The Shield is Ritchey's great all-around 29er performer. Its low-profile tread gives you good traction and control whether you're acceleration in loose stuff or braking in corners. Speaking of corners, the Shield uses a dual compound tread, so you have a harder rubber in the middle for straight-line speed and longer wear, with softer rubber up on the shoulders for confident leaning. It's also tubeless ready.
$59.95 - $79.95
The Z-Max has been Ritchey's signature MTB tread pattern for well over a decade. The Z-Max Evolution WCS features aggressive lugs that are spaced wide and shortened for faster handling, reduced rolling resistance and lighter weight. The sticky, slow-rebound rubber compound on the sides of the tire ensures you can take fast lines on the toughest trails.
In 1984 Tom was the first to appropriate road tire technology for mountain bike tire design by introducing tread wear analysis, higher TPI, and more compliant rubber compounds. Pioneering what he called Vector Force Analysis, he developed trail-specific tread patterns and technology for MTB tires. The result was the first ever rotation directional-specific tire, as well as the first front- and rear-specific treads. The newest mountain bike tires to the Ritchey line are no strangers to VFA. Featuring a wider, reinforced casing to handle a more aggressive terrain, the Bite and Drive are the culmination of years of analysis for all mountain riding. Bite: front or rear, rotational specific tread that bites into the terrain for excellent control in all conditions. - VFA Tread Design - 7mm StrongHold bead-to-bead casing reinforcement (WCS) - Tubeless-ready (WCS) - WCS (120 TPI) or Comp (30TPI) levels - 795g (650b WCS)
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