Introduced as a concept last year at Sea Otter, the Ritchey Shield mountain bike tire is finally online and available.
Two models are available, the Comp Z-Max Shield (680g, $29.95) and WCS Z-Max Shield (540g, $59.95). Both are 26×2.1″ only. The tread design uses Ritchey’s Vector Force Analysis (VFA) to maintain grip at all cornering angles, and this tire is designed for racing and hardpack. The rubber is a dual compound with softer sides for better cornering grip and a firmer center for quick rolling and better durability. The bead on both is Tubeless Ready.
Check the new mud-specific Grip tires after the break…
For those muddy days when you just can’t stay off the trail, the new Z-Max Grip is the latest evolution of their mud tire. I’ve run the Z-Max Classic in years past and it’s an effective tread when there’s deep or slick mud. The Grip has a more open treat pattern with super soft durometer rubber for grip and a narrow 2.0 profile to slice through the crud. WCS version is 650g at $59.95 and Comp is 750g at $29.95. Both are 26″ only.