Tioga Launches The Edge 22 Front-Specific Tyre

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Back at the turn of the century (now there’s a thing to say…) Tioga was big in the world of mountain bike tyres, with treads like the Factory XC 1.95 and its MASSIVE downhill tyres (some up to 2.5 inches!) being very popular. Then it all went a bit quiet for a long while, but now Tioga is back in the game with a pioneering front-specific tyre, the Edge 22, the likes of which, we’ve not seen before.

tioga edge 22 tyre tire singletrack
We’ve definitely all had haircuts like this, eh?

What is a nacihom?
The new Edge 22 is a dramatic departure from other front-only tyres. These usually have a collection of centre-based knobs to keep things rolling swiftly, or they feature toothy knobs for braking grip. Tioga’s Edge 22 is different in that it doesn’t actually have ANY centre knobs. there’s a big, empty channel instead.

tioga edge 22 tyre tire singletrack
It’s a nacihom tread! An inverse mohican… geddit?

Where are the knobs?
Tioga has done this on the Edge 22 in order to use the inner edge of its mid knobs as cornering knobs too. As the bike leans, the mid knobs are immediately in contact with the ground and biting in, as this handy set of diagrams show. As the lean angle increases, the outer knobs start to become involved, until at extremes, you’re only on the edge knobs.

tioga edge 22 tyre tire singletrack
tioga edge 22 tyre tire singletrack

We’ve had a tyre (where’s the innovative rear tyre, Tioga?) for a while and we’ll be bringing you a review shortly. First impressions, though, are that there’s certainly something to it. The tyre speeds along even without centre knobs, and cornering traction feels good. After a couple more thunderstorms, we’ll get it on some looser terrain to see what the dynamic response is like.

tioga edge 22 tyre tire singletrack
It’s a crazy tyre to look at, but initial impressions are good

Tioga is going to be running the Edge 22 in two different casing options: Magnum120 and FlexGrid60.

Magnum120 is a lightweight 120 TPI carcass reinforced with a thin bead-to-bead protection layer covering the sidewalls and under the tread. FlexGrid60 is a more robust 60 TPI casing with a thicker cut and abrasion protection inserted within its sidewalls. Both will have Synergy Dual Compound Rubber with softer durometer on the sides for better conformity and harder in the centre for lower rolling resistance.

tioga edge 22 tyre tire singletrack

The tyre itself will come in both of the sizes (sorry 26ers!) and in a uniform 2.50in. Our test tyre looks pretty chunky and we’ve measured the tyre to be 2.5in across the carcass, so with the outside knobs, it’s more like a 2.6 or 2.7in tread. It’s certainly a beefy tyre. We forgot to weigh it before installing it, but Tioga is aiming for 1kg for the FlexGrid 60 casing on a 27.5in and a little less for the Magnum 120 casing.

tioga edge 22 tyre tire singletrack
But where are the knobs?

Prices are said to be competitive with other big brand tyre companies and we’re hoping to see the Edge 22 in the UK by the late summer. It’ll be distributed by Ison Distribution.

And because it’s now a new century (OK, a while ago…) there’s a natty video to explain it all for you.


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Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    I like the look of that, makes sense too. Is there any reason why it couldn’t be used on the back too?

    In fact looking close up at the vid and the back tyres look similar and are branded Tioga.

    @1m 25s that rear looks different

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