The 24mm Halo Twin Rail has been tested before on road.cc with Shaun Audane describing it as "Lively, dependable road rubber for aggressive fixers and mile munching club bikes". The 29mm version gives a bit more of an air cushion between you and the road, and what you lose in extra heft you certainly gain in comfort and, to an extent, puncture resistance.
The 29mm tyre is pretty much identical to the original 24mm, just scaled up a bit. That extra rubber equates to a bit of a weight increase – 379g instead of 325g – but the big air chamber means that they're super comfy over badly surfaced UK roads and plenty capable on unsurfaced paths too.
The tread with its raised centre strip rolls well on tarmac and gives a bit of bite on towpaths and the like too. The puncture protection in the casing did its job for us – no punctures during testing – and the bigger volume means pinch flats are less likely than on the thinner tyre if you enjoy a bit of kerb hopping.
Overall it's a great tyre for general urban duties, and although it's heavier than the 24mm version I prefer the overall package. I've heard complaints that the rubber isn't the hardiest but I'm not a skid-happy rider and I haven't noticed any abnormally quick wear.
Good value all-purpose urban tyre with a bit more air for a bit more comfort.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Halo Twin Rail Courier 700x29 tyre
Size tested: Black
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?
Halo Twin Rail Courier Tyres 700 x 29C.
Scaled-up Tour/Fixie FS version of the best selling 24c Courier tyre.
These 29c versions are ideal for riders who want a bit more air and rubber to cover the urban landscape
- perfect for touring, fixed gear freestylers and messengers.
Available in Black, White, Green, Pink, Purple, Dual compound and Skinwall.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 190cm Weight: 96kg
I usually ride: whatever I\\\'m testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with Ultegra 6700
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.