Ritchey Z-Max WCS Evolution 2.1in review
One of the oldest tyre designs around reworked with the latest technology to give this rapid retro rubber contemporary performance.
The multi-faceted Z-Max tread has been opened up and lowered slightly making it low on bite through ‘Slurry Alley’, but it slides and smears rather than letting go completely. Wider spacing makes it fast clearing even in the claggy sections though. Dual compound rubber gives extra stickiness on the shoulders letting you corner more aggressively than you’d expect from its mildly skittery, slippery straight line character. It needed a bit of nursing through ‘Wet Wood’, but it picks up speed really quickly on drier harder sections and this will be a cracking loose trails summer tyre. Despite its 2.1in label it only blows up to a 1.8in size in practice. This meant we had to really back off through ‘Rocky Horror’ after we blew a tube and bust a wheel on our fi rst run. As long as you treat it as a fast, skinny tyre you’ll be okay – until you see the price.