FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – March 5, 2014 – WTB unveiled a new 2.25” width and new level offerings for their venerable Nine Line cross country tire today at day one of the Taipei International Cycle Show. The WTB Nine Line 2.25 marks the fourth new tire offering released from WTB at this year’s Taipei Show following the Trail Boss, Breakout, and Nano 40c tread patterns.
The WTB Nine Line 2.25 features an extra line of blocks from the Nine Line 2.0 and wider spacing between existing blocks, allowing for increased braking, traction, and better performance in damp conditions. The WTB Nine Line 29 x 2.25 is intended to play double duty as a performance cross country and race worthy tire, weighing in at 635g for the TCS Light version, as well as a fast and capable trail tire due to its increased width and tread spacing over the 2.0 offering.
“This new Nine Line tire gives aggressive cross country riders that extra bit of volume they’re looking for,” explained WTB’s Product Manager, Chris Feucht. “With their added width, the usage expands beyond the racecourse and solidly into the trail riding category.” Mark Slate, WTB’s Vice President of Product Development and the tire’s designer succinctly summed up its changes: “The Nine Line get a bit more bulk without losing its roots, predictable drive at a super light weight.”
WTB Nine Line 29 x 2.25 tires will be available in TCS Light and Comp levels. TCS Light tires will feature Dual DNA Rubber, Lightweight casings, and folding TCS beads designed for tubeless usage and will retail for $69.95. Comp tires feature DNA Rubber, Durable casings, and wire beads and will retail for $39.95. Both options will be available in June, 2014.
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.