New mountain bike tires - Interbike 2013
Maxxis has a new version of the popular Ardent tire with a skinwalls. This new version will only be offered in 29×2.25in and 29×2.4in
The Ardent Race has the same tread pattern with downsized knobs; it has a 120tpi casing, tubeless-compatible bead and a 3C compound
The Ardent race combines the tread pattern of the standard Ardent with the short knobs of the Maxxis Icon for a fast rolling hardpack tire. The Ardent Race will be available in all three wheel sizes in a 2.2in volume. It will be available later this year. Price is TBD
The Maxxis Shorty is designed for downhill tracks where a fulll-on mud spike is overkill; the company also claims it performs well in very loose, blown-out conditions
The Maxxis Shorty comes in a 26×2.4in and has a claimed weight of 1200g
CST tires has a new fast rolling tread called the Patrol. It will be available in 26in and 29in sizes
The intermediate condition CST Rock Hawk will be available in 26×2.25in, 26×2.4in, 29×2.25in and 29×2.4 sizes
Schwalbe’s new Magic Mary is an all condition tire with a reinforced casing that makes it suitable of DH as well as rocky Enduro courses
Schwalbe also has the Rock Razor, which is primarily intended as a rear tire for hardpacked courses
A Magic Mary upfront and a Rock Razor in the rear looks to be a great combination of front-end bite and rear-end rolling (and skidding through turns)
Michelin has updated the Wild Rock’R 2 with an eye towards enduro racing
Wild Rock’R 2 was developed with input from French enduro racer Fabien Barel. The new tire has tightly-packed center knobs that are slightly stepped to desrease rolling resistance and chunky side knobs for cornering stability. It will be available next spring in all three wheel sizes in a 2.35in width
Michelin will offer the Wild Rock’R 2 in two compounds – a sticky, slow rebounding compound called Magi-X and a longer-wearing dual compound called Gum-X
The Michelin Wild Mud will only be offered in 650b (27.5in) and 29in diameters
The Wild Mud has stepped knobs with offset steps intended to twist under pressure to aid in mudding shedding.
The stepped knobs also make it easy to cut the knobs down when the needed for moist, but not muddy courses
Grip Studs is a new name in the bicycle industry, although the company has been selling studs for industrial applications for many years. The company offers screw-in steel studs in many different sizes
Grip Studs can be screwed in by hand or with a bit. Each stud costs approximately US$1
There were a number of new and updated mountain bike tires on display at
Interbike. Many of these new tires are offered in all three wheel sizes, 26in, 27.5in and 29in – a sign of just how quickly the 650b (27.5in) wheelsize has caught on.
A common theme among tire manufacturers for 2014 is the introduction of all-mountain tires with reinforced casings suitable for the rough and tumble world of enduro racing. Mud tires appear to be making a comeback as a result of the growing enduro race scene as well; both Michelin and Maxxis had new mud treads on display.
Click through the
gallery at right for a look at some of these new tires.