WTB’s New Resolute 42 Tire Comes in 650b and 700c Jun 15, 2017

For those looking for a little more rubber on their 700c / 650b cross or all-road bike, can check out WTB’s new Resolute tire. Designed for all-weather riding, the small square knobs will roll smoothly across asphalt and then offer traction on even the loosest of roads. In stock now at your local WTB dealer.

  • Kawika Samson

    Grant! You riding tho?!

  • Got a pair on the way, looking forward to giving them a go!

    • Harry Major

      of course you do. Tyre slut.

  • Jon B.

    stoked for these, ordered!

  • Damn. Probably it’ll take a year until they’re in EU. 😠

    • Clayton Wangbichler

      Howdy! Clayton here, the PR guy over at WTB. The Resolutes are currently in stock at our WTB Europe warehouse. Orders have already been sent out to distributors in Europe as well! Expect to see them in shops any day now.

  • mrbiggs

    Whoa! When the Riddlers wear out, there’s my next tire. A little better mud clearance, and SKINWALL.

  • Keith Lee

    Would REALLY like all of WTB’s new offerings in 26″…

    • Have you seen the Onza 26″ line?

      • Ryanisinallofus

        26×2.40! Ordering now.

      • Keith Lee

        I guess they come close for more knobby 26″ stuff, but then again, there are still plenty of offerings from Schwalbe/Maxxis–no sexy skinwall though.

        What I’d really like is a 26×2.2-2.4 version of their Horizon and Byway tires, something as a direct competitor to Compass’ Rat Trap Pass. The RTPs are fantastic tires that have brought new life to a lot of people’s old mountain bikes/tourers, but are still too delicate for thrashing or extended off-road riding. I think a lot of people would gladly welcome another high-performance, high-volume, and slightly tougher/grippier tire on the 26″ market.

        • Harry Major

          THIS!
          Choosing to build up my Romanceur with 26s is severly limiting for tougher tyres that aren’t uber Knobby. This or similar would be a welcome addition to my collection.

  • Brad Michael

    I SO much want these to fit on my Stigmata in the back. Not holding my breath. But I can hope.

    • They might, depending on your rim width. I fit Soma Cazadoras on the back on ENVE m50s

      • Jon B.

        exactly this. i run the caz on my stigmata as well, it’s super close, close enough to be a dry tire only. i expect these to be the same and should know shortly! :)

        • Brad Michael

          Cool. Thanks. I fit the new WTB Riddler 45 on the front and there is room to spare. I may try these 42’s in hopes they work.

        • C.Silver

          keep us posted!

      • Brad Michael

        I might need to wait to find out. I will be setting up a set of KOM i23’s (inner 23) for that bike which will push my nanos out a bit. The M50’s are 21 internal I believe so it might be close to the same. I will see how the nanos fit on the wider rim then decide. Thanks for the reply though. I figured 40 was maxed out. I keep wondering if anyone ever mounted 27.5 rims on the back on a stigmata…but my guess is the carve out on the chainstay would prevent that wheel size.

    • C.Silver

      FWIW, I can fit Specialized Sawtooths on my stigmata, also rated at 42mm, although with not much room left for wet situations.

      • Brad Michael

        Good to know! Thanks man.

    • Ken

      This is one of the reasons I don’t quite understand the 700×42 width. Many of the modern bike frames today, even gravel-specific ones, can barely fit 40mm tires with enough room for wet/mud riding. Plus, when 700 tires get too big, I get concerned about handling/pneumatic-trail issues. Not saying the Resolute won’t be a good tire, but just curious about the width decision.

      • Brad Michael

        I agree. WTB has FOUR great tire options for gravel geeks. The Nano, Riddler, Resolute, and the Byway. ALL for different riding. I wish they would run each tire in a set of sizes for 650 and a set of sizes for 700m. If they all had options for 36,40 and 45 widths I feel they could sell more rubber.

  • Rob X

    these come out just when I was thinking of taking my fenders off and getting Byways… I’ll take these instead and keep my fenders, thank you!

  • Itsnotpoison

    650 x 42? fuckin useless. why will no one put out a goddamn 50mm tire with some tread? where the fuck you at Clement? Maxxis?? Teravail???

    • Bil Thorne

      You mean a 29×2 mountain bike tire?

      • Itsnotpoison

        A 27.5 x 2 that doesn’t totally suck on pavement. Something like a travail cannonball or a clement xplore mso would make my day if thry were available in 650x50ish. Or a maxxis refuse with better cornering.

        WTB is doing a great job with the tires they’ve put out in the last year…but I’m really unsure about how necessary a 650 x 42 tire is. I’d rather just built a 700c wheeler and put a 38ish mm tire on em. Just my two cents.

        • Ben

          Schwalbe Thunder Burt 27.5 x 2.1. Get the liteskin one. Amazing.

          • Itsnotpoison

            I really want to try these out. I absolutely destroyed a set of Schwab Racing Ralphs in about two gravel rides…how do thunderburt hold up?

          • Ben

            I haven’t worn out a set yet, but lots of reports in the iBOB list suggest they hold up pretty well. Definitely more than two rides.

        • I’m running 650×42 Compass Babyshoes on my Rove with Sim Works Honjo fenders as an all weather road bike and was happily on Cazaderos for longer mixed surface rides on the Wolverine last year. Both have a 70 bb drop and neither sits too low on 650×42. More options in this size, especially from WTB, is not gonna bother me!

        • rocketman

          the Thuderburts measure about 51mm on i19 rims and roll super fast on pavement.

          • jordan_vondy

            For 92$ per tire they better be gold plated..

    • Gotta agree with this sentiment. This looks like it would be another great 700 x 40something knobby, though a little narrow as a 650, no? I’d be all over this as another progression of their “road-plus” 650×47 or a bigger 50.
      Kinda splitting hairs i guess, but there aren’t a ton of full knobby options available in the 650x50ish area, especially in tubeless. Surely there’s enough of a market for that? My wolverine 650 build would love it, that I know. The nano would just fit, but realllly tight on the chainstays…

      • Itsnotpoison

        Sounds like they’d sell at least four tires between the two of us.

      • I’m gonna stop worrying about this shit and go ride. ;)

    • Rob X
      • Itsnotpoison

        I do…clearance is just a little tight on my bike with that tire.

    • Clayton Wangbichler

      Would the 700×42 suit your needs? We asked, and listened, to what people wanted. It was split. A lot of folks were asking for the very tire that might be useless for your needs. I help manage our web store and all I can provide is the fact that (so far) sales are nearly split between 650 and 700. That’s why we offer both!

      • Itsnotpoison

        700×42 makes a lot of since to me. I have to build a 700c wheelset first though. There are a lot of great options for 700×38-42. I’d be stoked to see more 650×47-50 options…a Nano under two inches would be sweet or a 50mm Resolute or Byway. Cheers!

      • Ryanisinallofus

        700c Horizons would be my dream. 700×47!

  • sturtlovinggood

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03577975160873f4891b1ad09e72e94bc4acb695a35b9b0c9e632db293f24163.jpg Reminds me of the updated Smart Sam, although the SS has beefier knobs. Same concept of a compact centerline for better rolling resistance.

    • Don’t know about their wider Smart Sam tires, but everything narrower than 2.0″ is just dull & heavy and no tread pattern can save it…

    • rocketman

      smart sams are not very supple… the WTB Riddlers are light years better

      • sturtlovinggood

        Riddlers look like a more similar tread pattern, but I find my 29×2.1 SS to be a good mix of flexible and tough. Both tires have virtually the same TPI.

        • rocketman

          Riddlers have smaller center knobs and just roll way better. I threw the Smart Sams in the trash after trying the Riddlers

          • sturtlovinggood

            That seems like a harsh reaction

      • Ryanisinallofus

        Smart Sams are dangerous. The side walls are so stiff if you ride with lower pressures they cave on you all the time. Scare the shit out of me.

  • reteptterrab

    The DMR Supermoto 26 is a sweet multi-use tire for any old MTB or klunker. 26×2.2 (55.5mm wise)

  • Ken

    700×42 is likely too wide for my frame. Wish they had 38mm or 40mm.

    • Clayton Wangbichler

      Hey, Ken. Have you tried the Nano 40? Sounds like it might be exactly what you’re looking for. https://www.wtb.com/products/nano-40c

      • Ken

        Thanks, Clayton. I have not tried the Nano, but am aware of it. The tread/weight/aesthetics of the new Resolution is appealing. I’m running Panaracer Gravel King SK 700×35 (38.5 measured on my 21mm internal wheels). Am thinking about trying the 700×38 GK SK.

        • Kevin Mulcahy

          My Nano 40s runs a little small. More like a 38 on my tb14 rims.

    • rocketman

      ha… wishin’ these were 45mm. Love the Riddler but having deeper knobs would be nice too.

  • Philip Kim

    the byways now these in 650b? Really glad another company like WTB going in on the 650b tires that aren’t straight up just MTB tires. Gonna grab one of these but just got the byways though…

  • Giancarlo Cavallaro

    is it just me or do they look almost exactly like surly’s knards?

    • Very similar pattern. Guess you can’t invent much in that area (all-around off-road tires)… Check out Maxxis Ravagers – very similar tread as well.

  • Erik Thompson

    It wants to be the Soma Cazadero….but there can be only one. Cazaderos have a better center line for road and the nobs come out beefier on the sides for off road. Am i missing something here? Tread pattern is quite a bit different but I feel like they are aimed at the same kinds of riding.

    • Yeah Somas don’t set up easily or reliably tubeless.

  • Ryanisinallofus

    Do I want these or Riddler 45s for my Black Mountain? I have Compass 700×44(more like 42) but I’m taking it out on dirt for a few days.