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WTB Velociraptor Comp 26" Tire

Item #: TI300A00
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WTB Velociraptor Comp 26" Tire

The WTB VelociRaptors features exceptional front steering control, while the rear grabs the trail helping you get up that killer climb, helping to make this a tire combo that is great in wet to dry and loose to rough trail conditions.

26"
  • Bead
    • Comp: Steel bead
  • Weight 
    • Comp Front: 795 g
    • Comp Rear: 795 g

4.6 / 5.0
34 Reviews
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Great tire
I bike trails around town and some mountain trails in the high country. Seems to do well on both. I have no complaints. A great tire at a reasonable price.

PROS: Versatile

CONS: None yet
October 1, 2013
Location:
Denver, CO
Great all around tire
This tire is the best i have ever used. Just a great tire for all your mtb needs.

PROS: Rugged, Good Traction, Good Cushioning

BEST USES: Single Track, Free Riding, Cross Country, Casual Trails
September 11, 2013
Location:
New Jersey shore
I have been riding...
I have been riding Velociraptor tires for at least 12 years. I have tried countless other tires but I always return to this front, rear setup. I am 6'3" tall and at 225lbs I need an aggressive tread for the dry pack dirt that is the norm along the Wasatch front. I just installed my 22nd (give or take 2 or 3) pair of Velociraptors and when that back tire digs in and the front tires hooks up I realize why I keep buying what I consider to be the best tire ever for my bikes.
October 3, 2010
Location:
Longmont, Co United States
Awesome Tire
Great tire at a great price. The traction these tires give you is there greatest asset. They are a heavy tire but if you are in rough terrain than its worth it for the traction

PROS: Good Traction, Puncture Resistant, Rugged

CONS: Heavy bulky
March 30, 2012
Location:
Gainesville, Fl
Bullet proof tire,...
Bullet proof tire, great for climbing and abuse on rocks. Not intended for the street at all, except for laughs when your mountain bike sounds like a truck humming down the street with mud tires. The rolling resistance is poor, but I don't race so I don't care. Last fairly long if you keep them on the dirt, pavement wears them down exponentially. first time install inflate to about 50 psi and ride around on the street to get them to seat properly.
February 3, 2011
Location:
Payson, Ut United States
Great all around tire
I installed this tire easily on my commuter/trail bike, no tire levers needed..
This tire has performed well in mixed conditions and still works well on pavement. I have the WTB paired with a Kenda Kenetics 2.3 front tire and the combination has worked out great for my style of riding and use.

PROS: Rugged, Good Traction, Versatile, Puncture Resistant

BEST USES: Casual Trails, Cross Country, Single Track
June 27, 2013
Location:
Morro Bay, CA
Great except for the rock tossing
I ride mostly in the hills surrounding the SF Bay area. Since I have only had the tires for a few weeks and it's the middle of Fall with no rain of consequence yet, the ground is still super dry and hard, or occasional deep dust pockets, normal for this area at this time of year. The tires have performed very well so far, great traction on climbs, stable on the downhill even in loose gravel. Swervy in dust pockets though, pretty much the same as all other tires I have ridden before. Apparently nothing can handle several inches deep of sand or dust without fishtailing all over the place. That's ok, I don't expect miracles from any tire in deep dust, the physics for good traction just isn't there.

But the mud will be coming soon and it remains to be seen how they handle that. No tire that I've tried so far has done very well in the mud because it's mostly very sticky clay and usually builds up rapidly like a snowball rolling down hill until it jams around the brake pads (V type) and forks and locks the tires up cold. I have to carry a putty knife in the winter and have had to dig and scrape my way free every few minutes in some really bad places.

The reason I'm so concerned about mud is because the Velociraptors are doing something unusual that I haven't seen in any tire before. The knobs are so big that the canyons between them are frequently picking up rocks and chucking them hard into my chain, chainring and derailleurs. The sound of it isn't pretty and I'm sure it's not doing the bike components any good. If they grab onto rocks so well, I'm concerned that they might be even worse than all the others about mud accumulation.

These replaced a well-worn set of Nanoraptors, and I loved those. They had a high central bead that made them look like a bad choice for mountain trails, but they were the best handling tires I have ever had, particularly in about 1/2 inch loose gravel. That's about the size the Velociraptors latch onto, but the Nanoraptors never chucked a single rock that I can remember. The only trouble with the Nanoraptors was that one of them developed a separation in the innermost layer, and since the weave is at an angle relative to the tire, it formed a big lopsided bubble following the line of the weave. It quickly grew to the point where it was rubbing on the brake pads and fork, but fortunately I was able to finish that last ride on them before it exploded. I even had to let some air out to get the bubble down small enough to get by.

Then I replace the Nanoraptors temporarily with a very very old set of Piranha Pros while I shopped around looking for a good deal on some new tires. The Piranha Pros had been sitting on the wall in the garage for such a long time that the rubber had begun to decompose. I didn't realize it at first, but numerous knobs started to break off on each ride. So I quickly replaced them with the Velociraptors before they crumbled completely and exploded.

You're probably wondering about now, why didn't I just buy another set of Nanoraptors then? Because the price on them has skyrocketed. I bought the Nanoraptors in 2009 for just $7.99 each from Performance in a super on-line sale. Your read me right, just 16 bucks for 2 new tires, and the best I have ever ridden. Performance doesn't sell them anymore, and everyone else who does wants about $35 to $40 apiece for them. Insane considering what I paid for them just 4 years ago. So based on good reviews and a much better price, I decided to try the Velociraptors instead.

So all things considered, the Velociraptors are orders of magnitude better what I was risking my life on before, at least in the condition that the old tires were in. I would give them a 5 star except for the annoying rock chucking, and that's why I reduced it to 4.

PROS: Rugged, Good Traction

BEST USES: Casual Trails, Downhill, Single Track
November 4, 2013
Location:
San Jose, CA
Great Tire for value!
Tire is very good for the price and eats up climbs. Wish it came in a wider size however as it seems to be just that little bit too thin for my taste.
I didnt have to much trust in my cornering before i got these, now im all about it. Get these tires.

PROS: Good Traction, Puncture Resistant, Beefy, Rugged

CONS: Road Resistance, Too Thin

BEST USES: Cross Country, Single Track, Downhill
August 23, 2013
Location:
Morristown NJ
Great for the price.
Nice tires, good grip and value.

PROS: Good Traction, Value
October 27, 2012
Location:
Corona, CA
Best Colorado Mountain Tire
Multi-use trails in and around the Rockies

PROS: Versatile, Rugged

CONS: Heavy bulky
July 2, 2012
Location:
Estes Park, Colorado

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