Onza Preda tyre review£29.99

Fast and grippy road clincher

BikeRadar score4/5

A big mountain bike tyre name back in the day, Onza now have Swiss owners and a full range of road and off-road rubber. The Preda delivers impressive performance for the money. 

At just over 200g with a quick-rolling feel, it has all the qualities that racers and trainers are looking for, and delivered reasonably fast wattage results. Fitted to a Powertap rear wheel on a turbo trainer, the average wattage needed to sustain 20mph was 146 watts.

The relatively soft dual-compound rubber makes it very grippy if you’re heavy on the brakes and cornering lean, so it’s well suited to aggressive riders. The dual ply puncture breaker also shrugs off road debris very well. 

It does feel stiff on rougher roads and the tread wears pretty quickly, but it’s still a bargain if you’re looking to increase your speed.

This article is compiled from reviews originally published in Cycling Plus and Triathlon Plus magazines, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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