Wheels & Tyres

Our pick of the best summer road and mountain bike tyres

Category: Wheels & Tyres

Choosing the best summer bike tyres for you is key to getting the most out of your time on two wheels.

Whether you’re looking for the fastest road bike tyres for a sportive, or the best enduro bike tyres for your summer shredding, it’s important your tyres are built to make the most of dry, loose and dusty conditions this season.

Key features to look for:

Grip vs Durability: If you’re searching for either mountain bike tyres, or a fast rolling road tyre that performs well in dry conditions, you won’t want to sacrifice too much in rolling resistance or wear.

A tyre with a softer compound will provide better grip but will wear faster. A harder tyre will last longer but have less traction. Getting the balance right will largely depend on how aggressive you ride and the terrain you ride on.

An indication of a tyre’s hardness is measured in numbers. The higher the number, the harder the tyre. A 60a compound will be very durable and might last a few seasons, whereas a 42a compound will be very soft, provide lots of braking and corning traction but would maybe need replacing twice a season. Most manufacturers provide a mix of multi-compound tyres which offers a good compromise between the two.

• Puncture Protection: You want to ensure you stay puncture free on your ride. Nothing spoils a ride more than a burst tube.

• Bead/Sidewall: Although we do everything in our power to try and prevent punctures, every now and again our luck runs out. Ensure you pick a tyre that allows you to easily remove it without too much hassle.

• Durability: You need a tyre that will be able to put up with the changing conditions, allowing you to rack up the miles without needing to have a spare set of tyres at the ready.

• Width: For road tyres, we recommend going for the widest tyre your bike allows to give you maximum comfort and grip. A 25c wide tyre will fit most modern bikes and provide great cornering grip with no speed compromise.

Six of the best 2018 summer mountain bike tyres

Schwalbe Nobby Nic Addix MTB Tyre – Snakeskin

Really grippy multi-use tyres with a SnakeSkin sidewall to prevent cuts and blows – perfect if you’re riding on rocky terrain. A high-traction choice which comes alive in tricky technicaone of the best tyres for cross country racing in tough conditions.

All Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres

Maxxis Minion SS MTB Tyre – EXO – TR

The Minion SS MTB tyre fills the gap between fast-rolling cross-country tyres and grippy downhill shoes. Its cluster of short, ramped knobs, flanked by the much-loved Minion shoulder knobs, make it a fast-rolling tyre with a square profile that hooks up in loose terrain.

All Maxiss Minion tyres

WTB Trail Boss TCS Light Fast Rolling Tyre

A hard hitting enduro-ready tyre with a low profile centre for fast rolling and supported side knobs for increased grip, especially in corners.

All WTB Trail Boss tyres

Maxxis High Roller II TR MTB Tyre

A legend amongst mountain bike tyres, this trail version of the High Roller has been built with braking performance and traction on hard surfaces in mind. A lightweight super-grippy all-rounder.

All Maxxis High Roller tyres

Maxxis Ardent MTB Tyre

One of the most versatile trail tyres out there, the Ardent thrives on loose, soft surfaces providing plenty of traction and stability.

All Maxxis Ardent tyres

Six of the best summer 2018 road bike tyres

Michelin Power Competition Road Bike Tyre

Set to redefine the new standard in race level road bike tyres, Michelin claim that the Power Competition offers a 25% reduction in rolling resistance – equivalent to a saving of 10 watts.

All Michelin Power road tyres

Schwalbe One Road Tyre – V-Guard

The fastest tyre in Schwalbe’s range, the One offers impressive puncture protection and assured traction on a variety of road surfaces and weather conditions.

All Schwalbe One road tyres

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II Road Tyre

One of our best-selling road tyres and for good reason. The updated Conti GP400 tyres provide improved grip, increased puncture protection and greater comfort.

All Continental Grand Prix 4000 tyres

Michelin Power Endurance Road Bike Tyre

Just released from Michelin, the durable Power Endurance tyre is built for sportive riding with increased puncture resistance, more grip and saves more watts.

All Michelin Power road tyres

Vittoria Rubino Pro Control G+ Road Tyre

Using Graphene+, a revolutionary substance that’s only 1 atom thick but 200 times harder than steel and the lightest material known to man, the Rubino Pro Control G+ is Vittoria’s strongest and most puncture resistant road tyre..

Vittoria Rubino Pro Road Bike Tyre

Continental Grand Prix TT Road Tyre

A lightweight thoroughbred time trial tyre for serious competitors, they grip well in dry conditions and cope well in the wet too.

Continental Grand Prix TT Road Tyre


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