The reigning cross-country world champion Jolanda Neff says that they are best tires she’s ever ridden. Presently two XCO World Cup professional teams are running Mitas tires, and despite the top-class status, the Czech brand still manages to offer outstanding value for money. It’s clearly a win-win scenario!
The Mitas brand is a member of the Trelleborg group, one of Europe’s leading tire consortium. They produce tires for many different applications, including large construction equipment, cars, motorcycles, bicycles or other special market segments. The Mitas brand focuses primarily on two-wheel vehicles, and covers a variety of sub-segments, such as kids bikes, sports vehicles and even wheelchairs. Plenty of tradition, experience and know-how have been accumulated since the start of tire production in the 1920’s. And since the Mitas products are not sourced from suppliers as with competing brands, but manufactured in factories owned by the brand from start to finish (located in several European countries such as Czech Republic, Slovenia, Serbia and in the United States), top quality is guaranteed. The former Rubena brand was reborn as Mitas in the spring 2015, and their fine bicycle tires are now available in shops nationwide.
2017 saw the launch of Mitas on world class pro competitions as the Czech brand began co-sponsoring the international Kross Racing Team. Two of biggest stars of MTB cross country racing, Maja Wloszczowska and Jolanda Neff began to ride Mitas tires and both ended up having a phenomenal season last year, crowned by the Swiss rider taking the XCO World Championship title. This immense success likely to have contributed to the decision of two further world-class teams, the Primaflor-Mondraker and a professional Polish team to race on Mitas products in 2018. So this year the Olympic bronze medalist Carlos Coloma, the ex-road UCI World Tour star Ondrej Cink and former World Cup winner Daniel McConnell all depend on the excellent traction and advanced compounds of the Mitas tires, and taking an active role in the development of the 2019 range.
The model most commonly used by racers is the Scylla Top Design, which also assisted Maja Wloszczowska in winning in Val di Sole this year. It offers a universal application tread pattern that most MTB riders will mount in spring, and not take off until the end of the season. There is no need to replace it with a special tread design, since it performs well on virtually all types of terrain and weather conditions. The novelty for 2019 is an extra-wide 2.45″ (62 mm) version of the 29er size, aimed at reducing tire pressure while increasing comfort and grip. The weight of the tire is up by only 110 grams compared to the most popular 2.25″ size.
Speaking of technology, two different tire casing constructions are used at the highest-level of the range. Naturally both can be set up as tubeless. The Textra design is a dense layer of polymeric fibers making up the side walls providing excellent protection against cuts. Due to the outstanding elasticity and minimal weight of this technology, the rolling resistance is not increased, the ride character remains similar, and the weight gain is also negligible. The Textra tires are made from a CRX compound, and the tread utilizes a uniform compound.
The Weltex construction follows a similar principle as the Textra design, but it is specifically developed and recommended for the carbon rims. The bead of the rim is fully coated with high density polymer, eliminating any abrasive effect on the carbon fiber structure. The Weltex tires use the so-called “Gray Line” two-component compound, where the side knobs are made of a softer material for better traction.
Apart from the above-mentioned professional MTB teams, Mitas is also the sponsor of major cycling competitions like the Nove Mésto na Morave UCI World Cup event, and the most-popular MTB stage race, the Cape Epic. Competitive Hungarian cyclist may also be familiar with the 4 Islands MTB stage race event in Croatia sponsored also by Mitas.
All of the tires developed for cyclocross racing were tested on our site, the Mitas X-Road, the Mitas X-Field and the Mitas X-Swamp all got good reviews. The lightweight tubeless tires conform to the UCI rules stating that CX competitions now have a maximum width limit of 33 mm. On the other hand, with the advent of gravel bikes, there is an increasing demand for wider 700c tires. This was the primary reason for Mitas introducing a 40mm version of the X-Road: according to the catalog info, it is officially “38c”, but on a wider gravel rim it’ll probably measure a full 40mm while only weighing 455g on the scales.
The Mitas 2019 range offers an almost infinite choice for city and trekking bikes, including brand new models such as the e-bike compatible Electron, the Cityhopper in no less than four color options or the studded Gripper Ice designed for extreme icy and snowy winter conditions.
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