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Review: WTB Resolute 42 Tires – 650b and 700c Sizes

WTB: Durable and Reliable Mountain Bike-Specific Equipment

WTB was founded in Marin County, California in 1982, fueled by the need to create durable and reliable mountain bike-specific equipment. Back then, mountain biking was a new and burgeoning sport, and mountain bikes weren’t much more than cobbled-together oddities. The original WTB crew was captivated by the experience of riding bikes on dirt trails, and they started creating more durable and functional components for their own bikes. Soon, local frame builders sought to outfit their bikes with WTB’s high-end components. WTB was able to turn our passion for bikes into a successful business.

WTB Resolute 42 Tire: The Ultimate All-Weather Gravel Tire

The WTB Resolute 42 is the ultimate all-weather gravel tire for those who believe there is a perfect tread pattern for every ride. Small, square knobs deliver consistent bite into a variety of terrain, while the ample spaces between them prevent packing up when conditions become wet. With its 42mm width, the Resolute 42 is a set-it-and-forget-it gravel tire for endlessly undulating roads through all varieties of weather. The WTB Resolute tire was inspired by Trans Iowa to be an all-conditions tire, designed around a rim with an internal width of 23mm. WTB claims the Resolute performs across all conditions, whether wet, dry, sandy, dusty, or muddy.

Mounting the WTB Resolute 650b and 700c x 47mm Tire

WTB’s Resolute tires feature WTB’s TCS (tubeless compatible system) with an Aramid tire bead. TCS is a “system” that also includes rim tape, tubeless valves, and sealant. TCS is designed to make tubeless tire setup an easy process. The sample WTB Resolute tires mounted easily using Bontrager’s TLR Flash Charger pump and WTB’s valves. Expect similar performance from American Classic or Stan’s NoTubes valves. For the duration of the review, the Resolute 42 650b tires were mounted on an American Classic Wide Lightning 650b wheelset, while the 700c version was mounted onto a Hunt 30Carbon Gravel Disc wheelset. Orange Seal’s Endurance Formula Sealant was the sealant of choice for both wheel and tire sizes. Like just about every other WTB tire we’ve encountered, the Resolutes are intended to be mounted directionally, meaning, pay attention to the rotational arrows on the sidewall (which are a little tough to spot).

Do the WTB Resolute 42 Tires Measure Up?

The Resolutes 42’s in 650b measured 45mm in width mounted to the American Classic 650b Wide Lightning wheelset, which has an internal rim diameter of 29.3mm. The Resolutes 42’s in 700c measured 42mm in width mounted to the Hunt 30Carbon Gravel Disc wheelset, which has an internal rim diameter of 21mm.

Riding the WTB Resolute 42 Tires

During the review period, the Resolute tires performed well on various terrains. They rolled fast on dry hardpack or dry and loose gravelly conditions, providing traction and stability. The knobby tread pattern offered excellent grip on steep climbs, and the tires handled well on corners. While riding on pavement, the knobby tread pattern did create some resistance, but it was a small price to pay for the tire’s versatility.

For optimal performance, the Resolute tires should be inflated to somewhere between 35 and 60psi. However, the reviewer found that lower tire pressures provided a smoother ride, especially when encountering bumps and potholes. Experimenting with tire pressure is recommended to find the optimal setting for individual body weight and riding style.

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