Onza Rip/Rail Older Tires

DESCRIPTION

Rip/Rail Kevlar

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 13, 2001]
V Vaughan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

1.Low rolling resistance
2.Super Fast
3.3 years not one flat
4.Long lasting
5.Can ride the street
6.Quiet

Weakness:

1.Can't find anymore
2.Company gone under

I have read the other reviews,and I am suprised of the problems that people have experinced. I have had mine for more than 3 seasons,close to 5. I ride all year around hard core east coast leave-to-the-LORD-collar-bone-braking-if-you-make-a-mistake-single-track,with billy-goat-roller coster-side-of-the-moutain-climbs. These are the best overall aroud tires I have had. What other tire can you ride to the store or post office on and still go do a hard core ride and never loses traction. After all this time (5 yrs) I finally need a new pair and yet I can still go ride without busting my chops leaning into a turn clipless. These were some great tires. As for the treads peeling maybe some bad batches got out in the end, for me I never had a promblem and until now because I can't find anymore this is the first time in 5 years I have to ask people for input on tires.The thing I enjoy most about this site is that it is for riders, I would never comprimise the integrity of this site that what make it so great. If you can find a batch that have not been sitting around to long then get them. The only reason I can think peoples tires are peeling is dry riot, remember any of these you purchase now might be atleast two years old that is about how long the company has been gone. Take from a rider who knows money does not grow on trees, at the regular price these were a great value for the money, at a discount call the cops because they are a steal.
C Ya on the trails
Venny

Similar Products Used:

none

[Nov 03, 1998]
Juan
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

I ordered an Onza Rip K (rear) on sale, mail order, two years ago. Put a lot of miles on it and a couple of races. It is an above average rear tire. It is predictable in corners, and grips as good on climbs as any other tire I've had. I haven't had any problems with lugs breaking and it has wore pretty well.

[Sep 25, 1998]
john
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING

at first it was true love it climbed technical slow single track without slipping a little sketchy at speed in turns on a fire road then back to single track a downhill bomb run called trace ridge flyin like a missle a little turn
then ALL of the knobbies RIPPED OFF THE SIDE WHILE BRAKING. the rubber knobs just peeled away from the casing. if you have these be careful and always wear a skid lid. 15 miles then trash. this was the crappiest piece of crap i have ever put on my beloved cannondale

[Mar 12, 1996]
Andreas
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING



Best front tires I ever tried! I rode them on a friend's bike, and they have awesome traction in corners on dirt. It feels as if they steer the bike for you, and all you have to do is tell them where to go. Unfortunately, I can't compare them with Velociraptors or Aggro's, because I haven't tried those tires yet.

[Oct 26, 1997]
DPB
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

These tires work as they are designed to. They're the BEST for my area, where hardpacked singletrack, and asphalt is all there is to ride on. They suck in the mud, but they're not meant as a mud tire, but that's not what I bought them for. Good on climbs, but not the best for carving fast turns, I still say these tires are some of the best I've ridden.

[Jan 08, 1997]
Jesse Philo
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

These tires are great for what they're intended for--that is going fast on fairly high traction surfaces (read anything but deep gravel and deep sand). They are not designed for downhill racing and thus will not perform well in high speed downhill situations. duh. They are good on bikes with little mud clearance because they are so narrow. I really like them, but I don't use them all the time. If I'm going to be riding a really rocky trail, I use a tire with more air volume. Other than that, I use them all the time.

[Oct 04, 2000]
Jan Myburgh
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Good traction in corners , untill .....

Weakness:

...... untill the side knobs get ripped off . Terrible in mud wet rocks and roots

Onza had a point when they named the "Rip" tire . Don't know know where they got to the "Rail" bit .

Similar Products Used:

WTB Velociraptor ; Hutchinson Python ; Bontrager Revolt ST2 ; Continental Navigator/traction pro/cross country

[Aug 08, 2000]
C-BALL
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

grip. that's a period after grip. as in - grip period

Weakness:

not made anymore

i bought the RIP at a convenience store like 5 years ago. it was the beastliest looking tire i had ever seen. i rode it on hardpack, gravel, loose over hard, deep loose, mud, river bottom, rock face, pavement, grass, sand, you get the idea. super hardpack and smooth rock face the traction suffers due to the rubber being too hard. after 3 years of never slipping once unless i was intentionally trying to, i noticed the tread was about 1/2 gone. so i bought some $50 replacement rear tire. when i race dual slalom, that RIP comes back out and the $50 wonder goes to collect some dust. best gripping rear tire ever made.
the Onza RIP is the only tire i know of that has its tread pattern tattooed on someones arm because they respected it so much and were sorry to see it leave the market (no, not my arm). some current manufacturer should copy that design and pay the royalties to Onza so i can buy a new one.
if you want grip. on anything other than semi-slick tire type ground then you should write Onza a letter about getting the RIP back on the market.
5 flamin' chilis. and another 5 flamin' chilis.

Similar Products Used:

piles-o-tires

[Sep 03, 1999]
jimbo
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Fast in a straight line

Weakness:

After a few months, tread pattern and sidewall wear quickly. This causes the front wheel to tuck badly when turning.

Loved them at first, but don't last long

Similar Products Used:

too many too mention

[May 29, 1999]
Doug
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

FEELS GOOD CLIMBING IF YOU STAY COMPLETELY UPRIGHT AND DO NOT LEAN ANY AT ALL.

Weakness:

The second you lean into a turn it wants to lose traction.

It's true , the side knobs rip off. I read the reviews and after 10+ rides thought these will hold up. Kept a check on the tire and on 1 ride 6 to 10 knobs ripped to the threads.

Similar Products Used:

Yeti factors, Panaracers,Contis.,....

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