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WTB makes Vigilante tire in 2.8-inch width

Published October 16, 2018

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — WTB has added a 27.5 x 2.8 size to its Vigilante tread family. The company said the "the increased width provides a larger footprint, which translates to even more of the traction and confidence that has become synonymous with the Vigilante tread pattern."

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All levels of the Vigilante 2.8 feature WTB's TriTec Compound, a combination of three distinct rubbers for traction, support and durability. The base of the tread is supported by the firmest rubber, which also transitions halfway into the height of the knobs. This allows for the use of softer compounds on the surfaces of the knobs, while still providing a supportive base that doesn't fold under heavy cornering forces. The centerline knobs utilize a medium durometer compound to provide traction without sacrificing rolling efficiency or durability, while the outer knobs feature the softest compound to deliver maximum grip and slow rebound.

The TCS Light version of the Vigilante 2.8 features WTB's new Slash Guard technology, which incorporates a protective nylon insert spanning the entire sidewall to provide extra protection without adding a significant weight penalty. 

WTB suggests running the Vigilante 2.8 tire on a 35 mm inner rim width for optimal tire profile and volume, although inner rim widths up to 45 mm also fall within the recommended range. The Vigilante 2.8 is currently only available in a 27.5-inch diameter; WTB is working on a 29-inch version that will be available around February 2019. Depending on the casing and diameter, they are available with MSRPs ranging from $67.95 to $79.95. All levels of the Vigilante 2.8 27.5 are now in stock.

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