Editors Note: Yeah, yeah…..another year end review! Tis the season! So, here are my favorite things that have passed through the Twenty Nine Inches review process during the past year. I want to point out a few parameters that I used for what I chose here.

1. The product had to be in the review process during the time period of December 2006 through to the end of November 2007. Reviews that are currently in process I did not include and will be eligible for my 2008 Top Ten list.

2. They had to be products or bicycles that I personally used during this period. Nothing any of the other Twenty Nine Inches staff reviewed on their own could be considered for my list. This list doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone but me, Guitar Ted.

That said, let’s get on with this……
WTB WeirWolf LT's on a Niner

Number Four: WTB Weir Wolf LT 29″er Tire. The voluptuous WTB Weir Wolf had been rumored for months and finally bowed at Interbike ’06. Twenty Nine Inches got a pair to test late in ’06 which Tim Grahl used for a bit, then they made their way out here to the Mid-West where I rode them a plenty.

Why it made the list: WTB was the first company to get a tire out for 29″ers with a truly humongous casing. The Weir Wolf LT has ruled as the largest 29″er tire anyone could get until recently when the Schwalbe Racing Ralph just barely edged it out of first place. Still, the WW LT is a fine roller with a great ability to be run at low pressures and give us rigid fork runnin’ fools something to cushion the blows with. I had excellent results with it as a snow/ice tire and in summer hardpack it was about the best tire I could hope for. Mud runners and sticky soil sloggers need not apply. It has a long lasting tread and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy. All things that helped get the WW LT on the list at #4.

My Two Cents: While my first impression upon seeing the WW LT at Interbike back in ’06 was, shall I say, less than enthusiastic, I have come around to really appreciate this tire for what it can do. Sure, there are folks that go all weak in the knees for knobbier offerings, but for a wide range of conditions and lower rolling resistance the Weir Wolf LT can’t be beat. I bumped this tire up the list after a ride on some rocky, rooty trail on a friends bike that had the Weir Wolf LT’s front and rear on it. I made it through the loop on those tires and afterwards my friend tells me, “Those tires are at 20 psi front and rear.” Now this was on a rigid hardtail and I would not have believed that I could have slammed those rocks and roots like I did if I had known that ahead of time. Well, I did and you can color me impressed.

Number Three is just around the corner! Stay tuned!