The WTB Byway is built for mixed terrain exploration, it is a go anywhere do it all tyre.
I bought these tyres because I got myself a complete gravel bike and I wasn’t satisfied by the stock tyres that came with the bike – too many punctures and not fast enough on the tarmac.
I was looking for a tyre that was going to fit my needs; one that offers a good level of puncture resistance so that I could rely on it over hard-going terrain, enough grip/aggressive lugs to tackle technical trails and something that would get me to ‘the good stuff’ quickly.
The Byway seemed like the obvious winner to cover all of these points.
The smooth centre line allows for fast cycling on hard surfaces with very little rolling resistance. A textured section coupled with the large lugs on the outside of the tyre provides grip and control on soft and loose surfaces. These lugs also extend down the sidewall to add further protection.
You can opt to have the tyre with SG2 Puncture Protection, which I went for as I wanted maximum durability. This is essentially a nylon insert that provides bead to bead coverage which will reduce the frequency of punctures.
I have put approximately 3,000km into my tyres and have been massively impressed by the performance. They have allowed me to take on a huge variety of off-road terrain from hero gravel to boggy farm tracks to woodland trails – and they’ve taken everything in their stride.