TAIPEI, TAIWAN – March 20, 2013 – Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB) announced a new tread pattern to its list of tire offerings for 2014. The Vigilante tire will feature large, square-edged knobs, a 2.3 inch width, and availability in 26”, 650b, and 29” wheel sizes.
The Vigilante tire has been created to address the needs of Team WTB riders competing in European Enduro events, often subjecting their bikes and tires to grueling rocky conditions at break neck speeds. Thicker casings, lower durometer tactile rubber compounds, and tuned rebound characteristics are showcased in order to tackle overly demanding conditions.
“Vigilante is the do everything choice from running all day to battling in the muck,” said Mark Slate, WTB’s Vice President of Product Development. “Outperforming the competition is what tires from WTB are all about. How you feel riding is what defines us. Vigilante is that tire that always works wherever you ride. Justice for all.”
The Vigilante tire uses an open tread pattern to excel in rocky, root-laden, and mud-infested terrain. Feedback from team riders resulted in a pattern designed to handle all conditions thrown at them during a race. A 2.3”, 57mm casing provides a big enough footprint to ensure traction while not penalizing riders and racers during uphill transit stages before timed downhills. Heavily reinforced side knobs eliminate flex as the tire is pushed to extreme lean angles while cornering.
The Vigilante tire will be available in Team Issue versions for 26” and 650b riders looking for added protection and capability during descending endeavors. 29” riders looking to push the envelope will have an AM TCS offering featuring Inner Peace sidewall sidewall protection as well as Dual DNA rubber. All wheel sizes will get lightweight TCS offerings for those looking to save weight and spare punishment.
Team Issue tires feature Gravity DNA – a 45a durometer sticky top layer over a 60a durometer firmer base providing terrain conformity along with a base defending against hard hits and helping prescribe rebound characteristics. Additionally, Team Issue tires use Enduro Casings, which employ both Inner Peace, a wedge-shaped strip of reinforcing rubber between casing plies, and Silver Lining, a cut-resistant woven nylon layer stretching from bead to tread. Together, these create unrivaled sidewall protection with tuned and conforming rubber.
Availability and Pricing
WTB Vigilante tires will be available worldwide starting July of 2013. 26” Vigilantes will retail for $64.95, 650bs for $67.95, and 29” Vigilantes for $69.95