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WTB Riddler solves conundrum of fast yet grippy rear mountain bike tire

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WTB Riddler 275 x 24 rear mountain bike tire

Looking for something that rolled fast but could bit in the corners, UBI tech and Ashland, OR, local racer Nathan Riddle brought some ideas to WTB back in 2013. Now, the fruits of those conversations are here as the new Riddler 27.5 x 2.4 mountain bike tire.

Designed to be used on the rear wheel, it combines the fast rolling, tightly spaced knobs of the Beeline’s center section with more aggressive cornering knobs similar to the Vigilante.

“This tire was born out of a discussion over what makes a good tire line,” stated Jason Moeschler, WTB’s global OEM sales manager and racer for Team WTB. “I showed Nathan [Riddle] what we had mapped out and he liked what he saw but he definitely identified a hole in the lineup. I got him in touch with Evan [Smith, WTB’s product design engineer] and before we knew it, a tire was being drawn over a race weekend.”

WTB Riddler 275 x 24 rear mountain bike tire by Nathan Riddle

Riddle had this to say:

“Tires are really one of the biggest tech advantages a bike rider can have over the terrain or competition. I had been struggling whether to run the Beeline due to its light weight and fast rolling characteristics for a given race that incorporated an XC stage and a DH stage (with no tire changes,) or the Vigilante for its aggressive cornering traits. Then I realized… Why compromise one for the other? I pitched the idea for a tire that blended the best traits of both models into one tire – The Riddler.”

Two versions will be offered:

Riddler 2.4 27.5” TCS Light

  • Lightweight Casing (single layer)
  • Dual compound, Dual DNA rubber
  • 868g
  • $67.95

Riddler 2.4 27.5” TCS Tough

  • Enduro Casing (dual layer of Lightweight Casing
  • Dual compound, Dual DNA rubber
  • 1108g
  • $76.95 MSRP

Both are available now.

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craigsj
craigsj
7 years ago

No doubt he came up with this idea entirely on his own and was not influenced at all by his competitors’ nearly identical products already on the market.

Unlike the Riddler, Schwalbe and Specialized offer their products in 29″ as well. WTB, for riders who don’t know any better.

Mikelo
Mikelo
7 years ago

It’s funny how long it took them to figure it out. I had same idea years ago after starting MTB just after few rides. It’s really astonishing for me how delayed sometimes this industry is.

Andy
Andy
7 years ago

Looks like a modern version of the old Panaracer Mach SK. Man, that was a great tire until the teeny knobs started to fall off.

myke
myke
7 years ago

what a load… tire performance always depends on terrain.

scentofreason
scentofreason
7 years ago

Too big a gap between the cornering edge knobs and the center tread. Will require you to ‘lean hard’ to get over the gap, or you’ll hit the ‘phantom zone’ and slide out.

bicyclelifestyle
bicyclelifestyle
7 years ago

but… 29ers…

Kark
Kark
7 years ago

@scentofreason. I suspect the profile puts the edge knobs down pretty early in an effort to mitigate that dead spot, but.. I wouldn’t bet a lot of money against you either.

For what I’m guessing is their target application I’d put on a Kenda Slant Six. It’s surprisingly versatile and predictable for a fast rolling tire.

TheKaiser
TheKaiser
7 years ago

So, they all put their heads together, innovated, brainstormed….and came up with the Schwalbe Rock Razor/Specialized Slaughter.

I jest to some degree, as those both came out in 2014, so apparently after WTB started cooking this thing up. It is just kind of funny how there is no acknowledgement of those tires and this thing is presented as a completely novel idea in the writeup.

And yes, as Andy pointed out, these are all somewhat derived from the semi knob tires of 10-15yrs ago.

DeeEight
DeeEight
7 years ago

Ten years ago… Hutchinson Piranha… what’s old is new again…

Dr. Sartorious
Dr. Sartorious
7 years ago

If that lower-left-most center knob were moved up 1.3-degrees, this tire would be a LOT better.

benjo
benjo
7 years ago

Hey it’s my sport and I’m a heavy spender…but EVERYTHING mountain bike is almost becoming insultingly expensive. $80 a tire? Really? I just bought some of the best made adventure moto tires for my f800gsa and they weren’t that expensive! Will I continue to buy the latest greatest…probably…but one can’t help to wonder how many won’t/can’t continue the expensive sport!

Soooo where can I get a set?

Mike E.
Mike E.
7 years ago

Anyone remember Kenda BBG, Kenda EL Moco, maxxis bling bling, maxxis high roller semi slick. Three out of these were Brian lopes signature tires which nobody seems to remember. Now all of a sudden these tires are new technology?

Vesa
Vesa
7 years ago

Great! Now where’s the 26″ version?

Petr
Petr
7 years ago

Missing WTB Vulpine 29er tire so much…

JBikes
JBikes
7 years ago

banjo –
agree. These tire prices are insane. Vee’s latest was well over $100/tire.
I also ride a motorcycle. Top of the line rear tires are around $180 for a >7″ wide tire, that must hold up against a 400+ motorcycle (mine has 110 hp), rated for speeds over 150 mph. In rubber alone, it contains probably 20+ mtb tires. Mine has two different rubber compounds. Anyone that thinks the R&D for a mtb tire even comes close to that of a motorcycle is deluding themselves. this articles proves it. It was drawn up over a race weekend.
Its getting insane. People are either really dumb, or really rich.

Morecore
Morecore
7 years ago

The bicycle arms race has been getting out of hand lately.

I too got a pair of name brand moto tires for cheaper than these, delivered.

I first noticed the bike v. moto discrepancy about 20 years ago with riding gloves. Same glove would be 20-30% more at bike shop.

richard
richard
7 years ago

All you guys are probably right – Nathan probably doesn’t know what he’s talking about – He’s only one of the top 3 Pro Enduro riders in the country…it’s not like he has any real riding or industry perspective. <—– DEEP SARCASM.

It's easy to go fast when all you do is type, right?

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