The Goodyear Transit Tour S:5 Secure Reflect Urban Tyres are solid workhorses, and what they lack in speed and feedback they give back in sheer durability. The compound gives a reasonable amount of grip, and they aren't a bad price either.
- Pros: Excellent puncture protection; easy to fit
- Cons: Wire bead adds to the weight; quite a dead feel to the ride
There are two tyres in Goodyear's Transit range, the Transit Speed, which John reviewed here, and this, the Transit Tour, which is modelled on Goodyear's Assurance All-Season car tyres, apparently.
The S:5 reviewed here, with its 5mm aramid-infused sub-tread layer, is the heaviest of the three Tour options (though it's lighter than Goodyear claims). There is a slightly lighter (claimed weight) S:3 version, with a 3mm aramid breaker, or a tubeless compatible version which has a stickier compound and is folding rather than rigid like the S:5 and S:3, which use a heavy wire bead.
The Tours have a smooth central strip for quick rolling on the road while the rest of the tyre has a directional siped tread to offer all-weather traction. I'm guessing Goodyear means they remove water, which is necessary on a car but not so much on a 35mm bike tyre – you aren't going to be aquaplaning.
It does add a little to off-road grip, though. I used these a lot on the local 'hardpacked' canal paths which, with the amount of rain we've had, are getting a little bit muddy and sloshy in places. The Transit Tours bite in a little better than a full slick, especially at the edge where you have some larger rubber blocks.
On the tarmac, rolling resistance isn't too bad. The 5mm puncture protection layer does firm up the ride a bit – it's not that supple and you can feel every bump in the road if you have them pumped up much above 60psi.
For cruising around town, though, they are quick and comfortable enough, and if you are travelling further afield, once you have them up to speed they'll cruise along quite comfortably.
Overall grip is okay in the wet and dry, good enough for the speeds and angles you'll likely be cornering at on an urban bike anyway. They felt confident enough entering and exiting cold and greasy roundabouts, keeping up with the flow of rush hour traffic.
The compound used is more about durability than performance, and they have stood up well to hedge-cuttings, flints and some gravel track abuse.
Alongside the aramid strip under the tread, the Tours also have an anti-cut reinforced sidewall. I didn't find them difficult to fit to a range of wheels, and they've stood up fine to being ridden hard into rough, rocky sections of track, showing no signs of damage after eight weeks of use.
As well as this 35mm width, all versions are available in a 40mm or 50mm option too.
When it comes to value, the Tours look pretty good at £35. Continental's Contact Plus tyres also come in a range of widths, have reflective strips on the sidewalls like the Goodyears, and a thick puncture protection layer underneath the tread, and are £39.95.
Schwalbe's Marathon Plus has long been renowned as one of the best urban tyres on the market, and the latest version has an rrp £38.99.
Overall, the Goodyear Transit Tours stack up well on price against the opposition, offer a decent ride quality and grip, and are tough as old boots.
Hardwearing and durable tyres that offer pretty decent levels of performance
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Goodyear Transit Tour S5 tyre
Size tested: 700x35
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?
Goodyear says, "Modeled after our Assurance All-Season automobile tire, the Transit Tour combines a durable, utilitarian construction with directional siped tread that offers unsurpassed all-weather traction. Constructed to eBike approved standards and with reflective side strips enhancing twilight and night visibility, the Transit Tour provides robust flat protection along with a comfortable ride for your next journey."
They are solid and dependable tyres that offer reasonable levels of performance and grip.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
For the S:5 tread construction, Goodyear says: S:5 Secure- Wire Bead, 5mm under tread & F:Wall protective sidewall.
27.5x2.0, 700x35, 700x40, 700x50
Competitively priced against the big names in the business such as the Schwalbe Marathon Plus and Continental's Contact Plus.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Tours will stand up to plenty of abuse and should last for ages.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Thick puncture strip gives them a bit of a dead ride feel.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
If puncture protection and durability are your biggest concerns, the Goodyears tick both boxes with ease. Performance and grip are pretty decent, too, for such a utilitarian tyre.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!