Three new tires for Gravel Grinding

New offerings from Kenda and WTB

Cross Gravel Tires
The 35 and 40c versions of the Flintridge Pro side by side.

The 35 and 40c versions of the Flintridge Pro side by side (click to enlarge).

Kenda Flintridge Pro

The Flintridge from Kenda pairs a smooth center pattern with transition knobs similar to those found on the their Small Block 8 to roll fast on concrete or fire roads, yet still grip in loose conditions.

Kenda uses a blend of technologies to ensure the sidewalls on the new Flintridge Pro can withstand off road abuse.

Kenda uses a blend of technologies to ensure the sidewalls on the new Flintridge Pro can withstand off road abuse (click to enlarge).

To ensure the tires can survive off road abuse, Kenda has reinforced the sidewall with their KSCT technology that helps to prevent abrasions. This material also makes it possible to set the Flintridge Pros up tubeless.

These tires are currently available in 35c and 40c widths, which weigh 481 grams (+/- 20g) and 515 grams (+/- 26g) respectively. Retail is $59.99 and a tubeless race ready version is also in development.

To learn more, visit bicycle.kendatire.com.

Both versions of the Exposure tire are designed to be setup tubeless.

Both versions of the Exposure tire are designed to be setup tubeless (click to enlarge).

WTB Exposure

While WTB has traditionally been a mountain bike brand, the company is branching out into the high end road segment with their new Exposure tires. They’re available in two different sizes, with the small 30c featuring a slick center patch with dimpled side tread, while the larger 34c version shares the same smooth rolling center, paired with more aggressive transition and shoulder knobs.

The 30c tire weighs a claimed 345 grams and the 34c version weighs 370 grams. Both versions retail for $79.99.

To learn more, visit www.wtb.com

It was an easy decision to redesign the Riddler for cross and gravel use.

It was an easy decision to redesign the Riddler for cross and gravel use (click to enlarge).

WTB Riddler

With a fast rolling centerline and aggressive cornering knobs, the WTB Riddler is a speedy tire that can still dig into a corner. These traits have made it popular with the cross country mountain bike crowd, so it was an easy decision to redesign it for cross and gravel use. Retail is $54.99 and it will be available in 37c and 45c widths beginning in July.

Fore more info, visit www.wtb.com.

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  • wheels says:

    Have you tried the MSO?
    I have and i must say, they are sadly disapppointment.

    • Tim Rice says:

      I have tried the 700x40c MSO and I love them! I have not tried the 36c tubeless version yet though. (which is new)
      The MSO rocks on gravel, and are also easy enough to keep up with the guys on tarmac on club rides.

      • wheels says:

        The tubeless 36mm MSO is slower than Panaracer GK SK 35mm.
        For best damping and extremer terrain, GK SK 40mm also hammer MSO.
        I also prefer Maxxis Rambler 700*40 over MSO.

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