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TIRE TECHNOLOGY

From the first ever 29 inch tire, the Nano 2.1 in 1999 to the first 27.5+ Plus set up in 2014, we are always looking to innovate the riding experience. From urban commuting to mountain shredding, we have an option to fit every riders needs. We offer various compound options, puncture protection layers, and casing configurations. For the performance rider, we make tubeless ready TCS tires. Looking for durability at an affordable cost? Comp and Race tires require the use of an inner tube while still delivering exceptional performance.

EXPLORE TIRE FEATURES

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Tubeless & Tube-Type
Our TCS tubeless ready tires rely on a tubeless bead and sealant-based system to retain air and secure the tire bead on the rim. Comp tube-type tires feature a wire bead that cannot be folded and require an inner tube to be installed within the tire. Race tube-type tires feature a folding bead but still require use of an inner tube.
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PUNCTURE PROTECTION
We offer two puncture protection options which are the following: SG2: Bead-to-bead puncture protection layer for complete protection at a minimal weight. Only available on TCS Light tubeless tires. Flat Guard: Additional under-tread material for urban riding where tread punctures are most common. Available only on Comp tires, which require the use of an inner tube.
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CASINGS
WTB tires are available with 30, 60 or 120tpi casings. Lower thread counts provide increased durability at the cost of increased weight, while higher thread counts increase tire suppleness and reduce weight. Light casing tires feature a single-ply of casing material to increase tire liveliness and minimize weight. Tough casing tires feature a dual-ply casing for added durability and support. All Comp and Race tires feature s single ply casing.
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COMPOUNDS
Our unique TriTec (triple), Dual DNA (double) and DNA (single) rubber compounds provide the perfect combinations of traction and durability for your specific riding needs. Most of our high performance mountain and gravel tires utilize our TriTec or Dual DNA compounds for increased traction. Urban tires benefit from the durability of our DNA single compound.
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BEAD
Comp tires feature a wire bead. Race tires feature a folding aramid bead. Comp and Race tires must be used with an inner tube. TCS tires feature a finely tuned aramid bead designed to be tubeless ready.

TIRE CASINGS AND COMPOUNDS

We make tires for every rider. Casing configurations ranging from 30 to 120tpi, multiple compound options designed to excel in different riding conditions, and various puncture protection options. We offer the proven performance of tubeless tires, while also providing our Comp tires that require inner tubes in exchange for a more affordable cost. Refer to the tire user manual for complete details regarding proper usage and compatibility.
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TCS VS. TUBE TYPE
TCS tires are tubeless ready. They have a TCS icon, like the one to the side of this text. You have to use tubeless ready rims, tape and tire sealant to set up these tires for tubeless use. Race tires combine the weight savings of a single ply casing with the affordability of a tube-type aramid bead. Race tires feature a folding bead that still requires the use of an inner tube. Comp tires feature a wire bead that is only made for use with inner tubes. Do not attempt to set up Comp tires tubeless.
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LIGHT VS. TOUGH
TCS Light uses one layer of supple, gram-conscious casing which conforms to the terrain to provide maximum performance, exceptional reliability and low rotational weight. TCS Tough Casing is composed of two full layers of casing from bead to bead. Regardless of puncture protection spec, all TCS Tough tires feature bead protection for additional defense against pinch flats.
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FAST ROLLING VS. HIGH GRIP
The Fast Rolling tires have a fast and efficient centerline (orange) compound, matched to grippier side knobs(purple). These tires prioritize speed and efficiency. The High Grip tires have an extremely grippy compound designed to be supple while still trail worthy. The high grip tires still feature a harder centerline(yellow) than side knob rubber(green) but are overall more grippy and conforming. These tires prioritize traction in all conditions.
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30, 60, OR 120 TPI
tpi stands for "threads per inch." The higher the tpi, the thinner and lighter the casing will be. 30tpi is our thickest casing option, providing the most durabiltiy at the highest weight. 120tpi is our thinnest and lightest, and most supple casing but only comes with SG2 protection at a higher price. 60tpi casings are our most common casing option, providing good protection, durability, and ride quality at a modest weight.
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COMPOUNDS
The more layers of rubber we have in our tread, the better control we have over the ride characteristsc. TriTec has three layers to make up a tread that provides optimal levels of traction, support, and durability. A base of high durometer rubber supports the entire tread and is capped by medium stiffness center knobs and softer side knobs. Dual DNA uses two layers of rubber, side by side, to provide a more economic mix of traction and durability. The tread features a firmer centerline with softer side knobs. DNA compound uses a single layer of rubber across the whole tread to provide a consistent ride feel and maximum durability.
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PROTECTION LAYERS
SG2 defends all surfaces of a tire by providing an uninterrupted layer of puncture protection from bead to bead. Flat Guard tires utilize an extra layer of rubber beneath the whole width of the tread to provide even more thickness in the region where the tires are most likely to encounter sharp, intrusive objects.
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E-COMPATIBLE
Tires with an E25 icon on the sidewall are designed to withstand the additional weight and forces of modern e-bikes. E25 tires are constructed with additional material to not only strengthen the tire and prevent punctures, but also provide additional support throughout the tire.
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TANwall VS. BLACKWALL TIRES
Tanwall tires are 60tpi tires. Blackwall tires can come in 30, 60 or 120tpi casings.
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