MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — WTB introduced a new tire in its Road Plus line today at the Sea Otter Classic. The new Byway Road Plus TCS tire is a 650x47c size, with tread and casing designed “to encourage riders to stray even farther into the dirt,” the company said.
WTB said the Byway is intended for riders who prioritize dirt and gravel yet find themselves on paved roads to get there. It has a slick centerline, an intermediate tread and outer knobs. The outer knobs extend down the side of the casing to protect the sidewall from sharp rocks and other hazards. It uses WTB’s Lightweight Casing and offers TCS tubeless compatibility.
“The Byway augments Road Plus’ capabilities, taking things one step further into dirt,” said Will Ritchie, WTB’s drop bar category manager. “It [the Byway] still retains a smooth center to avoid road vibrations but gains protective side knobs for extra bite while resisting flexing on harder conditions. Riders now are looking to test what Road Plus can and can’t do. The Byway proves that dirt is part of the equation too.”
All of WTB’s Road Plus tires have the same overall diameter as a 700 x 28-30mm …read more