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Anyone using WTB Ventures in 650bx47?

Old 12-02-21, 06:42 AM
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Anyone using WTB Ventures in 650bx47?

I've got a 650b wheelset in the works, and initially planned on using gravel king sk in the 48mm size. There's been delays on parts so I've started to reconsider my original tires. The max tire size in 650b is 48mm.

I want something for 100% gravel riding -- which here is 3/4" minus crushed limestone. I have another wheelset for faster pavement options.

I've been riding this well with Maxxis Velocita 40mm slicks. Next year I wanted to focus on longer gravel excursions, so I want something that will perform well in all the gravel conditions I encounter, particularly when I have to ride on thicc gravel like freshly laid or on the side when yielding to a vehicle.

I don't care about pavement speed, but something efficient on the 80% of riding in gravel vehicle tracks. I also want decent side knobs, having banged myself up a few times this season due to sliding out on "moon dust".

The ventures seemed to get good reviews on real world tests but I did read one review that says rolling resistance was poor.

So anyone running the ventures? Or, what other aggressive tread style?
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Old 12-02-21, 01:00 PM
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I rode a lot of miles on the Ventures that came with my 650 wheelset. I agree with that review, rolling resistance is poor. WTB innovated on the 650x47 size quite some years ago, but they've barely changed their compound since then and are one of the slowest available in most tests I've seen. My personal experience, the Ventures felt like mud and I'd get quite a workout on short rides. The pattern does indeed work OK on small crushed gravel - but I can't recommend the tire as anything but a last resort when nothing else can be found

The Specialized Pathfinder Pro 650x47 is a favorite of many here, seems equally knobby on the edges though the solid center rib really helps on pavement. These seem to be in stock at the usual vendors
GKSK would indeed probably work well for the conditions you describe
I'm sure someone will recommend a Rene Herse model shortly...
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Wow thanks fourfa for that info, I was hoping to see some indepth experience on these!

Yes RH does have the juniper ridge, I read though that they could measure up to 50mm setup tubeless on 23mm rims.

Thanks for the info on the Pathfinder's, they look similar to the wtb byways but with knobbier middle tread.

I'll probably stick with the gravel kings for the moment, since I already have them. Was wanting more aggressive center tread and side knobs.
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