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Goodyear Introduces Mountain Bike Tire Lineup

Don’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here for years

Before you wonder what Goodyear is doing in the bike-tire business, remember that Continental, Maxxis and of course Michelin are also well established in the auto industry. Bridgestone even made mountain bikes in the ’80s and ’90s. Truth is, the first tires Goodyear produced were for bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. They only stopped making bicycle tires in the mid-’70s.

The full lineup will extend to road and hybrid sizes, but half of Goodyear's new offerings will be tubeless-compatible mountain tires, all aimed at serving the high end. They're showing up with four tread patterns: the XC-oriented Peak, the more trail-y Escape, and the enduro/DH-oriented Newton and Newton ST.

Beyond that, Goodyear offers several options in material and build, but somehow keeps it deceptively simple. There are three compound choices, A/T for all-terrain, R/T for rugged terrain, and RS/T for rugged soft terrain. Think hard, medium, and soft respectively. Casing, construction, and reinforcement options are just as intuitive if you take them step-by-step. There's either a low or high-thread-count casing Goodyear calls Premium or Ultimate. Then the casing can be either be Standard, Enduro, or DH, which is essentially 1-ply, 1.5-ply, or 2-ply. And finally, there's two options in sidewall reinforcement. M-Wall is an extra layer of durable fabric, mostly aimed at abrasion and tear resistance. A-Wall has an extra layer of butyl rubber sandwiched in the casing for extra support. All the tires are wide, but Goodyear took a narrow focus, with nothing skinnier than 2.25 inches and nothing fatter than 2.6. Each tire size is designed to work with a given, appropriate rim width.

Goodyear's matrix of options could help make tire nerds of us all. For those who put any thought at all into casing or sidewalls when buying tires, it's often as simple as 'thick' or 'thin.’ Goodyear’s options make it easier for you to draw clear distinctions between what is meant to be light, what is meant to be tear-resistant, and what is meant to be supportive at low pressures, and it distributes those choices into appropriate sizes and tread patterns.

Newton

The Newton paddle-style tread is similar to a Bontrager SE 5 or a Maxxis Minion DHR, all the way down to the alternating L-shaped knobs on the side.You get your choice of 1.5- or 2-ply construction, low or high thread-count Premium or Ultimate casing, and M- or A-Wall sidewall support.

Newton ST

The less paddle-y Newton ST looks like a sparse and thorny cross between a Schwalbe Nobby Nic and a Magic Mary. It’s likely often going be the front end pair to a Newton. The Newton ST is available in the same array of compounds, casings, builds, and sidewall options.

Escape

The Escape is reminiscent of an Onza Canis or a Schwalbe Rapid Rob. The trail-oriented tire combines big volume, aiming at the best of both worlds. The Escape is only available with the middle-density R/T compound, but you have your choice of single or 1.5-ply construction and light, supple Ultimate casing or workhorse Premium casing, each reinforced with moderate M-wall sidewall support.

Peak

The Peak is Goodyear’s fast-rolling XC tread, and is like a shallower, sparser Maxxis Ikon. The Peak is only available in the firmest compound and the lightest construction. It is all business.

 

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