Goodyear has been in business since 1898 and some of its very first products were bicycle tyres. America’s largest and most famous tyre company stopped making bicycle tyres in 1976, to focus exclusively on making tyres for vehicles.
Last year, that all changed. As cycling surges in popularity, Goodyear recognised it could trade on established brand equity and strike a subliminal marketing chord with current and potential customers through cycling.
Goodyear’s new local offering features a product portfolio of three dedicated off-road tyres, aimed at South African mountain bikers and long-distance gravel riders.
When cyclists evaluate a new tyre, rubber compound and tread shape are the most important considerations, but it doesn’t hurt that Goodyear’s bicycle tyres look super cool, with their iconic sidewall branding – an inheritance from the brand’s motorsport legacy.
The most popular Goodyear tyre for South African mountain bikers is likely going to be the Peak, which is a 2.25-inch width marathon distance and cross-country riding tyre. If you are looking for a low rolling resistance tyre to minimise fatigue, this is the one. It’s available in both 29- and 27.5-inch diameters, at a starting price of R830.
Riders who want the additional traction provided by a bit more width and slightly grippier tread pattern can opt for Goodyear’s Escape, which is a touch wider than the Peak, at 2.35-inches across. Running an Escape up front, for steering feedback and traction security, and an easy rolling Peak on the back wheel, could be the golden mean tyre combination for many Mzansi mountain bikers. The Escape prices from R900 upwards.
Goodyear’s Newton is the brand’s dedicated gravity mountain bike tyre, aimed at riders who only care about descending with complete abandon, speeding over the most challenging terrain available.
It is constructed with large square-edged traction knobs and sized to a voluminous 2.4-inches in width. It’s the only of Goodyear’s tyres which is only available in 27.5-inch diameter for now, with the promise of this additional 29-inch sizing later this year. A Newton will cost you R995.
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