Tan-wall tyres are back in a big way. For a few years, black rubber ruled the road, but light-coloured sidewalls are now ubiquitous in every cycling discipline, from gravel to downhill. Tell me, how does that make you feel?
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Also referred to as skin-walls (with inconsistent hyphenation and spacing), true tan-walls have little or no rubber on their sidewalls, meaning that the tyre’s casing is exposed.
This may make the tyre ever so slightly more supple (I’m sceptical) but more importantly, it provides a pleasing bit of contrast, which in my most humble opinion looks fantastic, particularly when combined with all-black (or all-grey) rims.
So, are tan-walls the height of style or a cheesy throwback to a bygone era? Vote in our poll and share your best and worst photos in the comments…