Mountain bike tyres from one of many largest names in rubber
In April 2018 Goodyear stepped again into the world of bicycle tyres, releasing a full vary of Street, Gravel and Mountain Bike tyres which generated fairly a stir. We’ve been testing their newest MTB providing – the Newton MTF and MTR within the 29″ flavour. Buckle in for an in-depth assessment of a number of the most underrated enduro tyres of 2022!
When testing tyres it’s all the time good to go in with none preconceptions, nonetheless we couldn’t shake the concept that these tyres weren’t going to be something particular. With such stiff competitors from manufacturers like Maxxis, Schwalbe, and Vittoria how may Goodyear probably carry something to the desk? It quickly turned obvious that we had been completely improper – it’s been a very long time since we’ve ridden such confidence inspiring rubber…
Newton MTF Enduro
Lets begin on the entrance: the Goodyear Newton MTF 29″ x 2.5″ (Mountain Entrance) which we examined within the Enduro Casing (2 x 120 TPI casing) is a relativity quick rolling, rounded shoulder front-specific tyre that’s considerably akin to a Michelin Wild Enduro in that it doesn’t really feel under-gunned with regards to cornering means. The tyre has loads of siping on the centre of the knobs to permit for particles launch, whereas sustaining a stiff and dependable construction you could weight with confidence. We started testing at our normal 20/25 PSI entrance/ rear combo, however quickly got here to the conclusion you could afford to run this entrance tyre at ridiculously low pressures – we’re speaking 15 PSI in some circumstances! We quickly settled on 17 PSI with no insert. At this strain, the tyre was secure sufficient to stay on the bead in onerous cornering, whereas staying supple via rocks and roots.
All in all, the MTF is a worthy contender for the 1 tyre quiver-killer of entrance tyres, having raced it at Ard Rock, Llangollen and put large XC miles on it we will’t appear to consider one other entrance tyre with so many unbelievable attributes. At 1280g for the 29″ x 2.5″ Enduro casting MTF, it stacks up fairly evenly with different tyres of the identical TPI and width in its class too.
Newton MTR Enduro
So long as your rear tyre does what it’s informed you may’t go improper with regards to MTB tyres and the Goodyear Newton MTR Enduro 29″ x 2.4″ is not any exception. Offering wonderful braking traction with its pronounced centre part knobs and nice cornering traits it actually stands out in the most typical UK circumstances – moist and greasy. The alternating sq. and L-shape shoulder knobs give that tremendous “hooking up” feeling when a sudden change of path is required, all whereas rolling quick. We began at 25 PSI with a RockStop tyre insert with the MTR for added rim safety, and shortly dropped right down to 22 PSI with none compromises in cornering means. At this strain, the Newton MTR seems like a magic carpet on the rear, complimenting the bike’s rear suspension and giving improved damping. Weighing in at 1130g the Newton MTR Enduro isn’t a light-weight MTB tyre, nonetheless we’ve not punctured, pierced or pinch-flat it as soon as. Most individuals would relatively take puncture safety over weight and we reckon the Newton MTR is an efficient mix of the 2. Rear tyres all the time put on out sooner than entrance tyres, particularly on a mountain bike, and we’re joyful to say that the MTR holds up fairly nicely on most surfaces. Clearly for those who’re hitting shuttle laps each weekend on onerous rocky terrain its going to get fairly lower up, however most tyres behave that manner. For Enduro racing and driving the 40/ 50/ 60a compound affords balanced ranges of grip and treadwear.
Mountain bike tyres are a fickle and hotly debated subject throughout the business, with some folks selecting a model and sticking to it via their complete driving profession. Its uncommon that you simply’ll be capable of change somebody’s opinion on their tyre selection too, and oftentimes they received’t have tried one other model for years. There’s nothing improper with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it” strategy, nonetheless there may very well be one thing higher on the market – and the Goodyear Newton Enduro tyres may very well be it. Confidence-inspiring, robust, grippy and never too heavy we reckon they’re actually good. Ridden by execs like Olly Wilkins, Jono Jones and Joel Anderson, the Goodyear Newton MTF and MTR are critical contenders within the MTB tyre sport!