For those in the Northen hemisphere, winter is well on its way, which means months of wet and debris-strewn roads.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a timely roundup of the best deals we could find online for 8 of our favourite winter road tyres. Check out our full roundup of our favourite road tyres for winter road riding for the full list.
Cheap lightweight winter road tyres
Schwalbe Durano — £38.99 £18.95
The Schwalbe Durano took top marks when it was reviewed several years back and it still dominates today, striking a solid balance between speed, longevity and comfort.
The tyre is also available in a veritable rainbow of funky hues, so what’s not to love?
Continental Grand Prix 4 Season — £54.99 £32.49
The venerable Grand Prix 4 Season is a classic winter tyre option and is very commonly specced as an OE option.
The DuraSkin carcass is very resistant to tears and punctures and the supposedly winter-specific compound grips very well in wet conditions.
Vredestein Fortezza Sensa Xtreme Weather — £54.99 £46.74
Designed from the ground up with foul weather riding in mind, Vredestein’s Fortezza Senso tyres feature a lightly patterned tread and a wet weather specific compound.
Interestingly, the tyres also feature a woven polyamide layer that protects the whole tyre, not just the central portion of the tread.
Hutchinson Intensive 2 — £36.99 £18.99
Hutchison’s Intensive 2 is a touch slippery out of the box, but once worn in, is impressively grippy and hard-wearing.
Puncture protection is also excellent, making these a great choice for the rider on a budget.
Panaracer Race Type D — £39.99 £26.99
The Panaracer Race Type D takes the proven tread of the brand’s Race family and lays it on top of a much tougher, reinforced carcass.
These can be tough to get on and off though, so remember your tyre levers!
Continental Grand Prix 4000 S2 £59.95 £29.49
The GP4000 S2 is our go-to tyre for an all-round fast clincher, and depending on who you speak to, it’s also a great tyre for year-round riding.
Our experiences of using the tyre in the winter have been largely positive, though there’s just as many writing online who have had the exact opposite experience.
As always, it’s best to do your research, but if you ride in more favourable climes and on less debris-strewn roads than BikeRadar’s local Bristol, then the GP 4000 S2 may work for you.
Cheap heavy duty winter road tyres
Panaracer RibMo £39.99 £26.28
The Panaracer RibMo (Ride Bicycle More) is marketed as a commuting tyre, but actually makes a perfectly good albeit sluggish winter road tyre.
The tyre is available in folding and wire bead versions, but we’d always recommend you go for the former.
Schwalbe Marathon Racer £34.99 £17.99
If you like riding on really, really bad roads, or are partial to a cheeky detour through broken glass, the Marathon Racer is the tyre for you.
The super chunky tyre is very heavy and very slow but is pretty much the best way to avoid punctures through the wet months.