WTB Raijin Race tyre£37.00

Good grip while it lasts

BikeRadar score3/5

WTB’s wet weather cross-country tyre is a competition specialist, but its all-round lifespan is limited. The Raijin is light, fast to accelerate and agile in feel, and the widely spaced knobs offer fast clearing.

Stiff buttressing means you can still really lean it over despite the wide spacing and low centre knob height, and the decent DNA compound stops it from skating around like football boots on roots and rocks or tarmac.

The 2.1in width is generous enough to provide some float over hard edges without needing silly pressures like a thinner tyre, and the carcass is supple, so you’re not rattling on any rocky bits between the mud.

The wide spacing does make it very slow and growly on hard surfaces though, and mileage quickly takes its toll on the relatively sparse knobs. Add the high price and it’s definitely a dirt racer’s special, not a durable all-rounder.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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