IB13: Wrap Your 27.5″ Wheel in CST Rubber for Less

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Let’s face it – tires probably aren’t getting any cheaper. High end rubber certainly has its advantages, but not everyone can or wants to shell out that cash. As the parent company of Maxxis, CST has been making more wallet friendly tires for years, but has a few new tires including two 27.5″ options for mountain bikes.

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The new Rock Hawk is just like it sounds – an aggressive tire for rocky and loose terrain. Offered in 26 and 29″ sizes, there is no 27.5″ planned for this one. Both wheels sizes will be available in 2.25 and 2.4″ widths in a 27 tpi wire bead for $30, and 60 tpi folding bead for $40. The folding tires feature CST’s EPS (Exceptional Puncture Safety) design which uses a rubberized poly-fiber breaker between the tread and casing.

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The Patrol is a new hardpack/intermediate tire that will be offered in 26, 29, (2.1 and 2.25″) and a 27.5 x 2.25 by this winter. The tires will use the same casings as the Rock Hawk and will run the same price.

There will also be a 27.5 x 2.25 version of the BFT (Big Fat Tire), for an aggressive all mountain/freeride tire for your mid sized wheel.

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Always an easy tire to sell when I worked at a shop, CST BMX tires made for great cheap replacement tires. The Vault is a new tire in that regard that offers 1.95 and 2.20 sizes with fast rolling design that still grips at the corners. The 60 tpi wire bead tires use dual compound rubber for the tread, and have a 100 psi max, all for $20-22. CST also has a new flatland tire in the 1.75/2.00 Decade.


Collin - 10/23/13 - 11:20am

My friend swears by the CST CZAR road tire and has talked me into riding them. For a training tire, you can’t beat them.

topcheese - 10/23/13 - 12:59pm

I had a pair of Maxxis Re-Fuse road tires that lasted for fricken ever and gripped nicely. If the CST’s are anywhere near the same quality, then they will have a place in my bike shop.

Darren - 10/23/13 - 1:29pm

Rode the their first 29er offering, it was heavy but the tire performed well, makes a great tire for SE locals where you will wear tire tread down quick cause of the Rock/sand combination in AZ.

Rain - 10/23/13 - 4:31pm

Great news. I’ll be able to get a ton of Rock Hawk for 26 and 29. In other news. . .

How long will it be till we hear that anything but BMX or DH 26 tires are “too expensive” to produce ?

Super 26 bike built last year already headed for the obsolescence binyard.

I hate business people.

RUSTYDOGG - 10/23/13 - 6:32pm

Hey low cost solutions are great. Tire prices have gotten a little steep. Not really sure its a “get what you pay for” thing with bike tires. Have had good luck with my Conti-4000’s but also with some Vittorias at nearly half the price. Spose these days if you’re still rolling 26″ you can get tires and blow out prices. Anywhoo, gonna give some of the CST a try.
Reminds me I have two fold-top bins crammed full of 26″ rubber I need to get on ebay/craigslist before they expire.

carl - 10/23/13 - 7:42pm

We rode CST (Cheng Shin) motorcycle tires on our trail bikes years ago because they preformed well and were cheap. I usually ride GP4000s’s on my road bikes but when I got a chance to buy a pair of CST Correre tires CHEAP I figured “why not”. Best $20 I ever spent. Surprisingly good.

Luigi - 10/24/13 - 4:17am

CST = Cheng Shin Tyres. The best “cheap” tires all around since 1994

WannaBeSTi - 10/24/13 - 12:17pm

CST, Duro, and Vee Rubber are making some good looking tires. Their prices are hard to beat. In my shop, we sell the snot of them. We sell close to 10:1 over premium tires. Tires like these keep shop doors open and bikes rolling.

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