IRC Mythos Tire

DESCRIPTION

Same as Mythos XC

USER REVIEWS

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[May 15, 2011]
kim
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I love these tires. I don't even know if they make them anymore because I'm trying to replace them now and I can't find them. They absolutely rock in the sand and loose stuff. I outdo much more experienced riders in sand because of the tires. They've held up way longer than I ever expected. They are a fabulous dry terrain, loose stuff tire. It's been great in Nevada and Colorado.

Weakness:

Stinks in mud and wet terrain.

Great tire for riding out west in the dry, dry conditions we have.

Similar Products Used:

Michelin

[Apr 14, 2009]
Steve5083
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Strong bite in loose conditions in the turns. Pretty good in muddy conditions. Durable and confidence inspiring, compared to lighter tires. Excellent for slower courses with lot's of turns and a need for extra traction.

Weakness:

Tire needs at least 38psi to avoid pinching and for tire stability. Much over that the tire is not very smooth, especially at high speeds. Light, but no longer competitive in weight with newer tubeless options. Tire is poor for running tubeless since the beads stretch out.

I've come back to these and have found that they still are pretty darn good. Compared to newer higher volume tires, the Mythos feel a bit harsh on fast sections. But on slower sections with lots of turns they are fast and have outstanding bite with very progressive traction loss. I run the front version of front and rear wheels. Or i'll run a python on the rear and a Mythos on the front if the course has a lot of fast hardpack. They are obviously a great value at $15 and last about twice as long as new soft compound tires. Only improvements would be a non-stretch bead for tubeless setup and a bit lighter.

Similar Products Used:

omg.. tons of tires. Recently I run Pythons on hard pack and courses without a lot of turns. Past year have run Maxxis CrossMax, Spesh Fasttrak and Captains.

[Aug 19, 2003]
Jim

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Protects the rim

Weakness:

Very poor traction on the trails I ride. They don't hook up in anything loose, steep, on rocks, or waterbars.

The Mythos does not work for climbing. It just spins everywhere - hardpack, rocks, roots (wet or dry), anything loose. I rode with it a few times, became very discouraged and started thinking my skills had evaporated, then took it off and put on a Michelin XL. Wow! Suddenly I'm climbing everything again!

It wasn't worn very much and I hate to waste money, so I put it on the front. Kind of heavy for a front tire, though.

The best thing I did for my bike was remove this tire from the back and replace it. I have had really good experiences with Panaracer Smokes, but new favorite is the Michelin XL. $16 at Nashbar and they work great!

Similar Products Used:

Panaracer, Michelin, Specialized, etc

[Apr 04, 2004]
Brambo
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Front tire has got lots of grip, especially when cornering. I've had not many flats. Compared to the WTB Nanoraptor (which I use in the summer) you can will feel more confident

Weakness:

Had some pinch flats on the rear tire (front 2.1, rear 1.95)

These tires are ok. They're light! This also means you cannot drive them with low pressure, this is not a big problem since the Sugar offers lots of traction. I would like to try the new Schwalbe Racing Ralph. They're a big hit here in Europe. Everyone is using them for all conditions! They look cool to. I'm afraid the 2.1 rear tire won't fit in the rear triangle of the Sugar because of its construction. The IRC's are good and look nice.

Similar Products Used:

Ritchie Z-Max, Ritchie Speed Max, WTB Nanoraptor

[Jan 15, 2002]
Slerpy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

price

Weakness:

quick wear

I've yet to see anyone asking for full price on these tires. I can find them everywhere for under $25. If you want just one set up for most conditions (it doesn't rain much in Southern Cal, very little mud), it's hard to find a better performing tire. The lugs are perfect for xc usage. My only problem with theses tires are the quick wear. The rubber wears quick but the lugs tear off prematurely as well. I gave it 3 chilis in value due to how many of these I've had to buy to satisfy my dirt addiction.

Similar Products Used:

WTB enduroraptor, velociraptor, Continental, etc

[Oct 05, 2006]
Als Query
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Nice and light Tire,

Weakness:

After only 150 Miles , a knob teared off. Very cheap.

After only 150 Miles , a knob teared off. Very cheap.

Similar Products Used:

Maxxis Kraken

[Oct 06, 2003]
Dirk Diggler
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

a good roller on hardpack and the street. lightweight.

Weakness:

lugs tear off and erode EASILY...
not alot of rear traction in general, front seems to slide out quite a bit as well.

this tire is fairly picky about pressure. i've found the sweet spot for versatility to be just under 50psi.

i'm currently running the gamet on various tires now after a fairly long absence from the trail. from the last time i really paid attention to tires the panracer smoke and dart were the bees knees, still are in my book actually. anyway, i've rolled about 250 miles on these tires MAX and i am seeing lugs break off (and even a large patch of skin RIP off), NOT a good sign.

aside from my main concern (losing lugs) performance wise these tires rate slightly below , if not substantially below, average for all condition types (let's not get ridiculous for suggesting super slush and snow here).

tight singletrack- fast and fair, rear accelerates quickly but the front connection is sketchy, beware slideout.

downhill- good on the straight-a-ways, but doesn't leave me at all confident if there are any tight turns or dropoffs.

sand and loose singtrack- well, it cuts through, front can drive a decent line through loose stuff.

uphill- tight and technical , again, doesn't leave me with much, if any, confidence. left me dismounting and walking in hairy patches that other tires DO NOT.

overall - this tire isn't anything special, and at the price, they are decent. aside from quality and durability issues there is better out there to be had, and sometimes that's worth the extra money. on a walmart bike, these would be a asset, but blow a few grand on your ride and i see them as a liability.

Similar Products Used:

other tires

[Sep 15, 2001]
Paul Pinella
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Nice looking sidewall, different treads on front and rear

Weakness:

Rear tire wears faster and knobs come off

Front tire good, rear tire bad.

I typically ride over sharp, rocky terrain, so if your conditions differ, the tire may be better for you. But I've found the rear tire to be not up to the job. I've frequently had knobs tear off, which I've compensated for with Shoe Goo (not sure if anyone else does this, but beats buying a new tire all the time). The front tire has been much more reliable with no broken knobs.

I don't think these tires work great in the loose gravel, either. They seem fine on hard pack.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Jun 24, 2006]
Gary
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, fast, good gradual side grips, very cheap, lasted at least 1000 miles.

Weakness:

Well...I did hurt myself on a wet root once, but I was running 1.95. With that small of a tire you have to expect it to slip some to the time.

I am on my second set. The first was a 1.95, now I'm running 2.1 and they are still the lightest, fastest tire I ever run. With a price between 12 and 20 dollors I can't see myself looking for anything else until they quit making them.

Similar Products Used:

panracer smoke, specialized roll-x, irc backcountry

[Nov 13, 1998]
Emmanuel
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

Those are among the best tires I put on my bike. They grip fine while rolling well (I use the 2.1). However the durability is an issue: DO NOT EXPECT to put anywhere close to 2000miles like Chris suggest. I got both rear and front pretty much worn out after less than 600/800 miles. In addition I ripped the side of a rear one on a sharp rock. Still I love them . I might want to go bigger so. (missles?) If anyone has some imput Do not hesitate to write me.

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