If you're going to carry on riding outside through winter, then the cold and wet conditions are best handled with something heavier, grippier and more puncture-resistant than your summer rubber... you need a set of the best winter road bike tyres you can afford, and luckily this guide has plenty of options for you to choose from.
Best winter road bike tyres overall: Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre
Wide, long-lasting with plenty of puncture resistance: Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite TLR tyre
Designed for road and off-road duties: Vittoria Terreno Zero TLR G2.0 tyre 700x38
Fast wet-weather option: Vittoria Corsa Control TLR G2.0 tyre
Great handling wet and dry: Hutchinson Challenger 700x28
Ideal tyre for rough roads: Panaracer GravelKing Slick TLC
Great all-season road tyre: Pirelli P Zero Race TLR 4S
Reliable and confidence-inspiring: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons tubeless tyre
A classic reimagined: Continental Grand Prix 5000 AS TR
An all-weather classic: Continental Grand Prix 4 Season
All-weather training and commuting tyre: Specialized Roubaix Pro
Designed for long distance, mixed-surface challenges: Cadex Classics 28 Tubeless
Impressively light and grippy: Panaracer Agilest TLR Road Tyre
Compared to standard road bike tyres, winter tyres are typically wider, with thicker tread and beefier puncture-prevention under that tread, and usually a bit cheaper — nobody likes trashing expensive tyres. Fixing a flat in the cold and wet is a miserable job, so it makes sense to use tyres with better puncture resistance to avoid it.
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Fortunately, when it comes to the best winter road bike tyres, there are plenty of great options out there to prevent your rolling resistance from adding to winter sluggishness.
A set of the best gravel tyres is an alternative option to help you to find more grip and comfort (if your bike has the tyre clearance for them), staying rubber-side-down in the wet, and offering increased puncture resistance with a grippier tread.
If you're sticking with road tyres though, then here are some of our very favourite winter road bike tyres!