One-Year Review: WTB Ranger Tires

My first experience with Wilderness Trail Bikes’ Ranger tire came shortly after the arrival of a Jeff Jones demo bike. Jones had spec’d the bike with Schwalbe Super Moto (29″ x 2.35″) tires, and while the stock rubber proved more than capable on dirt and gravel roads, I found myself wishing for something with a bigger footprint and more grip for the loose-over-hard trails that are prevalent on Colorado’s Front Range. And because my rides usually involve some pavement, I wanted a tread pattern that wouldn’t slow me down getting to the dirt and gravel. I shot an email to the folks at WTB, and they recommended I give their 29″ x 3.0″ Ranger a try.

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First Impressions: Lizard Skins DSP Handlebar Tape

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New bar tape is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to freshen up a tired looking bike. Unlike back in the day, modern bar tape comes in a rainbow of color choices, multiple levels of padding, and different textures for different applications. With three different thickness and a myriad of colors, Lizard Skins‘ DSP bar wrap offers something for practically any rider.

Despite the company’s reptilian name, Lizard Skins DSP tape isn’t made from actual lizard skin. DSP stands for DuraSoft Polymer, which the company claims offers unmatched levels of comfort, control and responsiveness. Knowing that one thickness doesn’t necessarily work for all riders, Lizard Skins offers DSP tape in 1.8 mm, 2.5 mm, and 3.2 mm thicknesses ($41.99-$49.99 MSRP). Each thickness also features its own unique texture, further enhancing grip and comfort.

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Under Test: Donnelly Strada USH Tires gravel grinder Donnelly Strada USH tubeless SRAM carbon

While the Donnelly name may not ring a bell, the tire in the above photo is probably familiar to GRAVELBIKE readers. Why? That’s because Donnelly Sports licensed the Clement name up until last year, but now offers tires under their own name. The Donnelly Strada USH comes in 650B and 700C sizes, features an integrated puncture belt, and is available in tubeless or conventional versions. Does the Strada USH deliver the right blend of speed and traction?

Stay tuned…