Freedom ThickSlick Sport Tyre   £16.99

8/10

Bargain tyres for winter training and general road duties

Weight 465g   Contact  www.upgradebikes.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   October 31, 2011  

Freedom Thickslick Sport tyre

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Smoother than a porn star's bits, Freedom ThickSlick Sport looks almost identical to the ThickSlick Elites reviewed recently but saves 80g and £20 (pr) over their urban siblings. Admittedly, you lose the Kevlar belt and sidewalls but put through the same paces, ours seemed friskier, just as impenetrable with more refinement to boot.

465g could never be described as light, especially by road standards but then it's pretty reasonable given the density of their casings. Wire beads add to the bulk but keep the costs favourable for winter hacks/daily drivers and getting them aboard the rims couldn't be simpler since there's no directional arrow to follow and the beads don't creep away from the rim like some folding types when you're seating the final sections. Sensible 25 and 28mm widths extend their horizons to Audax and weekend touring, although devotees of the tyre drive dynamo should opt for the urban versions.

The most challenging part of the Sport's installation was locating the recommended pressures-they are stamped on the sidewalls but in the smallest print imaginable. I am a wallop up to maximum and bowl along gracefully sort of chap but they'll entertain 25psi variations should you like to experiment or want a little more contact with terra firma when things turn picturesque. Manners are impeccable, combining speed and traction by the bucket-load. Bowling along the lanes and tackling the climbs, their improved zest and comfort wasn't the stuff of 10 mile TTs but perfect for long, steady miles and sufficiently brisk for winter training.

Greater comfort was only discernable after 20 miles or so but directly attributable in my view to the omission of the otherwise welcome Kevlar. Merciless, I thundered through the towns, collecting as much grit, glass and similar debris as the casings could handle without so much as a nick, let alone hiss and this was equally true of rural lanes littered with cuttings from freshly pruned hedgerows. Passage across manhole covers and similar ironworks, if not leach-like proved more predictable too, although I remained vigilant for the obvious reasons.

Verdict

Bargain tyres for winter training and general road duties.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Freedom ThickSlick Sport Tyre

Size tested: Black - 700 x 25c

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?

"Twice the protection of a standard rubber casing tire. The ThickSlick is designed to withstand the harshest urban elements. Throw in versions with Urban Armor Casing and DuraStrip and the ThickSlick competes with the strongest urban tires in the market.". Well suited to winter training, Audax and light touring too.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Twice the Puncture Protection of a standard rubber casing

Urban, Commuter, 700 x 25c, 700 x 28c. Operating pressures between 85 and 110psi, wire beads.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

463g each

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Bargain.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The sport might be the budget versions but roll slightly faster and with no obvious loss in durability over their "urban" siblings when subjected to the same envioronments.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Quick, dependable and great value.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing given the desgn brief.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb 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, mtb,

 

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