by Marc Basiliere
February 25, 2014
Versatile tread hits the (dirt) road
One of WTB’s longer-running tread designs, the Nano is a capable and race tyre with just enough tread to handle the inevitable corners. Already a favourite for the gravel-filled, Canada-to-Mexico Tour Divide race, the Nano has just been released in a gravel-specific 40c (1.5in) version.
The Nano’s near-continuous centre tread provides good speed on- and off-pavement while its rounded casing remains predictable when leaned on a variety of surfaces. For the gravel application, the Nano’s tread has been simplified somewhat, making for better wear on tarmac and gravel. To bring attention to its first gravel offering, WTB will be sponsoring the 300+ mile Trans-Iowa Gravel Race this April.
WTB Nano 40c tires will be available in both Race and Comp versions starting at launch in April. While the Race version has all of the usual bells and whistles, the wire-beaded Comp’s reasonable price, weight, and volume could make for an interesting mixed-surface commuting tyre:
- Nano 40c Race tires feature a folding Aramid bead, Lightweight Casing, and DNA Rubber. Weighing 470g, retail will be $50/£TBC.
- Nano 40c Comp tires feature a wire bead, Durable Casing, and DNA Rubber. Weighing 550g, retail will be $32/£TBC.
WTB tyres are distributed in the UK by Hotlines.