Geax Gato mountain bike tyre£29.99

Quick intermediate tyre

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Geax tyres are always tough and long lasting, but the Gato is an impressively grippy and quick intermediate tyre for cross-country trail or race work. The low, tractor-style tread pattern of alternating sidebars keeps it clear in clag, and fast-rolling.

The thin, low-volume carcass cuts through gloop to find grip, and it’s fast and responsive compared to spikier wet weather rivals. The more aggressive, closely spaced side knobs give good cornering and off-camber bite.

The small size means there’s masses of mud room, though you need to keep pressures high to stop pinch flats. What surprised us was how it coped with random roots and rocks, with decent control despite a relatively hard, long lasting compound.

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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