Now the summer is in full swing it’s time to ditch those heavy duty winter tyres for something lighter with a little more nimbleness that’ll give your rides a little more zip.
Summer tyres are designed to be a little more supple, a little lighter and a little more fun out on the road, offering plenty of grip without hurting durability or puncture protection too much.
Here, we’ve found the best deals on a selection of tyres that we have either ridden, or we know the brand and trust in the quality of its product from our years of riding bikes. With the race season and dry roads just around the corner, now is a great to bag a bargain and upgrade your old rubber to add some real performance gains to your riding.
The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.
Schwalbe Durano road tyre was £38.99, now from £19.99
Read more: Schwalbe Durano review
The Schwalbe Durano tyres are hard wearing and tough tyres that can withstand even the worst winter surfaces. They offer decent levels of grip and aren’t difficult to sit on the wheel rim.
Specialized Roubaix Pro road tyre was £29, now £21.99
Read more: Specialized Roubaix Pro review
Named after the Paris-Roubaix, the Roubaix Pro tyres are Specialized’s winter tyres. We’ve tested them, here was our verdict:
“Robust yet fast rolling, the Specialized Roubaix Pro tyre also delivers a great ride quality that provides good grip in corners. All in all, an ideal all-round tyre for autumn through to spring that offers great value for money.”
Continental Grand Prix 5000 twin pack were £119.98, now £79.99
Read more: Continental Grand Prix 5000
Of course, the GP 5000 is an ‘all-round’ tyre. You do have the benefit of the newly improved Vectran Breaker layer, the polymer which forms a multi-strand thread and acts as a blockade against foreign objects such as thorns, glass or flint.
This is said to be improved by 20 per cent in the new GP 5000. Its addition marks it out in the tubeless world as it means it’s not just sealant keeping you from flats, though you do pay a weight penalty of around 100g.
Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite TLR 32mm tyre was £49.99 now £32.80
If you’re after a wider tyre, the Bontrager Hard-Case Lite TLR comes in 32mm width, but with a slick tread pattern for efficient rolling on the road, along with extra road smoothing.
Schwalbe One 25mm tyre was £49.99 now £23.99
Read more: Schwalbe One review
Schwalbe was an early adopter of tubeless tyre tech and its Schwalbe One tyre benefits from its expertise, with Double Defense anti-puncture protection including its SnakeSkin sidewall protection.
Challenge Strada Open 25mm tyre was £54 now £29.99
With a 300 tpi casing, the Strada Open gives a really supple ride, but still includes flat protection in its 240 gram weight.
Vittoria Corsa G+ twin pack was £109.99 now £59.99
Read more: Vittoria Corsa G+ road tyre
A fast rolling, grippy tyre, the Vittoria Corsa G+ tyres also come with a thicker carcass than the previous version for improved longevity and puncture protection, especially in the wet. The tan sidewalls look superb on carbon rims too!
Michelin Power Competition tyre was £47.99 now £33.99
Read more: Michelin Power Competition review
The Michelin Power Competition is Michelin’s fast rolling race tyre in its newest Power range. It’s designed to roll fast, but still doesn’t skimp on durability and puncture protection and we placed it on our exclusive Editor’s Choice list for 2018 too.
Vittoria Rubino Pro Control G+ Isotech tyre was £39.99 now from £19.99
Vittoria’s workhorse Rubino Pro range benefits from the same grapheme containing compounds as used in its flashier Corsa tyres. So you get good wet and dry grip and fast rolling. Plus the Control version is built tougher, for better protection from UK road surfaces.
Veloflex Record were £44.99, now £30.99
A super fast race tyre with a narrow width could be your ultimate summer tyre for fast rides. Veloflex was the choice of Team Sky for many years as they thought they offered the fastest choice for the big major Tours! They won’t last forever but you should have fun with them in the meantime.
Don’t forget to look out for more bargains from the on-line retailers coming up soon.