Fresh Goods – Rubbery Special!

July 22, 2011

We’ve been inundated with tyres here at Singletrack Towers and that’s made resident rubber fetishist Jon quite happy. In fact he came out in a bit of a rash. Possibly some kind of reaction or overexcitment. Anyway, welcome to a special rubbery edition of Fresh Goods…

Maxxis High Roller II (various flavours)


The original High Roller was hugely popular with the downhill crowd and crossed over into the world of trail riding well too. For the High Roller II they’ve changed the knob spacing to give a better transition to the edge and reduce the ‘floaty’ feeling you could get part of the way through a turn. Braking performance is also said to be improved. While the original made do with fairly simple blocks, there are now plenty of sipes on both the edges and centre tread to provide better wet weather performance and mechanical grip.

There are going to be three versions available: a downhill dual ply casing version with sticky 3C compound, another downhill casing with 60a compound all over and a folding bead EXO sidewall in 60a, which should be the pick of the bunch for hard hitting trail riding. All the tyres are in a reasonably sized but not insane 2.4″ width…

The older High Roller will still be available alongside the High Roller II, which will be in shops from August onwards..

Price: HRII DH 3C: £58.99, HRII DH 60a: £47.99 , HRII EXO 60a: around £39.99

From: One Industries Europe

Geax Saguaro TNT 29×2.2″

The days of famine for big wheeled rubber freaks is coming to an end. We’re seeing more and more big tyres for big wheels and these versions of the Geax Saguaro use a folding aramid bead with 120tpi casing with TNT (Tubes or No Tubes) sidewall technology. The tread is designed to be a good compromise between speed and grip with a fast rolling centre but decent edge. They are designed to be run as either a front or reversed as a rear tyre.

Price: £31.99

From: Chicken Cycles

We like the built in width ruler a lot too…

Kenda Slant Six DTC 26×2.1″ folding

This is one of John Tomac’s line of ‘Signature Series’ tyres and is said to be a mix of his two favourite tyres; the Nevegal and the Small Block 8. It’s designed to be used on hard to intermediate ground and looks like it should roll plenty fast, especially with the DTC compound that uses a 60a compound in the centre with softer 50a on the edges. Full sticky rubber (Stick-E) versions are available, as are cheaper non-folding versions…

Price: £34.99

From: Today’s Cyclist

Kenda BBG DTC 26×2.1″ folding

Want a fast rolling centre but proper edges? This Lopes signature tyre could be just the trick, with proper square edges and a file-like centre tread, almost in the style of a semi slick. As before it uses the dual compound tread with fast centre and softer edges although there is a Stick-E version of these too…

Price: £32.99

From: Today’s Cyclist

Kenda King Of Traction DLR 26×1.8″ folding

Some mud spikes now, and the King of Traction (K.O.T to its mates) has some seriously spiky side knobs and then heavily siped but smaller centre tread to try and keep as much grip for as little rolling resistance in the slop. They use sticky Dual Layer Rubber too…

Price: £32.99

From: Today’s Cyclist

Kenda King Of Traction Downhill 26×2.35″

The King of Traction is also available in this aggro downhill casing with wire bead and extra support mouldings around the knobs…

Price: £34.99

From: Today’s Cyclist

Panaracer Cedric Gracia Soft Conditions AM 2.25″

The flamboyant Frenchman has been helping Panaracer develop their range of tyres and this is designed for use in, well, Soft Conditions, so mud, sand, or loose rock. The widely spaced knobs aim to clear mud quickly and the siped edges and recessed centre knobs are designed to flex to get grip on rock and roots. This AM version has slightly higher knobs than the 2.1″XC version.

Price: £39.99

From: Zyro

Panaracer Cedric Gracia XC29 2.25″

Yup, now even big wheelers can enjoy the grip and speed that comes from Cedric Gracia’s initials! Joking aside the CG pattern provides a fast rolling centre thanks to the almost continuous tread but the well spaced side knobs with mid corner support should mean you can keep the speed in the corners too. They use a folding bead and lightweight casing and 26″ versions are available…

Price: £42.99

From: Zyro

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