The new Convict from WTB is the gnarliest tire the company has ever created. It has tall knobs with multi-direction channels for improved traction whether it’s dry and sandy or damp and loamy. If you’re a fan of their Vigilante tire, but wanted something that took things one step further on the shred-o-meter, this is it.
According to Evan Smith, WTB’s tire designer, “The Convict 2.5 is our gravity specialist, whether it be charging bike park laps, the most unforgiving enduro stages, or those all-mountain shuttles where the emphasis is clearly on the descents.”
The Convict is currently available in three different tire compound and casing combinations. The TCS light version has a race casing and high grip Gravity DNA Compound, which pairs a 60a durometer rubber beneath the tread for support and a tacky 45a durometer rubber for the exposed tread.
The two other versions utilize WTB’s TCS tough casing, which ads ~180g, but offers better reliability and performance when things get gnarly. One version will also use the Gravity DNA compound, while the other version uses WTB’s faster rolling Dual DNA compound. This tire has a firmer compound throughout, with softer rubber for the side knobs.
For more information, visit www.wtb.com