The easiest and most crucial performance upgrade you can make, to any bicycle, are tyres.
New drivetrains, wheels and frames are significant investments. But although cycling tyres aren’t cheap, they are an affordable decision point, empowering riders to experiment. And the gains to be made from a tyre upgrade are considerable.
Road and mountain bike tyres are markedly different. And we’ll be investigating mountain bike tyre theory soon, in another TIPS article.