Geax Gato 29er tyre review£30.99

Good value choice

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Geax carcasses have always been impressively supple but tough, and the Gato can be run soft enough to regularly bump the rim without tearing, rolling or feeling unstable. 

Smooth surface moulding also amplifies the traction and roll-over performance of the big wheel format. The low tread rolls better than expected on hardpack and absolutely flies on rougher trails. Fast, smooth-rolling manners meant we only occasionally noticed the 806g weight accelerating out of slow corners. 

The Aramid Racing 3D rubber is just a simple, single 60-durometer compound with Kevlar snippets for tear/puncture resistance. The open tread grips well enough to push hard in all conditions though and the centre line clears quickly even in clay. Given the likely lifespan it’s good value too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, 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: 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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