WTB Launches New Trail Tire, Aptly Named “Trail Boss”
04 March, 2014
NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – March 5, 2014 – WTB revealed a new tread pattern named the Trail Boss today at day one of the Taipei International Cycle Show. The Trail Boss features staggered side knobs, an even tread shelf, and abundant siping to create additional working edges as the tire is ridden aggressively. The Trail Boss is decisively marketed toward trail riders with availability in a 2.25” width in 27.5” and 29” diameters.
“It’s difficult to create a truly successful trail tire because so much is asked of it,” stated WTB’s Product Manager, Chris Feucht. “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. Combine all that with the introduction of new tire level options, TCS Tough in addition to TCS Light, and you have a real winner for the discerning rider,” explained Feucht. “The chore of this tire’s creation gets a little easier when it ends up being the tire that all of us would want to ride,” smiled Feucht.
WTB rider and employee, Jeremiah Newman, putting the Trail Boss 2.25 29" TCS Light tire through its paces in Northern California.
The name “Trail Boss” is a direct head nod to WTB’s second employee and current Director of Operations, Fred Falk, who began working at WTB in 1988 when the company was still located in the garage of Mark Slate’s rented house.
WTB Trail Boss tires will be available in TCS Light and TCS Tough Fast Rolling Compound levels in both 27.5” and 29” wheel sizes starting June, 2014. Trail Boss TCS Tough Fast Rolling Compound tires will feature two full layers of casing for added protection and will use the same Dual DNA Rubber Compound as TCS Light tires. Pricing and weights are as follows:
Size Model Weight Price
27.5" Comp Projected: 840g $37.95
27.5" TCS Light Projected: 750g $67.95
27.5" TCS Tough: Fast Rolling Compound Projected: 870g $67.95
29" Comp Projected: 905g $39.95
29” TCS Light 795g $69.95
29” TCS Tough: Fast Rolling Compound Projected: 920g $79.95
WTB’s proprietary sealant tubeless system, TCS (Tubeless Compatible System,) revolutionized rims and tires in 2009 when combining ETRTO, ISO, and UST standards with light tubeless rotational weights. Never before had a standards-based tubeless system weighed so little. Certified as the first sealant-based tires for the UST system in 2012 by Mavic, TCS continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible through purpose-built tires and rims tailor-made for every discipline of cycling. Learn more about what’s possible at wtb.com/tcs
Founded in 1982, WTB was formed in the birthplace of mountain biking to design better bicycle products. Renowned for saddles, tires, rims, and grips, this rider-driven company continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible through an unrelenting spirit of innovation and passion for two-wheeled adventure.