There are a few things we didn’t know know about WTB. The first is that WTB stands for “Wilderness Trail Bikes” and the second is that they have been around from more or less the dawn of Mountain biking in Marin County, California in 1982. So moving on from their early innovations (the toe flips must have been a game changer), their new tires are looking bang up to date and worth a look if you are in the market for a set of rubber for your Trail/Enduro bike.
First up is the Convict, WTBs’ all rounder which looks the pick for the mixed conditions of the UK.
Available in the Tough (sidewalls) High Grip (compound) and Tough Fast Rolling; these look like they will deliver some serious traction.
A good old amount of space for mud shedding coupled with a beefy looking tread makes for a good looking tire. We’ll be running a pair of these front (Tough High grip) and rear (Tough Fast rolling) to see how they fare.
The Vigilante is a tire that has been around for a while and was “Born from the need to race in European enduro events”.
The Vigilante features a slightly less blocky and aggressive looking tread patter in comparison to the Convict but is offered in both Tough and Light Sidewalls and Fast Rolling and High Grip Compounds.
The Warden is a lethal looking mud tire, offered in Tough High grip only making its purpose clear; this is one for the days when the track turns into a WWII trench …A useful tire to have in your arsenal for the UK.
Some pretty tall spike treads are featured on the Warden which looks like they will cut through deep mud a treat.
However the cut variations in sipes, grooves and “pyramid architecture” mean that they shouldn’t be too deadly on slick rocks and roots.
First impressions of the tires are positive ; tacky rubber, tough sidewalls and great looking tread patterns. With a great range, WTB could certainly have produced contenders for the Enduro/ All Mountain rider.
Over the next 2 months we’re going to put them through their paces and see what performance, grip , puncture resistance and durability they offer.