Road Bike Tyre Buyer's Guide – Everything You Need To Know

Road Bike Tyre Buyer's Guide – Everything You Need To Know

This video contains a paid product placement for Pirelli.

Ever looked at a tyre-brand website and wondered what all the jargon means? This video is for you.

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  1. GNX157 on June 27, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Keep in mind this whole thing is sponsored by Pirelli. It’s only flashed on the screen once for a few seconds in the beginning.

  2. Dakota Cooper on June 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    i love my pirelli tyers grip like nothing else i just chuck em into any corner and he dont complain

  3. Ian Lang Rides on June 27, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I love my Pirelli P Zero 4s Tyres. I hate cringey sponsored videos but I have to say I love these. Continental also

  4. oneswolf on June 27, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    This is actually quite good for those that are not experienced or members of the elite.

  5. JogBird on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Continental GP4000S2 is all you need

  6. rieckstudio on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Pirelli P-zeros have been the worse constructed tires I’ve own. Great on the road but they’ve come apart and in several cases blown out. 😔

  7. Evan V on June 27, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Great video

  8. simen huseby on June 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Even before the video begins they throw up an ad from Pirelli. Well, there goes all of the credibility away from whatever they are about to say.

  9. Marcin Nadzieja on June 27, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    I’m tempted to try a tubeless setup and see if it really is better than high-end clinchers. btw, how did you get along with the Rose ? love the look of it 🙂

  10. alvin on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    i bet you like dancing

  11. Rozan Höznik on June 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I love pirelli since they made a Bmw Gs, Honda Africa Twin, Ducati comparasion video

  12. Dr Brooklyn on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    You guys spelled tire wrong

  13. Kurtis on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    "Benefits of clincher tires with a tube are they are easy to fix, just unbead 1 side of the tire and put a new tube in" (Estimated time 10 – 30 minutes depending on how stubborn the tire is and much you pump up) Well Tubeless tires, get a hole it just seals itself, get a catastrophic cut in the tire, just plug it (Estimated time 30 seconds MAX). We need P Zero in tubeless…

  14. Ian Rose on June 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    What is this…. "Tyre" ??? XD

  15. Daan Hilbers on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Could you do a tyres guide for cyclocross?

  16. Peter McMullan on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    My commuter bike came with tires that say they are 42-622 (700x40C). I know it doesn’t matter but whats the logic there? Are the 40mm or 42mm? They’re Schwable Road Cruisers.

  17. Acousticmarine on June 27, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Been riding Schwalbe 28mm pro ones on my Domane the last 2+ years. The rims that came with the bike were very difficult to set-up, but after some swearing and throwing things around I got it done. The next year I put on some Belgium HED wheels and set-up was much easier. I run around 60 to 65 psi (210lbs) in my tires and only have had a few punctures and the sealant did its job and got me home. Could only pump the tire up to about 50 psi after that as the sealant would blow out before sealing again. I patched the tire as time permitted and that was that.

  18. alex alex on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    What do you think of Pirelli "cinturato" vs. Schwalbe pro one tubeless?

  19. Love Life on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Confused completely & half way. Ok I happened to realise myself 35 (700 x 35) was faster than a 28 by trial.
    …. Are you saying a wider rim /wider 700 wheel rim will help speed because I can put wider tyres in ? Please help explain

  20. Julian Duque on June 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm


  21. filespec on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    P-Zero apparently stands for ‘pressure, zero bar’ I put a few thousand km on P-Zero 4Ss and the roads of Melbourne sliced them up so much i flatted all the time and had cuts through the casing so bad i was worried i might blow out. I figured a new Ferrari comes with Pirelli tyres so they must be good. It turns out this was not a good way to decide.

  22. Brian Willaman on June 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I am willing to pay $200 a tire in order to stop getting flats/punctures. I have used SO MANY kinds of puncture resistant kind of tires, with no luck. I have had 13 punctures this year and in the last 4 years, close to 50. So stinking annoying.

  23. Joseph Chapman on June 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I use solid core tires on a steel frame bike. With a good tailwind I can do 10mph.

  24. Sinadin on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    where is the break even point? what about 35mm tyres?

  25. Lan Huang on June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Again, P Zero tubeless please 🙂

  26. The Phat Cyclist on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I ride 23c or 25c tire. The Serfas survivor series tires, best road tires period. I’ve never had a problem an they’ve lasted me a very long time. With multiple layers within them I have no need to worry. I have tried others on the market those are my go to tires, I live in Arizona an deal with all types of elements.

  27. MikeJRe2ipi on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm


  28. Lee Meerun on June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Best tyres I use for years on every bike never punctured continental gatorskin 😁👍

  29. Max Grass on June 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I love my tubeless setup: Schwalbe Pro One 28mm Tires on ZTR Alpha 340 Rims. Epic!

  30. wmlarch on June 27, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    10:53, who likes riding over broken glass? and with tubeless, "its less chance of "pitch flats"…since there is no tube, there should be no chance of pitch flats!

  31. Guy Hacon on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Buy Conti GP4000’s. That’s it. Guide over.

  32. DCassidy42 on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Are 28s noticeably more comfortable than 25s

  33. Charlie, Carbs and Cycling on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Tubeless is the best. No punctures and faster rolling resistance. A bit of a hassle to set up first time with rim tape etc, but after that it is dreamy and wouldn’t recommend it enough

  34. Bungle2010 on June 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Tread on a road tyre is for one thing, and one thing only: dispersing water. And cycle tyres have no need of that.

  35. Ian Auger on June 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Would love it if you guys did a side by side comparison test for CX tubeless tires, picking a mix of tires within each sub-category (Dry, Mix, Wet).

  36. Hot Dog on June 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Was running 25’s on road bikes back in 2006 with friends taking the Pisa out of me! The tyres were fast and comfy though! Glad it’s the standard now. 28’s on road CX – cruises comfortably but loses handling compared to my 25’s.

  37. Jack Luke on June 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Please leave abusive comments about my sassy wiggling hips and constant hand gestures below

  38. osn 3205 on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm


  39. icebreakertech on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I have a really high rolling resistance, even without a bike.

  40. Ramuis166 on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Can anyone help me on the tyre subject?
    I’m currently running on 32-622 cyclocross tyres with around 5bar(they won’t take more) and am thinking on switching to 28-622 slicks to run on 7 bars, any recomendations whether this is a smart move? The purpose of this would obviously going faster.

  41. Christoph Buomberger on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    best thing in this video was the 3t crank on that upper

  42. antonio stefan gabriel on June 27, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    now do a mtb version pls.

  43. Paul Brenchley on June 27, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    The best way to ride faster is to take drugs.

  44. Lee Hui on June 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Which one the lightest brand size 700 x 25 tires?

  45. Matteo Calabrò on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t have time to waste with a sponsored video

  46. Saurabh Kulkarni on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I got the Pirellis. Horrible puncture resistance compared to my gatorskins (obviously). I put orange endurance seal in the tubes (may be better to go with latex tubes next time) and haven’t flatted since. Knock on wood. But I’ve been enjoying the rolling resistance and grip of race tires with the same reliability as my Gators. Win win.

  47. Richard George on June 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    You forgot the fourth category of tyres. Tufo tubular clinchers 😂 (constructed like a regular tubular tyre apart from having a butyl inner layer instead of a latex tube and a mounting strip that clips into the clincher rim hooks). Some would argue they take the worst aspects of both tubulars and clinchers