21st September 2017

The Four Best Tyres for Winter Cycling

winter cycling frozen bell

Photo courtesy of Hans Vivek on Unsplash


If you’re planning to prepare your bike for wetter and perhaps thorn-strewn autumn and winter roads and trails, we hugely recommend the latest generation of better gripping, more puncture resistant 4-season tyres – instead of specialist winter tyres.

The great thing about 4-season tyres is that they make for more confident riding in sketchy conditions without overtly compromising your bike’s performance when road or trail conditions are perfect.

You’ll discover that you can fit 4-season bicycle tyres and never want for better – just as more and more savvy, low-mileage UK drivers get on fine running winter car tyres all year round.

Hybrid/Commuting Bikes: Schwalbe Marathon GT365 Tyre

Size: 700×38, suitable for most commuter/hybrid, adventure, gravel, trekking and cross-style bikes

schwalbe marathon gt365 dualguard tyre cycling

This latest addition to the near-impenetrable puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon range features a robust all-weather tread, which guarantees superb grip in all but the most icy conditions (for which you can order Schwalbe Spike Tyres). Their 700×38 size makes GT365 tyres perfect for most adventure / gravel / hybrid / trekking / cross-style bikes.

Mountain Bikes: Maxxis High Roller II 27.5×2.3″ Tyre

Size: 27.5×2.3″, suitable for most mountain bikes

Maxxis high roller II fld 3C exo bicycle tyreRide High Roller confident in the knowledge it was rated 10/10 by MBR magazine for its ‘almost perfect blend of compliance, stiffness and stability. The rubber compound grips like stink on all manner of surfaces, and the tyre corners with excellent breakaway predictability.’

Road Bikes: Continental GP4000S II

Size: 700×23/25/28, for road bikes

Continental grand prix 4000 s ll folding tyre
‘A great all rounder that performs very well across a number of attributes. Continental’s patented Black Chilli compound’s, grip in the wet and dry is superb, and puncture protection is very good too thanks to Continental Vectran breaker belt.’ 9/10: Cycling Weekly.

Pirelli P-Zero 4S Velo Tyre

Size: 700×23/25/28, for road bikes

Pirelli p zero 4s velo bicycle tyre

Pirelli’s return to their road bike roots has been much heralded. If you’re looking for an extra grippy, puncture resistant tyre that still offers genuine lightweight (around 260g) levels of performance, the P-Zero 4S tyre has to be a contender. (Pirelli tyres are currently only available from our Leeds shop, online, or click and collect.)

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