WTB Prowler XT 2.3in review£30.00

Soaks up landings and big impacts impressively

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The new Prowler certainly manages to get its teeth into the trail very well indeed, with excellent grip and trail feel, particularly in the dry. It's definitely no fast featherweight, though.

At more than 900g even in this ‘Race’ version, and with a slow-rolling and growly tread pattern, it’s fair to say that speed is hard to gain and even harder to maintain.

Super supple, moulding feel and banded tread pattern make it impressively tenacious in loose or rooty/rockyconditions, though, and you can really brake and drive hard without it breaking free. There’s a bit of sideways slip when upright, but once over, it rails round outstandingly well. 

The oversize 2.3in carcass soaks up landings and big impacts impressively, although it tears up fast if you’re really pushing it hard.

A tyre for riders who value control and confidence over easy speed

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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