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WTB Ranger grows 29 x 2.4″ size for all purpose, all weather riding

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The Ranger has been a popular tire in WTB’s line up, though either in really big, or fairly small sizes. Previously, the tire could be found in the plus-size 2.8-3.0″ widths, or the relatively XC 2.25″ casings. Now, to bridge the gap and fit the trend of wider rims, the tire is being offered in a middle ground 2.4″ tread.

WTB Ranger grows 29 x 2.4" size for all purpose, all weather riding

Called a “set-it-and-forget-it” tire, the Ranger is designed to perform well in all conditions. The center of the tread features tightly close knit center knobs for improved rolling resistance, but the transition and cornering knobs are left open for improved cornering and mud shedding. WTB’s new Tritec compound uses a stiffer base rubber for support, while the top of the knobs include medium compound for the center, and softer compound for the side knobs. All of the new TCS Light models also include their Slash Guard which is a protective sidewall treatment with a nylon insert.

WTB Ranger grows 29 x 2.4" size for all purpose, all weather riding

The new 2.4″ casing will only be offered in 29″ tires, with Tough or Light casings. The Slash Guard protective sidewall will be included on the TCS Light Casing 29 x 2.4″ tires, which keeps them a bit lighter than the full TCS Tough casing tire.

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Patrick
Patrick
4 years ago

Ooh, nice call! I grabbed a pair of Trail Boss tires in 29 x 2.4 this year and would rather have the Ranger on the back. The grip back there is overpowering the front. I’m loving WTB tires on the mt bike otherwise. The fast/light version held air on Stans rims for nearly a month before I finally put sealant in for the first ride. They have been on about 6 months and there hasn’t been a single bit of weeping through the sidewall.

Jeff
4 years ago

Is it just me or do others have issues either mounting or un mounting WTB tires? It seems every WTB tire I’ve used in the past 2 years have been so difficult to mount and probably even harder to take off that I’ve sworn to never to use a WTB tire again. The wheels I have used them are, Knight, Light Bicycle, Roval and American Classic, the tire I had to cut off( Trail Boss 27.5x 2.4 on a Knight Enduro wheel set), btw, the Trail Boss was the worst front tire I’ve ever used for my local conditions, rear tire works good.
Anyway, back in the 26er days, I used to swear by the MutanoRaptor Race 2.4.

Sorry I usually try not to bash any company on this site, just venting my frustration with my tire removal experience last Saturday.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Question, was the tire bead pushed to the rim center dip to release tension? Usually pops right off as long as the tubeless tape is not too tall in the center.

Jeff
4 years ago

Maus, yes it was on this particular wheel….on one side. It was so tight on the one side that I couldn’t move the bead into the channel, it was very hard to mount, the rear was a little easier to mount. BTW, I have Stans yellow tape on these wheels.
I realize that tires are harder to mount, dismount on beadless, tubeless wheels, but never have the problems with other tire manufacturers.
I flatted last year, sealant dried up, couldn’t get the tire off to install a tube, had to walk out.
I like WTB, I like their tire designs( mostly), but for some reason I have problems as I mentioned above. Schwalbe, Maxxis and Panaracer, I do not.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Jeff – Good to know, thanks. I personally have had issues w/ WTB and do not run them any more. Had issues w/ excessive weeping sidewalls w/ tubeless in the past.

pgm
pgm
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Schwalbe and WTB use the same UST bead specs. It’s hard to believe one would work but not the other. They are certainly difficult, but not impossible.

Dustytires
4 years ago

I use Schwalbe and WTB on all my mtb and dirt road bikes, and yes they are tight! My thumbs are not tough enough to press the bead off the bead seat, so I lay the rim on the top of a plastic trash can and press with both hands to snap the bead off the seat. On the trail I use the top of curve of a drop bar if I must install a tube. On mtb I have found that Sahmurai Swords always plug the cut so haven’t had to install tube in a couple years. Guess I would look for a log or fence post to support the rim so i can press with both hand heels should I cut a side wall badly.

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