Geax Sturdy 2.25in tyre review£29.99

Surprisingly slippery

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Geax tyres have a loyal following among riders in really rocky areas, but the Sturdy is surprisingly slippery, which works against it in the woods.

On the plus side, the hard compound and stiff carcass with closely-spaced centre tread rolls a lot better than expected for such a burly-looking tyre. The weight still takes some accelerating but keeps going okay.

The casing is really tough in terms of resistance to rock cuts and scuffs, and they’re hard to pinch puncture. The price is good for the likely lifespan too.

The hard centre compound and stiff casing means they’re bad on anything wet or slippery though. If you slide, it’s generally terminal and they hold onto mud for metres after every puddle.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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