If you want to ride your best in spring, you’ll need to train through winter. For that you’ll want to ride decent winter road bike tyres. When the roads are cold, wet and full of grit your summer tyres simply won’t be up to the job. To help you choose the right rubber for you, here are the 3 best winter road bike tyres for general, all-purpose road cycling.
Winter road bike tyres will be heavier, more durable and slower than your summer tyres. But, they will offer excellent puncture protection. There is nothing worse than having to change a tyre when your hands are frozen, it’s dark and miserable.
The best winter road bike tyres will have puncture resistance as one of their key features. The best winter tyres will have a layer that sits between the tread and carcass. This stops grit and glass being pushed through to the inner tube.
Winter tyres will use a tougher compound which will feel a little less comfortable but are much stronger against cuts, abrasions and pinches. The tyres we’ve chosen here all feature a dual compound with tougher compound in the centre and softer rubber on the edges. This combination of compounds creates tyres that have reduced rolling resistance in the centre, and extra cornering grip.
We’ve also chosen road bike tyres that come in a range of tyre widths from 23c to 32c. In general, a slightly wider tyre than you normally run will have improved grip on the corners, can be run at lower pressures for comfort, but they will be heavier and have increased rolling resistance.
Wheel Sizes: 700c
Tyre Widths: 23mm, 25mm, 28mm, 30mm, 32mm
Tyre Weights: 285g - 430g
The Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite road bike tyres are best in class at this price point. You’re getting superb puncture protection and very good grip without increasing rolling resistance too much.
Specialized’s Armadillo’s feature a Kevlar layer that sits between the carcass and innertube and stretches right the way across from bead-to-bead. This compound helps prevent glass and debris which is picked up being pushed through the rubber.
The tough nature of these tyres give you the confidence to hit more adventurous gravel tracks. Long lasting performance training tyres.
A great all-rounder tyre with very good grip in both wet and dry conditions.
£34.99 - £40.99
Wheel Sizes: 700c, 650b
Bead: Folding, Wired
Compound: DD, RaceGuard
Tyre Widths: 23c, 25c, 28c (700c), 1.1” (26")
Tyre Weights: 275g - 430g
The Durano is Schwalbe’s most popular training tyre for long distance riders. We’ve chosen the Durano DD because it offers the best all-round protection for winter riding without adding much additional weight.
The DD stand for Double Defence. In addition to the RaceGuard protection belt there is an effective fabric protector on the sidewall. RaceGuard is double layer of nylon fabric that offers protection within Schwalbe’s lightweight and sporty tyres.
The Durano comes in a range of widths from 23c up to 28c (make sure you check your tyre clearance). There is also a 650b version for use on hybrid bikes. Grip, protection and durability are what you get with the Durano.
First class all-weather training tyre with a nod towards performance focused riders.
Wheel Sizes: 700c
Disciplines: Endurance & Race
Compound: Max Grip Silica
Tyre Widths: 23mm, 25mm, 28mm, 32mm
Tyre Weights: 230g – 320g
Conti’s Grand Prix 4 Season, as the name suggest, is ideal for use all year. You can set and forget for peace of mind. These tyres roll well whilst also being durable with good grip. It’s this combination of characteristics which is why the Grand Prix tyres deserve their place here.
These tyres are also the lightest in our list. Puncture protection comes in the form of bead-to-bead Duraskin and two Vectran anti-puncture layers beneath the tread. All this protection and the tyres come in at only 230g (model dependent).
Unlike their other premium tyres, Continental have not used Black Chilli, but Max Grip compound. Max Grip uses softer rubber for improved grip in all conditions.
If you want the best puncture protection in a lightweight package that won’t slow you down too much, these are the tyres for you.
Fit and forget all year-round tyre that’s not just for winter.