Choosing the right DH tyre

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Choosing a downhill (DH) tyre can prove to be more complicated that it seems, because a large number of criteria need to be taken into account: • which brand? • what kind of tyre casing? • what kind of rubber? • for what kind of terrain? • for what conditions? • which profile?   What is a DH (downhill) tyre? It’s a robust tyre with a reinforced tyre casing (2 plys in general), with well-pronounced lugs (or knobs) for maximum grip.   Here, we will take a look …

Bicycle tyre mounting direction

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Most MTB tyres, and some regular bike tyres, include recommendations from the manufacturers about the direction in which tyres should be mounted. But the technique varies from one brand to another, and from one model to another, since the profiles do not have the same directional systems. Here we bring you a review of the biggest brands to help you choose your tyre setup.   1st case: Single arrow (Continental, Maxxis, Schwalbe), and identical setup for the front and rear wheel.   This is the easiest case. The …

DH tyres: Pro choices at the World Cup at Val d’Isère

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As we did for the pros on the Tour de France when they passed through Saint-Alban Leysse for the Critérium du Dauphiné, we set off with our cleats and cameras for the MTB World Cup at Val d’Isère. While all the miles on a stage of the Critérium call for minimal rolling resistance, the impressive climb up the Face de Bellevarde encourages riders not to neglect their tyres!   The weather conditions were « interesting », and made tyre choices quite complicated. After driving along the deserted road from Chambéry …