Jason talks about the new Weirwolf Tire:
-Usage: All Mountain/Trail
-Conditions: Wet to Dry/Loose to firm (mixed conditions)
-Faster rolling center tread pattern over previous model
-Terraced/Staged side knobs for better cornering grip and consistent feel when on edge
-TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) -Tubeless bead and sealant compatible rubber
-2.3 version comes with Inner Peace side wall protection against pinch flats
-WeirWolf 2.1 UST (GMS: 50/53), 760 grams, 120tpi, DNA rubber compound. Aramid UST bead. $60
-WeirWolf 2.1 TCS (GMS: 50/53), 650 grams, 60tpi Dual DNA rubber compound, Aramid UST bead. $60.
-WeirWolf 2.1 Race (GMS: 50/53), 650 grams, 60tpi, DNA rubber compound. Aramid bead $50
-WeirWolf 2.1 Comp (GMS: 50/53), 780 grams, 27tpi, DNA rubber compound. Wire bead. $25!
-WeirWolf 2.3 UST (GMS: 52/56), 820 grams, 120tpi, Super Track DNA rubber compound. Aramid UST bead. $60
-WeirWolf 2.3 All Mountain TCS (GMS: 52/56), 760 grams, 60tpi with Inner Peace and Dual Compound! Aramid UST bead. $60
The traditional WeirWolf is what we call an “aggressive lean” tire. It featured a distinct channel between the crown and side knobs that allowed the tread to pierce deep into soft soils, especially at aggressive lean angles. Mark Weir and Mark Slate designed this tire so that the further you leaned over, the better the traction. The compromise with that design was a slight fall-away feeling before the tire’s large side knobs engaged. Some riders perceived this fall-away transition zone as the tire reaching its limits, and never learned to push the classic WeirWolf to its true potential.
The redesigned WeirWolf is a different animal entirely. We added an extra row of transitional tread between the crown and side knobs. This slight alteration gives the new WeirWolf a positive feel and consistent traction at any lean angle, from moderate to extreme. At this point, you might be thinking, “well, why didn’t they design it that way in the first place?” or “what’s the catch?” It’s true, mountain bike tire design is a game of compromise. No tire can excel at everything. And the new WeirWolf is no exception to this rule. Its added transitional knobs make the tread more tightly packed and less suited to muddy trails (we’d recommend the Moto Raptor or Wolverine 1.95 for these conditions). On most trails, however, the new WeirWolf offers a remarkable improvement. Weir himself says it’s the best tire he has ever ridden.
The features don’t end at the tread. The new WeirWolf will be available in UST and TCS. TCS stands for Tubeless Compatible System and couples WTB’s lightweight Race casing with a UST bead. There’s even an All Mountain TCS version, with TCS and the added protection of a nylon puncture resistant shield (what we call Inner Peace).
Mark and the Weirwolf 21
Dain tells us all about the all new Dissent 2.5:
Dissent 2.5 (Completely new 2.5, new compounding and casing throughout the line):
-Conditions: Dry to moist (2.3 works well in the wet), mixed conditions to loose
-Dissent 2.5 Team DH (GMS: 57/62) 1380 grams. Super Duty casing (dual-ply 27tpi with Inner Peace), Super Track DNA rubber compound. Wire bead. $60
-Dissent 2.5 Race (GMS: 57/62) 1050 grams, 60tpi casing, Super Track DNA rubber compound. Folding Aramid bead. $50
-Dissent 29” Team FR (GMS: 60/65) Super Duty casing (dual-ply 27tpi with Inner Peace), Super Track DNA rubber compound. Wire bead. $60
-Dissent 2.3 Team DH (GMS: 55/60), 1217 grams, Super Duty casing (dual-ply 27tpi with Inner Peace), Super Track DNA rubber compound. Wire bead. $60
-Dissent 2.3 UST (GMS: 55/60), 1050 grams, 120tpi, Aramid UST bead, Super Track DNA rubber compound. $60
-Dissent 2.3 Race (GMS: 55/60), 838 grams, 60tpi casing, Super Track DNA rubber compound. Folding Aramid bead. $50
-Dissent 2.3 Comp (GMS: 55/60), 900 grams, 27tpi casing, Super Track DNA rubber compound. Wire bead. $25!
The Dissent 2.5 was introduced in 2007 to moderate success. The tire excelled in hardpack conditions, but its tightly packed tread was overwhelmed in mixed, loose conditions. Throughout the 2008 season we worked with several world cup downhillers to refine the Dissent and make it a more versatile DH tire. The Dissent 2.3—with its opposing direction tread pattern—is the result. We introduced this 2.3 version last fall and it has been enormously popular. The new tread pattern works exactly the way we hoped: the deep channel between crown and side knobs and more open knob configuration pierces soft soils and holds firm in a hard lean.
So we’re booting out the old Dissent 2.5 and replacing it with the wider version of the 2.3. We’re expecting this tire to be a big hit in a wide variety of conditions from the North Shore to loose pumice slopes of Mammoth. And of course, the Dissent is the official tire of the Whistler Bike Park, so it will work damn fine there.
Dain runs us through the new Aviator saddle:
The WTB Aviator saddle (all new shape/design):
-Size: mid-width x mid-length (137mm x 272mm)
-Oversized Cromoly rails
Aviator DH Race-
Color: Tan, Weight: 315 gr., Durable canvas cover, Flex-Tuned shell, Comfort Zone, Abrasion-resistant corners, Grippy sides
Color: black, Weight: 390 grams, Synthetic leather cover, Flex-Tuned shell, Comfort Zone
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