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WTB Exposure 700x34C- First Impressions

Old 12-03-16, 08:20 PM
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WTB Exposure 700x34C- First Impressions

I recently purchased the relatively new WTB Exposure 700x34C tubeless tires for my gravel/adventure bike. I thought I would share my initial impressions of these tires as I believe they are a excellent choice for gravel bikes that see a significant amount of paved riding.

The tires were very easy to setup tubeless on my Stans NoTubes Grail team wheels. I was able to set them up in less than 20 minutes using only a hand pump.

In short you get skinny tire road bike speed and efficiency, with good off road capability from the cornering knobs. The rides I usually do on my gravel bike can be 20-30 miles of pavement to where the dirt/gravel roads begin, so I needed a tire that was very efficient on pavement. Highly recommended, and if they hold up, they are well worth the money.

Photos, bike is a Niner RLT 9 4 Star.


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How does it feel cornering aggressively on pavement?
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How would this compare with the Schwalbe One series like the Schwalbe G One 700 x 38 Tubeless TBD
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Originally Posted by HTupolev
How does it feel cornering aggressively on pavement?
Nothing noticeable, but I'll try some aggressive pavement cornering on my ride today and see.
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Originally Posted by Garfield Cat
How would this compare with the Schwalbe One series like the Schwalbe G One 700 x 38 Tubeless TBD
I had the Schwalbe G One 700x35C on my bike for a few months and they are great tires if your riding is maybe 80 percent or more off road. They roll okay on pavement, but these WTB Exposures are noticeably faster on.

If your riding includes a significant amount of pavement, mixed in with dirt road segments a tire like the Exposure is a great choice.

Let me know if any one has any other questions, I would be glad to answer.
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After allowing some time to expand now, what is the actual measured width of these tires on your bike?
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What are these tires running price wise? Looks like a solid tire..
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I'm also wondering what they measure on those rims. I'm having a friend build a new wheelset with HED Belgium + rims and am wondering what tires will fit since HED says it'll make tires 2-4mm wider than their posted width. This is one of the tires I've been looking at but depending on their actual width once mounted will decide.
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Originally Posted by 09box
What are these tires running price wise? Looks like a solid tire..
You can get them for as low as $60 each on Amazon.
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Originally Posted by Ben I.
I'm also wondering what they measure on those rims. I'm having a friend build a new wheelset with HED Belgium + rims and am wondering what tires will fit since HED says it'll make tires 2-4mm wider than their posted width. This is one of the tires I've been looking at but depending on their actual width once mounted will decide.
I'll have to borrow a caliper from work, but I'll try to get a measurement in the next couple days and post it here.
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Originally Posted by KonaRider125
I'll have to borrow a caliper from work, but I'll try to get a measurement in the next couple days and post it here.
I have the Exposures on Hedd Ardennes Disc SL Plus wheels. Great tire on and off the road. They measure 34.730mm. I have an additional question- the tires mounted easily. However, even without sealant they are almot impossible to break free at the bead. Has anyone else had this problem. I'm afraid if I have a large puncture that won't seal, I won't be able to tube the tire.
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Originally Posted by Exploro_D
I have the Exposures on Hedd Ardennes Disc SL Plus wheels. Great tire on and off the road. They measure 34.730mm. I have an additional question- the tires mounted easily. However, even without sealant they are almot impossible to break free at the bead. Has anyone else had this problem. I'm afraid if I have a large puncture that won't seal, I won't be able to tube the tire.
That's a common problem with tubeless-ready rims. They have a much tighter bead which helps with the tubeless sealing. But, it makes it very tough to get the tire back out of the bead.
I've heard of folks standing on the deflated tire to get it out of the bead and back into the center channel.

My advice is to practice! I can get my tires out of the bead by using the heels of both my hands, but it's still tough.

And maybe add some extra sealant, to help prevent being in that situation in the first place?
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Thanks for the advice but I have been running tubeless on several of my wife's and my bikes for many years. We have several sets of Campy and Fulcrum 2 Way Fit tubeless wheels. I have run Hutchinson, Schwalbe, Panaracer and Maxxis tubeless and tubeless ready tires on them. Some are really tough to mount but I have never had a tire bead I couldn't unseat before the Exposures. The Ardennes wheels are new. They are wider and flatter than the Campys and have a much shallower channel but I can't get the bead to release at all without using a Park Tire Setting Pliers and prying the tire off.
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Two month update: WTB Exposure not recommended! Lack durability, and have mediocre ride quality. Too expensive.

I ran the WTB Exposures for two months of long weekend rides, and experienced issues with durability over the same routes I had zero issues with Schwalbe G Ones.

I found the Exposures cut and puncture easily and I had not one but two tubeless blow outs where I had a puncture that took about 30 seconds to seal spewing all over my bike and myself. Never happened with the G Ones I was running before. The ride quality on my bike at least is much better with the fatter 38c G Ones and not much slower. Done with the WTBs and switched back to some new G ones this weekend.
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Originally Posted by KonaRider125
Two month update: WTB Exposure not recommended! Lack durability, and have mediocre ride quality. Too expensive.

I ran the WTB Exposures for two months of long weekend rides, and experienced issues with durability over the same routes I had zero issues with Schwalbe G Ones.

I found the Exposures cut and puncture easily and I had not one but two tubeless blow outs where I had a puncture that took about 30 seconds to seal spewing all over my bike and myself. Never happened with the G Ones I was running before. The ride quality on my bike at least is much better with the fatter 38c G Ones and not much slower. Done with the WTBs and switched back to some new G ones this weekend.
Thanks for the update. Durability, speed, and ride feel are often at odds with each other. Bummer.

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Yep, I wanted to like the Exposures but they proved to be not durable enough for my uses.

Also I think if your on a gravel/cross bike with big tire clearance the way to go is with a 35-40c tire even if your riding a lot of road. Comfort is greatly increased.
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Originally Posted by KonaRider125
Yep, I wanted to like the Exposures but they proved to be not durable enough for my uses.

Also I think if your on a gravel/cross bike with big tire clearance the way to go is with a 35-40c tire even if your riding a lot of road. Comfort is greatly increased.
I've read so many times that the few millimeters between 35 to 40mm tires doesn't make a difference. I have my opinion but what do you think?
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I've read so many times that the few millimeters between 35 to 40mm tires doesn't make a difference. I have my opinion but what do you think?
41mm has 16% more volume than 38mm. I would imagine that 5mm difference between 35s and 40s would be significantly different.

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Originally Posted by KonaRider125
Yep, I wanted to like the Exposures but they proved to be not durable enough for my uses.

Also I think if your on a gravel/cross bike with big tire clearance the way to go is with a 35-40c tire even if your riding a lot of road. Comfort is greatly increased.
If you dont mind going back to tubes, try the Vittoria Hyper. It's fast rolling, flat resistant, reasonable durability and a plush ride at 75psi. See: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance....ger-hyper-2016

$17 each plus shipping from the UK: https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYVIVOH...r-folding-tyre
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
41mm has 16% more volume than 38mm. I would imagine that 5mm difference between 35s and 40s would be significantly different.
Roughly 31% increase in volume going from 35mm to 40mm.
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Thanks for the update Kona. I've decided to try out the Clement MSO's 36mm tubeless and if those either, don't fit my frame or I don't care for them then I'll try out the Kenda Flintridge 35mm.

I like the look of the Schwalbe G-One's but worried about durability, puncture resistance, grip. How has your experience with them been regarding all of that? Thanks
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Originally Posted by Ben I.
Thanks for the update Kona. I've decided to try out the Clement MSO's 36mm tubeless and if those either, don't fit my frame or I don't care for them then I'll try out the Kenda Flintridge 35mm.

I like the look of the Schwalbe G-One's but worried about durability, puncture resistance, grip. How has your experience with them been regarding all of that? Thanks
I ran the Clement MSO 36 tubeless for a few months, they were okay but in my opinion both the off-road traction and ride quality is much better on the G Ones. My experience with the G ones has been great, I rode the set of 35s that came with my bike and just recently installed a set of 38 G Ones. They have proven to be very durable, haven't had a single durability related issue with the tires. Easy to setup tubeless great for pot holed, chip sealed, decaying backroads and dirt roads.
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Little surprised to hear that the G-Ones would have better traction than the MSO but good to know. I ordered a pair of MSO's that should be here in a day or two but now maybe I should try out the G-Ones after all.
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The MSO tubeless and G ones are both great tires, but as someone with experience with both I give the edge to the G Ones in terms of ride quality.

Going from the 34c Exposures to 38 G Ones makes my bike feel like a Cadilac over rough roads.
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Great tread on those! Perfect for commuting!
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