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SOC16: Onza Svelt mountain bike tire smooths the XC rough

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The Onza Svelt 29er XC race tire was teased at Taipei, we spotted them racing at Sea Otter and got a little more detail. Designed as a fast rolling but robust XC race tire, they come in a healthy 2.25″ width for 29ers only. A 27.5″ may follow, but considering the intentions, 29er was the place to start.

Center knobs are low and well ramped for minimal rolling resistance, but with flatter trailing edges for better braking. It gets their dual compound rubber, and the dust shows exactly where it transitions. The softer, grabbier rubber on the side knobs held on to Sea Otter’s notorious dust much better, shown here as the lighter color.

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Retail is $59 to $69, depending on model, and they should hit U.S. distribution in July through Bike Fettish. It’ll come in this sweet gumwall version, too:

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The difference between their C3 and C3 120 is the casing, with the base model getting a 60tpi casing and the top version getting lighter, more supple 120tpi version.

Onza-Tires.com

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Phil Jones
Phil Jones
6 years ago

Racing Ralph much?

traildog
traildog
6 years ago
Reply to  Phil Jones

at least you know roughly how it’s going to ride….

kt
kt
6 years ago

I absolutely love my skinwall Canis 2.25s, but I’m stoked to try these out!

mtbiker88
mtbiker88
5 years ago
Reply to  kt

Totally agree! Running Ibex K skinwall front is great for Enduro too….

xc-fr
xc-fr
6 years ago

very heavy.
is the volume real 2,25, or as the canis more like 2,1 ?

mtbiker88
mtbiker88
5 years ago

It’s a real, 2.25″ just like Canis skinwall. Run this on rear with Canis front….unbeatable combo.

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