IRC Serac XC UST Tubeless Tire

DESCRIPTION

Here's an unfair advantage that will still pass the urine test. Picture this: super low rolling resistance, light casing, sticky Hybrid Tread Compound AND the ultimate traction adjustability and flat protection of tubeless technology. If you're the competition be afraid. Very afraid. Click on the image to the left for an enlarged photo showing tread detail and related product specifications.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 18, 2011]
crisco
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

No problems with flatting, held air.

Weakness:

Not confidence-inspiring while cornering (front), poor traction (rear).

I'm a 6'4", 185lb rider in the southwest US. For this type of riding (loose rocks, sand, roots, etc) i was very unhappy with these tires. I never really found a situation where these excelled. The only thing i have not put them through is mud, but in everything else they sucked.

While cornering they felt like they were going to wash out, and they did occasionally. In the rear they had trouble gripping even while seated, but especially if standing. They wander in the sand. I have never really had a set of tires that i "hated", but these were definitely moving in that direction.

Took these off and put on a set of Weirwolves and i've been learning to ride all over again--this time without fear of washing out in the corners.

Similar Products Used:

FireXC, Weir Wolves

[Mar 16, 2011]
orekizler
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Holds air extremely well. Doesn't wear quick. Good all around tire.

Weakness:

A little heavy for a 2.1 UST tire. Skinnier compared to other brands 2.1.

Long lasting tires with a good pattern design. They offer good handling at the front. I didn't get good traction out off them at the back mostly during off the saddle climbing.
Feels a little scary on very hard pack surface.
Strong casing and sidewalls. Never had to repair them in 2 seasons.

About mounting: They are a little snug like any other UST tire. You can't expect to slip them on just by hand. With the help of two tire levers it shouldn't be a problem. They hold better than any other. They seal very quick with the sealant.

Similar Products Used:

WTB Weirwolf. Race King.

[May 12, 2010]
gearjunkie88
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

No leaks, strong sidewalls, good traction, no flats

Weakness:

Not the lightest tire or fastest tire

I first used these tires when they came stock on my 2002 Gary Fisher Paragon hardtail. I have used them on every bike I've owned since then. I'm an adventure racer, so most of my riding is on fire roads, dirt roads, paved roads, and some singletrack. The singletrack here in San Antonio is really rocky. I've also been known to accidentally ride through a cactus or two in my day. Since I started using these tires in 2002, I have NEVER had a flat or torn a sidewall. I've watched teammates destroy Pythons, Bontrager tires, and Maxxis tires in the same spots that I've ridden through. The Serac XC UST tires aren't the lightest tires, not the lowest rolling resistant tires, and they're not the grippiest tires on the market, but I've never had to repair a tire on the trail or walk home. They work well on hardpack, loose over hardpack, roads, rocks, and mud. It's nice having the peace of mind that I can just go ride without worrying about tire issues.

[Aug 05, 2009]
icuski2
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good value, pretty light, corner well

Weakness:

tight to mount

Not a bad choice if you can find a deal on em. Tread lasted about a year & just rotated front to back to squeeze few more miles out ov em. No complaints. Not as good as the Weirwolf's but way better than the Scorpion Lights.

Similar Products Used:

Hutchinson Scorpion Light, WTB Weirwolfs, stock Specialized

[Jun 09, 2009]
Wankel7
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great traction, corners well, low rolling resistance, UST holds air great.

Weakness:

Installation and Moab Slickrock really wore the rear tire down (could be normal it was my first time out there)

Trying to get these tires on my Bontrager Racelite wheels was by far the most traumatic bike experience I have ever had. It was unbelievable how hard it was to get these damn things shoehorned onto my rims. I wasted so much Stans fluid because it was leaking out while I was trying to pry, curse, and wondering if they would ever go on. I had to use my air compressor turned up to about 80psi to get them to seat.

I had a valve stem break and I had to tube them. The bead did not seat right and the tire would wobble. Rode like that for over 20 miles and it held. Fixed the stem and pulled the tube out and the bead seated evenly.

I really like the tire but the difficulty of installation might make me avoid the tire.

However, they have stretched a little bit. Because getting them back on wasn't nearly as bad.

Similar Products Used:

Maxxis Crossmark UST

[Apr 08, 2009]
emptyvoxel
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Predictable traction, roll great, tough for such a light tire.

Weakness:

Installation is a bit more difficult than with other UST tires. As the previous reviewer said, when riding over pavement these things resonate straight up your seatpost.

The IRC Serac XC is the best rear tire I've tried, with predictable grip in the wide variety of conditions we have here in the Pacific Northwest. I've found it to roll faster and grip better in soft, loamy soil and mud then the Kenda Nevegal that it replaced. Running the pressure in the low 30's gives excellent traction over wet roots and rocks as well.
Riding to the trailhead is definitely more interesting due to the resonating vibration that will travel up your seatpost if you use this as a rear tire, but you didn't buy a mountain bike to ride on pavement, do you?
These seem to be a bit tighter than other UST tires to mount, but stick with it! It's well worth the effort. I was able to seat the beads with a floor pump and plenty of suds.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda Nevegal, Maxxis Crossmark, Maxxis Ignitor

[Sep 05, 2008]
gatormark91
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5

I reviewed these when I got them, so I figure I'll follow up now that I've been riding them for 6 months.

These tires are awesome. They roll over almost anything, suck the shock out of hits, and float over sugar sand that my lighter buddies running non-UST tires bog down in. I run them at about 37 psi. I am a big guy, and I have had to nothing to them in 6 months except put a few pounds of air in every month or so. I've had no flats, and they are wearing very well.

There are a few paved trails where I ride, if you ride any pavement, be forewarned, the knobs on these tires set up a resonant vibration at speed that will drive you mad. But I don't get on pavement much, so its no concern to me.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

see my review below for my experience mounting these (not hard at all)

[Jun 11, 2008]
Surfas
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

. weight
. Durability
. Easy rolling
. Superb side grip
. Braking
. Traction
. Security
. Control

Weakness:

. Aren't so plush

This is my best tire ever, my buddies told me that they ride with Serac since they came out and don't trade for anything. Another friend trade the Roll X/Adrenaline combo and tells amazings about Serac, so this was my time to test them and what a fantastic tire better than Schwalbe NN 2.25 !!!

Similar Products Used:

Michelin XLS, Hutch Spider 2.1, Conti Vertical 2.3, Schwalbe NN 2.25 (all UST)

[May 18, 2008]
Michael
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

These corner like you are on rails!

Weakness:

Hmmmmm...None.

I had been using Stan's No-Tubes for a year or so on non-UST wheelsets, and decided to step up to the plate and go full UST this year. I bought a Shimano XT UST wheelset for the wife and then came across a killer deal on some '08 XTR UST wheels. Tried various Michelin tires, then some Maxxis, and then these IRC Seracs in 2.10.

WOW! These tires are all that! They rail corners and roll like nobody's business. I had absolutely no problems mounting them. Granted, they are tight as heck, and are not as easy as tubed tires, but they are mountable by mere mortals. After I mounted them, they pressurized using a floor pump. They do not lose air at all.

I have been so impressed that I am getting a set in size 1.95 for my wife. She doesn't need quite the volume as I do, and they'll be perfect for her Yeti AS-Rsl.

I am sold!

Similar Products Used:

Numerous Michelin, IRC and Kenda tires, tubed and tubeless.

[Jul 08, 2003]
David
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None~If you can't mount them with normal effort they have NO STRENGTHS

Weakness:

CHECK THE REVIEWS(I WISH THAT I HAD BELIEVED THEM) THESE TIRES ARE VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO MOUNT ON MAVIC CROSSMAX.

After an hour trying unsuccessfully to mount these tires onto a brand new set of Mavic Crossmax wheels, I am pissed off and sending them back to Performance. I used Armorall and then soapy water + alot of elbow grease. At this point, even if I did manage to pry them on, I dread the thought of having to make a trailside repair in the case of a flat.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR~READ ALL OF THE REVIEWS AND DON'T BUY THESE TIRES~I SURE WISH THAT I HADN'T!!!

Similar Products Used:

This is my first set of UST tires.

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