What rims are you running?
Actually now that you mention it, the Vigilante probably was a Fast Rolling (though there was no sidewall marking), and the casing was TCS Light. It looks like WTB has updated their claimed weights since I rode and weighed them last year.
I believe our opinions differ on the HR2. I find the 2.3 squirmy and slippery in most conditions, AND slow rolling. I would never choose it over a DHR2 - and that's without mentioning that the HR2 is 100g heavier in the same casing. The 2.4 is one of those tires with significantly larger knobs than the 2.3, and I know it has different characteristics.
Dry loam is, in my opinion, a plentiful summer staple on the Shore, but not when you're pre-riding Enduro courses 😉
The Purgatory and Trail Boss are in different leagues. The Purgatory Grid is an aggressive XC tread with a more robust (800g) casing. Compared to the 750g Purgatory Control it is a far more suitable tire for aggressive riding as the casing doesn't fold nearly as easily. The Purgatory is fast and relatively light, but low on grip compared to the more common Enduro tires. I was happy with dual Purgatory 2.3s on my XC bike for Shore riding but for bikes that will let you push the limits of a Maxxis EXO casing (anything with a Pike?) I would consider them undergunned. The Trail Boss is high on traction, especially laterally, to the point that Tim is happy using it on the front. 1100 grams though? My fat bike has 1200 gram tires!
Ah, I guess I just assumed there was a 2.4 Vigilante to complement the tires as tested here.
I'm a big fan of the DHR2 front and rear. The Vigilante 2.3 / Trail Boss 2.25 replaced my DHR2s for a short time last year, but the Trail Boss rear out- gripped the front which exacerbated my feeling that the Vigilante side knobs could have been spaced wider on the casing. My local conditions are primarily dry loam (woe is me…) without much hardpack. The Vigilante was a High Grip with regular casing and the Trail boss was a Fast Rolling TCS Tough casing. Both were heavier than claimed by a significant amount and heavier than my DHR2s by more than I liked, so I put a DHR2 back on the front and a Purgatory Grid on the rear for the short time before I started riding the Ice Cream Truck full time.
Have you ridden the Vigilante 2.4, Tim? I had the 2.3 on my front Flow EX and found it was great until it was leaned over - at which point the front end had a tendency to wash out. I know Maxxis' 2.4s have meatier blocks than their 2.3 counterparts and I assume WTB is the same. The only downside of WTB's Tough casing tires is the weight.
So many great moments! Nice work on the edit, Matt. Happy to have had the chance to work with you and a lot of other great people over the years.
Perry doesn't write often, but when he does it's worth waiting for! I should say the same for Dave Smith's photos!
Nice one, Cam!
In the photos of the Vigilante I tried to capture part of what I think is the reason they break away so suddenly. The tread doesn't wrap around quite as far as a 2.3 Maxxis or a Hans Dampf. As a front tire I really enjoyed it at first, but once I got comfortable with it I found that edge. I would consider it a decent rear winter tire – but as mentioned in my comment about the Trail Boss below, beware of tires that are significantly heavier than claimed.
I actually really enjoyed it as a rear tire. Fast rolling, tons of traction. Unfortunately the true weight was 100 grams more than claimed at 1017 or so grams. With the Vigilante up front I never really found the lateral edge of the Trail Boss out back.
There are many more variables at play than just frame size, and you begin to hint at them. How many spacers are under your stem? How long and what angle is said stem? What rise and how wide is your bar?
Often modern bikes have relatively short head tubes, so taller riders need to compensate with more spacers, longer stems, and higher rise bars. Along with this, you have to find a saddle that works for you.
Honestly, I'd probably recommend a fit session with an experienced fitter, and suspension setup with someone who does that side. You got a deal on a bike, spend some cash making it perfect!
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