You're not riding with training wheels anymore (we assume), so ditch your slow, cautious, smooth-as-a-baby's-bottom tires for the gnarly, nobbly burliness of the WTB Breakout TCS 27.5in Tire. The Breakout is large-and-in-charge 2.5in width and oversized edge knobs keep you gripping like a maniac when you lean into turns, but the fast-rolling belts of center tread help you keep up a good clip when you're climbing or hammering down rolling trails.
This particular Breakout comes in two versions, the FR (fast rolling) and HG (high grip). Both use WTB's extra-tough Enduro casing for durability, but the FR checks in at 43g lighter by substituting a lighter, faster Dual DNA rubber for the HG's burlier Gravity DNA compound. If you're riding more XC and trail, the Dual DNA is what you want, but the Gravity DNA is ideal for the more enduro-inclined among us.
- Q & A
Bought another one!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
A great tire - went with the max grip version - doesn't feel heavy but feels solid.
It is tight on the rim, the kevlar bead takes some effort to get on when new
Killer tire for the west!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Happily using this for a front tire on an all mountain/enduro rig. Excellent grip in the corners with a rounded profile and well spaced knobbies for traction in loose gravel, dust, and thin mud. The 2.5 width is an asset for control. Currently running with no roll out in the mid range PSI (<30) due to moderately stiff but not excessive sidewalls.