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  • mbt767
    *****

    have it matched with a Racing Ray on the rear and the set is very fast while providing good traction at high speeds. So far, excellent on 29

    Pros
    Fast, tubeless, good traction in most conditions 29 inch

    Cons
    wear, tend not to hold well in wet conditions

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  • Pasleb00183
    ****

    Good ofr racing

    Pros
    Fast rolling
    Light

    Cons
    Hard take off tire from rim
    Not very grippy in wet condition

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  • PacNWMTB
    ***

    For lycra-wearing racers, this is a solid choice that will handle a variety of conditions and terrain. If you're primary interest is traction in all-mountain conditions, this is not the tire for you - there are much better options.

    Pros
    - light
    - super grippy with softer compound
    - good balance between rolling resistance and traction

    Cons
    - gets loose in wetter conditions
    - expensive
    - wears quickly

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  • triton189
    ****

    yes, for racing

    Pros
    Good traction
    Rolls fast
    Fairly light
    Snakeskin sidewalls

    Cons
    Soft rubber wears poorly

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  • Sarah Thomas
    ****

    I haven't tried it yet, but if you have these tires try going tubeless - otherwise watch out for thorns or be prepared to patch/replace your tubes a lot!

    Pros
    Light tires that are easy to mount and are capable of going tubeless.

    Cons
    I've had several flats from thorns, so they're not very puncture resistant, but I guess that goes with the lightness and could be remedied if I went tubeless.

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  • Breckenridge29er
    ****

    I swapped on a set of Racing Ralphs for my 29er and the difference is night and day. The compound seems incredibly sticky and from the first second I stepped down on the pedal it was a night and day difference from my previous Kenda Tom Nevegal tires. While both are "2.25" the profile is dramatically different and these tires are much narrower. I'm excited to get more miles in on them and hope to not encounter some of the sidewall issues I've read about on the web from other riders. I have the EVO Pacestar version.

    Pros
    Lightweight, easy to mount (tubed), incredibly fast/low rolling resistance, High Resale Value

    Cons
    Thin sidewalls

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  • Eric Foltz
    *****

    I use this as a rear tire with a Nobby Nic up front for a little extra traction. Tire works great. I've tried pretty much everything out there and keep coming back to these.

    Pros
    Very light. Tough. I've never had a problem with flats or sidewalls like some have said and I ride some pretty rocky, rough trails. Sets up TL with a hand pump.

    Cons
    Expensive. Not the longest wearing tire I've used but it is acceptable. 1000-1500 miles.

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  • random_heroL82
    *****

    I would get these again if I found the same deal. $38 a tire that were used only once over $90 new. Hell ya!

    Pros
    Lightweight, great grip in corners, easy to install, good in mud, hard back and sand. Grips rocks and dry roots

    Cons
    Feels like there is a great deal of rolling resistance on asphalt, but I usually keep them off road anyway

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  • PierreR

    In have this tire mounted on Stan's EX flow rims (wide) and on the front of my 08 S Works Stumpy FSR. I barely have clearance. The diameter is 27.75". I would buy them again.

    Pros
    Fast, even at low pressures
    Great grip on most surfaces.
    So far good wear and not flats
    sealed up great tubeless on Stans EX Flow Rims
    Doesn't load up in mud as much as I expected
    Very light, tall tire width of 2.25 runs 2.3
    Good on pavement
    Predictable

    Cons
    Will sometimes lose grip on wet roots and rocks.

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  • ***

    super fast, and good only on perfect trail conditions, slips on anything wet. sidewall is thin and gets squirmy at low pressures. came wih my rip9, not worth the cost in my opinion.

    Pros
    fast
    light

    Cons
    expensive
    thin sidewalls

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  • jtorlando25
    *****

    I like the Ralph as a front or rear tire. For the size of the tread, it rolls surprisingly fast and is grippy.

    Pros
    -Light weight
    -Fast rolling
    -Great traction

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  • treky92
    ****

    Great tire overall for racing, but I don't use it anymore due to the weakness in the sidewall. It is something you compromise when you go to such a light tire.

    Pros
    light, fast, good for racing

    Cons
    weak sidewall

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  • oneeyeredeye
    *****

    top 3 in tires mipo.

    Pros
    best rolling tire i have ever seen.as big as the nobs are it has little rolling resistance

    Cons
    pricey

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  • crash1
    *****

    I'll buy this tire again, I know it works for me. I ran one on the rear of my 26er and loved it, when it came time to roll with a 29er, I put one on the front and back. I trust them totally. Worth the extra cash so far.

    Pros
    I love the way it hooks up when cornering in some wet slick stuff. Right when you feel it's gonna slip , it hooks up and pulls you out, great front tire. I run a slightly narrower rear, and the combination works great in the soft stuff.

    Cons
    None yet, we'll see how they wear. Only a couple hundred miles on them so far

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  • jbelmont
    *****

    Buy if you're racing and can afford replacing a few a season.

    Pros
    Light tire. Grips in the wet and the dry equally. Confidence inspiring side knobs.

    Cons
    Center tread wears down quickly.

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