Specialized ran its tyre amnesty this time last year, and it’s back again, offering you the chance to trade in any old pair of tyres for a brand new pair of Specialized S-Works Turbo tyres, for just £50.
Normally costing £80 a pair, this is a good way to get rid of some old tyres you might have and treat your bike to some fast new tyres for the spring.
Michelin has launched a 28mm version of the Pro4 Endurance tyre, joining the existing 25 and 23mm versions. The new tyre weighs a claimed 285g and uses a dual compound tread to provide improved cornering grip in the wet and higher resistance to wear. No price has been announced yet.
Michelin says “the 28mm variant provides greater versatility for use on all types of ground (smooth or granular asphalt, light gravel covering, paving stones), while also improving ride comfort.
Tannus Tires is a Korean company and it has just launched the new Aither 1.1 solid tyre which it claims only has 2% higher rolling resistance than a regular tyre, lasts at least 6,000 miles and weighs 430g.
There have been solid tyres before, of course, and anyone with a long memory might recall early attempts that were less than successful. Tannus boldly claim its new tyres are a significant step forward, and it has been developing the tyres since 2003.
With the onset of winter you might be considering investing in tyres that will better resist punctures, and fortunately there are plenty of winter-specific tyres out there.
During the winter the roads can become coated in glass, flints and debris just lying there waiting for an unsuspecting cyclist to trundle over. And there's nothing much worse than fixing a puncture when it's lashing down with rain. Well apart from waiting for a friend to fix a puncture in the rain, that is.
The cyclocross season is well and truly upon us and so it’s a good time to talk about tyres. Italian tyre brand Challenge launched their new Baby Limus cyclocross tyre at Eurobike last month. It plug a gap in the company’s range between the mud-specific Limus and Chicane.
Continental are offering a pair of their brand new Grand Sport Race tyres in return for a pair of old tyres (any non Continental brand) with a pair of inner tubes worth £71.88. The promotion runs until 31st July at selected dealers and some sportives, and they’re only asking you to complete a feedback form on the new tyres in return for their generosity.