WTB Introduces the Vigilante 2.3″ Tire

27.5 29er Tires

Charles Bronson endorses the new WTB Vigilante Tire!

WTB had a fun April Fool’s announcement the other day in which they had Mr. Death Wish himself proclaim his love for WTB’s new Vigilante Enduro tire. Enduro tires are the new hot ticket, offering the toughness of a downhill tire with the lighter weight, pliability and rolling resistance of an All-Mountain tire. It’s also great to see another 650B tire joining the burgeoning market.

The new WTB Vigilante is a 2.3″ Enduro tire, that comes in 26″, 650B and 29″ sizes. The All Mountain beef Meister uses an aggressive open block tread design, is TCS (Tubeless Compatible System), and utilizes their Dual DNA compound. It has a special nylon sidewall treatment for extra protection, and weighs around 940 grams and will retail for $74.95. The combination of the tough, thick and durable sidewalls and softer tread, should make for an excellent tire for Enduro racing and those that frequent muddy and rocky infused conditions. It reminds me a lot of the Muddy Mary? I like that they’ll be available in the all three tires sizes, since 650B (aka 27.5″) is the up and coming hot item.

Press Release

Vigilante tires will be available for purchase in May of 2013 for 26”, 650b, and 29” wheel sizes…

 

There is some truth to this story. Vigilante tires will be available for purchase in May of 2013 for 26”, 650b, and 29” wheel sizes. Like Charles, Vigilantes perform best when things get rough and are armed with large square-edged open blocks and a propensity for rocks, roots, and demanding terrain. See your local WTB dealer to get a set of Vigilante tires in May.

VIGILANTE 2.3

  • USAGE: All Mountain, Gravity
  • CONDITIONS: Dry to Damp / Hardpack to Sandy
  • SIZES: 26″, 650b, 29″

Born from the need to race in European enduro events, the Vigilante is our premier aggressive All Mountain tire, and first choice for Team WTB’s Mark Weir. The square-lugged open-tread pattern offers stability in loose or wet terrain, while the stiff outside knobs grip at lean angles like nobody’s business. With Dual DNA rubber, this is the tire to ride when you are giving it your all.

BRONSON

  • USAGE: XC, All Mountain, Gravity
  • CONDITIONS: Dry to Wet / Sandy to Muddy
  • SIZES: 26″, 29″

This widely spaced, linked tread tire takes charge in a broad range of conditions from dry hard pack to mud. The Bronson’s ramped center knobs roll fast while square-edged side blocks bite tenaciously at lean angles. An open tread pattern makes quick work of muck as low rotational weights keep you rolling faster.

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • SouthernVelo says:

    Is this article taking advantage of the ever so popular MTB word “Bronson”? And is it trying to say that WTB came out with a schwalbe-esq’ tire. It’s fantastic that sc was able to put a tweener wheel to work but who cares? Bronson. Blah. Blah. Blah. PSI Blah. Blah. Blah , leave your shovel at home and roost a berm. What if i I hate 80′s neon colors? I know that your more bad ass than me, but I’m so documented that you don’t matter.

  • MissedThePoint says:

    Damn, I fell for their April fools, where they said they dropped all 26″ related projects.

  • Stephen Krueger says:

    I am glad they finally started making tiers oriented toward all-mount bikes. I have popped several tubes this season on my Moto because the tiers I bought to save weight are way to flimsy for what the rest of the bike can handle.

  • Lew says:

    Looks like a Minion DHR

  • Izzy says:

    Looks like a cross between a Nobby Nic and a Hans Dampf

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