Goodyear Newton EN Premium Tyres | Review

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David checks out this pair of Goodyear Newton tyres, the latest MTB rubber from Goodyear.

Despite starting out making bicycle tyres at the end of the 19th Century, from the mid-seventies, Goodyear took a 40 year break from bike tyres. That was, until they signed a deal with Kent International, who own Rubber Kinetics LLC (Rk).

After two years of development, Rk has some high end mountain bike rubber in the form of these Newton tyres, of which I’ve been testing a Newton ST EN Premium in 27.5in and 29in, and a 27.5in Newton EN Premium, which is slightly faster rolling with a different tread pattern.

Front
Rear

The naming on these gets slightly confusing, as they’re basically different tyres, with very similar names, that use a lot of two letter acronyms. The “EN” in EN Premium refers to the casing, which is the most robust they offer to go with these tread patterns. “ST” is a mystery (Staggered tread? Super tyre? Silly title?), but of the pair, it designates the front tyre.

Up front, the Newton ST has staggered centre knobs to give better cornering performance. They’re not too tall, ramped to reduce rolling resistance, and fairly widely spaced. The rear tyre Newton (non-ST) centre knobs are aligned laterally into rows, disposing it less to cornering than the ST one, but maximising braking traction by presenting plenty of edges at a right angle to the bike.

Both have the same side knobs.

Goodyear Newton

Fitting

On first poke, these had a kind of waxy surface texture that felt like it might be mould release compound. More on this later.

Goodyear Newton
This Newton ST started out shiny.

These are really not easy tyres to fit and, while that was frustrating, it does also seem to have some benefits when it comes to bead and air retention.

Goodyear Newton
Off camera: quiet weeping.

The 29in tyre had been fitted and ridden by Ross for a few rides before I got hold of it, and went on and up quite easily as a result. The brand spankers 27.5in ones though, sheesh! Things I did while trying to get the first of these on:

  • Started with a carbon wheel.
  • Resorted to zip ties just to stop the tyre ejecting itself from the rim
  • Screamed.
  • Honest to god double-checked it wasn’t a 26in tyre.
  • Pulled it back off, syringed the sealant out, and added a tube to try and stretch it out.
  • Nearly cried.
  • Gave up on that wheel.
  • Swapped to a wheel with a Stan’s Flow EX.
  • Took an hour off for my poor thumbs.
  • Straightened or snapped most of my tyre levers.
  • Nearly cried getting the second bead in.

Weirdly, adding copious soapy water to the beads seemed to hinder rather than help. I was at the point of giving up when, on the off chance it could make a difference, I dried the tyres out and tried inflating with no soapy water and no sealant. Pop, pop, pop, pop. It felt like a miracle. A weird miracle.

Goodyear Newton
Miracle not in progress.

These tyres aren’t UST rated, but seem to be most of the way there. Impressively, they all mounted and stayed up for several days without any sealant. When they eventually went down, I saw the beads were so tight that they’d dismounted and migrated back down into the rim well.

I decided to inflate them like this for a few days more, to see if they’d stretch a bit. Answer: Yes, a little, making them easier to pop on and off wheels.

Add rim inserts and 25mm internal width rims to double the fun. With all of that in the equation, on new tyres I had to use zip ties to stop beads popping back out. Ouch. Second mount was much easier, but still required levers. I don’t think these will ever be a baggy fit.

This is the front tyre, Newton ST.
Comes up slightly small in width. This is the tread on the rear Newton (non-ST) tyre.

They’re fairly heavy tyres too, with the Newton 27.5in weighing in at 1074g and the Newton ST at 1065g. While it is a folding tyre, the beads and sidewalls are so reinforced with rubber that it feels like a downhill tyre.

On a selection of Stans and Mavic 25mm internal rims, measuring corner to corner on the widest side knobs, they came up at 2.3in rather than 2.4in.

On The Trail

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Review Info

Brand:Goodyear
Product:Newton and Newton ST
From:Paligap.cc
Price:£60
Tested:by David Hayward for Two months

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

Comments (3)

    MTB tire prices are crazy! Surely these should be priced below the offerings from big M, given they’re unproven? It seems like there aren’t any manufacturers willing to make something for less than the seemingly-standard £60.

    “Both have the same side knobs”

    They look very different to me.

    I think for most people to switch brands, the alternative has got to be much better, much cheaper or ideally both. Otherwise the tendency is to stick with what you know.

    Look what the clown shoes are paying for tiny hula hoop tyres. Yeah that’s right without all the safety requirements of automotive parts, boy I tell ya there’s money in them there hills!

    Dynamic price it up your arris and all your ilk.

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