BIKE tyres are as varied as bike themselves, with each different type of bike and discipline of riding having a seemingly endless amount of options when it comes to rubber.
From slick road bike tyres that are best used in the height of summer to winter-specific mountain bike tyres that can stay gripped even on the muddiest trail, there are an awful lot of tyres on the market.
In general, there are two main varieties; clincher and tubeless. The first is the most common on road and hybrid bikes, and involves an inner tube.
Tubeless meanwhile is often seen on mountain bikes, and (as the name suggests) doesn’t require an inner tube; although the technology is becoming more common on road bikes.
Outside of these different set-ups, there is a whole world of different tread patterns and tyre compounds, while other features include puncture resistance.
As it’s such a big area, we’ve also done round-ups on the best road bike tyres you can buy and the best winter tyres currently available.
But if you want to know what are the best bike tyres on the market for all types of riding, the below list is a good place to start.
1. Continental Grand Prix 4 Season
- Grand Prix 4 Season, £32.50 from Evans Cycles – buy here
The Grand Prix 4 Season by German brand Continental is a great year-round option for both hybrid and road bikes.
It has two anti-puncture layers beneath its grippy tread that help to reduce the number of mechanicals you have while out on the road, while its folding bead makes it easy to install and remove if you do get a puncture.
Available in sizes from a narrow 23C up to a wide 32C, you should be able to find a width that suits your riding and bike.
2. Schwalbe Marathon Plus
- Marathon Plus, from £23.99 from Wiggle – buy here
The Marathon Plus by Schwalbe does as its name suggests, and will keep your wheels spinning in all conditions for miles and miles.
Although possible to fit to a road bike, the chunky tyres are best suited to a hybrid.
Schwalbe claims that the tyre is flat-less, and can even withstand a thumbtack attack, thanks to a solid 5mm-thick layer of rubber.
The Marathon Plus comes in 25C, 35C or 38C widths for 700c wheels, or even a super-wide 40C for those with 650a wheels.
3. Pirelli P Zero Velo
- P Zero Velo, from £31.99 from Tredz – buy here
We liked one of Pirelli’s first forays into the world of road bike tyres so much that we featured it in our round-up of the best road bike tyres on the market.
The P Zero Velo is good in both the dry and wet, and has a low rolling resistance perfect for weekend rides or long distance sportives.
The super skinny road bike tyre trend is firmly over, and the Pirelli offering is available up to 28C in width.
It’s best to check that the wider tyres are compatible with your bike’s frame before buying though.
4. Maxxis Minion DHR II
- Minion DHR II, from £34.99 from Tredz – buy here
Unlike road and hybrid bikes, mountain bikes have the added complication that you’re likely to run different tyres on the front and rear wheels.
If looking for an all-rounder for your back wheel, then look no further than the Minion DHR II by Taiwanese tyre specialists Maxxis.
The tyre is great over a variety of terrain, from loose shingle over hard ground to a wet winter trail.
As well as giving you great grip, it also offers up low rolling resistance, which is surprising for a tyre of its stature.
Tubeless ready, it has a maximum PSI of 60 and comes in a range of widths for 26”, 27.5” and 29” wheels.
5. WTB Vigilante TCS
- Vigilante, from £34.99 from Tredz
Now you’ve got your mountain bike’s rear tyre sorted, you’re probably looking for something for the front wheel. Step forward the Vigilante by WTB.
As adaptable in terms of terrain as the Minion DHR II, the Vigilante TCS can dig its tread into any trail, all while remaining stable and fast.
The American brand’s tubeless ready tyre only comes in at 2.3” wide, but is available in a range of compounds (including a special ‘tough’ version) for 26”, 27.5” and 29” wheels.
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