WTB Vigilante TCS tyre review

Tough, fast rolling tyre

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £46.00 RRP | AUD $100.00 | USD $77.00
WTB Vigilante TCS Tough Fast Rolling 29x2.3

Our review

A fast-rolling, predictable, tough tyre, not the stickiest but great for the rear
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WTB’s Tough casing tyres are a favourite for riders who hammer through rocky terrain. The beefy casing is particularly good at staving off punctures. While they’re not the most sensitive, they don’t feel anywhere near as wooden as Continental’s six-ply casings. They feel very controlled and well-damped over rough, rocky terrain. They seal easily and a tight fit on the rim mitigates burping at low pressures.

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  • Weight: 1103g
  • Width: 2.19in
  • Height: 2.08in

Unfortunately, the 29in Vigilante is only available in the hard compound if you want the Tough casing. (In 650b, you can choose both the Tough version and the softer compound.) That ‘Fast Rolling’ compound lives up to its name — the Vigilante came third in our roll-down tests. Unsurprisingly, as the tread has the hardest durometer on test, it’s really treacherous when faced with damp rocks or roots.

The tread pattern is not the most open, so it will clog with mud more easily than we’d like. The profile is nicely rounded and the staggered shoulder tread means it smoothly carves flat turns, holding good speed.

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It doesn’t have great cornering bite, washing out slightly easier than most when pushed hard, but it’s a predictable slide when it does go. This predictability, combined with the high rolling speed and puncture resistance, makes this a superb rear tyre for a wide range of conditions, but it’s not the most tenacious gripper for up front.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Vigilante TCS Tough Fast Rolling 29x2.3
Brand WTB

Weight 1103