BTwin's Resist 9 Road Bike Tyre is a rugged bargain basement 700x25c complete with puncture-preventing belts, 60tpi casings and deep, water-channelling tread. You can get its wire bead sibling for less, but it's not a bad spec for a measly 13 quid (and you get 20% off if you buy a pair), although I recently reviewed a similarly priced but faster-rolling 120tpi LifeLine model for £14 which might be the better buy.
At first glance, the tread pattern of the Resist 9 looks quite aggressive, especially by contemporary tastes, and similar to that found on Vittoria's Randonneur series. Given that bicycles don't aquaplane, slick (but not bald) treads offer the most convincing grip, especially when it's raining dogs and you're blasting through the bends. However, manufacturers recognise that patterns are psychologically reassuring. Either way, bowling along at a steady 20-23mph, these BTwins have never missed a beat and corner very convincingly, in the wet or dry. More about that in a minute, let's look closer at the spec first.
Their nylon casings feature a puncture-repelling belt – it's not Kevlar but pretty serviceable nonetheless, and it runs from shoulder to shoulder, affording better protection from sharps than the basic centre-strips. To date, even paired with budget butyl inner tubes, and on roads littered with glass, flints and other nasties, nothing has induced the dreaded hiss in 200 miles.
Predictably, the tread pattern quickly accumulated that familiar seasonal mulch which ultimately turns the tyre into a slick, while providing a convenient bed for grit and shards of glass. Save for the odd, superficial scratch, nothing has burrowed into the casings, which flush clean in a mile or so along wet roads, and they remain in rude health.
Which is just as well, since coaxing those folding beads aboard my traditional Mavic hoops proved something of a struggle, the bead tending to slither off before I could get the final 30 per cent on. My workshop tyre wand steamrollered them home in 35 seconds flat, but otherwise, we're talking three decent composite levers and strong thumbs.
Acceleration could never be described as sluggish, and rolling resistance is fairly minimal, but those 60tpi casings lack the supple comfort of those with higher tpi (threads per inch). That's not to say the ride was harsh, and with an operating range between 90 and 110psi, there's scope for fine-tuning.
Purchase, comfort and control seem optimal between 95 and 100psi. Greasy manhole covers and similar ironwork induced occasional, momentary loss of bite but feedback is pretty good and they've never turned bandit. I dropped ours to 90 on a particularly clear night when a frosty carpet was forming around every corner. Doing so bolstered contact and confidence. They've proved particularly handy on the fixer in these slippery contexts, where slowing down by holding off against the cranks trumps even progressive use of the front brake.
In more moderate conditions, 32mph is as far as I've felt comfortable pushing them along 1 in 7s. Their blend of responsiveness and reliability is equally welcome through town, whether sprinting away from the lights, or weaving around opening car doors or distracted pedestrians.
While winter/club bikes would be my default recipients, their robust though sprightly personas translate well to lightweight/weekend touring. Personally, I would love to see a wider 28 or 32mm section added to the family for some additional comfort in these contexts, but the 25mm seems just fine for generic road duties.
Reliable budget option for winter and general road riding
road.cc test report
Make and model: BTwin Resist 9 Road Bike Tyre
Size tested: 700x25mm
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
BTwin says: "Fantastic value folding bead road bike tyre for regular road cyclists looking for added comfort and grip. 60 TPI carcass. High-density, nylon, reinforcement belt under the tread for puncture prevention. 25mm width provides added comfort. 700x25 flex-bead tyre for road cycling training."
Not the fastest or most exciting, but seriously good value for money and deliver exactly what they promise in the blurb.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
60 TPI carcass.
High-density, nylon, reinforcement belt under the tread for puncture prevention.
Good in most contexts and brilliant for the money.
Favourable to date.
Generally a compliant ride by 60tpi tyre standards.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the BTwin Resist 9s represent phenomenal value for money and are good cost conscious bets for winter/trainers and workhorses. Well mannered in all contexts, they accelerate and corner predictably at decent speeds and, thus far, seem rugged and hardwearing.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good all-round performance and promising durability to date.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing in particular, bearing in mind the asking price.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Quite possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? For cost conscious winter builds and workhorses, yes.
Use this box to explain your score
These are a good budget option for winter bikes and/or daily use and for that they score a very good 7. They don't quite stretch to an 8, which would place them equal to Lifeline's Armour Road, a more refined and arguably faster tyre for just a pound more.
About the tester
I usually ride: Rough stuff tourer based around 4130 Univega mountain bike frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)