New name, same (favorite) game.
The Vittoria Saguaro 29-inch Tire is one of the all-around favorite tires among those in our offices. You'll find it on most of the bikes we call our own, because it can handle everything we encounter out here in Utah, whether we're carving smooth singletrack in Park City or surfing gnarly lines down in Moab. Sure, the Geax name has been dropped, but parent company Vittoria has rolled the Saguaro into the new year with no changes, and we like that.
Despite being named after a desert-dwelling cactus, the Saguaro can handle a wide range of conditions, as mentioned. As a 29er, it's an all-mountain and enduro gem, one that can handle all conditions but excels in the dry hardpack stuff. Notice how the knobs are attached to an uninterrupted ridge down the center of the tire. That's for a steady ride on the hard terrain. The knobs spread out toward the shoulder so they can dig into the trail when cornering on loose material.
But, as you know, tread is but one part of the tire story. Almost as important is the casing underneath. The casing is made from a cloth that has 120 threads per inch: supple by mountain tire standards. The sidewalls are reinforced to minimize both cuts and folding when riding with low pressure. Vittoria calls this its Phase 3.1 tire casing. Holding the tire onto the rim is a traditional folding Aramid bead. The tire can be run front or rear; if you want a little more dig in the back, reverse the tread direction so you're getting more of a "scoop" effect.
The Vittoria Saguaro 29-inch tire comes in 2.0" and 2.2" widths. The
tread color is Black; the sidewall is Black. The TNT (Tube No Tube)
versions have reinforced sidewalls and a UST bead, so they weigh a
little more than the folding model.
- Grippy side lugs
- 120tpi casing
- Reinforced sidewalls
- Phase 3.1 casing
- Aramid bead
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Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Super fast tire. Great on hard pack. Only negative thing would be that you need exact tire pressure for it to perform correctly.
From the description, Competitive Cyclist is based in Utah. I would like to know how this tire behaves on the Wasatch Front trails, as well as the rough singletrack of the higher alpine ski resorts.
Also, the last tubeless ready tires I owned leaked sealant from the sidewalls uncontrollably. What kind of sealant seepage can I expect from this tire?
These tires are what most of use here at CC ride on our 29ers. They lack the bit on smaller wheels. They are a little bit heavier than some tires, but they don't leak/seep like many others either. If you can looks back at when they were branded under the GEAX name, they reviews from all employees were fabulous. I'd say we all highly recommend these. The other tire of Choice is the Maxxis Adrent if you're looking for a little more volume.