If you’re looking for grip, WTB says you’ve found it with the Verdict. Their new spike tire is developed to offer the most traction possible when nothing else matters. The result is the Verdict or Verdict Wet, each uniquely suited to keep you upright on your next ride.
The lower profile tire of the two, the Verdict 2.5 is still a super aggressive tire meant to dig deep in to anything from dry, loose, and rocky to wet and muddy terrain. WTB points out that these should hook up well in those super dry and dusty conditions where your tire has to punch through inches of powder before it even thinks of touching dirt.
For even more traction in the worst wet and muddy scenarios, the Verdict Wet checks in with even taller knobs. WTB recommends these for the typical Northwest or UK spring – full sopping wet conditions.
Side by side, the Verdict Wet (above, left) is noticeably taller with a similar tread pattern but much larger knobs.
Each of these tires is optimized for front use and is recommended for use with a Judge 2.4″ tire on the rear. Developed around rims with a 29mm internal measurement, the Verdict and Verdict Wet are available in 2.5″ widths in both 27.5 and 29″ diameters.
The Verdict is offered in both TCS Slash Guard Light or TCS Tough tubeless casings, both with WTB’s TriTec High Grip rubber compound. Slash Guard uses a protective nylon insert inside the sidewall for increased protection without dual ply weight of TCS Tough casings. As for the TriTec rubber technology, it uses a harder base rubber durometer that extends partway into the knobs to offer support, while the top of the knobs transition to a softer rubber for increased grip. The softest rubber is at the cornering lugs, and a medium rubber is used in the center of the tread.
Depending on the model, pricing ranges from $70.95 to $83.95 and tires will start to arrive in the U.S. mid-May.