WTB Raijin Race tyre £37

Good grip while it lasts

BikeRadar score 3/5

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.

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