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Vittoria - Mezcal III G2.0 4C XCR 29in Tire

Vittoria Mezcal III G2.0 4C XCR 29in Tire

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$54.99 Original price:$69.99
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    Tech Specs

    Compound:
    4C Graphene2.0
    Size:
    29 x 2.1in, 29 x 2.25in
    Type:
    Tubeless
    TPI:
    120
    PSI:
    [29 x 2.25] max 58psi
    Bead:
    Folding Aramid
    Claimed Weight:
    [29 x 2.1in] 1lb 8.3oz (660g), [29 x 2.25in] 1lb 8.3oz (690g)
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    1 year

    Mezcal III G2.0 XCR Tire

    Built for speed and efficiency over hard packed and mixed surfaces comes the new Mezcal III G2.0 XCR Tire from Vittoria. Featuring a densely packed and low profile knob configuration, the Mezcal is easier to get up to speed and its alternating center-ridge tread keeps the rolling resistance low. Thankfully, all that free speed doesn't come with a loss of grip as its numerous effective edges bite hard for impressive cornering, braking, and climbing traction.

    This particular tire is built using Vittoria's lightest XC Race Tubeless-Ready 120TPI nylon casing for lightweight performance and dependability and with a folding aramid bead. It does forgo the additional sidewall protection found on the XC Trail casing, however, it sheds 20-45 grams depending on the size and comes with really neat brown sidewalls. Vittoria owns the only extruder in the world that allows for 4 compounds in a single tread which it then fortifies with Graphene 2.0.

    This allows Vittoria to fine-tune the flex of the tread-base and tread-surface separately, placing the correct durometer Graphene 2.0 compound exactly where it is needed for maximum cornering, climbing, rolling, and braking performance. Additionally, durability and puncture protection is also improved, as the base compound resists punctures, and provides a more stable base for the tread.

    • An XC tire with a knob pattern built for maximum speed
    • Alternating center-ridge tread lowers the rolling resistance
    • Numerous effective edges bite for cornering, braking, and climbing traction
    • Graphane 2.0 compound delivers better wet weather grip
    • 4 compounds in the tread increase wear life and durability
    • XC Race 120TPI nylon casing drops grams
    • Tubeless-ready Aramid bead lets you run sealant and lower pressures for more comfort and a flat-free ride

    Not for desert riding

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Anything rocky is going to puncture the sidewall on these tires. My son got 15 minutes into a ride and slashed the sidewall in two places. Will try to return because these are not acceptable.

    Tire as adverstized

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 2.2

    I admit I purchased these tires because I thought they were beautiful. Perfect sidewall color (better looking than the light or dark Maxxis tanwalls), nice graphics, Italian style (and I like Vittoria road tires). The price point was attractive as well as the low weight of these tires. As advertized, the Mezcals roll fast and are very efficient. They are absolutely perfect for racing or seeking Strava KOMs or PRs on hardpack dirt (I've gotten several with them). The almost solid center bead makes them incredibly efficient on pavement as well for a 2.2" mtb tire. But I have to say that unless one cares exclusively about the fine qualities mentioned above, these tires do not have great merit. Here's why:
    What surprised me most about the Mezcals is how hard they feel. The recommended lowest pressure is 29 psi. I ran them at 23 and still they were not very comfortable. I didn't dare go lower because of the worry of the lightweight/thin sidewall. Moreover, while they are efficient in perfect hardpack conditions, they are not very grippy in any other conditions.
    I've been rolling Maxxis 2.3 Ikon's on my hardtail carbon Niner Air 9 for years. They roll almost as fast as the Mezcals on pavement and hardpack but are much more comfortable and much grippier in a variety of terrains and weather conditions. I have a set of 2.0 Specialized Ground Controls on another hardtail that are more comfortable and more grippy then the Mezcals as well. My guess is that the rubber is just too hard. I got caught out in a crazy thunderstorm on the Mezcals and felt like I was wearing roller skates on an ice rink--all while my son riding Minions could stay on the trail just fine (he just might be a better rider than me too...).
    So I'll probably take these off and store them for some perfect race conditions. But I doubt I'll really ever put them back on. Time to go back to the Ikon, even if it doesn't look as cool and costs a little more.

    Tire as adverstized

    Buy the regular one.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Sidewall durability issue. Will try an inside patch job cause it’s new, bummer.

    XC only

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Rode nicely, sidewall did not hold up to rocky terrain. Liked the weight not the durability.

    Vittoria rocks

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great tires. They hold up over a few seasons, ride smooth, great traction for my needs (XC riding).