WTB's "Team Issue" designation marks the only version of the Vigilante to get the two-ply Enduro casing combined with the 45a durometer sticky rubber tread.
Widely spaced, pointy tread and soft rubber help to keep the WTB Vigilante hooked up to wet roots and rocks. Reinforced edging blocks add a measure of control in the turns that impressed some reviewers.
|Traditionally, WTB's tire range has performed swimmingly well on drier surfaces and soil conditions that are predominant in Spain, Coastal Italy and, of course, Central California, where WTB happens to live. We wanted to find out how the Vigilante performed in less idyllic terrain, so we mounted them up and went out the back door of Pinkbike's HQ for a month of banana slug popping, root sliding, mossy rock rolling and loam skidding in rainy BC. Some riders call this muddy jungle paradise and it could very well be, if paradise were a place where everyone looked like they had just crapped their shorts. We ran the Vigilante tires on both ends of a Giant Reign Advanced, pressurized at 28psi up front and at 35psi in the rear. True to WTB's meticulous standards, the inflated tires measured 27.5 inches in diameter and 2.3 inches wide - and they mounted up easily to WTB's widest rims, the Frequency i25 Team.|
On trail, WTB's promises of real enduro performance were quickly justified. Although one rider crashed his brains out on a greasy wood feature, it was probably due to overconfidence. Tacky tread and a relatively aggressive block pattern encouraged test riders to claw up and down wet roots and slimy ladders - two tricks that none of us believed that the Vigilante had up its sleeve. Where the WTB tire impressed most was under braking. There was a measure of grip and control which inspired confidence in places where few riders dare mention the word. Cornering was also predictable, and not just in the wet. As it turned out, BC was hit by an unseasonable four-day drought, which gave us a chance to shred some dusty berms and hard-pack descents. The bottom line for WTB's stand-out all-mountain/enduro tire is that it checks all the boxes: It is durable, grips in almost all conditions, corners predictably, is among the best under braking, and it rolls - well, it rolls OK. About as good as any other 987-gram, two-ply racing tire with a sticky, aggressive tread. - RC
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