Eurobike 2016: WTB 26+ Tyres, Carbon Rims

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At Eurobike, WTB had a few new things to show including new wider carbon rims and a new Deva saddle. Foremost though was a pair of 26+ tyres. Altogether, they seem to show a company slightly ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding human bodies and bike sizing. Clayton Wangbichler talked us through their new products:

Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Hey, a plus-tyred XC bike. But what’s that?
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
*gasp* it’s a 26 inch tyre! 3.0 at the front…
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
… 2.8 at the back.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Just double checking. Yep, 2.8 x 26″
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Available in 2.8 or 3.0 with a very XC-looking tread pattern, for now the Ranger 26+ seems like more of a toe in the water. Or perhaps a toe in the loam.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
It’s hard to show just how wide WTB’s Scraper rims are, so I included this USB key for scale. They come in 40 and 45mm internal widths, and if you look at their website, the reviews are full of people imploring them to release 26+ after market option.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Loads of clearance.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
It’s an Open One+. While most sizes take 27.5+ tyres, the small frame is designed around 26+
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
A trusty Boost SiD
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
No bling spared. As well as SRAM Eagle, it has White Industries hubs too.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Of course, the Ranger is also available in 27.5″+.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
As well as the Ranger, they were once again showing the burlier Trailblazer, Bridger and Trail Boss plus tyres.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
The Trailblazer 2.8 is aimed at loose dirt and sand. It’s also lighter than WTB’s other plus offerings, at 895g.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Getting slightly more aggressive and with dual compound (“Duel DNA”, in WTB’s parlance), the Bridger 3.0 is an all round trail and enduro tyre.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
As is the Trail Boss 3.0, with an extra helping of all mountain. It’s good to see more aggressive tread patterns making their way onto plus tyres, as California/Utah specific tyres tend to be a bit optimistic in UK conditions.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
The new, wider Ci31 Carbon rims weigh just 490g each, and come in 29″ or 27.5″
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
They have a very nice finish indeed.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Internal width is 31mm. That hand holding the rim is not a small one, it’s far away.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
We’ve included this just because of the marvellous name: Thickslick! It’s from a different realm of cycling (don’t worry about it, it’s called “road cycling” and it probably won’t catch on).
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Another interesting thing we spotted on the WTB stand was this Deva Pro saddle.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
You see those dimensions? 142x250mm? That’s wide, short, and many bike companies would market it as “female specific”, but WTB don’t seem to be doing that.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
It has very gender-neutral decor too. Perhaps WTB are realising that while there may be gendered averages, bodies of all genders come in many different shapes.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Padloc grips were in evidence again. Last year they had prototypes to show, but this time all are in full production.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
They even have tiny gripshift compatible ones, preferred by Jerome Clementz.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
That’s almost writing a doctor would be proud of.
Eurobike 2016 - WTB
Unfortunately, this gorgeous old engineering vice (modelling a Park SG-7.2 saw guide) isn’t for sale. To find a similar one, you’ll probably have to go to an auction house or market.

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

Comments (1)

    Yes please for 26″+ tyres 🙂

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