Tioga Psycho Genius 29




They say it is the 3rd or 4th ride on a new set of tires that will determine if they are for you or not.

These tires are for me.  I know, everyone loves a new set of tires and we seemingly have to justify at once the outlay of cash for them – so everything is positive from the get go.  I have been there before.  And over time, sometimes the attitude about the new things change to negative if they do not fulfill the original plan.  So, maybe things will change and these tires may prove to be expensive, completely worthless, over engineered, cleverly named, fast wearing and ugly.  I don’t know yet.

I have them mounted tubeless on Stan’s ZTR Flow rims with the Stan’s sealant and new valves.  They popped on and sealed effortlessly.  I used my air-compressor.  How I lived without an air-compressor before, I will never know.  The thing is loud and is cheap, but it does the job.  I leave the garage when it is on.

So I played with the pressure in the tires 4 times on 4 separate rides and settled on 38psi in the front and rear.  I started at 28psi on the first ride and went up from there.   Big changes in that 10psi.

They roll just okay on the tarmac.  They make a lot of noise, but feel like they don’t drag as much as say, the Panaracer Rampage 29×2.35, or the Geax Saguaro TNT.  They are slower than the Geax AKA TNT or a  WTB Weirwolf LT.  They kinda roll  in-between all of those.  Acceptable.

On the trail.  Love.  I visualize and feel the funny shaped knobs spreading out to react to the terrain that they roll over.  Each knob is split in 3 and can bend in any direction.  They bend and grip and release.  Grippy but not slow.  Back in the day – when Tioga was a player in the MTB world, I liked to ride the unflappable Farmer John, the Farmer John Cousin and the Psycho.  The Psycho had these great side/edge knobs that really hooked up when cornering  – especially when braking.  The new Psycho has those same shaped side knobs.  Grippy.




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3 responses to “Tioga Psycho Genius 29

  1. Jim

    Hey, thinking about running this tire in back. I was wondering how the sidewalls hold up? Are you from AZ? I’ve had a tough time with sidewall tears out here and this tire seems like it might be a good (better) solution. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks.

    • I am in Phoenix.
      No problems with these tires. Still running tubeless with Stans on Flow rims. They wear very well compared to other tires like the Rampage, AKA, Weirwolf or Saguaro.
      0 issues. Sidewall performs and feels pretty tough but it is lightweight – not a bad thing.
      I will be, when they do finally wear, replacing them with the same.

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