WTB Vigilante 29″er Enduro Tire: Final Review- by Grannygear
Sometimes you feel absolutely confident in a tire right from the very beginning. The WTB Vigilante 2.3 TCS tire was one of those tires. After our Out Of The Box article, the first ride was at a local So Cal trail where the climb was a long series of sandy, hardpacked trails covered in rubble and the down hills were 50% sandstone in places, rutted, and broken and tortured by time and the elements. I was also testing a new 140mm Magura fork on the FSR so I was padded up and pushing the downhills pretty hard. The Vigilantes never once gave me a reason to slow down, although my own instincts of self protection were sounding regular alarms!
The large blocks of rubber are well supported, much more so than the Bronsons, especially the side knobs. The rubber in the center tread seems to be pretty grippy and of a softer durometer than the side knobs and after a couple of runs on the sandstone rock surfaces, I could see signs of feathering on the tread blocks dead center. But climbing the same trails where I was edging along rock sections, the Vigilante let me pick any line and held it…up, across or down…with aplomb. Just solid.
Back at home on the less solid trails where it is all about crummy surfaces with sand craters, loose rubbly trails, and hardpack surfaces, the Vigilante was just as good, steering well with no odd feelings coming off center, etc. On paved surfaces, like riding to the trailhead, it is noisy but rolls well enough for a tire with enduro racing and heavy trail use in mind. Measuring the width of the tire, mounted tubeless on the UST Easton Haven wheels, it is a bonafide 2.3″ wide. Thank you, WTB. This is not a ‘run way model’ Euro 2.3. This is a full size American pickup truck 2.3. I ran them at 30 to 35 psi depending on the ride.
I have no time at all on muddy or wet surfaces as well as no loam, etc. But in the typical summer So Cal conditions, the Vigilantes were a willing partner and a keeper for a bike like the FSR Project Long Legged XC, now tipping a bit towards a burlier build with 780mm bars, a shorter stem and a 140mm fork.
WTB sent these tires to Twenty Nine Inches at no charge for testing and review. We were not bribed nor paid for these reviews and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.