Tioga Proto Mud Tyres review

Promising mud prototypes for the gravity set

BikeRadar score4/5

These prototype mud tyres bode well for the proper production models they will soon spawn, though their weight and tread/compound combo makes them best suited for gravity work. 

The tread pattern is a cross between Tioga’s existing Black Turtle extreme spikes and their normal cross-country  tyres and Tioga have used their stickiest slow rebound rubber compound.

The two centre rows and single side rows of knobs have wide spacing for fast clearing in claggy conditions, resulting in a super grippy tyre in all wet conditions. Our set were tubeless too, so you can drop the pressure right down.

The Cyclex tubeless casing isn’t the most supple though, with a fairly clunky feel on steps and drops and you’ll need latex inside to seal them on most UST rims.

At 848g they’re not light either and the compound and tread makes them painfully slow on the flat, to the point where you have to keep pedalling through corners to capitalise on the extra grip.

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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