Cheap Tyres Vs Expensive Tyres | Can You Save Money On Your MTB?
Cheap Tyres Vs Expensive Tyres | Can You Save Money On Your MTB?
Tyres are so important for the ride quality of your bike. Or at least we might be guilty of saying that a lot on GMBN, but is it really true? Because good tyres are not cheap, they can cost up to about $70 or $80 or dollars! That’s crazy for something that you could skid to death pretty quickly or even write off on the first ride. So it could be tempting to go cheaper right, but what about going as cheap as possible, Neil is out in the Forest of Dean testing some $22 tyres to find out the differences!
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Seriously bud, that’s not a fair comparison! Rubber versus nylon? Was obvious it’s not a fair comparison just from the first shot. 🤦♂️like other have said, it would have better and fairer to compare a slightly higher priced offering, something like you’d get from Halfords or decathlon. Been running Michelins for ages, and for me they fare very well against £40 + tyres, all conditions, all trail types.
You don’t look for "cheap mtb tyre" you look for a normal tyre but sort the results list to cheapest…
Look to have less wobble than the Goodyear Peak tyres I tired once. Utter tripe they were.
You can’t beat mike bears.
One of my bikes still has on it the stock Kenda Konversion on but I’m considering the Barzo/Mezcal combo. What would be some of the benefits?
My premium sponsor’s tire is better than this thing I bought from a shady internet shop. Thanks for watching my commercial!
My wife and I buy our maxxis tires in the size we want but lowest amount of extras to save loot…they work fine
Used to watch every video from GMBN about 5-6years ago. But then they run out of the ideas and become a bit boring… So new faces appeared and become more like teleshopping of their sponsors. Luckily there’s many channels where the contend is done by people not looking only to make money. Blake should do his own project btw. as he is always good fun.
I’ve bought a pair of continental trailking for less than 60€ in 27.5×2.4
they are great… and they are quite cheap.
Could’ve done a comparison like a wire bead barzo with the top range folding bead barzo
Honestly, I think it would be hard to find a tire that isn’t rideable on that trail (it looks like my local green trail). You would probably need something a lot more technical and sketchy to really tell the difference.
I would like to see more tire brand comparisons. There’s some pretty good budget brands out there now, like Delium or American classic. I’ve had very good experiences with WTB and teraveil tires, as well as maxxis.
I love watching Neil’s face as he discovers "made in China!". Go buy yourself a carbon frame for $500 see how that rides!
Id like to see a high-low competition similar to what the Donut Media guys did with their toyota tacomas, One bike is purchased and upgraded with a budget of 1000-1500 USD and the other spares no expense, then they are both tested on the same terrain. I think this would be more applicable to your audience because no one with an expensive bike is going out and buying amazon tires for it. Just as no one with a budget of $1000 wants to spend a fifth of that on tires.
Vitoria advertising. Wish we had actual consumer focused videos.
Not a useful comparison way too extreme
british pounds 😜
I stopped buying cheap tires. I had a ton of issues with the cheap ones on the trail. I ride a hardtail bike on gnarly terrain and I need the tire to last. Bought good tires (Bontrager XR4 and SE5 29 x 2.6) and not once have I had an issue. They last and grip like crazy.
I’d love to see a breakdown of what to look for in tires: compounds, dimensions, knob patterns and sizes, etc. How to choose a set based upon riding style, conditions, etc.
I just bought same Mezcal and Barzo for 35 euro. They are chip on there own
The bend in the tire usually means it isn’t seated on the bead properly
Pinkbike did a series last year that compared budget and expensive bike parts. It was quite informative. Two things to not cheap out on: tires and brakes.
Tires affect feel more than anything, however the most expensive is not always the best, and the cheapest might be the worst, mid range is where to look, I reckon!
Steel bead and wonky tread and needs tubes, yuck. Cheapest folding, tubeless ready tires vs the expensive ones would be useful.
Bontrager XR4’s dude. Pricey but really strong
That’s ok, like every $100 Maxxis DD tire I mount anymore wobbles worse than those cheap tires…crazy.
Those tyres are nasty cheap crap you couldn’t pay me to use them
"the rim is completely true and the tire is all over the place"
Sounds like most Maxxis tires I’ve run
Tyre carcass isn’t straight, ever heard of the Maxxis wobble? Never did them any harm😂 but nice Vittoria advert
Again GCN makes the classic mistake of finding "the cheapest on the internet" to compare to some of the most expensive. Like bro, we all know those tires are in a totally different league. Compare to something more reasonable like a cheaper but still good tire. For example my Kendas that I picked up on a warehouse sale that are miles better than whatever the "cheapest thing on the internet" is
onza porcupine white 😃😃those are my tires and i love them ❤️❤️
Best cheap tyre is the scwalbe smart sam and you can set them up tubeless when there nit ment to be 👍
This Chinese knock off was never going to be a replacement for the ones you are running but I will put my neck on line and say you can get tyres that are about half that price which is a big saving and get reasonably comparable performance.
nobby nicks ain’t bad, cheap too
tire wobble wasnt too bad, my last set of Maxxis came new with worse wobbles
You have to check out wolfpack tires. Absolutely worth the money!! superb compromise on resistence/durability/grip/weight. I don‘t know any other brand which achieved this!
"Today we compare a cheap plastic kitchen fork with a solid stainless steel fork to see if cheap is still good"
Those are probably the tires they put on the mass produced Walmart/Target bikes. LOL
Just waiting for…."They are actually the dream".
Gee that Graphine stuff gets around, tyres, injections, cough – cough.
No compromise on tyres to an extent but the Schwalbe Performance tyres are of for a cheaper option but not great on wet roots and rocks. Still find Vittoria tyres hard to come by.
Most maxxis tyres are all wavy like that too 😂
Wow that’s some pot you got round the waist… maybe you should do a bit more cycling 😃
I bought a pair of Michelin dh 34 bike park for 40 bucks, they ride like a dhf dhr
Why not compare similar nominal tire sizes? One complaint was too narrow, but that is according to spec (2.25 v 2.125 IIRC). Yeah, you pointed out that the cheap tire may actually be narrower than listed, but it’s still supposed to be narrower. Your quality tires do come in some 2.1" sizes according to the US version of their website, so a more like for like comparison that controls for tire width would have been possible.
Based on my ride today, a $20 tire is better than a ? old one where most of the side knobs have worn off at least!
Would have liked to see CST and Schwalbe put up against the comperable tread tires from the bigger brand names. CST and Maxxis have very similar tires (for a reason) that would make a good comparison video.
I agree with the mob this video was a "bodge" for sure
Tires are $50-100, they can last 1000 to 3000 miles. Think of how much other mtb money you are spending on the rest of the bike while those sub- $100 tires wear out. Dont pretend you only spend money on tires and nothing else! 10-12 speed chains can cost as much, and cassettes can cost a lot more. Just be happy there are so many great tires out there to choose from.
You could’ve at least gotten the cheapest tubeless tire
I bought new maxxis tires at 35% off on lama cycles. Quite the bargain