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If ever there were a tire that looked like one thing but was intended for something else entirely, it might just be the new WTB Ranger. Spotted at their booth as a very, very early leak was the 27.5 x 2.0 “gravel / cyclocross” tire. Elsewhere at Sea Otter, several new bikes were fitted with 26 x 3.0 “plus” mountain bike tires of the same name.

We’d heard rumor that WTB would soon have a much more aggressively knobbed “road plus” tire to join the very slick Horizon 27.5 x 47c and the mid-height knob Riddler. This could be it, and so much more…

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Looks like a mountain bike tire, no?

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Details were all but non existent, but retail should be about $68 based on other tires with the TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) Light Fast Rolling casings.

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We spotted at least two bikes with the wider 3.0 Rangers, but both were a new breed of 26+ bikes, each with a different reason for being that we’ll get into with separate posts.

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Would you put something this knobby on your “gravel” bike? Would it even fit? Plenty of builders and brands have started spec’ing the Horizon on their adventure and gravel bikes, so we could be seeing a new crop of alternative road bikes with wider stays for just such things.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Sooooo… what was XC before now becomes cyclocross and no it’s not the same old tired, it now has cross/gravel branding! Double the price you say? Well, there’s development costs you know and jiggy miggy compounds, oh and not to mention tubeless ready…
    What do you mean tubeless has been here for ages? This is entirely new tubeless, we call it tubelesss, added S means you need a sealant.

  2. That tread pattern looks a lot like Racing Ralph. But it’s a well working one, so I would assume these too have a good balance between grip and rolling resistance.

What do you think?