Top 10 Best Road Tires
Unless you’ve recently bought your dream road bike, which would most likely already be sporting some of the best road tires you can buy, a new set of road tires are the best bang-for-buck upgrade you can make to your road bike. So, in this article, we’re taking a closer look at the top 10 best road bikes tires, which will help you ride further, faster and with more confidence out on the tarmac. To begin, here’s our definitive list of the top 10 best road bike tires, but please read on for a closer look at each of them –
- Continental GP5000 Clincher Road Tire
- Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Tubeless Road Tire
- Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Road Tire
- Vittoria Corsa 2.0 Road Tire
- Pirelli P Zero Clincher Road Tire
- Goodyear Eagle F1 Road Tire
- Panaracer GravelKing Slick Tire
- Challenge Strada Bianca Road Tire
- Continental Gatorskin Tire
- Vittoria Rubino Pro Road Tire
It’s important to remember that there’s only a tiny patch of rubber between you and the asphalt, meaning your tire choice can significantly impact the surfaces you can ride on and the quality of your experience overall. That considered, this is not the place to be frugal, and every penny you invest will be returned many times over in performance gains.
Tires come in many different designs. Some are optimised for speed and performance, others offer durability and puncture protection. As a result, it’s also essential to consider the weather and conditions you’ll be riding in most, so you can choose a set of tires that are best suited to the task at hand, whether that’s training, racing or commuting.
Similarly, tires come in a wide variety of sizes too, from 23c to 36c. Generally speaking, the wider the tire, the more comfort it offers. However, before committing to a super-wide tire it’s essential to check what size tire your frame will accept. With that, let’s take a closer look at the best road bike tires money can buy.
Continental GP5000 Clincher Road TireBuy now with free delivery
Improving on the previous iteration of this tire might have seemed like an impossible task, but Continental has done it with their new GP5000. Equipped with a new BlackChilli rubber compound and an overhauled design, this new tyre offers an incredible amount of speed, durability and grip. Additionally, thanks to the new 330 TPI casing, it’s incredibly supple too, for the best possible ride-feel out on the road. It even comes in a tubeless-compatible version.
✔ Equipped with a new BlackChili rubber compound.
✔ Fast and durable.
✔ Incredibly supple.
✔ Available in a tubeless compatible version.
Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Tubeless Road TireBuy now with free delivery
If you need an incredibly durable tire for riding the roughest roads with complete peace of mind, then the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons could be an excellent choice. Employing rubber compounds found in motorsport, every Goodyear Vector 4Seasons tire promises excellent puncture protection, lasting grip and exceptionally low rolling resistance. Plus, being a tubeless-compatible tire, you can run these tires at reduced pressures for added puncture protection and comfort on the roughest surfaces. If you prefer, these tires are also available in a clincher version too.
✔ Incredibly durable construction.
✔ Exceptionally low rolling resistance.
✔ Tubeless-compatible for added puncture protection and comfort.
Schwalbe Pro One Evolution Road TireBuy now with free delivery
As a tubeless-ready tire equipped with a superior rubber compound, the Schwalbe Pro One tire is a firm favourite amongst road racers and sportive riders who need an incredibly puncture-resistant, durable, reliable tire, that won’t hold them back when the hammer comes down. Indeed, the Schwalbe Pro One excels in all areas – they accelerate quickly, hold speed, corner well, are reliable in the wet, have good puncture protection and are good for thousands of miles. Perhaps, the perfect all-around tire?
✔ Highly durable.
✔ Low rolling resistance.
Vittoria Corsa G2.0 Road TireBuy now with free delivery
Packed with the latest design and technology, and equipped with a graphene rubber compound, the Vittoria Corsa G2.0 offers incredible durability, speed and grip out on the road. Employing 4C technology, Vittoria has engineered different areas of the tire tread to optimise performance even further – so, while rubber on the shoulder of the tire enhances grip, the compound on the centre of the tire reduces rolling resistance.
At the heart of the new Vittoria Corsa G2.0 lies a supple carcass that provides a smooth, comfortable ride over even the roughest surfaces. Available in a range of sizes between 23c and 30c, Vittoria Corsa G2.0 tires are an excellent choice for time trialling on smooth roads as well as tackling the rough stuff.
✔ Equipped with Graphene compound.
✔ 4C technology.
✔ Lightweight carcass.
✔ Available in a huge range of sizes.
Pirelli P-Zero Race Tubeless Ready Clincher Road TireBuy now with free delivery
Designed with a rubber compound that comes straight from F1 motor racing, a set of Pirelli P-Zero tires offers unrivalled speed and rolling resistance out on the tarmac. Thankfully, they come in a range of sizes to suit a wide variety of terrains and offer an exceptional level of grip, making them excellent for railing around switchbacks and sprinting out of corners. All these features combine to make a great road tire that’s well suited to a wide array of conditions.
✔ Incredible rubber compound.
✔ Available in a wide variety of sizes.
✔ Exceptional grip.
✔ Highly versatile.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Clincher Road TiresBuy now with free delivery
While it’s more common to see Goodyear tires on motorbikes and cars, they’re now equally at home on bicycles. Employing rubber compounds developed for high-performance motorsport, the Goodyear Eagle F1 tires provide an almost infinite level of grip, allowing you to use the full width of the road and lean the bike into corners with confidence.
Thanks to modern design and manufacturing techniques, Eagle F1 tires are supremely fast and efficient, benefiting both sportive riders and racers equally. Additionally, available in both clincher and tubeless compatible iterations along with a range of sizes, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires are an excellent choice for those who need to maximise comfort and puncture protection too.
✔ High-levels of grip.
✔ Incredibly low rolling resistance.
✔ Available in a tubeless compatible iteration.
✔ Wide range of sizes.
Panaracer Gravel King Clincher TireBuy now with free delivery
The Panaracer Gravel King is a versatile road tyre that rolls well over a variety of terrain, from smooth tarmac to tame gravel tracks. That considered, this tire is an excellent choice for endurance road riders and commuters. Employing a ZSG natural rubber compound, the Panaracer Gravel King offers exceptionally low rolling resistance and speed too. However, equipped with a rougher tread than regular road tyres, it also provides sufficient grip to tackle rough tarmac, towpaths and cobbles with complete peace of mind.
✔ Highly versatile.
✔ ZSG natural rubber compound.
✔ Exceptional grip to tackle rougher roads.
Challenge Strada Bianca 260 Clincher Road TiresBuy now with free delivery
Okay. At 36mm wide, the Challenge Strada Bianca 260 couldn’t be considered a ‘traditional’ road tire, but hear us out. As cyclists have become more adventurous in recent years and with the advent of disc brakes, tire clearance on many of the best road bikes has widened – the Trek Domane, for instance, a winner of classics such as the Paris Roubaix and Tour of Flanders, now accepts 38mm wide tires. To accommodate this change, the Challenge Strada Bianca 260 is a wider-than-usual road tire that offers incredible rolling resistance, durability and grip so that you can tackle a range of surfaces, from the roughest roads to the smoothest tarmac, with utter confidence.
✔ Wider design improves comforts.
✔ Perfect for road bikes with wider tire clearance.
✔ Minimal rolling resistance.
Continental Gatorskin Clincher Road TireBuy now with free delivery
A true modern classic. Offering an exceptional amount of puncture protection and durability, the Continental Gatorskin tire is a firm favourite for cyclists training in winter and commuters. Thankfully, despite all this resilience, the high-quality, versatile rubber compound means this tire provides incredible grip and speed too. Importantly, they’re available in a wide range of sizes to suit various frames designs and riding conditions.
✔ Highly puncture-resistant.
✔ Excellent grip and speed.
✔ Available in a range of sizes.
Vittoria Rubino Pro IV Speed Road TireBuy now with free delivery
Although many discount the Vittoria Rubio tire as a second choice to the Vittoria Corsa, and regard it as only useful for winter riding, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Now equipped with a graphene-infused rubber compound (a feature almost unheard of at this price point), the Vittoria Rubino offers race-worthy rolling resistance, speed and grip.
Similarly, with a highly durable construction, they’re perfect for even the roughest roads. Notably, they’re also available in a wide variety of sizes, allowing you to run your tyres at lower pressures and offer an exceptional choice for every riding style and frame design.
✔ Graphene-infused rubber compound.
✔ Exceptionally low rolling resistance.
✔ Highly durable construction.
✔ Available in numerous sizes.
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