WTB Convict and Trail Boss Tire Combo - Review

Feb 14, 2018
by Mike Levy  
WTB


Each end of our bikes has to do very different jobs, so it stands to reason that it sometimes makes sense to run a set of mismatched tires. This is why you'll often see a fast rolling tire on the back of the bike that's paired with a meaty, slower rolling tire on the opposite end, which is exactly the combo that's review here. WTB's $76.95 USD Convict is a 27.5'' x 2.5'' wide monster that's intended for rowdy, wet, and loose terrain, with its hefty 1,239-gram weight emphasizing those intentions.

The less aggressive, 1,050-gram Trail Boss is more about rolling speed, with smaller and lower knobs that are spaced relatively close together. The $76.95 USD Trail Boss is available in about seven hundred size and construction combinations, but it's the 27.5'' x 2.4'', TCS Tough / Fast Rolling model that's tested below.



WTB

Convict TCS Tough / High Grip Details

• Intended use: downhill / enduro
• Wide, blocky knobs
• Open design for loose conditions
• WTB's Gravity DNA compound
• Size: 27.5'' x 2.5'' only
• Weight: 1,239 grams
• MSRP: $76.95 USD
www.wtb.com
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Trail Boss TCS Tough / Fast Rolling Details

• Intended use: trail / all-mountain
• Faster rolling, tightly spaced knobs
• Commonly used as a rear tire
• WTB's Dual DNA compound
• Available in 26, 27.5, 29'' diameters
• Available in 2.25'' and 2.4'' widths
• Weight: 1,050 grams (27.5'' x 2.4'')
• MSRP: $76.95 USD



Design

There's a subset of tires that put all-out traction and durability at the top of the priority list, with silly stuff like weight and rolling speed far lower down. I'd place both the Magic Mary and the Vittoria Mota in that IDGAF category, as well as WTB's stout Convict. Like the other two examples, the Convict's tall, widely spaced lugs are meant to penetrate into soft surfaces to find traction where a less aggressive but faster rolling tire might not be able to claw up any bite.


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Across the crown, you'll find paddle-like knobs that put a premium on braking traction (and forward drive, too), with sipes molded in both lengthwise and across the alternating knobs. A relatively open transition leads to equally meaty side knobs, also with sipes galore to allow them to better conform to the ground.

WTB offers the Convict in two different rubber compounds; a 'Fast Rolling' version that's obviously firmer, and the 'High Grip' rubber that my Convict is constructed with. If I'm putting a 1,239-gram tire on the front of my bike, you can bet your ass that it's going to be the grippy one. What'd be the point otherwise, especially up front? There are also two casings to choose from, with the tire shown here featuring the burlier 'TCS Tough' construction that's sturdy enough to feel like a run-flat tire. Not really, but it's a pretty solid casing.

You can save around 200-grams by going with the more compliant 'TCS Light' casing but, once again, if I'm running a tire like this, I'm looking for all the traction and all the reliability.
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The Trail Boss is a completely different animal next to the Convict, with comparatively tight spacing and much smaller knobs all around. The idea is that all of those pint-sized lugs can penetrate through dirt and mud where knobs with a wider footprint might tend to float over the soil. In a way, it's a similar concept as a proper mud tire being low-volume so as to be able to do the same thing. The Trail Boss is not a mud tire, though; its more of a fast-rolling option that should be able to get by regardless of conditions. There are also sipes galore. I love me some sipes.


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You can get the Trail Boss in all sorts of sizes, compounds, and casing options, but my 2.4'' rear tire features WTB's TCS Tough casing, just like its counterpart up front. Instead of the Convict's softer High Grip rubber, this particular Trail Boss is rocking the Fast Rolling compound that should also wear slower to boot.



Performance

My prison-themed tire combo came mounted on a set of Derby's DH 35i that sport a 34.5mm internal width. I guess DH 35i rolls off the tongue better than DH 34.5i. Anyway, I popped all four beads off and reseated them to see if they'd seal up nicely, which they did. Since the tires had already been mounted for quite some time, that's not really the same as installing a new set, but it'll do for me. The tires fit reasonably snug, too, but not too tight to get them on and off while in the forest; you'll need levers but you won't need to yell at them. While the Convict measures a true 2.5'' wide, I was surprised to see that the Trail Boss came in a bit undersized at 2.3'' across (2.2'' at the casing) despite it being on a wide rim.


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Let's start up front where it counts. The Convict's supportive casing calls for lower pressures than you might be used to if you've been on something lighter and less supportive, so just like a tire with a very flimsy casing, getting into the right pressure window is important. Too much air and it can't do its job, just like any tire, and it will tend to deflect more than it should. It's just that the Convict's window is quite low - I was running around 16 to 18 psi depending on the trail and conditions, but I also weigh the same as I did in grade 7, so there's that.

A few things stand out to me about the Convict. Firstly, it has an immense amount of braking traction, especially in the slop and compared to a more well-rounded tire. Thanks to those massive crown knobs, leaning hard on the front brake in dry conditions will stop you dead, and the mega-supportive casing makes me believe that I could barrel through a mile of broken glass and nails without a worry. While I'll admit that it's probably too heavy for me to want to use year-round or on anything but a serious all-mountain or downhill machine, watching the pointy rocks worry about the tire hurting them rather than the other way around is pretty nice. Zero flats, zero air loss, and zero troubles.

Leaning the Convict over is interesting in that it's not a matter of there being traction until there isn't, but rather a sense of it wanting to be on its edges and feeling a bit loose until it is. The outright grip is there, but it's a tire that rewards commitment instead of a rider who puts out the feelers. And for a tire with relatively tall knobs, I was surprised to see how well it does on rock and hardpack. Not unexpected, though, is how it's not a real big fan of crossing wet roots. Mud and slop, sure; wet roots, not so much.

To be fair, the Magic Mary also suffers from the exact same drawback, with the Vittoria Mota and the Continental Der Baron being the only tires in this niche that haven't forced me to tippytoe across slimy tree fingers.
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At the opposite end of the all-mountain tire spectrum, and the opposite end of the bike, is the much faster rolling Trail Boss. This is a neat tire that surprised me in a few ways. I assumed, wrongly, that it'd be a nightmare in wet conditions, but that's not the case at all; it's not a mud tire and it'll tend to clog up in sticky stuff, but that's be expected. But in normal, everyday wet conditions, the Trail Boss offers decent grip on everything from slick dirt to roots to woodwork. It also rolls pretty well, but that's not a shocker.


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Braking traction is somewhere between meh and ugh depending on conditions, with nowhere near the bite of something with a more open, more aggressive layout. That's the cost of a fast rolling tire, though, so be aware of what your wants and needs are. Cornering bite is a bit on/off for my liking, especially when it's wet, but a skilled rider can use that to their advantage if they like to let the back of their bike get a bit loose. Again, getting the pressure correct is important due to its burly casing, and I found that 18 PSI worked well for my 160-ish lb weight.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIt can make sense to think about tires as a pair, especially when teaming a big, aggressive option like the Convict up with a faster-rolling tire like the Trail Boss. It's a bit of a mullet-y setup with business up front and party in the back, which is a good way to go if you're looking for a fast combo that won't leave you second guessing about what your front-end is up to. As decent as the Trail Boss is in the wet, neither are a great choice if mud and wet roots are the norms for you. But if you need a fast, reliable set of tires for usually dry terrain, this combo is a solid option. Mike Levy

141 Comments

  • + 81
 @wilderness-trail-bikes let's figure out a way to sell us those logo trucker hats you randomly give away on Instagram. In multiple colors.

Seriously. $10/each and $4 shipping will get you a lot of roots-level marketing. In fact, you send me one for free ninety nine and I'll wear the shIt out of it. Think about all the biker boners you'd get when I roll up in Pisgah with that navy / gold lid.

Edit: I just checked your webstore. That howling wolf shirt is EN FUEGO. My winter tone would look damn fine against that grey. Once I get some light on my white the teal would accentuate my dad bod.
HOLD UP: The beanie, bottle openers, and stickers from your IG account @wilderness-trail-bikes are solid as well. LET THE PEOPLE HELP YOU.
  • + 8
 This right here.
  • + 14
 Softgoods are so cheap to produce I'm always surprised more companies don't just throw them at people for free/cost. Even if you give tshirts, hats, and stickers away they're likely the best return for advertising, dollar for dollar. And they stick around for years as opposed to the fleeting print/web advertisement.
  • - 10
flag AutumnMedia (Feb 14, 2018 at 15:40) (Below Threshold)
 @sspiff: Always wanting free shit...keep dreamin. Gotta work for what you want - stop hounding WTB like you have something to give them. Wear it - ride it - pay for it.
  • + 4
 @AutumnMedia:
What was that saying about the point and your head?
  • + 3
 @AutumnMedia: Meh. I never said I wanted any of that shit for free, just that companies would be smart to spend their advertising budget this way. Tbh, I dont even want most of it... I wear plain T shirts and gladly paid for my hat that says EVIL on it, but that's because I am amused whenever people get bent out of shape by it, not because I wanted to pay Evil bike co. to advertise for them.
  • + 2
 +1000

Who want them trucker hats?
  • - 2
 @Loki87: you need to get a life and work - try it out -
  • + 1
 @AutumnMedia:
It´s still there, right over your head!
  • + 35
 80 dollar tires are now considered normal?? Pff ..I have to find a different hobby.
  • + 42
 Enjoy! We'll still be over here laughing and schraalping about on our expensive tires if you want to come back!
  • + 18
 Don't ever run anything plus-sized then, you might have a heart attack at the tire prices.
  • + 2
 @seraph: Lol for real. Fat bikes, plus bikes, and winter bikes with studded tires are clearly not what buddy should be riding.
  • + 5
 @seraph: even worse if you compare fatbike studded tires...just sayin'
  • + 7
 You can almost always find tires for less than MSRP though.
  • + 20
 Yet another reason I've been running Minions for going on 15 years, still available everywhere for $50 or less, still the tire all other tire companies copy.
  • + 6
 Start riding moto, it is less expensive
  • - 6
flag chasejj (Feb 14, 2018 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 @raditude: No shit. It really has reached the point the only reason to ride is it is more easily accessed near my home and my knees need the work. . Other wise I could just spend my money and have more giggles riding moto at almost less cost.
  • + 7
 Pretty much the same price as moto tires.... The margin game in the cycling industry is BS
  • + 4
 @raditude: not really... I'll give you bike for bike purchase price- it's close. But moto maintenance is more intense. Whether you it's a 2t or 4t engine, I have always spent way more time and money on my motorcycles than MTBs... and that's not by choice. Just the reality of keeping the bike running as it should. So Unless you ride a clapped out dirt bike, moto is a more expensive sport.
  • + 3
 Check out the price of a composite hockey stick or a new pair of skis...
  • + 9
 Skids come at $5 each.
  • + 1
 @raditude: This is false, lol. Moto tires last a few hours on hardpack. Also, price out a complete bottom end for your bike sometime, or just cases for that matter. +decent gas is over 10$/gallon in the states at the cheapest.

Not that mtb can't be just as expensive, like buying 10k carbon bikes that will be on the sales rack in a year or two. There are a lot of really shitty knock off parts out there for mtb too, just check out ebay.
  • + 11
 Just run crappy/cheap tires if you're sick of paying for it.

I have a co-worker with a 90's hardtail with rim brakes and he runs $20 tires. You can mountain bike for pretty cheap if you don't want to spend big money. You have other options, you just might not like them.
  • + 1
 @themountain Thought you would've realized that when 5-figure bikes are being reviewed... Wink
  • + 1
 @maxyedor: Yup. If it ain't broke...
  • - 2
 Yea its called working for a living bro - you can keep rolling that way...
  • + 2
 So I'm confused, you guys are stoked on paying the same price for flimsy mtb tires as moto tires when it's unnecessary except to keep the huge margins alive? Makes sense...
  • + 1
 @HARv379: Mostly I'm just sick of people price whining about every single product that gets reviewed. There are cheaper options available. Buy those instead if these are too expensive.
  • + 17
 2.4" that measures 2.2"? Disappointing. Especially when WTB had a knock-out tire in the (now discontinued) WTB Breakout. That tire measured larger than advertised and was a dry conditions specialist tire for the rear. The Breakout, paired with your preferred 2.5" beast up front (DHF, Butcher, MM, Convict, etc.) was an amazing combo for Utah, Colorado, Arizona, NM!
  • + 7
 Four corners FTW.
  • + 1
 Magic Mary front, WTB Breakout rear is what I'm on at the moment.
Also surprised to hear the sizing issues with the Trail Boss as the Breakout is massive. Hard to spot any difference in size between it and my 2.6 MM front (which is a true 2.6 on 35mm rim).
  • + 0
 Agreed. These are not new. They killed the Breakout and have nothing to show for it other than increased MSRP. That while Maxxis decreases MSRP. Terrene tires adorn my bikes currently and look to the main candidate for the replacements.
  • + 4
 Ahhh the breakout, now that’s a tire! I’m running the convict/breakout combo, BALLER!!
  • + 5
 Why would they discontinue the breakout! very disappointing
  • + 1
 My 2.4" trail boss measured 62mm on a 30mm rim, last time I checked.
That's 2.44" inches...
  • + 2
 @pyromaniac: you got lucky. I hear rumors of the early TB 2.4’s measuring huge.

I bought a TB 2.4 (per the label). But it’s ERTO size says 58mm (2.28”)... it’s molded right into the side of the casing. I’m wondering if WTB had a production issue and got a ton of 2.25” tires labeled as 2.4?

I’d recommend a Breakout Fast/Tough (if you can still find one) or a DD Maxxis Aggressor. (For rear use)
  • + 1
 I just measured my old Trail Boss 2.4 casing at 57mm on a 25mm rim. ETRTO 57 is on the sidewall.
  • + 1
 @Lornholio: According to their website they "also" sell at 2.25 Trail Boss..... production issues? Do they actually just make a 2.25 and sell it as a 2.4 and 2.25?
  • + 2
 @colemanb: Amen dude!
  • + 3
 Shhh, don’t tell, but WTB is supposed to have a replacement for the Breakout plus some other new additions at Sea Otter. Until then, Breakouts on closeout for $30.
  • + 2
 The 2.25 Trail Boss on a 25mm rim is 56mm (knobs) and 55mm (carcass). According to the first unit converter I stumbled upon the internet, 56mm is 2.2in. It also has a tall profile, so more air volume than the average 2.3 maxxis tyre.

Good design for rear use (I try to mostly ride to the trails), drag-free rolling ,ok climbing and braking, doesn't hold a line in loose or slippery off camber sections though. Never, ever mount it on the front wheel unless you ride exclusively on smooth hardpack. Somewhat heavy for what it is, even the Light versions. Maxxis Exo tyres have thicker sidewalls and weigh less (even the likes of DHF and HR2 in 2.3).
  • + 2
 @justwan-naride: εδω ειναι αττική, φαιών νταμάρι
  • + 9
 I stopped riding WTB tires when I realized I was more likely to break all my Pedro's tire levers on a trailside repair than I was to successfully complete my ride. Those things are too tight. Aggressor in the back. Front gets the Minion. And no, I don't care about your opinion.
  • + 5
 Anyone down voting this comment is a clown. It's the truth. They're too damn tight and I've broken levers too.
  • + 1
 Does the agressor in the back corner as well as a DHF in the back though? Obviously it brakes better.
  • + 2
 @poozank: @poozank: A rear tire that corners like shit leads to lots of fun drifts, as long as you're not racing it's awesome. For a while I ran a DHF in the front and an Ikon in the back and it was the most fun tire setup I've ever had
  • + 9
 Hey @wilderness-trail-bikes you have a handful of killer CX/Gravel tires with skinwalls. I threw a pair of the Riddler 37 on at the start of winter for gravel rides and they're great so far. Please make a Convict, Trail Boss and Vigi with a skinwall option. That'd be rad. K thanks bye.
  • + 5
 Tried that combo but it was way too heavy for the relatively average grip. Switched back to MMary and NNic combo, both 2.35. Though she’s not as chunky as the Convict, Mary is pretty hard to beat for grip and Nic comes along for the ride coz he rolls pretty good.
  • + 1
 Vigiliante in replacement is a better combo if youre trying to save the weight. Vigi up front with TB in back is a solid time. Or Vigi front amd back. So much grip then!
  • + 4
 I tried the Trail Boss on the rear of my trail bike last summer, and it's the only tyre I've ever removed before wearing it out. Fast and tough, yes, but the side knobs didn't have much bite even in the dry. A Trail Boss with real side knobs could be a winner; a semi-semislick if you will.

The casing felt great though, at acceptable weight. Trying a Breakout Tough/Fast on the rear next, but a Convict might be worth a look sometime too.
  • + 1
 ZACK LEE
  • + 1
 I'm with you. Running a Convict up front with Breakout in the rear is magical. Went through Maxxis Minions and Schwalbe before landing on WTB and won't change until they discontinue them.
  • + 1
 I had the exact same experience. Tried it on several rides and at multiple pressures and could just never find grip on the rear. Couldn't get it replaced fast enough.
  • + 1
 The side knobs are angled the wrong way and they lack stiffness.
  • + 1
 My 2.4 Trail Boss is at the end of it's life and it's so drifty that I have to ride every corner waiting for the step-out. Fun and unsettling at the same time.
  • + 5
 A 2.4 trail boss on a 30 mm ID rim is hell to get on and off. It requires levers, strong hands AND a bit of yelling- too much to worry about trail side for me.
  • + 9
 Wilderness Tight Beads
  • + 2
 Try asking it nicely. Pretty please. With sugar on top.
  • + 1
 I had trouble with my wtb vigilante and trail boss on wtb's i23 rims, eventually after having taken them off enough times the bead had stretched enough for it to be managable.
  • + 3
 You know it's bad when you aggressively start calling your unseated tire bead 'bro'
  • + 8
 @ibishreddin: The install process for a new WTB tire is: 1) put on hood of car in direct sunlight for 30 minutes 2) get some soapy water for a lube 3) grab a pair of those tire levers with a metal core 4) man-handle that sucker for 10 minutes 4) stop for a beer 5) repeat steps 1-4, 6) remember buy Maxxis next time.

PM for a good deal for a lightly used Trail Boss and/or Vigilante
  • + 3
 If the Trail Boss seems too narrow, try the Breakout in 2.3. Similarly, it has a fast rolling knob pattern. But inflates a little wider than the Trail Boss. I've been happy with the Convict/ Breakout setup for the last year or so.
  • + 1
 Too bad WTB discontinued the Breakout...
  • + 1
 YAS!@ That's my combo too!
  • + 8
 DHF FTW!
  • + 6
 my car's tires are cheaper
  • + 22
 Your car's tires are also produced in huge quantities, using lower quality materials with much less regard for weight.
  • + 19
 @mnorris122: but they have 20 times the material, and a metal casing, and they last 1000 times as long
  • + 11
 @maxgod: To be fair, you can probably find a MTB tire that has 20x more the material, a metal casing and lasts 1000x longer. Comparing a high end boutique-ish product to a low end, low budget product doesn't prove any points.
  • + 24
 My cars tires aren't, you should get better tires.
  • + 15
 Available now on Amazon and/or Ebay:

Goodyear 27.5 folding bead MTB tire: $5.77
Nashbar Grinder 29 MTB tire: $12.99
Bell Kevlar Wire bead 27.5 MTB tire: $20.77
WTB Trail Boss 27.5 Comp: $19.99

etc., etc..
  • + 3
 @SJP: Yep. You can get some awesome tires for not a lot of money if you shop around/are willing to buy Innova/CST/Nashbar and don't need to have the name brand label. I've been running Geax (now Vittoria) Mezcals and AKAs, and you can find them amazing prices on clearance.

Same goes for plus tires. I'm running killer Innova Transformer 29 x 3.0 tires on my Surly Krampus (folding bead, 60 TPI, claimed weight 920 grams) and I honestly couldn't be happier with them at $35ea.

There's cheap and then there's inexpensive.
  • + 1
 They're high end tyres, you can't get Pirelli's for your car for cheaper than these tyres
  • + 2
 I run the trail boss 2.4 tough/fast all year round and can confirm it's a great all conditions tire. It's super tough and far more reliable than the maxxis casings while it's speed makes up for its weight. Ive paired this with a magic Mary up front and it's awesome.
  • + 3
 I'm putting one on my bike right now. First time. Running the vigilante up front.
  • + 2
 @onemanarmy:

Great combo. I liked the Vigi/Break Out a litttle better. Vigi/Riddler is shockingly good too on the right dirt.
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: I ran that all last year, was an awesome combo, I just wish they made the Vigi in a 2.5
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: I ran the vigilante up front for 2 seasons and really liked it. Its great for rocky terrain as the carcass is bombproof. It seals super well and never flats. However, the MM has more grip in the wet and is a little lighter for the front.
  • + 1
 @skill7: I would assume that you had the tough casing, the light casing is paper thin and can be gashed open from riding on smooth river rocks
  • + 4
 Trail boss is my favorite all purpose tire. Great front tire for XC rig and rear for a trail/AM. Way better than the ardent or any alternative out there.
  • + 2
 I am not going to start off with a pun but I will provide a data point. The 29 x 2.4 Trail Boss that I bought last fall "stretched" out to a casing width of 2.18" after several weeks on a Derby 30 mm internal width rim. It is a solid rear tire but the width was quite disappointing. I ended up removing that tire and giving it away.
  • + 1
 i'll want a reference to WTB discontinuing the BREAKOUT before i'll believe they are gone. out of production may not mean discontinued. I (heart) the BREAKOUT tire. i hoped for a 29x2.5 light/fast to come around....... dreams....
  • + 1
 Hey WTB, thanks for making a tough casing 26 plus tire (Ranger). Any possibility of something more trail less trek?
27 forks can run a 26X2.8 on up to a 50mm rim. There is only the Surly Dirt Wizard a great tire but without casing support.
  • + 1
 Run Wardens in the wet winter months if riding steep stuff. Climbing sucks but it's #throwtheanchor when you need to stop. Vigi's in the spring and throw the Wardens back on when everything dries out in the summer. If what you ride is not super steep, put a Vigi on the front and rear for the entire year(#toughcasing on the back). Sure it's a bit heavier, but the tough casing is bulletproof. I can't tell you how many times I put a rock through Minions and the Trail Boss just doesn't hook up when you need to slow down.
  • + 1
 Hey @wilderness-trail-bikes
I tried to mount these tires onto your Ci24 rims. You know what...? IMPOSSIBLE to get 'em onto those rims. And I did my fair share of wrenching on bikes over the last 25 years so I know the tricks of the trade.
I went back to my good old Maxxis tires and they pop right on, tubeless and with tubes. Your tires don't even fit your own rims.............
  • + 1
 I am forever sold on the @wilderness-trail-bikes tires!

But, I think the Breakout, or the Vigilante is a better match for the Convict.

Autumn and spring I rund Vigilante out back and in the summer i run Breakout back. Always Convict up front, which is the sickest tire around!
  • + 3
 @wilderness-trail-bikes available in 26? well well WTB! you're the MVP!! thank you so much for not pushing that tire size out...

I'll guess I'm going to stock on this tires!
  • + 1
 Been running the convict 2.5 front and rear, fast rolling back and sticky soft front all winter l. I disagree with Levy about the muddy and wet roots comment at the end, they haven’t failed me with the past 5000 days of rain, hold like glue in the slop AND My legs are bigger than the old growth forests pedaling them uphill.
  • + 1
 Why was a Vigilante Tough/High not tested on the front with the Trail Boss Tough/High on the rear? That seems a better compromise and match.
Love my worn out Vigilantes! The buggers are still giving better grip than other aggressive tyres :p
  • + 1
 @wilderness-trail-bikes Both those tires are great! Have used them for a while on my 27.5" bikes. But I recently switched to 29" bikes and it would be great to see the Convict offered in a 29". Or even a Vigilante in a 2.5" X 29"/27.5". Been supporting you guys for a long time and but have had to ride something else on my 29" bikes lately.
  • + 1
 2.4 Trail Boss front, 2.25 Trail Boss rear is a much better all terrain combo, possibly the best tires I've ever run. Unfortunately it's straight up FALSE that you won't be swearing at these tight bitch*s when mounting them up, and you might as well consider them sew ups because you aren't fixing a flat with a tube. They are removed best with a knife. I run 26mm internal rims and don't run WTB's--my favorite tires--because they're a bitch. Stop blowing smoke up their ass.
  • + 1
 I bought two 2.4 Trail Bosses this week, but it will be April before our trails are open. I have been hoping to see somebody test the rolling resistance differences between the different versions. I'm not sure how one would test the 'grip' differences though.
  • + 1
 i dont give a shit the brand or the tread or the price....just hold the rim, rail the turn and no slashes on the rocks. Tire MFG's need to hand out free tires not hats if they want us to spread the word about solid product...or shit on shitty shit.
  • + 4
 I haven't ridden wtb tires in a very long time. Great write up @mikelevy might have to try wtb again
  • + 1
 The convict is not a good front tire, the Vigilante is much better. The side nobs are in line with the center nobs, under intense lean the front tire will just lose traction and it sucsk.
  • + 1
 WTB tough high grip are my goto tyres for the Alps & Finale riding with uplift, especially as I'm a fatty. The thin sidewalls are fine for most uk riding.
  • + 2
 I still love me a Vigilante but I've had a couple recent ones that were also way narrower than their printed size.
  • + 1
 is convict a specific front tire ? the tall rectangular knob would do a great job has a rear tire, giving more traction uphill and brake better downhill ?
  • + 3
 No tyre is truly front wheel specific. Not until a new wheel standard comes out which makes it physically impossible to mount a front tyre to a rear wheel.
  • + 2
 I use the Convict 2.5 tough high grips front and rear. Going up is slower, but I get amazing grip and can climb things I never did before. They are plenty fast on the way down and plow through all sorts of conditions. They have the strongest sidewalls I've ever used, and I'm looking forward to hitting Porcupine Rim in Moab with them next month. I switched to these from Nobby Nics and Maxxis Aggressors, and I've never looked back!
  • + 3
 @dingus: Don't tempt them
  • + 2
 A mate is running these and they're a huge "2.5" compared to my "2.5" minions.....
  • + 1
 I used to run WTB tires all the time, but they're so heavy compared to the equivalent Maxxis tire, and don't seem to be any more robust or durable. So I stopped using them.
  • + 1
 I stopped using Maxxis, because they puncture all the time..
  • + 2
 @JBSDesigns: EXO, or DD casings? I'll admit the EXO isn't as tough as WTBS tough, but the DD casings are about 100g lighter than the equivalent WTB tough casing tire, and seem just as durable.
  • + 1
 Just set up my trail bike with a Convict/Breakout combo. Pretty stoked to try it out
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 "I guess DH 35i rolls off the tongue better than DH 34.5i."

SRAM's marketing monkeys should have a chat to Derby....
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 Sad to hear about the Breakout, because the Convict/Breakout 2.5 combo is badass.
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 Too bad Pricepoint.com is not still "going out of business"..............cheap tires galore.....
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 Lol they want 10 million for their domain
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 @Mike Levy you oughta think about having more donuts if you think you're too slim ;-)
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 I'm always thinking about eating more donuts.
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 How to screw up the feel of your bike in an instant. Put heavy tires on it. #unsprungweight
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 Absolutly true.....but.....tearing sidewalls and not having any grip also ruins the feel of your ride....by bringing your ride to a immediate stop. I chose reliability and traction every time.
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 I’ll take heavier tires over sidewalls that fold over in hard corners and pinch flat all day long. When I rode trail tires it was one flat every few rides. Switched to Maxxis DD and haven’t had a pinch flat in 900 miles of mostly DH
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 I love the Trail Boss. Fast, & I found it had great bite in all conditions when committing to the corner.
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 Fresh magic mary sg on the front, worn magic mary sg in the rear. Serious in the front, party in the back
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 Recently put a convict on my bike, the best tyre I've had in a long time. Nice work!
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 There are some things we like tight. Tires aren't one of those things.
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 2.59 kilo's all up . holy crap they must DH specific
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 Gonna skid, like a boss. www.youtube.com/watch?v=NisCkxU544c
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 Very selective photography so attention isn't taken away by the Zerode.
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 Still miss my Timberwolf. WTF guys! bring it back !! so moto
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 Yup...so there''s no R&D and no designers anymore, evey bicycle looks the same and tyres started to look the same also...that's lame !
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 So looking different is more important than function? Some shapes function better than others.
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 @GeorgeHayduke: didnt you know that being different for the sake of it is better than producing a product that works?
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 I spot a Zerode
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 Not sexy enough for me
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 Looks like million Minions
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 They make a 26", thought it was dead?
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 Convict is sentenced to be called a refried pre 2012 Nobby Nic
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 Lots of similarities between wtb's current line up and schwalbe's old tyres, I suspect a designer changed companies? Wtb's "trademark" used to be a V knob pattern in all of their tyres, which is gone, so they're probably not designed by the same person anymore.
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