not as wide, feel soft and have noticeably more flex. I see hints of pinch flats in the near future. Time will tell. For the price though... nice tire.
October 14, 2017
This is an update to my original post. Have ridden these on more aggressive trails since with sharp rocks, loose gravel, roots, steep climbs, etc. I'm dropping from 5 stars to 4, again comparing these to Nevegals. On aggressive ridding, confidence isn't has high. The softer sidewalls gave me the feeling I was going to pinch flat at any moment. Still an awesome climbing tire, though. And still great tires considering their price point. But I did find 26" Kenda Nevegals to put back on the bike, and you kinda do get what you pay for. Just sayin'.
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