22 of 23 customers found this review helpful.
This is the best slick mtb tire i've ever used. I wife and I both have old ti hardtails i've converted into rigid touringcommuting bikes and we put a ton of fast road miles on them. We've tried almost all the top name slicks over the years. Long time recent fave was conti sport contact 1.3. These were great tires with reasonable weight, excellent flat resistance, and darn fast and great handling on dry pavement. Then I tried the Wild Run'r 1.4 about a month ago. What a revelation! I decided on the 1.4 rather than the Wild Run'r Light 1.1 for a number of reasons. At 420g the 1.4 is still lighter than the 450g conti 1.3, though the incredible 200 gram 1.1 Light was tempting at nearly a pound less for the pair! The 1.4 is half the price of the 1.1 and a steal at $20. The 1.4 is a wide 1.4 (noticably wider than the narrower than advertised 1.3 conti) and should provide a more comfortable ride. And I figured you must give up something in terms of durability, flat resistance, and wear with the 1.1 to get that kind of weight. And these are commuting bikes after all.
So I now have 300 road miles on these tires. They were easy to mount on the mavic 717 rims. I weigh 200 lbs and have run these as high as 85 (max is 87.5) but have settled in at 8o f, 82.5 r as the best balance of speed and comfort. I have yet to have a flat and though 300 miles is certainly not definitive, it is a good sign. Had a good look at the tread and they seem durable so far - they have sustained no cuts or nicks, the rear is starting to show some signs of getting that flat spot in the middle, but they all do that. SPEED is incredible with these tires! Noticably faster than the conti's and only marginally slower than my $5000 road bike. Handling is phenomenomal, the michelin Pro 3 road tire heritage this tire was developed from is evident. The wide 1.4 seems to be the perfect width, you seem to float over every bump and pothole in the pavement but speed not negatively affected by the extra width.
I would like to try the 1.1 and see how the ride and durability are, but so far the 1.4 is the best slick I've ever used. Buy these if you want the fastest, most comfortable, best handling slick for dry pavement. Did I say these were FAST!
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