EB15: IRC widens road & mountain bike tires, adds junior sizes and a prototype…

first_imgThe Serac CX comes to Europe. It’s meant as a dry or sandy conditions tire only, and we spoke with one sponsored rider at Cross Vegas that used it there for the fast, grassy track and said it worked quite well.We love seeing high end options available to our mini-mes, and the Aspite road is just that with a 120tpi casing, 90psi rating and 175g weight for 24″ road bikes.For mountain bikes, they now have a well-knobbed Mibro 24 x 2.1.For us bigger kids, the Mythos 29×2.25 is new wider size than original 2.1, and it’s lighter, too! The old tubeless ready bead was different and the tire casing was thicker. This one gets a more optimized bead shape and a thinner casing. It’s a competition model, so that weight savings comes at the expense of toughness against sidewall cuts and tears.Weight is just 595g, retail is TBD but will be around €50 or $60. Available spring 2016.Mibro X gets a 27.5″ option in a big 2.4 width. It’s a tube type tire aimed at the enduro crowd. The tread pattern is modified from the marathon XC 29er version to make the knobs much larger and more widely spaced.This one has a standard sidewall, but they’re working on a variation that’ll have a reinforced sidewall, too. Weight is TBD. If there’s demand, they’ll develop a tubeless ready version.This 26×4.0 fat bike prototype gets an all purpose tread pattern that’ll work equally well on snow and sand.Target weight is 1470g with a steel wire bead. It’s a tube type tire only, which they did because they say tubes work better than tubeless when temps drop below freezing.IRC-tire.com Between the two trade shows this fall, IRC had quite a collection of wider tires. Starting with the pavement, their Formula Pro Light tubeless ready road bike tire gets a new 25mm width. And the rainbow collection of colored Jetty tires, shown below, gets an even larger 700 x 28 option. Those are aimed more at the urban crowd and come in a whopping eight different colors.The mountain bike tires get a wide, wider and really wide option, one for each wheel size, and the juniors get a couple of road and mountain bike tires just for them, too!last_img

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