WTB Prowler XT 2.35in review

A proven classic, with state-of-the-art performance

BikeRadar score4/5

One of two Prowlers from WTB, but the all-mountain XT is much more than just a smaller version of the MX [page 122].
The tread looks like a very simple paddle arrangement until you realise that it's actually a lot of arrow treads in a line, which separate as the tyre rolls and moulds to the trail. This means as well as digging out serious braking/ driving grip, it's a lot more tenacious in corners and messy root/rock situations, and faster clearing than we expected it to be. Add a soft stick 50 duro 'DNA' compound and a very fat carcass for its nominal 2.3in size and this is a great gripper for aggressive riders.
The downside is that it's very heavy for general trail use, and the sticky compound and bar tread slow it down too, so you'll de?nitely enjoy it going down more than going up.

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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