Syncros FLT mountain bike tyre review£29.99

Good choice for skinny frames

BikeRadar score3/5

Syncros don’t have a full winter tyre, but the skinny, fast-rolling and durable FLT deals with damp conditions better than we expected. The low, multi-block tread gives an immediate rolling speed edge on the drier bits.

It never clogs either, so it’s a good choice for skinny fit frames. The consistent tread coverage from centre to shoulder means that grip is predictable at all angles too, and it slides and surfs controllably rather than slapping you down suddenly.

That’s particularly handy because the shallow tread means you’ll spend a lot of time sideways on this tyre if you push the pace in really wet, sloppy situations. The relatively hard compound means that rocks and roots need to be treated with respect too, but it handles drops and edge impacts well for a little ’un.

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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