At first glance the Moto appears almost worryingly basic; no sipes, no ramps and no two-tiered knobbles. What is this, 1945? But while it's true it's been in WTB's lineup for years, there's a reason – it's still a damn good tyre.
It rolls impressively swiftly for a 2.3in. The Moto delivers more-than adequate climbing traction and mud clearance too, and cornering capability is pretty average, in the best sense of the word.
It's just a very, very normal tyre, even down to its mid-pack weight of 650g. The best aspects of a WTB tyre are hidden away – the knobbles don't sing and dance or anything, either metaphorically or – and this would be impressive – literally.
A big reason WTB tyres have their fans is that the company knows how to make a carcass that rides well – these are no exception, with lovely supportive sidewalls that avoid excess chunk and blunted sensations. They're easy to set up tubeless too.
This is a loose conditions tyre (wet or dry) that's best ridden fast and loose by a pilot who doesn't mind – or actually prefers – going sideways a great deal of the time. Beyond that it's not a highly specific design, so it's a great choice if you don't like changing tyres all the time.
Simply bung these on when the clocks change and take them off when they change back. Done.