I am original owner! Just cleaned it up today: it has been sitting in basement for a LONG time. I did ride it quite a bit when first got it and up to about 2008/9. That's about the time the original rear tire wore out and the front was bit dry rotted sidewall.
Back then I tried to find wildgrippers but nothing to be found. I do see recently some to be had for $$$$$$$$$$$$
I might sell this bike though sad to say. I was 26years old when I got this rig. Now I'm an old man lol.