WTB Expanse 32 TCS tyre review

The newly renamed Expanse 32 proves to be a very reliable long distance tyre

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The WTB Expanse 32 has proven to be a reliable partner for long touring, winter riding and light off-road use. Durability has been excellent and weight and rolling resistance is also very good. Just be aware of the issue the tan wall version can have when setting up tubeless.

Reasons to buy
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    Fast rolling

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    Puncture resistance

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    Tanwall option

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Reasons to avoid
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    Sidewalls leak air

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When it came to choosing kit for a solo attempt at Land's End to John O'Groats, reliable tyres were at the forefront of the planning. They needed to be high volume, durable, grippy but above all fast rolling. I had previously used WTB tyres on several gravel bikes and been impressed with reliability, so I plumped for a pair of WTB Expanse 32 tyres.

The Expanse 32 isn't actually a new tyre, having been part of WTB's range for a couple of years in the guise of the Exposure 32. In order to clear some model confusion however, WTB has renamed and re-released the tyre as the Expanse 32 for 2020.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.