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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50 Comments

  1. Matt Pocock on November 20, 2022 at 7:09 am

    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.

  2. TheProjectX3 on November 20, 2022 at 7:10 am

    You don’t look for "cheap mtb tyre" you look for a normal tyre but sort the results list to cheapest…

  3. cornishcactus on November 20, 2022 at 7:11 am

    Look to have less wobble than the Goodyear Peak tyres I tired once. Utter tripe they were.

  4. tao l on November 20, 2022 at 7:13 am

    You can’t beat mike bears.

  5. Victor Kioulaphides on November 20, 2022 at 7:13 am

    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?

  6. WanderingSpirit on November 20, 2022 at 7:14 am

    My premium sponsor’s tire is better than this thing I bought from a shady internet shop. Thanks for watching my commercial!

  7. Vernon Peek on November 20, 2022 at 7:14 am

    My wife and I buy our maxxis tires in the size we want but lowest amount of extras to save loot…they work fine

  8. mara mara on November 20, 2022 at 7:17 am

    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.

  9. Pedro Teixeira on November 20, 2022 at 7:19 am

    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.

  10. Evan on November 20, 2022 at 7:19 am

    Could’ve done a comparison like a wire bead barzo with the top range folding bead barzo

  11. Darren Z on November 20, 2022 at 7:19 am

    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.

  12. Johnny Glover on November 20, 2022 at 7:20 am

    noice

  13. 2Scoops on November 20, 2022 at 7:24 am

    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.

  14. Nun Ya on November 20, 2022 at 7:24 am

    I love watching Neil’s face as he discovers "made in China!". Go buy yourself a carbon frame for $500 see how that rides!

  15. Declan Teegarden on November 20, 2022 at 7:25 am

    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.

  16. Jamie Wright on November 20, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Vitoria advertising. Wish we had actual consumer focused videos.

  17. John S on November 20, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Not a useful comparison way too extreme

  18. GeldySpec on November 20, 2022 at 7:28 am

    british pounds 😜

  19. IgorOrtis on November 20, 2022 at 7:28 am

    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.

  20. S. O'Dell on November 20, 2022 at 7:29 am

    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.

  21. Danil Dolinchuk on November 20, 2022 at 7:29 am

    I just bought same Mezcal and Barzo for 35 euro. They are chip on there own

  22. Seal on November 20, 2022 at 7:30 am

    The bend in the tire usually means it isn’t seated on the bead properly

  23. Damien on November 20, 2022 at 7:31 am

    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.

  24. davetbassbos on November 20, 2022 at 7:33 am

    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!

  25. The Bike Room MTB & Gravel on November 20, 2022 at 7:35 am

    Steel bead and wonky tread and needs tubes, yuck. Cheapest folding, tubeless ready tires vs the expensive ones would be useful.

  26. Nun Ya on November 20, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Bontrager XR4’s dude. Pricey but really strong

  27. Tim Fritz on November 20, 2022 at 7:38 am

    That’s ok, like every $100 Maxxis DD tire I mount anymore wobbles worse than those cheap tires…crazy.

  28. Christopher Finnegan on November 20, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Those tyres are nasty cheap crap you couldn’t pay me to use them

  29. Radke32 on November 20, 2022 at 7:39 am

    "the rim is completely true and the tire is all over the place"

    Sounds like most Maxxis tires I’ve run

  30. Paul on November 20, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Tyre carcass isn’t straight, ever heard of the Maxxis wobble? Never did them any harm😂 but nice Vittoria advert

  31. Tim Wayman on November 20, 2022 at 7:44 am

    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

  32. Anita Snoopy on November 20, 2022 at 7:45 am

    onza porcupine white 😃😃those are my tires and i love them ❤️❤️

  33. D Pugh on November 20, 2022 at 7:45 am

    Best cheap tyre is the scwalbe smart sam and you can set them up tubeless when there nit ment to be 👍

  34. niel harrison on November 20, 2022 at 7:51 am

    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.

  35. MTBmadman187 on November 20, 2022 at 7:51 am

    nobby nicks ain’t bad, cheap too

  36. Chris Andrews on November 20, 2022 at 7:52 am

    tire wobble wasnt too bad, my last set of Maxxis came new with worse wobbles

  37. Stefan Tobler on November 20, 2022 at 7:55 am

    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!

  38. Digital Olimon on November 20, 2022 at 7:56 am

    "Today we compare a cheap plastic kitchen fork with a solid stainless steel fork to see if cheap is still good"

  39. Knackered Irishman on November 20, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Those are probably the tires they put on the mass produced Walmart/Target bikes. LOL

  40. Rawkus919 on November 20, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Just waiting for…."They are actually the dream".

  41. Pierre Broccoli. on November 20, 2022 at 7:59 am

    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.

  42. Luke Mtb on November 20, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Most maxxis tyres are all wavy like that too 😂

  43. Charlie Hodgson on November 20, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Wow that’s some pot you got round the waist… maybe you should do a bit more cycling 😃

  44. robociock on November 20, 2022 at 8:02 am

    I bought a pair of Michelin dh 34 bike park for 40 bucks, they ride like a dhf dhr

  45. Mike Oehler on November 20, 2022 at 8:02 am

    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!

  46. TheWillRogers on November 20, 2022 at 8:05 am

    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.

  47. dude guy on November 20, 2022 at 8:05 am

    I agree with the mob this video was a "bodge" for sure

  48. Richard Jensen on November 20, 2022 at 8:07 am

    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.

  49. metalofthedeath TV on November 20, 2022 at 8:07 am

    You could’ve at least gotten the cheapest tubeless tire

  50. Taylor Darion on November 20, 2022 at 8:07 am

    I bought new maxxis tires at 35% off on lama cycles. Quite the bargain

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