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Mezcal III G2.0 4C XC Race 29in Tire

3.4285714285714284 out of 5 stars
7 Reviews
Color:Gumwall/Black, TLR



Why We Like The Mezcal III G2.0 XC Race Tire

Constructed with XC racing and high-mileage trail rides in mind, the Mezcal III G2.0 XCR Tire is especially savvy on hard-pack trail surfaces. The alternating center tread keeps rolling speed nice and zippy, while cornering knobs still offer an effective edge for the inevitable unsupported corners. Vittoria's XC Race casing offers lightweight puncture protection, but priorities rolling speed for overall efficiency.


  • XC tire with a knob pattern built for maximum speed
  • Alternating center-ridge tread lowers the rolling resistance
  • Cornering knobs add security for tricky turns
  • 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 compatible for flat protection and allows for lower pressures
  • Item #VIT004A
4C Graphene2.0
XC Race casing
29 x 2.1in, 29 x 2.25in, 29 x 2.35in
[29 x 2.25] max 58psi
Folding Aramid
Claimed Weight
[29 x 2.1in] 1lb 7oz (640g), [29 x 2.25in] 1lb 8oz (690g), [29 x 2.35in] 1lb 10oz (725g)
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
cross-country, trail

Overall Rating

3.5 based on 7 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 0 reviews
5 Stars - 3 reviews

Fits True To Size

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2 out of 5 stars

July 31, 2022

Lasted one ride

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This tire is very good in street and simple trails, but if you’re riding rocky trails it won’t last. I installed a pair and lost one in the first ride, they’re very soft on the sides, never had that problem with maxxis, won’t make the same mistake twice.

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Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

2 out of 5 stars

October 31, 2021

Not for desert riding

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

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.


Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

3 out of 5 stars

October 20, 2021

Tire as adverstized

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

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.

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Bryan S
5 out of 5 stars

January 1, 2021

Sexy AF

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Take my review as a grain of salt, but I put these on a Giant Talon 2 29er with a 21mm Rim. Seem to be a perfect fit. Came from a Maxxis Ikon 2.20 so not a huge size difference but the tread pattern has immediately proved to be a huge benefit. Less slipping on climbs and can feel them digging into the dirt on every corner. I'll also add maybe because of how new they are but now I need to buy some fenders as these things kick dirt/sand up like crazy which lets me know they are doing their job. Went with a "Barzo Mullet" setup, (Mezcal in Back and Barzo in Front) Love the grey sidewalls as well.

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Dane P

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

2 out of 5 stars

September 28, 2020

Buy the regular one.

I've used it several times

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

Kevin M
5 out of 5 stars

August 22, 2020

Great All-'Rounder

I've put it through the wringer

Awesome, confident tire for mixed terrain -- single-track, rocks, dirt, gravel. (Wouldn't use them if a route involved much pavement.) Easy to mount tubelessly with floor pump and pressing bead in by hand. Held air perfectly. Beefy enough for a loaded bikepacking rig. I sized down from a 3" Bontrager to the 2.6" Mezcal without sacrificing grip or squish, but gained speed and stability/tracking.... these tires go where you point them and grip well whether going up or down.

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dca105901602 d

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

June 24, 2020


I've put it through the wringer

I like the round profile because the shape performs well on rock features. I also find these tires hold well on kitty litter type soil, roll smooth and hold up well. Good tire for dry conditions.

Kirk R

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com