If you haven’t figured it out yet, WTB’s April Fools prank was actually true, well, minus the Charles Bronson Part. The vigilante is a new enduro oriented tire and it will be available in both 2.3 x 26, 650b, and 29″ tire sizes. Built with thicker sidewalls, sticky rubber, and exceptional rebound characteristics thanks to the low durometer Dual DNA rubber, the open tread pattern should be perfect for the gnarly conditions encountered in most enduro races.
In addition to the Vigilante, WTB is also introducing a lighter, high volume 650 tire, the Beeline. Check it out after the break.
The tightly spaced tread pattern of the Beeline is similar to that of the new 29 inch Nine Line. Built to be a light weight, rounded profile tire, the 2.2 Beeline has lower profile square edged blocks than the Vigilante, with a bit of ramping in the center for better rolling resistance. While the Vigilante will be available in May, the Beelines reportedly won’t be available until July where it will enter as WTB’s third 650b offering.
There is also word of a new rim family called the KOM, which will supposedly offer “Carbon weights at an aluminum budget. Built with a 23mm internal, and 28mm external width, the rims will be constructed from WTB’s proprietary WT69 alloy with 4D-Angled spoke drilling which is similar to that of the Stryker and Frequency wheels.