IRC Roadlite X-Guard tyres review

Japanese brand IRC's training tyres are light, supple and impressively cut resistant

IRC Roadlite X-Guard
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The IRC Roadlite X-Guard is a training tyre that manages to combine a relatively lightweight construction with a good level of suppleness and impressive cut resistance – and the price is good too.

Reasons to buy
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    Puncture resistant

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Reasons to avoid
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    Very ordinary aesthetics

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Japanese brand Inoue Rubber Co, aka IRC, is not too well known in the UK but based on our initial impressions of the IRC Roadlite X-Guard it deserves to be.

The Roadlite X-Guards have a no-nonsense aesthetic and are totally slick, suggesting that less is spent on marketing and, judging by the good-quality feel, more on materials and construction. IRC's tyres are also made in Japan.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.