At a time when mountain bike tires were unquestionably gum walled, the VelociRaptors came out in black and haven't looked back ever since. They changed the game in 1994 with a steering specific front and a rear that could really dig. The VelociRaptors continue to be popular because to put it simply...they just work. Try riding one of the most classic combos of all time.
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The folding tire is about 700 grams which is reasonably light for a knobby tire with long wearing rubber. Rear tire locks up great with the bars on the tread pattern. I am 220lbs and run about 35 to 40 psi. not prone to pinch flats. Lighter tires are available but you might be giving up some traction or durability. I take them to Moab alot and they will take light free ride as well. The fact the tires has been in production since 1995 says alot. They work
The tires have great traction no compromise and they costed under $30 a piece. The front tire gives you solid turning traction while the rear tire just asks for more terrain to role over.