Posted by Logan Watts
WTB introduced Road Plus™ back in 2016 to expand drop bar capabilities beyond pavement, as well as provide the proper tire size and diameter to fit many 700c bikes for conversion. To summarize our own 700c to 650b conversion experience, increased volume over skinnier 700c tires improves traction, smooths out the ride, and makes off-tarmac drop bar riding more comfortable and fun. To evolve the concept, WTB just announced two new Road Plus tires designed for terrain ranging from loose gravel to rocky trails. The Venture 47 and Sendero 47 tires build upon Road Plus by pushing drop bar riding even further onto the dirt, where more aggressive tread patterns are a must.
WTB Venture 47
According to WTB, the new Venture 47 is their most versatile Road Plus tire, delivering optimal performance across the widest range of conditions. The supportive centerline tread provides traction on hardpack terrain while the countless working edges of the intermediate ridges grab hold on gravel or dirt. Two rows of outer knobs provide additional cornering traction and sidewall protection in loose or rocky conditions.
WTB Sendero 47
Inspired by progressive gravel and monstercross events, such as Grinduro, the Sendero 47 features an aggressive tread pattern unmatched in their Road Plus line. According to WTB, “We continually strive to innovate not only the products we make, but also where and how they allow us to ride our bikes. As we found ourselves riding our drop bar bikes on increasingly aggressive terrain, we designed the Sendero 47 to keep up.”
“Introduction of the Venture and Sendero tires completes the Road Plus family,” stated John Huseby, WTB’s global OEM sales manager. “The Venture is the next step beyond the Byway in that it’s covered in grippy, low-height tread that grabs in gravel and dirt, while still rolling fast on hard surfaces. The idea behind it is 70% dirt/30% pavement. The Sendero is the most aggressive tire in the family, but still remains true to the original Road Plus concept of being efficient on hardpack surfaces. One look at the tread pattern though and it’s clear its usage shines through when you start shredding down the trail (thus the name). Within the Road Plus family, we now have a complete offering from fully smooth to completely knobby and everything in between.”
All WTB Road Plus tires feature WTB’s Road Plus TCS™ casing, which, according to WTB, pairs the supple ride characteristics of a single-ply tire with the reliability of our TCS tubeless technology. The Sendero 47 has a production weight of 568 grams, while preproduction samples of the Venture 47 come in at 573 grams. WTB suggests mounting them to rims with inner widths between 23-25mm in order to maximize the benefits of high-volume Road Plus tires.
Both the Venture 47 and Sendero 47 share the same price as previous Road Plus tires, with an MSRP of $67.95. The Sendero 47 will be available next week at WTB.com or can be ordered through your local bike shop. The Venture 47 will be available winter 2018. WTB will be displaying both tires at the Grinduro gravel event in Quincy, California, this weekend.