Tioga Red Phoenix Cyclex 2.0in review£28.00

Fast, clean and supple all-rounder with decent dirty cornering

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Tioga's Red Phoenix is designed more for dusty, rocky conditions but ridden right it can stretch into winter pretty well.

The sloped bases to the small centre knobs mean that you've got to be careful not to donut round if you work it hard through the pedals or brakes in sloppy situations.

It rolls and clears fast though, so if you're smooth you'll be able to work with it. The intermediate and shoulder knobs are a lot sharper too which means that you can lean on them a lot harder once you get it onto its ears.

The densely woven Cyclex carcass is really supple and smooth riding, which means good 'wrap' over rough sections of mixed trail.

Generous dimensions for a 2.0in tyre help it to shrug off impacts and IT edges well for its weight too. There's a SRR 'Slow Rebound Rubber' version available for the same price which gives more mixed condition stick too.

It wears and tears a lot quicker though, so make sure that you toss up your priorities before choosing.

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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