by Marc Basiliere
July 8, 2014
Will it be the boss of you?
Looking a bit like a reeled-in Vigilante, WTB’s new Trail Boss tyre aims for the broadest (and most challenging) of designations: the ultimate all-around trail tyre. Coming this summer as a 2015 model, the Trail Boss balances a tight tread pitch for low rolling resistance with staggered, siped knobs for plenty of cornering and braking traction.
A great trail tire needs to be fast, light, work in numerous conditions, have good braking characteristics yet still somehow be tough enough to be ridden aggressively. I like to think the Trail Boss does all that and more. It has tight enough tread pitch to keep it rolling fast and smooth even on hard surfaces but the squared off blocks still dig in hard when it comes time to slow down in a hurry. We strategically added siping that expose more working edges as the tire is pushed harder in the corners.”
The Trail Boss also marks the debut of WTB’s TCS Tough and TCS Light tubeless-ready casings. The names really capture the intent- the Light is lighter (by about 120g in a given size) and the Tough is, erm,… tougher. Similarly self-explanatory High Grip and Fast Rolling tyre compounds will both be offered in the Tough casing, while the Light gets the harder-wearing Fast Rolling rubber.
|27.5 x 2.25||Comp Wire Bead||840g|
|27.5 x 2.25||TCS Light, Fast Rolling||750g|
|27.5 x 2.25||TCS Tough, Fast Rolling||870g|
|27.5 x 2.25||TCS Tough, High Grip||900g|
|29er x 2.25||Comp Wire Bead||905g|
|29er x 2.25||TCS Light, Fast Rolling||795g|
|29er x 2.25||TCS Tough, Fast Rolling||920g|
UK Pricing, through Hotlines, has yet to be set.
The full specs are already live at wtb.com.