Hutchinson Toro Enduro Hardskin UST mountain bike tyre£47.99

Rolls better than most all-rounders

BikeRadar score3/5

The Toro is a useful year-rounder that’s okay in winter. Low, square knobs help it roll better than most all-rounders and make it predictable on turns, wet hardpack and rocks. It clears well and hooks up okay in mud, with anticipated, controllable slide when it does let go.

Hardskin tyres work well at low pressures, particularly this tubeless version, which has stayed sealed on the most mangled rims. It’s less grippy than the lighter, more pliable versions over random root and rock sections though, so you can’t have it both ways. The price is excessively high too.

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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