Tioga Blue Dragon Magnum 66 2.3£30.00

The Blue Dragon family covers a wide range of slightly confusing compound and carcass options, with the basic Magnum 66 sitting near the bottom of the performance/price ladder.

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Blue Dragon family covers a wide range of slightly confusing compound and carcass options, with the basic Magnum 66 sitting near the bottom of the performance/price ladder. The small square knobs are well supported by rounded buttresses that creep high up each knob, which makes it a fast rolling, predictable rock/groomed course choice. It really struggles in wet or loose conditions though, restricting its use to summer in the UK. The relatively hard compound extends life and increases speed, but makes the tyre even more likely to slip and slide on wet rock and roots. More expensive Slow Rebound rubber types are available, which are great in the dry but sketchy in the wet.

The thin, vulnerable carcass gives big volume at a low weight, but despite the fat threads, it needs plenty of pressure to keep it stable. For real fat tyre speed though the Cylex version is very light, and prices for all versions (except the Apex) are low.

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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