FIRST RIDE IMPRESSIONS: WTB’S ALL NEW MACRO CROSS-COUNTRY RACE TIRE

WTB's fastest XC race tire?

FIRST RIDE IMPRESSIONS: WTB’S ALL NEW MACRO CROSS-COUNTRY RACE TIRE

WTB is an established tire brand with a wide range of tread designs but most of its newer designs have had a gravity or trail focus. Over recent years they have fallen behind on the cross-country race front. Their Ranger which was introduced in 2016 is a decent tire, but it doesn’t match the all-out race speed of newer designs. That all changes with the new Macro – WTB’s first XC race tire designed with top-level cross-country racing in mind.

WTB’s Macro is available in a single 29×2.4” size and comes with WTB’s new 120TPI SG casing. This new casing has added puncture protection only in the sidewalls to save weight and make the tire more supple. WTB says this is its lightest, fastest, and most supple casing yet and it will only be used in its lighter and more race-focused treads like the Macro.

It is offered in a single Light Fast Rolling TriTec compound tread compound which utilizes three rubber compounds to provide different levels of traction, support, and durability based on their placement within the tread. According to WTB, the entire tread pattern is supported by a base of high durometer rubber, which also transitions halfway into the height of the knobs and allows for the use of softer knob compounds without the tire folding due to cornering forces.

The Macro utilizes WTB’s TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) technology so it’s tubeless compatible. They retail for $77 and are available in black or tan sidewalls.

 

FIRST RIDE IMRESSIONS

We have been riding the Macro for over a month now and have been quite impressed with the speed and traction, particularly on loose-over-hardpack conditions. Durability seems quite good so far too. And they measure a true 2.4″ on a 30mm wide rim. Watch for a long term review in the September issue of Mountain Bike Action. For more information, please visit https://www.wtb.com/

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