Float with fewer flats.
We love the floaty cushion and super-glue traction of plus tires, especially for backcountry bikepacking applications. Those also happen to be the circumstances in which WTB's 27.5+ Ranger TCS Tough Tire shines. While it's built to privilege longevity and flat-resistance over supple speed, it does share some qualities with its lighter, faster stablemate.
Like the Ranger Light, the Tough model features WTB's Tubeless Compatible System (TCS) bead for easy, reliable seating along with excellent flat protection when paired with TCS sealant. It's also got a rounded profile that allows full contact for the knobs when shredding corners for better grip and greater confidence when carving the trail.
Tough is no misnomer here, but you may be surprised to learn that the Ranger Tough is built with the same casing as the Ranger Light. The key difference is that WTB doubles up on it, adding a second layer to multiply the puncture resistance. In the brand's parlance, Lightweight casing x 2 = Enduro casing, and that equation was proven in development on the world circuit. That's a reassuring pedigree when you're deep in the bush on a weeklong trip, hauling 50lb of gear, and can't afford to lose a side wall to the fey folk of flat tires and capricious, sidewall-munching gremlins.
- A durable plus-sized tire spanning enduro and bikepacking
- Two different compounds balance durability and grip
- Double layer of casing increases flat protection and tire life
- Tread chews-up terrain in both dry and wet conditions
- Q & A
not able to mount
who knows whether these will be awesome if i can't mount them. they look nice, feel sticky, but the sidewall is extremely pliable and fluid. these were picked up for use to convert my salsa mukluk (which i built up in the basement) from fat to 27.5+ nimbleness. i love my fat bike, but want to see how it handles a smaller profile. but unfortunately these tires will not mount on my Easton Arc i40 rim. and while attempting, using everything you can imagine, the side wall is rippling, as if super stressed by the effort. it seems too small for this rim. sorry. but i have never seen a tire ripple this way during an install. even if i could somehow get them on, or pay the LBS to do it, they only measure out to 2.5" and that's without any air. this is not the footprint i hoped for, and won't enhance the bike geometry to go that narrow. lastly, this is not what the width they are advertised as. i am going to continue my search and return these for a REAL plus tire.
Sizing is all Hype
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
These budget 27.5+ tires are all marketing. These are the same width as conti Trail King 2.4, (both measure 2.50") and slightly less tall (0.25" less from axle).
I bought them to run 27.5+ tires on a 29er frame, and after the beastly task of mounting them, was saddened at the small dimensions. The TCS tough are thick beasts of a downhill tire, but are incredibly difficult to mount. I didn't use soapy water, but struggled 30 minutes per tire to mount (I am 250 and work construction).
In short, I wouldn't recommend for a conversion. If big, confidence inspiring tires for mixed dryish terrain are what you are after, get a conti Trail King 2.4 for the front (German ones, not Chinese), and a Kenda Nevegal 2.35 for the rear. Conti's are a little unstable under hard cornering in the rear, and nevegals, while awesome tires, wear fast, and are more prone to sidewall tears if you ride a lot of rock.