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#2 out of 245 Tires
Brand: WTB
Tags: best of 2010



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Rider questions

Q: Are they tubeless ready
A: Officially, no. Can they convert? Many people have.

Q: do they come in 27.5
A: No. http://www.wtb.com/collections/27-5-tires

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  • FredCook
    *****

    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.

    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.

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    • FredCook
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      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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  • spc7669
    ****

    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.

    Pros
    Traction, cornering

    Cons
    None.

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  • KeithD42
    *****

    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.

    Pros
    Cornering
    Climbing
    Confidence inspiring

    Cons
    Nothing

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  • Matthew Bonner
    ****

    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!

    Pros
    TRACTION!
    corners well too
    LONG LASTING!

    Cons
    rolling resistance
    weight.

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  • Kelvin R
    *****

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

    Pros
    Grips on everything

    Cons
    Rolling Resistance

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  • Maldo02
    *****

    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.

    Pros
    Tough, climb well, great traction

    Cons
    Rolling resistance

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  • Mtbert
    *****

    Great for steep, rocky,muddy root filled climbs.

    Pros
    This tire grips and climbs very well.

    Cons
    Rolling resistance

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  • Luke Brammall
    ****

    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

    Pros
    great in loose, wet and or muddy trails

    Cons
    do not roll well on tarmac / smooth

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  • dtclement
    ****

    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.

    Pros
    Excellent traction, tough, great price

    Cons
    Surprisingly slow rolling.

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  • MTB Crackfox
    *****

    These tires were great. They have specific front and rear tires that complement each other. They have great traction and are like superglue on the trail. Highly recommend these if you are on some sloppy trails.

    Pros
    Awesome Grip
    Easy to Mount

    Cons
    Slower Roll

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  • heathberg23
    *****

    Highly recommended

    Pros
    These came stock on my bike and work great on the street or trails (I inflate mine slightly higher for the road and they roll easily). Not expensive to replace should you manage to destroy one - which I haven't yet. I feel very confident rain, snow or shine with these on!

    Cons
    None so far.

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  • JacksPerson
    ****

    I rode these tires for a short time hoping they'd to be like the Panaracer Smoke/Dart combo. They are not as good as the Panaracers but were not bad especially for the money. They shed mud pretty well and their grip was decent but they seemed very narrow. Overall a nice tire especially for the price, but there are better choices out there.

    Pros
    - inexpensive
    - f/r specific
    - front tire rides a line very nice
    - rear tires grip well

    Cons
    - inexpensive
    - not the Panaracer Smoke/Dart combo

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  • limetownjack
    *****

    Nothing negative to say about these tires and I would highly reccomend them to anyone.

    Pros
    Great traction, stable in the corners, easy to mount

    Cons
    none yet

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  • jaredmcvay
    *****

    Huge increase from the old Bontrager Connection Trails I was running. They were great tires, but it was time. Great grip in pine straw, leaves, sand, and rocks. Even impressive in the rain on all the above.

    Pros
    Traction
    Price - Jenson USA was the best

    Cons
    Drag in wet

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  • Rocky666
    *****

    I run these on both of my bikes. They seem to work best for me when I have them inflated between 35 and 45 psi. I've only lost traction one time with them, but to this day I still believe it was my fault not the tires fault. They stick to everything. I don't race so rolling resistance is not a factor. These tires handle any thing in PA ( rocks , rocks and more rocks with some roots thrown in) and they haven't failed yet. The only thing I haven't tried them in yet is snow ,thats coming this season, and I doubt I will have a problem with them.

    Pros
    Traction , Price , Quality , Reliability and they look cool on my bikes.

    Cons
    Haven't found any yet.

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  • atomhart
    *****

    No need to echo others reviews about this great tire. For the high rolling resistance crowd, reverse the rear tire so it runs opposite of the markings. 95% of the traction with only about 75% of the rolling resistance. Not perfect but a good improvement.

    Pros
    Traction. Price.

    Cons
    Rolling resistance

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  • Doomed
    *****

    Great grip Great durability Great tire

    Pros
    New England has alot of Depth to the trails. Meaning the trails are often covered in leaves and Pine needles. These seem to be the only tires that stick in those conditions

    Cons
    Not really wide enough. They only come in 2.10 a 2.2 or 2.3 would be nice

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  • Dahamp2003
    *****

    Quit reading this! Buy it now! Thank me later

    Pros
    Im 245 lbs. And two tires I tried out washed out all the time. Especially on wet roots. These tires will grip anything. And I mean anything. I love them. Get them. Bet u can't find one bad review. That should tell u something.

    Cons
    Maybe the front tire isn't as grippy as I thought? Still good though.

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