A familiar name for producing car tyres but making big inroads into the cycling market, Goodyear’s Eagle F1 is a high-performance tyre with huge intent.
The F1 utilises advanced technologies, such as graphene to produce a tyre that’s made an impressive debut in the high-end tyre market thanks to stunning speed and grip. Graphene is incredibly light and tough and adds elasticity to tyre compounds.
Inside the tyre is a 120 TPI casing with the company’s own R:Amor puncture-resistant belt. Wrapped over this is a Dynamic:GSR rubber compound infused with graphene and the latest silica developments to create a fast-rolling tyre with exceptional grip levels in the dry and only the smallest step down in the wettest conditions.
The tyres are quick in a straight line, while in the corners the rubber sticks to the road with a steadfast refusal to slip, even at extreme lean angles.
This continues when the roads are wet with reassuring traction on slick tarmac. They also exhibit a supreme suppleness that calms rough roads, and lends additional smoothness to the bike beyond the benefits of big volumes and low pressures.
The Eagle F1 is available as both a clincher and tubeless tyre. I’ve tested both and the performance of each is impressive and on par with other high-end tyres.
The tubeless installation was among the easiest on test, thanks to a proprietary dual-angle bead design that helps to capture the air before the tyre is seated. No tyre levers or tubeless inflators needed.
How we tested
We put 12 tubed and tubeless clincher 28mm road tyres head-to-head to see which you should spend your money on.
28mm is considered the sweet-spot width for rolling speed, comfort and weight, with wider tyres offering lower rolling resistance and more traction. Even though they’re heavier and less aero than 23mm tyres, for example, the positives can outweigh the negatives, especially over long-distance cyclists.
Tyres are an easy upgrade, too, and add more comfort to your ride with a greater volume of air between you and rough roads.
- Bontrager R3 Hard Case Lite TLR 28mm
- Cadex Race
- Challenge Paris-Roubaix TLR Vulcanized 27mm
- Continental Grand Prix 5000 clincher
- Continental Grand Prix 5000 TL 28mm
- Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance 11Storm
- Michelin Power Road Clincher
- Pirelli P Zero Race TLR 28mm
- Schwalbe Pro One TLE
- Specialized S-Works Turbo
- Vittoria Corsa TLR G2.0