TAIPEI, TAIWAN – March 20, 2013 – The cycling industry is teeming with teen angst over the burgeoning All Mountain 650b push and is chest deep wading through new, chunky tread patterns. WTB’s answer comes in the form of a lighter weight, high volume, 2.2 650b trail tire, cleverly named the Bee Line.
The Bee Line has a rounded profile, 54mm casing, and an even dispersal of low, square-edged blocks with slight ramping on the center knobs. This is a tire designed for those who want to ride quickly yet don’t want to be slowed down by the weight of a big blocky tire – people placing a priority on rolling resistance yet still looking for consistency and lateral grip.
It is safe to say that 650b has seen a lot of push from the All Mountain camp as many bicycle brands are touting complete bikes sporting between 140 and 160mm of travel. However, Nino Shurter of Team Scott-Swisspower questioned this trend with a first place finish in 2012’s first UCI World Cup Race in Pietermaritzburg South Africa aboard a 17.4 lb Scott Scale carbon hardtail with 650b wheels. The Bee Line 2.2 fits in between the two camps, allowing riders a less polarizing option well suited for trail duties.
"The original tread design for the BeeLine was derived from the WTB Nineline 29x2.0,” explained Jason Moeschler, head of WTB’s OEM Sales. “We could see that the mass of 650b bikes would be in the Trail to All Mountain slot, so we hedged our bet, and expanded the width to 2.2 for 650b, along with some adjustments to the tread, making it work better for the smaller wheel size. What you end up with is a tire that could work as an XC race tread for the masses, all the way to a fast rolling AM tire for the faster, cleaner Enduro tracks."
The Bee Line 2.2 will be available in TCS featuring WTB’s lightweight casing. Additionally, the Bee Line will feature WTB’s Dual DNA Compound rubber matching 50a durometer softer side knobs to 60a durometer faster rolling, longer lasting center tread. The tire tips the scales at 740g and is the third tread pattern to WTB’s 650b family, following the Wolverine and recently released Vigilante tire.
Availability and Pricing
WTB Bee Line 2.2 650b will be available worldwide starting July of 2013. They will retail for $67.95