Ritchey SpeedMax Z-Min WCS review

The Z-Min really does take a minimalist view on tread. Add a thin-wall WCS base and a carcass that's nearer 2.1 than 2.2in and you've got a crazy light tyre for instant acceleration and smooth, connected feel.

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £45.00 RRP
Ritchey SpeedMax Z-Min WCS

Our review

Superlight, fast and grippy straight-liner but little corner grip and short lifespan
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The Z-Min really does take a minimalist view on tread. Add a thin-wall WCS base and a carcass that’s nearer 2.1 than 2.2in and you’ve got a crazy light tyre for instant acceleration and smooth, connected feel. The spaced-out, narrow-knob tread means it’s not as fast rolling on road/hardpack but it feels super-quick off road and straight-line braking/ driving grip is impressive, even on damp roots or rocks.

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There’s very little edge tread to lean on though, so corners need care.
There’s no overhang for protection against trail-side rock scuffs either, so it’s not a natural techy trail choice. The skinny tread also wears quickly if you start working it hard, which affects initially attractive pricing.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Z-Max WCS Evolution
Brand Ritchey

Bead Folding
Tyre Width Sizes Available 1.9 In 2.1 In
Weight (g) 455
Tyre Measured Width 2.1
Max PSI 60
Colour Black