IRC Serac XC Tire

DESCRIPTION

IRC Serac XC Kevlar Tire: High quality kevlar bead XC tire. Ramped, angled knobs reversible for front or rear use.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 09, 2010]
zenpunkist
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

fast

Weakness:

weak side walls. low grade compound material

Watch out as you go downhill on this tire, its fast but easily gets thrown off track on rocky loose terain. I run a low psi on this tire just for an added grip. Does not grip on dry pack as the description above suggests.

On the other hand, it is an exceptional tire on wet packed trailS, it clears mud well and i find it grips on dead leafy vegetation without too much slide.

Overall, stay away from hard pack and rocky loose terrian with this tire.

Similar Products Used:

n/a

[Nov 09, 2010]
yemajah
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

great tire, light, very good grip, good grip on the sidewalls, good cornering, cheap, low rolling resistance

Weakness:

not so good puncture protection, not anymore sold in germany

great tire, light, very good grip, good grip on the sidewalls, good cornering, cheap, low rolling resistance, everything you want in a CC-tire exept better puncture protection

[Sep 11, 2010]
Rich from New Jersey
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Good grip, reasonable price, light weight

Weakness:

edge knobs weak

Thought I'd found a really great tire until I ripped an edge knob off riding a fairly rocky trail near home. Immediately flatted and had to walk back to car, tire casing went with knob - no use puting in a new tube. This was only after about 2 weeks use.

I only weigh about 165 pounds, so I don't think the tire was overloaded.

Can only give 2 flaming chilies for these, hope others have a better experience.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda, Performance, Michelin, Panaracer

[Apr 04, 2010]
DHmonkey123
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very grippy in technical parts of trails and are great for all around use

Weakness:

none

these tires are do it all tires. most people who try my bike are jealous unless they have kendas on them. since my 2004 headshock is broken, i lowerd the pressure so they absorb a tiny bit of impact. they hold up off of 5 ft drops and never fail on technical, muddy, uphill singletrack. great for endurance, jumping, tubeless, nontearableness. buy them. if they were kendas they would be 5 chilis but they arent as good

Similar Products Used:

kendas, maxxis, michealan car tires, bontrager

[Aug 18, 2009]
nickmotown
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Cheap and durable

Weakness:

Everything else...

These tires are durable and cheap, but they leave everything else to be desired.

I have tried multiple inflation levels and cannot get anything to work. The tires are either over-inflated, bouncy all over the trail, slipping on roots and hard to predict in the corners or are too soft and suffer from regular punctures.

I have used these tires enough and have walked away. Even as back up tires for racing, its better to enjoy the time you have riding and choose something else. If you already own them, ride them to dust and move on.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda Karma, Hutchinson Python

[Jul 24, 2009]
debusama
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Best climbing tire I’ve used to far
Good in corners (when not breaking)
Tough as nails (sidewalls and pinch flats, not punctures)

Weakness:

Traction while breaking, more like a 2.0 than a 2.1

These tires are so very good on most conditions, but so very bad in others. They corner relatively well, but they are kind of all or none. They rarely fail to hook up, but if you do lose traction, all control is gone. On dry/loose descents, as soon as I try to feather the brakes to control my speed, the tire goes into a slide and I experience the aforementioned total lack of control. This tire works great for climbing. I accidentally ended up on a rocky abandon railroad trestle with big chunks of volcanic rock. I can’t believe I made it home with my tires still in tact.

I’ve been testing out a lot of tires in preparation for a 100-mile race where I expect jagged, rocky terrain mixed with dry, loose sand and gravel. With the combination of strong side walls, pinch flat resistance (I have had a puncture flat with these)and climbing traction,I think I’ve defiantly found my back tire, but I’ll have to keep looking for a front tire that will perform in sand. I may use my mythos or dart front, or try a Mibro 2.25, Or a MK 2.2.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda:blue grove, Nevgals, Karma. Panarace: Smoke/Dart IRC Mythos.

[Apr 03, 2009]
lewis82
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great traction, little resistance on asphalt, cheap too

Weakness:

none...

Bought these because my other tire was completely slick. They were much easier to install than other tires I had played with.

Since I do a lot of road with my bike I inflated them at 50 pounds and even then, they still had great traction on dirt and sand. However, while cornering, it could have been better.

At 40 pounds it was perfect, except still that cornering problem (however those are 26 x 1.96 while I was used to have 26 x 2.10), but it was almost not perceptible.

Anyone who rides in trails and on road (I personnaly do about 50/50) would like it and at about 40 bucks, it's a very good value.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda something (stock on my bike)

[Oct 15, 2008]
weissen
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

rolls fast, good traction, had no defect so far, fair pricing

Weakness:

wears too fast, could be a bit lighter, corners in wet conditions

The best CC-Tyres I ever had so far. Rolls very good on all grounds, very good braking-traction. Could have little more grip for corners on loose grounds.
Good traction even on muddy ground.(at last marathon I climbed in the Mud hills, where nearly all others had to walk with their CC-Tyres).
I would buy them again, but its hard to find a shop that has it in germany. So I take Kendas Karma now.

Similar Products Used:

Schwalbe Racing Ralph+Nobby Nic, Panaracer Dart+Smoke, Conti Explorer

[Aug 29, 2003]
Brian
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great all around traction. Long wearing.

Weakness:

Relatively slow on Hardpack, Scetchy on Wet roots (what tire isn't?)

If you are looking for a good all around tire, this is it. The first time using this tire I high-sided because of the additional traction. (I was used to the rockster's sliding into the berm on singletrack.) That was the real "traction increase" eye opener. Because it does not excell everywhere (see above) I cannot in good consciennce give it a good overall rating. But as far as value........ They go in the direction you point them.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Rockster.

[Sep 07, 2003]
Greg
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great traction, no pinch-flats

Weakness:

have gotten pricey

Liked the Fire XC Pro, but at 190lbs and running at 60psi, still got pinch flats! When not getting pinch flats, ripping sidewalls on rocks.
With the Serac's, I've ridden all the same terrain/races without the flats and problems. Traction on these is similar to the Wildgripper, except without the washing out on anything loose. On sharp hi-speed turns with a hard lean, they absolutely hook-up!

I've raced 8 times on the same set this year and the're good for a 4/5 more!

Find them on sale and try a pair fer sher!

Similar Products Used:

Fire XC Pro, Wild(non)gripper

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