WTB VelociRaptor Tire Review

4.77 out of 5
Rider Questions


Q: Are they tubeless ready -Guest

A: Officially, no. Can they convert? Many people have.

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October 2, 2017
Model/Year: 2017 26x2.1

Pros: Great loose pack cornering. Great climbing traction. Inexpensive.

Cons: Softer sidewalls. Only available in 2.1 for 26"... would be nice to have a 2.2 or 2.3.

Recommendation: 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
Model/Year: 2017

Recommendation: 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'.

November 11, 2015
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Traction, cornering

Cons: None.

Recommendation: These were on the 26" bike I was given as a starter bike. They grip and corner well and I understand they are inexpensive. I do like my Minions better, but they are expensive. I would buy these again with no hesitation.

September 17, 2015
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Cornering
Confidence inspiring

Cons: Nothing

Recommendation: I have ridden these tires for years. While upgrading to new disk ready rims I got a new pair of Velociraptors from Nashbar for $23 / tire. These tires are great in every aspect of mountain biking. The only time these tires are not great is if you ride on roads, they just don't roll well on smooth surfaces. That being said, they are not made for that anyways. In the woods or on trails there are no other tire I would run.

August 26, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

corners well too

Cons: rolling resistance

Recommendation: Corey Maddocks said, " I've been riding WTB Velociraptor tires on my mountain bike because they're inexpensive and have the traction and durability of a tractor tire. Unfortunately they also have the weight and rolling resistance of a tractor tire. " If you don't care rolling resistance and weight this tire is for you!

July 27, 2015
Model/Year: 2015 Rear

Pros: Grips on everything

Cons: Rolling Resistance

Recommendation: This is the best item I have gotten for my bike will be buying the front tire soon.

July 3, 2014
Pros: Tough, climb well, great traction

Cons: Rolling resistance

Recommendation: Great tires for the price. Great tires in any condition. I still have a velociraptor on my rear & have a Maxxis Ardent 2.25 on the front.

May 7, 2014
Model/Year: rear 2.1

Pros: This tire grips and climbs very well.

Cons: Rolling resistance

Recommendation: Great for steep, rocky,muddy root filled climbs.

March 24, 2014
Model/Year: 1997 - 2013

Pros: great in loose, wet and or muddy trails

Cons: do not roll well on tarmac / smooth

Recommendation: Still one of the best mud sheding tyres you can buy and what a price!! can get three sets of these for the price of 2 tyres on any other major brand

February 25, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Excellent traction, tough, great price

Cons: Surprisingly slow rolling.

Recommendation: I read that these are heavy and slow rolling, and I didn't think that would bother me...but it did. I definitely can't complain about that for the price though. I'm still happy with my purchase after 1 full season of riding them.