Hutchinson Toro Enduro Hardskin 2.35in tyre review£42.99

Quick rolling trail rubber

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Hutchinson have always made smooth, supple riding tyres but it’s taken the Toro to add a tread that fulfils their potential for year-round riding.

Grip isn’t outstanding, but it’s predictable and communicative right through to a controllable slide. It’s closer to a 2.2in than a true 2.35in when blown up, but it’s still a buoyant and pliable-feeling tyre.

The hard skin sidewalls shrug off rock damage well too so you can plough through gruesome geology rather than picking your way on tiptoes. Tread life is good without feeling plasticky or slippery on rocks or roots.

It also rolls and clears quickly whatever the conditions. The lighter Marathon XC and tubeless-ready versions are also available, although their prices have increased since last year.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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