|WTB Ranger 29 X 3.0|
That's why when last week a new 29+ tire was introduced, I was brought to attention. No, it wasn't anything by Vee Rubber, and yes, they make tires in this size, but historically anything they do hasn't been a good indicator that the market is behind a trend. So, I don't pay a lot of attention to Vee Rubber.
No, this tire is from WTB, and that should make you think. Why? Because lots of bicycle brands spec WTB tires on their models, and if WTB is making an oddball tire for sale in their line, it is my opinion that something is happening on the OE side that makes this profitable for them. So......
While the Ranger is a cool tire, and I wouldn't mind trying them out in the 27.5 X 2.8 size on my Fat Fargo, perhaps, I think the 29+ version of this model might point to something coming in 29+ soon from a brand tied to bike packing, or one that wants to be. That's my take on this tire.
Time will tell.........
Definively hope so.
I have a frame which can handle both 29+ and 27.5+ tyres but long term availability of the former would be great
Would like to try these on my Blackborow!
I have been using a 2.8 on my QBall here in the OR and it grips great. 14psi on a i35 rim using in the rear only. No rim or pedal strikes. Not a uphill mud tire but for everything else out there on and off camber it holds like glue. Rolls decent on the road also. It is noticeably wider than the TB in my (crimped) chain stays but still has decent clearance.
They kind of missed the mark a bit by only offering the 29+ in the light casing. I'm sure that the weight of the tough casing scared them but for honest to Jah backcountry riding a reliable tire is a must. Weak sidewalls mean carrying two tubes for the "Just in case" factor and there's no bottom line savings in that...
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