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Review

DELIUM Tires - Rugged, Versatile, and Cheap!

Words Deniz Merdano
Photos Deniz Merdano - Unless noted
Date Apr 22, 2022
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Delium Tires Rugged & Versatile Review

It is not uncommon for random boxes to show up at my door. Some of them expected but forgotten about and some catch me by surprise. When a box containing tires from DELIUM appeared a couple of months ago, I was a little surprised. It must have been Pete, doing Pete things and signing me up for an adventure in grip uncertainty. Upon opening the box, I was slapped in the face by a smell of fresh rubber that tingled my speedy senses.

DELIUM it said, on the blue, unfamiliar label. Tire merchandising follows a certain colour coding principle and I failed recognize the palette I was presented with. Accepting this unknown, I did what any normal person would do with fresh rubber; I pulled out the kitchen scale to weigh the tires.

Few things in life are as complicated as navigating the tread patterns, rubber compounds, and casing matrices of tire manufacturers. It's maybe the only reason we still have people working at bike shops; helping us choose between EXOs and GRAVITYs and grips and gripes. Delium keeps things simpler and offers three casing options, each with its own rubber compound.

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Light, All-Round, Reinforced.

Dual, Soft Triple and Extra Soft Triple.

Surely this will alienate some people, but there is something comforting about a number of options that doesn't mentally cripple the customer. Here on the North Shore we generally start the tire selection process by picking a compound, then figuring out what casings that compound is offered in. It’s a luxury that Maxxis trained us for and it’s not healthy. It drives the prices up as more and more SKUs are added to the list every year. We damn well know the chase for more grip psychologically influences the way we ride the bike. I first noticed this last year with my Teravail review. A tire with an impossibly hard compound opened up huge terrain for me even in the dead of winter. While most of the MaxxGrip tires felt dead in the frozen land, the comparatively harder rubber on the Kessels was seemingly unaffected by the temperature drop. When the temperatures rose and moisture levels remained high, the Teravails did not perform their best. I never had MaxxGrip envy during my time on them. I felt comfortable with my tire choice and rode anything and everything my peers did. The MaxTerra DHFs on my hardtail don't hold me back more than the lack of rear suspension. So at times I get confused about what tires to choose and suggest. And this realization got me thinking.

What if the OEM market wasn’t entirely saturated with logos we are familiar with?

What if there were other players that offered similar or better performance products that I could bet my limbs on? Maybe even for less money.

Read on…

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No graphic designer? That means savings passed on to YOU!

After weighing the burliest Deliums on the kitchen scale, I popped them onto my We Are One Unions without any fuss. Well, the floor pump couldn’t seat them on its own so a shot from an air canister came in handy to loudly pop the beads into place. 4 oz of Orange Sealant later, I had a set of tires that looked as aggressive as a dude in an Ed Hardy Shirt. The Rugged option went on the front and the Versatile on the rear. The tread patterns looked familiar to the trained eye. The Assegai similarity of the Rugged and DHF/Verdict/Butcher look of the Versatile was comforting to me. I'm not sure how the in-house copyright people at Maxxis, Specialized and WTB feel about that but there must be subtle differences that navigate these copyrights while delivering expected performance.

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See? It's Snow problem for the Deliums Photo : Stan

Reinforced casing brings Extra Soft Triple Compound to the Deliums and that means that the Side knobs flex around at 42a rubber and the center knobs at 50a. They both sit atop a 60a base layer that keeps things in order and a Triple Zone Casing adds nice rigidity and damping. These are exactly the same numbers for the MaxxGrip. The 29x2.5 tires came in at 1257 g for the Versatile and 1293 g for the Rugged. These numbers are well aligned with the Double Down or Gravity casings from Maxxis. I was a little worried about having to spin these heavy tires up the hill for everyday riding. Upon leaving the driveway for the first ride, one observation was the lack of sound that dogs the MaxxGrip Assegai on tarmac. The familiar sound that resembles a lazy driver who leaves their winter tires on all year long. You can feel your soul leaving you as you grunt up the hill on suction cups.

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29x2.5 Rugged , Reinforced, Extra Soft

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29X2.5 Versatile, Reinforced, Extra Soft

THE CONDITIONS

The 19 psi Rugged tire steered the bike in the direction I needed to go. On technical climbs, the mechanical grip was ample and I could shift my weight around without breaking much traction. Tires were installed on the test bike in early March and the weather has been anything and everything since. Hard snow, soft snow, slush, wet roots along with prime hardpack and moondust. I love testing tires during shoulder seasons to give them the chance to fail at every opportunity. On soft snow, I found the Rugged packed up and jammed the Mud Hugger fender I have bolted to my fork. There is no massive clearance to begin with and if I was rolling slow, the caked snow would pack up easily. This experience didn’t fully transfer to the muddy conditions but mud to rock slab transitions required tapping the front end of the bike on the ground to shake some of the mud off. The 6 mm lug depth does wonders for cutting through soft ground and finding grip. Once cleared, infinite traction was on tap for creeping down the steepest lines.

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Lean into off chunky off camber rocks without a worry. Photo : Stan

I could push my 165 lbs on the front end hard into the soil and find the firmer surface under all the duff. The round tire profile allows for predictable lean angles. The transition knobs are right in the middle of centre and side knobs and do not require shallow angles to initiate turns. I would consider this an improvement over the Assegai transition knobs that I find sometimes to be floaty. Straight line braking traction is incredible. You can come into a corner as hot as you want and drop the anchors before leaning the bike in. No surprises either when you need to crawl down some steep, greasy slabs. Side knobs have great support under load and do not fold over under pressure. This comes in handy during hard cornering and negotiating off-camber rocks with anaconda-sized roots growing on top. I found the 19-20psi on the front to be the sweet spot for me. Having not bottomed out the tire at current speeds I feel no need to increase pressures. Mid summer pressures may increase to 22 if these tires last long enough

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Rugged has a round profile with uninterrupted transition knobs

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Versatile has deep channels between centre and side knobs and ramps for reduced rolling resistance

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Raised centre knobs dig in and pedal efficiently

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Full grip at any angle

Inflated to 22psi the Versatile felt energetic and rolled along quite happily. On the rear it does everything DHF does while allowing for plenty of speed to clear jumps. I found I have been running slower than I wanted to with inserts in my tires, so I decided to do without them this time and use thicker casings. If I run 22psi in my insert-free tires, I found I needed to up my pressures to 24psi or more with the reduced air volume in the tires due to the inserts. Pumping in and out of corners with the 2.5" wide Deliums seems to generate enough speed to make the sketchy jumps that have been popping up all around the Shore. I still come up short occasionally and test the casing of the tires between the carbon rim and the rocks. So far no flats or burps. My luck may eventually run out at but the fruit is too delicious for me to switch gears now. The muted thud is all I hear when the knife meets to bone.

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Being able to trust the bike and the tires is a great confidence booster. Photo : Stan

The Versatile rear breaks traction nicely but does not quite have the straight line braking traction the DHR II offers. Not by a massive amount but the rear fishtails a little more eagerly than with the paddle-like design of the DHR IIs. I think the Versatile would make a great front tire in the muckiest conditions with it’s widely spaced lugs. The dirt would clear nicely and dual Versatile tire setup would descend predictably. I am not sure how the deep transition channel would affect the lean angles but I imagine one would need to ride the bike either very upright, or leaned all the way in. Alternatively, the dual Rugged option would also be very fun. For full gravity-fuelled days, the incredible traction these tires generate would be hard to ignore. I’m sure it would also pedal back up to the top without much fuss. Although I would prefer a faster tread pattern most of the time.

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Slick slabs in 2°C rain... no problem. I was chatting with Stan as I crawled past him.. Photo: Stan

So are these tires any good?

Yes. Actually make that GREAT!

Am I a convert? I will definitely keep a couple of these in my regular rotation. You should buy yourself a pair to try out. This is the best part of this word jungle I’ve put you through. As an Indonesia-based direct to consumer brand shipping from the US, Delium's prices are quite reasonable.

You can go todeliumtires.com and grab yourself a tire in the $45-55 USD range and get it shipped to you well under what a DD Orange label would cost. This is the price point I'd like to see tires at for the next 10 years.

Here's what Delium had to say about tires for those of us in the frozen north:

Regarding info for Canada, for now as a temporary solution so Canadians can purchase, we have added shipping to Canada but it has been capped to $150 usd order due to shipping costs. So someone can purchase 2 Reinforced tires or 3 All-round tires or 4 light tires. Shipping is a flat rate at $18usd. Everything for now is in USD. We have added a note to the shipping for Canada to remind people that they may be subject to import duties. 

Delium is setting up a base in BC for purchases and hopefully will have cheaper and unlimited Canadian shipping soon.

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PKMzeta
PKMzeta
2 months, 1 week ago
+18 maxc Timer kcy4130 Vik Banerjee Niels van Kampenhout Metacomet Cr4w trumpstinyhands Andeh JVP Lynx . cheapondirt ohio DMVancouver Jerry Willows Tremeer023 imnotdanny demo7_rider

Am I the only one thinking they got the compound/casing combos backwards here? I would want the medium casing with the softest compound for front use, and the heaviest casing with a medium compound for rear use. 

It’s one of my complaints with Maxxis actually. Usually the DD and DH casing tires are only available with the MaxxGrip compound and I end up running a super slow rolling rear since I can’t seem to keep the EXO(+) alive as a rear tire.

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Timer
Timer
2 months, 1 week ago
+6 Cr4w Lynx . cheapondirt Velocipedestrian imnotdanny demo7_rider

There seems to be a baked-in, iron-clad, unassailable dogma for many tyre manufacturers, that soft compounds can only be put on the heaviest casings and hard compounds only and exclusively on the light ones.

Other known members of this cult are Maxxis, Continental, Schwalbe, and Kenda.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
+6 Timer Lynx . ohio DMVancouver Tremeer023 demo7_rider

When I asked Continental about a lighter casing grippy tire combination on their new line up, the German engineer hung his head in self disappointment and admitted that's what people want.. but they won't give them that.. psychological warfare i tell you!

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just6979
Justin White
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Conti previously put their best compound (BlackChili) on pretty much all the casing types and all the tires.

They did make the odd decision of offering the new front specific tire only in the smaller 2.4 width for the light and medium casings, with the 2.6 only in the rear specific, so weird choice there. But at least the heavy casing for front comes in super soft, with the rear in soft and super soft, so that's the kinda heading the right way, now just need that front in medium (and light, I guess) casing and super soft.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months ago
0

There were 3 different kinds of black chilli in the previous line up of tires that were not clearly communicated. The new compounds are even more confusing with their impossible latin names but atleast allows you to tell the compounds apart.

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just6979
Justin White
2 months ago
0

Got any references? "Not clearly communicated" is an understatement, there is zero indication on their site of any differences. Although if you're referring to difference between mountain and road compounds, for example, that makes senses to me. BlackChili always seemed to be their label for their "best" compound, but best for MTB is not necessarily best for road, so it's totally understandable if there are differences between disciplines even though the name remains.

Also, the new "latin names" aren't for compounds, they're for tread patterns. The new compounds seem to be normal, soft, and super soft. That's pretty simple.

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Timer
Timer
2 months ago
+1 Deniz Merdano

"Black Chili" is not a specific compound, but a marketing term for a technology to make compounds.

When you actually get your hands on different Conti tyres, it is very obvious that DH Black Chili is a much, much softer compound than e.g. Race King Black Chili.

denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months ago
0

My reference would be the engineer behind the new tires. So it is verbatim.

He did not however go into the exact differences between the black chilli compounds.

If we ever get a pair of new tires to test, we will dig deeper into the details. 

You are right , the latin names are for patterns but the compounds are not printed on the tires as soft, ultra soft.. they are basically tiny little hexagonal boxes on an element that are filled in or not.. Not the easiest to distinguish on a wall of tires at the LBS

tashi
tashi
2 months ago
0

You can get a Butcher with Grid Trail casing and T9 (sticky) rubber. 

I run the 29x2.6” skinwall version, love em. 

Think I’ll try the versatile out, would prefer if I could get the kid weight casing/stickiest rubber combo. Particularly since they’re “cheap” and I can stomach burning through em a little better than Maxxis (or even Specialized these days)

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cheapondirt
cheapondirt
2 months ago
0

Is that combo only a 29" tire? I want it in 27, but don't see that on their website

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tashi
tashi
2 months ago
+1 cheapondirt

Ya looks like it’s 29” only.

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Vikb
Vik Banerjee
2 months, 1 week ago
+4 Cr4w Velocipedestrian Tremeer023 goose8

Yes! I am happy with EXO level casings, but I'd like the sticky rubber option without having to get a stiff tire casing.

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Shopton
Shopton
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 Andy Eunson taprider

Maxxis makes a 2.4 29 DHR in EXO and Maxx grip. Part number TB00143900.  Might be able to find one for under $350.

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Vikb
Vik Banerjee
2 months, 1 week ago
+3 Andrew Major Shopton goose8

Anything less than 29 x 2.6" width doesn't exist for me in the Maxxis line up for winter use....when I'd want the stickiest rubber.

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tashi
tashi
2 months ago
0

Butcher Soil Searching edition may be the tire you’re looking for.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 JVP Kenny

I hear you. Maxxgrip in exo+ and a maxxterra DD is the combination people want. 

How about we compromise and you get the all-round casing for the rear + a tannus insert for rolling fast and be protected?

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JVP
JVP
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 Vik Banerjee Timer

Yep, this is what I do. Tannus rear with EXO 3CT. Works great for much of the PNW wet side, not so much for places with sharp rocks.

I love the Magic Mary Ultra Soft front for winter, but their Super Gravity casing feels too stiff/wooden at low speeds on roots, and it's just wasted weight. Bring us the Ultra Soft in trail casing!  So frustrating.

It seems like the tire product managers don't actually ride mountain bikes.

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ohio
ohio
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Same for me in Norcal - Exo+ front and rear, with Tannus insert in the rear. DHR F & R, or Dissector R for California summers.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 goose8

Sounds like you are a perfect candidate for the Allround casing Versatiles!

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trumpstinyhands
trumpstinyhands
2 months, 1 week ago
0

I'd even be happy with normal EXO type casing up front but 42a rubber (or bring back Maxxis Slow Reezay!) for grip, and for the rear just any old crap out of the tire recycling bin that has thicker sidewalls to protect my rim.

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mammal
Mammal
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Slow reezay was a side-knob-peeling nightmare. Sticky, but they fell apart way too easy.

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maxc
maxc
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Came here to say similar

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kcy4130
kcy4130
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Agreed, lots of people have been wanting dh casing in max terra or long wearing dual compound for years. Overall, when you look at the wide variety of surfaces we bike on, and the wide variety of rider types/sizes/preferences it's not really a surprise that maxxis has approximately two million skus.

Edit: I think the manufacturers logic (flawed logic imo) is that if someone whats dd or dh casing, they must be racing, hence maxgrip.

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just6979
Justin White
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Have you tried the new EXO+ yet? Previous EXO+ was stupid: singly ply 120 TPI with slice guard and puncture shield, just way too floppy to be marketed as "better" than EXO. New version is 60 tpi with slice guard (literally EXO) plus a (tiny, though) butyl bead/apex insert.

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bigbrett
2 months ago
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Andeh
Andeh
2 months, 1 week ago
-1 Nologo

Preach it brother!  The lack of that option has had me roll my eyes at new offerings from others (Schwalbe, Conti, etc.) and stick with my EXO+ MG Assegai front and DD MT DHR (or EXO+ with insert) rear.  Yeah they're pricey, but that's the best setup for my trails.

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DeliumTires
DeliumTires
2 months, 1 week ago
+10 Niels van Kampenhout Deniz Merdano goose8 Pete Roggeman Lu Kz mrbrett cheapondirt ohio shenzhe Julian Sammons

We hear you guys! We are always listening to feedback from riders. Being a new brand to the high-performance tire market we didn't want to bring a huge range of tires, casings and compounds and bring a whole lot of confusion like there currently is. Our aim was to bring a range of tires that were easy and simple, firstly covering the majority of the needs with just 3 casings/compound options. We aimed to make something that worked for the best of both worlds with our heavy duty Reinforced casing having a slightly harder compound in the center and our All-round casing having soft compound on the side. This doesn't mean this is where we stop at as we are always evolving so watch this space...

Thanks for all your feedback and we will certainly take it into account. Happy shredding!

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LoamtoHome
Jerry Willows
2 months, 1 week ago
+7 YDiv Lu Kz Cr4w Deniz Merdano Andy Eunson ohio DMVancouver

$135 for a tire is insane...  $55 is reasonable and tells you the mark up on these wear items.

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YDiv
YDiv
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 Lynx .

It's a refreshing sight within the bike industry to have high performing parts without the big markup!

Same thing with apparel. I've gotten used to it now, but the first time I saw $200 for a pair of pants it was incomprehensible.

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Jotegir
Lu Kz
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 Deniz Merdano

Keep in mind the current $135 or so for the top of the crop normal Maxxis 29er tires is a MSRP for tires produced before international conflicts that drove petroleum prices up. I can't wait to see what our mid summer shipment MSRP hits.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 Lu Kz

Can't wait for the $150 price tags on tires on the shelves!!!

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Bikeryder85
Bikeryder85
2 months, 1 week ago
+3 Deniz Merdano Mammal DeliumTires

These look promising...been watching with interest.

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D4nderson
D4nderson
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 Deniz Merdano Mammal

Always good to have choices and I can't wait for them to set up in canada so I can try, too nervous about duty fees to bother from the states. Ive only ran maxxis and am tired of the poor quality control (1 assegai's rubber cracked all over and currently stuck on a DHF that wobbles even though its perfectly seated) Was gonna try bontrager next cause I heard good things about their se4,5,6.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
+3 D4nderson Lynx . goose8

Wobbly maxxis issue is a real one and drives bike shop employees bonkers. 

Sometimes it's an installation problem(which shouldn't happen) and sometimes its the casing from the factory. 

Cracking of the rubber however is a cold weather issue and maxxis recommends NOT using 3C compounds under 6deg C.

I find that bizarre and problematic considering its only noted on their german website

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D4nderson
D4nderson
2 months, 1 week ago
0

The the wobble is annoying, I thought it was just me but google shows different. 

Thats crazy! I didn't know under 6deg was a cut off, well that eliminates spring and fall in the mountains for 3c I guess haha lame.

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Lynx
Lynx .
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Oh no man, definitely not only you with the Maxxis tyre wobble. They make some good tyres, but you can run a tyre for a while, change it for something else, leave it stored perfectly flat, remount it and it has a wobble. A lot of the times I think some people do though use tyre levers to mount the tyres and maybe damage the casings.

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mammal
Mammal
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 D4nderson DMVancouver mrbrett Nologo

Don't forget you can warranty the wobbly maxxis. Not an excuse for the issue, but at least you don't need to put up with that for the duration of tire life.

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D4nderson
D4nderson
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Fair, I could try to warranty but the wobbly dhf was oem with the bike. I took it off right away for the assegai and after the assegai cracked I just tossed it and put the dhf back on to find it wobbles. It may be too late for warranty, lesson learned try the tires to make sure they are true before swapping out just in case.

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andy-eunson
Andy Eunson
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 D4nderson

I was told by my LBS that Maxxis makes the high end Bontrager tires. I can’t say I have had a wiggly Bontrager tire and I’ve used a bunch. Last spring I was changing tires and started wiping dried sealant off an Assegai bead. The rubber was not adhered to the actuall Kevlar bead material so the sidewall was bunching up. I think that might be the cause of wiggly tires.

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LWK
LWK
2 months, 1 week ago
0

both my Bontrager SE5's have slight wobbles in them.  rims are true, they are seated correctly.  Its not enough to notice or impact actual riding

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Jotegir
Lu Kz
2 months ago
0

Check if your SE5s are among the recalled tires with your local Trek dealer. You might be in for some fresh rubber in the next production run. Some are bad!

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kcy4130
kcy4130
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 cheapondirt DeliumTires

Trigger pulled. Hopefully they're decent. I've been wanting to branch out from maxxis for a while, but all the alternatives seem to be the same price or maybe $10 less and that's not enough to justify risking an unknown. Delium was smart in that respect.

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mtmc99
mtmc99
2 months, 1 week ago
+3 Deniz Merdano kcy4130 DeliumTires

Might have to give these a try as well. Like you said, tires from the big brands are so expensive I never take a risk and just buy the same thing over and over again. For $40 I can afford to be wrong.

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cheapondirt
cheapondirt
2 months, 1 week ago
+3 DeliumTires Devin Zoller Lu Kz

When these were announced I said I'd try them if they shipped to Canada. Time to put my money where my mouth is haha.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Which tires did you go for?

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kcy4130
kcy4130
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 DeliumTires

Rugged and versatile, both in all round. It's for my pedaly hardtail, I've only ridden it with fast rolling tires, I'm curious to see what it's like with more aggressive treads. If the casing holds up, then I might end up trying a fast or steady/all round for the rear.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Leave a feedback here when you get some miles on them!

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mikeferrentino
Mike Ferrentino
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 Deniz Merdano Pete Roggeman

I'm just here for the Ed Hardy shirt references...

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 Mike Ferrentino

It's for when you are T-O-U-G-H on the outside, but soft and flexy on the inside...

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DanL
DanL
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 Deniz Merdano Lynx .

They should set up an NSMB groupon for these kind of reviews ! I'd love to see the metrics on google searches directly after reading this article

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
+6 DanL Timer goose8 Mike Ferrentino shenzhe Dr.Flow

They'll sell tens of them!!

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Larrabee
Larrabee
2 months, 1 week ago
+2 Deniz Merdano Pete Roggeman

What an absolute treat to read this _skookum_ writing (May I say that?! I’m an immigrant from Eastern Ontario to Victoria.)  Thanks!  It made my day….

“Upon leaving the driveway for the first ride, one observation was the lack of sound that dogs the MaxxGrip Assegai on tarmac. The familiar sound that resembles a lazy driver who leaves their winter tires on all year long. You can feel your soul leaving you as you grunt up the hill on suction cups.”

“… feel your soul leaving you…”

Kudos!

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months, 1 week ago
0

Trying to paint a colourful picture of the Assegai pedalship... welcome to BC!

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wishiwereriding
John Keiffer
2 months ago
+2 Lynx . Deniz Merdano

Okay, so I thought I'd give these tires (or rather brand) a go as well, but I opted for lighter less aggressive ones. I chose the "Steady" model in the "Light" casing. Approximate weight listed as being 850 grams for the 29x2.4" size. Actual measured weight of both tires were 1020 grams each. So that's 170 grams more than advertised per tire, and I'm pretty bummed about that. I got both tires mounted to new Hunt trail wide wheels. It wasn't easy, but I got them inflated with just a floor pump. I also used the new Silca tubeless sealant and I put 5oz in each tire per their recommendation. I won't get to ride these for another week or two because they are going on a new hardtail build that's waiting on a seatpost. 

Aside from the weights being pretty far off, I measured the casing at 2.5" and the widest spot of the largest knobs at 2.4". Other parts of the knobs are more like 2.35". So for me the size seems pretty accurate.

I'll post some ride feedback when I've had a chance to ride them, but I'm not much or a tire reviewer so I'm not sure if anybody should care. I don't like tires without transition knobs.

P.S. Their website is where the 850 gram weight is listed. The actual tire packaging said Approx 950 grams. Don't like that they don't have these details correct. In either case, the tires are heavier than they are supposed to be...

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Shoreloamer
Greg Bly
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 Velocipedestrian

For us vintage folk. They don't make 26 inch tires . 

So I looked up Maxis 26 inch 2.5 dhf . They still make them. In super tacky .  Also 2.35 in super tacky . But do they really exsist ?

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just6979
Justin White
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 Velocipedestrian

What's the ETRTO width on that 2.35 currently offered? Is it still just 52 mm (~2.0, 2.05 actual)?  Or did they finally stop faking that imperial measurement and make it an actual 59 or 60 mm width?

And there was also the 26x2.5 that is only 55 mm wide, listed right next to a 2.3 at the correct 58mm. Wonder if that still exists... So stupid that they ever did.

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mammal
Mammal
2 months, 1 week ago
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It's getting hard to find around here (BC). I have a DH bike with a 26" rear wheel, and I've resorted to going with Magic Mary SG Ultra Soft, because that's what they have at the online shop I usually buy from (TBS). I would normally run DHF or DHR in downhill casing, just threw on the last of my stash, but haven't been able to find them again. Oh well, I now have 4 seasons of rear tires for it, so that will probably span my time with that particular bike.

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SteveR
SteveR
2 months, 1 week ago
+1 DeliumTires

These sound promising, especially if they set up Canadian distribution. Last summer I broke with tradition and changed things up from the DHF/Aggressor pairing that had been my go-to for all round Alberta riding, to the Spesh Eliminator/Ground Control combo. I was impressed enough to re-up with a new set on tap for this year, with the bonus that I saved roughly $25 per tire.

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CaMKii
Ben Li
2 months, 1 week ago
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dirtnapped
dirtnapped
2 months, 1 week ago
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The Rugged Reinforced lasted 17 rides/213 miles before I had 2 completely sheared side knobs and sever undercutting on 80% of the other side knobs. Granted Utah doesn't have the nice, loamy conditions shown above, but I was hoping for more life than that. Excellent grip though!

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nfnonsense
Peter Leeman
2 months ago
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I am in Utah as well and curious to know what you're running in the rear? Versatile reinforced or all-around?

Wonder if you'd get more mileage from the all-around? I am running Cushcore front and rear and might consider this.

Thanks for the feedback

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dirtnapped
dirtnapped
2 months ago
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Peter, I'm actually running the Steady, also in All-Round construction, which is holding up much better. For having lower profile tread the cornering grip is pretty decent. Braking traction is fair, aka meets expectations, and it has decent rolling speed. This is with Tannus inserts and 24-26 PSI.

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nfnonsense
Peter Leeman
2 months ago
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@dirtnapped Thanks for sharing. I think I am going to try out the following (for as long as they last) and compare to my usual Assegai / DHR 2 setup.

Rugged Reinforced - front, Versatile All-Round - rear

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just6979
Justin White
2 months, 1 week ago
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"What if the OEM market wasn’t entirely saturated with logos we are familiar with?"

This, so much this.

Just the other night during the usual after-ride chill, a bunch of pretty worn tires (some missing knobs, some with sipes worn completely away) got noticed, and that inevitably led to lamenting of tire prices, specifically yellow-lettered versions of those aforementioned familiar white-lettered OEM-spec logos. That of course led to suggestions to at least try some other brand's sturdy and sticky offerings, especially since some are approaching half the price of those yellow-lettered or alliteratively-named wallet-busters. That of course gets push back with "I've always run these, they're good enough", which makes no sense because if you haven't tried others, you don't know what is or isn't good enough. And guess what... many of the others are really really good lately.

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cheapondirt
cheapondirt
2 months, 1 week ago
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I don't know what it is about that brand.

Those who will not consider other options are missing out!

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jonkranked
jonkranked
2 months ago
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i picked up a set of both the rugged and versatile (both in reinforced casings, 275) to try on my DH bike at the bike park this summer.  no actual ride time on them yet, but the compounds/casing & tread seem nice.  they were a bit on the difficult side to mount on to the rim (which I have read elsewhere) but I'm willing to deal with that for the price.

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nfnonsense
Peter Leeman
2 months ago
+1 jonkranked

Looking forward to hearing how they work out.

Are you running inserts?

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jonkranked
jonkranked
1 month, 3 weeks ago
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I do plan on running Cushcore with with them, on DT FR560 rims.  FWIW I'm about 225lbs geared up, so definitely on the heavy end of things.

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jonkranked
jonkranked
3 weeks, 6 days ago
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quick update on them - i've gotten one ride so far and initial impressions are good. it was easier to set up with cushcore than i expected. i should note that before attempting that install, i mounted the tires to another set of rims with inner tubes to break them in a bit first, which definitely seemed to help.

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
2 months ago
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Sweet. On a DH bike in the park, I imagine you will go through them pretty quick. Which make them great options if you want the maximum grip lowest price ratio.

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jonkranked
jonkranked
1 month, 3 weeks ago
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I'm on the east coast of the US, my local bike park is rocky hardpack and rocks. All tires wear pretty quickly. 

I also got a set of Michelin DH34s in bike park compound to try too, will be mixing and matching with the Deliums. I ran the same tire in the softer race compound last season, and those wore super quickly. The bike park DH34s cost about the same as the Deliums too.

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