WTB Vigilante Tires

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Vigilante 2.5"
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Reliable, long lasting, great grip (27.5 Tough/Fast Rolling)

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Price, grip, tread life, casing reliability, mud shedding, quality control

The Bad:

At 2.3" wide, it's on the narrower end of today's offerings. An update for the modern 30mm rims would be nice.

Overall Review:

I can't say enough about how much I like this tire. It's phenomenal especially when things are loose. Sure on pavement and hardpack it's going to roll a little slower - but on most trails in Colorado and elsewhere, where conditions are usually anything but, it's the best tire I have ridden. I often run this tire on the front with a better rolling WTB on the rear, either a Breakout or Trail Boss. It has a ton of bite and is very predictable on edge. The standout feature to the Vigilante and the other WTB Tough casing tires is definitely the tough casing. After more than three years of running them, I think I have suffered a puncture maybe once. Generally I am impressed how little tread is left by the time I swap them for something fresh.

I wouldn't recommend the light casing Vigilante, at

Overall Review:

I can't say enough about how much I like this tire. It's phenomenal especially when things are loose. Sure on pavement and hardpack it's going to roll a little slower - but on most trails in Colorado and elsewhere, where conditions are usually anything but, it's the best tire I have ridden. I often run this tire on the front with a better rolling WTB on the rear, either a Breakout or Trail Boss. It has a ton of bite and is very predictable on edge. The standout feature to the Vigilante and the other WTB Tough casing tires is definitely the tough casing. After more than three years of running them, I think I have suffered a puncture maybe once. Generally I am impressed how little tread is left by the time I swap them for something fresh.

I wouldn't recommend the light casing Vigilante, at least not without some sort of rim/pinch flat protection system. The high grip rubber is great for wet conditions but otherwise isn't necessary.

A bit heavy. so perhaps not the best XC tire but the reliability and grip make it a perfect choice for enduro and DH riding. Also worth noting it will generally seat up and inflate with a floor pump.

A damn good tire

Rating:
The Good:

best tire I've ridden for lose over hardpack super durable very predictable ride quality excel on a variety of terrain cheaper than most other tires

The Bad:

roll very slow on pavement

Overall Review:

The Vigilante kicks ass. Last year a local sponsored really fast kid hooked me up with a tire because he had some spare 27.5 tough casing tires and I continually put holes in Exo casings and was over it. Fast forward and I have now bought a set after running one. Also I wanted to try a non maxis tire because getting a hold of a 2.5WT DD high roller 2 is impossible. Where I ride(fairfax), there is a lot of sharp rocks and the standard traction is loose over hardback, i.e not the optimal trail conditions for grip. However, in-between the less than optimal traction you can get some nice loam here and there. Aside from the lose over hardback and rocks, occasionally you come across roots. Roots can be tricky to traverse on any tire especially when wet, but with a set of vigilantes the roots

Overall Review:

The Vigilante kicks ass. Last year a local sponsored really fast kid hooked me up with a tire because he had some spare 27.5 tough casing tires and I continually put holes in Exo casings and was over it. Fast forward and I have now bought a set after running one. Also I wanted to try a non maxis tire because getting a hold of a 2.5WT DD high roller 2 is impossible. Where I ride(fairfax), there is a lot of sharp rocks and the standard traction is loose over hardback, i.e not the optimal trail conditions for grip. However, in-between the less than optimal traction you can get some nice loam here and there. Aside from the lose over hardback and rocks, occasionally you come across roots. Roots can be tricky to traverse on any tire especially when wet, but with a set of vigilantes the roots feel more predictable than other tires. the vigilantes don't tend to squirm on obstacles. For a good time(sarcasm), go ride some hillbilly on roots wet or dry for that matter. Cornering on the vigilantes feels like you are on rails. Im pretty sure the tire has a very round profile without any channel between the center tread and side knobs. They tear into the ground and are very predictable when they start to drift. I currently have a high grip on the front with a fast rolling on the back. I can definable feel that the back tire brake traction first because of the harder compound which leads to more predictability and fun. The braking of these tires seems to be good enough, I can't really tell, but I would say its better than a high roller 2 maybe not a minion. I have ridden these tires in both mud and bone dry conditions and they preform well in both. So far I am yet to find a aspect of riding that the vigilante sucks at, aside road burning, but honestly who gives a fuck about the road bike capabilities of a 170mm trail bike that weights 37 pounds.

Leaking sidewalls

Rating:
The Good:

Fast rolling, good rear tyre tread pattern.

The Bad:

Sealant leaking through sidewalls.

Overall Review:

I fitted a brand new vigilante recently and set it up tubeless, any time I pumped it up beyond 25psi the sealant started pouring through the porus sidewalls. Very disappointed.

Overall Review:

I fitted a brand new vigilante recently and set it up tubeless, any time I pumped it up beyond 25psi the sealant started pouring through the porus sidewalls. Very disappointed. 

Specifications

Product WTB Vigilante Tires
Riding Type Cross Country, Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Wheel Size 26", 27.5" (650b), 29", 27.5+
Tire Width
  • 2.3 inches
  • 2.5 inches
  • 2.6 inches
  • 2.8 inches
Tubeless Compatible TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) models available
Comp level models are not tubeless compatible, designed for use with a tube
Bead Aramid (TCS models) or wire (Comp models)
Durometer

TriTec (TT) - three compounds provide traction, support, and durability. A base of high durometer rubber supports the entire tread and transitions into the knobs to prevent folding or squirming. Medium stiffness center nobs cap the base layer to provide traction and durability without sacrificing rolling efficiency. Soft compound side knobs deliver maximum grip and slow rebound for increased cornering traction.

Dual DNA - mix of efficiency, traction, and durability. The centerline tread features a firmer (60A) rubber compound that boasts faster rolling and increased durability, while the side knobs are composed of softer, slower-rebounding (50A) rubber that improves control and grip.

DNA - 60A durometer rubber offering rolling efficiency and traction. Used in Comp models, it's versatile and long lasting.

Gravity DNA - 48A durometer, glue-like, conforming rubber for traction with tuned rebound characteristics over a 60A base.

Sidewall

TCS Light Casing - (60 TPI) a single layer casing for a supple, tubeless-compatible, gram-conscious carcass

TCS Tough Casing - (60 TPI) two layers of TCS Light casing from bead to bead for burlier tubeless-compatible tires

Durable Casing - with a high ratio of rubber to thread for use with inner tubes (cannot be set up tubeless) in Comp models

Weight
  • 1 lb 11.7 oz (786 g)
  • 3 lb 0.5 oz (1,374 g)
Miscellaneous Intended Conditions: dirt, loose, rocky, wet
Inner Rim Width Compatibility: 2.3" (i25 - i35), 2.5" (i25 - i35), 2.6" (i35 - i45), 2.8" (optimized around i40 rims)
Tire Size Designations: 559 (26"), 584 (27.5"), 622 (29"), 2.3" (57), 2.5" (60), 2.6" (64), 2.8" (--)
Price
  • $38
  • $84
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