|They certainly do.|
|Meet the new boss. It produces a much more rounded profile.|
I’m sure lack of luck played a major part in the destruction of my tyre but I couldn’t help wonder whether the wide rim coupled with the tyre’s size / shape might be producing a squared off profile which leaves the sidewall somewhat exposed to the elements? It was something I was able to quiz Alpkit Kenny about at the WRT a few weeks later. He assured me that it’s something they’d not had problems with throughout testing, so bad luck it was, although I did decide to hedge my bets when it came to buying a replacement.
|Can you believe it? We have our own tyre.|
I might only have room for a 2.8″ tyre in the back but I knew there was more than enough space for something bigger between the forks, so I fitted the front tyre to the back and went in search of something a touch bigger to replace it with. Karma was restored when I found a certain on-line retailer selling 3″ WTB Trail Boss tyres for less than £20. The price alone was enough to have me clicking ‘add to basket’ but the icing on the cake was the fact that WTB list the tyre’s primary role as bikepacking. I wasn’t really sure what a bikepacking tyre might look or behave like, so I thought I’d best find out.
The Trail Boss is quite a different beast to the Trail Blazer. Apart from being wider, it’s also has a more aggressive tread and when fitted to the Rumpus rims produces a much more rounded profile, which (I’m hoping) helps shield the sidewalls from sharp pointy things. As you can imagine, besides being grippier, the Trail Boss is noticeably heavier than the smaller 2.8″ Trail Blazer so is well suited to the role of braking and cornering up front. As a pair they seem to work very well together, but if I had the required clearance and were riding continually rocky trails, I might consider one for the back too … but maybe I’m just paranoid.
|Trail Blazer … probably best left as a rear only tyre given the square profile?|