Intended for Pavement, Hardpack dirt, and Gravel roads, the Venture tire is an ideal gravel bike companion. The SG2 puncture protection, although adds weight, makes this tire more capable and long lasting.
Mounting the 700×50 SG2 Ventures on for testing, the massive tire just looks cool. On an eBike the additional weight and size is a penalty we can afford and our first test was to see the overall impact it would have on the battery range.
A few months back we published a range test on the Venture tires where I led a 70 + mile ride with a friend. The Bosch-powered gravel bike read out 74 miles with a full charge in Eco. 72 miles later and a couple blocks away from my starting point, the Battery found its bottom. A few miles shy of the “estimated” range before leaving, the overall range on the Venture tires seemingly left little to no effect.
Turning from overall range and looking towards traction and ride feel, we’ve spent the last few months on gravel roads and trails finding how these tires do. Dropping a few psi to increase traction and add some comfort, the Venture tires provide great traction for the dry conditions of summer. Charging fast down gravel roads with long sweeping corners or tight hairpin twists, staying on your line and keeping the bike on your track is effortless. Recovering from loose gravel and pointing the bike back to where you want it to be, the tires hook and catch similar to a mountain bike tire would.
Where the Venture tires start to show their limitations is the soggy and wet clay like dirt. With very few summer rains, I knew I had to get wet for at least one ride to see how they do. If the dirt in your area turns to a sticky type of clay when it gets wet, the Ventures fill up quick and feel similar to a minimal tread or slick like tire. Not as confidence inspiring, but as we know tires designed for the wet conditions are specific to that season and have endless downside in the dry months.
Something that has taken a while to get comfortable with while riding on the road, is the noticeable shelf when leaning the bike in corners. Diving into a corner you can feel the tires roll from the center tread to the side lugs. The float zone between those two areas is an interesting sensation, that can catch you off guard if you aren’t ready for it.
Overall, the WTB Venture tire has been a massive upgrade for summer. The high volume adds noticeable comfort both on and offroad. Additionally, the Dual DNA compound offers almost two tires in one. Commuting onroad to the woods for gravel rides, the Venture tires don’t have you suffering on road performance and efficiency. All the while they offer reliable traction and connection to the dirt especially when cornering on loose and rocky trails. We would argue the additional cost and weight for SG2 puncture protection is well worth it to retain more time pedalling and less time fixing flats.
Sizing: 650×47, 700×40, 700×50
Colors: Black, Tan