IRC Trail Bear Tire

DESCRIPTION

If you live for insanely steep terrain, high stakes log crossings you ride a DH tire. The new Trail Bear a race proven DH tread design mated to an ultra tough yet lightweight casing to create the ultimate freeride tire.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 14, 2011]
dnnandxc
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Grip, cornering and durability. Rolling resistance is good too!

Weakness:

weight

I started hoarding these tires as well, they aren't the lightest, but they're the best combination of Cornering grip and durability I've found. I've been riding one on the front and rear for over 2 years and the rear is only about 75% worn.

Similar Products Used:

Lots

[Dec 18, 2009]
pedaler845
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Durabile all rounder.

Weakness:

?

Its a shame these are probably not made anymore -some are still out there. I have 3 new on the shelf because of their reliability.
Ive never tried them tubeless -I dont get pinch flats, and they grip fine with 40 psi (rear) Im 180#.
These are as grippy as any other 2.3 tire on the varied east coast conditions. They grip and roll better than most.
Ive heard theyre good on the front --theyve done so well as a rear thats where I use them--- my front tire is a 2.4 like the Mountain King.

Similar Products Used:

Many

[Aug 25, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

wears like iron
fun to ride on
cushy for a hardtail
price

Weakness:

rolling resistance

Bang for the buck; there is no bigger. I've gotton 800 dirt miles on one a rear tire and it still looks and works great. It really completes the off road package for trail blasting.

[Jul 27, 2008]
axlissel
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Long lasting all around tire, grip, cornering, braking.

Weakness:

slow and noisy on pavement, very hard tire

Excellent all around tire, resist lots punishment in diffeent conditions. I weight 220lbs and I broke the Specialized Resolution in the first use over rocks. These tires resisted and performed excellent. I will try them with a tube less conversion kit.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Resolution Pro 26x2.1", 120TPI, aramid bead, dual compound

[May 15, 2008]
BlackSCRunner
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is my first review here, but I felt the need to add to the great reviews of this tire. I will not buy another mtb tire for general 'all mountain' trail riding PERIOD. I ride in the Northeast and this tire grips amazing everything from loose gravel and sand to pine needles and roots to dirt, grass, and solid rock! I run 2.5's front and rear and they hook up awesome. I can't wait to try them downhill this summer!

Weakness:

Do not try to ride on the road unless you want a really good leg workout! I have ridden around the city on these a little bit, they are kinda loud, and you feel the tread, and they take some effort to get moving. But that is NOT what they are for! For trail riding, not racing XC, these are the best tires I've ever used!

If you want ultimate traction in a WIDE variety of terrain, and you don't care about rolling wicked fast like an XC racer, and you don't plan to use them on the road, BUY THEM! I have bought all my pairs at price point. At $20 they are a bargain, when they go on sale for $13 or $15 I stock up! You should too! Now go ride!

Similar Products Used:

WTB weirwolf (not impressed) Michelin wildgripper lite(great grip but waaay too many flats!) Continental Gravity (Terrible on loose stuff IMO)

[Jul 25, 2007]
John
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Really good front tire. Very predictable - goes where you point it. Rolling resistance on pavement as good as any I've tried.

Weakness:

None so far

I ride a lot on hilly "gravel" roads that are really beds of 1/2 inch river pebbles. The Trail Bear at 40 lbs. gives me much better directional stability in this stuff than the Dart. Very reassuring feeling running or braking. Even beats the Smokes on the rear for traction and the corner lugs don't tear off nearly as easily.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager Jones, Panaracer Dart, Panaracer Smoke

[Feb 14, 2007]
Nick
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Good grip on gravel, which is waht I ride on most.

Weakness:

Sidewals, sidewalls, sidewalls.

When they let go, they do it gradually, not suddenly. Even if you drop off a small rock or nut, they simply dig in. I have not felt that any untoward stuff has been the tyres.

BUT

I can see these tyres falling to pieces before the tread has worn off.

I am in control of two bikes, and both have these fitted fron and rear. One bike has serious breakdown of the sidewalls on the rear, with noticeable stress fracturing (around thetyre...not good) and diagonal lines where the casing is. Both bikes have signs of diagonal lines. We ride fairly tough tracks, with lots of rocks and bumps, but these are supposed to be a downhill tyre, which means they should take a real pounding; dropoffs etc. We are both fairly heavy (I am 90 kilo) but we think a 1-2 foot drop is huge!

We run 45 rear and 40 front.

Has anyone tried telling IRC about this?

Similar Products Used:

Hutchinson Python Lite, generic road tyres

[Jul 07, 2007]
Dan N
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cornering. The best cornering tire ever.

Weakness:

None

I've tried many tires over the past 15 years, and this is the best cornering tire ever. I'm using 2.25 width for general purpose, racing and light freeride. Grip is tenacious, lets go very predictably - the only two wheel drift around a hairpin that I've ever done in an XC race was with these tires.

Similar Products Used:

Hutchinson Pythons, Panaracer Fires, IRC Kujos, Almost everything Continental,

[Mar 16, 2006]
Andrew Klauser
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fat tyre

Weakness:

none

I was really surprised by this tyre. I’ve bought these (for front and rear) in an internet shop as a heavy duty hardtail winter tyre. When I got them, I thought by myself: O Gosh, this seems to be a sort of brake parachute tyre. It won’t roll at all! Though for the volume not extra heavy.

I`ve tested them now for a week, mostly on taramac, else fire roads, some with dirt an’ snow. I am really positively surprised by them. Well, they need a bit of more energy to get them to speed when compared to a lightweight tyre, but, when going, they have a really low rolling resistance. They are comfy (2,5’, so no secret why) and track well on loose gravel. Heavy terrain not yet tested. Well, I nearly went by these tyres, if not for my lbs. Would have been a pity. Not very aggressively marketed here in Germany, these excellent tyres. I like them. Definitely one of the best.

Similar Products Used:

Ritchey Z-Max Milleinium 2,35; Schwalbe Fat Albert, Racing Ralph, Nobby Nic; WTB Mutanoraptor, Michelin XCR Mud tubeless and many others

[Jul 01, 2007]
Scott
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

great cornering, sticky compound, great wear

Weakness:

a little heavy, weak sidewall

I put 500mi (by my computer)on a set, until my rear tire wore out. Then I went with a set of panaracer fire xc pros. I was unhappy with the cornering ability of the fire xc on the front so I put the trail bear back on the front and used it for another 1000mi. This past week I hucked a 4ft ramp @ 22mph w/35lbs in the front tire and it blew-out a big hole in the side on the landing sending me tumbling through gravel - ouch!!! I still give them a great rating because I had over 1500mi on this tire.

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