Getting your tyre choice right for your off-road adventures can make the difference between a bad, good or awesome ride. J E James Cycles understand that riding style, bike choice and terrain all call for different tyres.
Once upon a time all MTB tyres were 26in with the only choice left to make was width and tread pattern. Today’s mountain bikes are fitted with 27.5, 27.5+, 29er, 29+, off road fat tyres (in a variety of sizes) and, although less common than they used to be, 26in tyres.
The widths of tyres for mountain biking now vary dramatically, and are commonly found from 2.0in up to 5.0in for fat bikes!
The tread pattern for mountain bike tyres is designed to give the best traction for the terrain you choose to ride. A well designed tyre that sheds mud may be great on wet, boggy rides but may not be the best choice for dry tracks, hard-packed ground, or gravel trails.
You may want a light, fast tyre for racing or a fatter tyre that can take lower pressure and give more traction on softer ground. Getting the choice right can be difficult and finding a good all-rounder is pretty tricky, but not impossible. The amount of tyres offered by the major bike and tyre manufacturers is vast and many people stick to a favourite or two once they find the ones that work best for their style and preferred terrain choice.
Many of today’s tyres are also designed to run without tubes and as long as you have compatible rims, fitting these along with a tubeless puncture resist fluid can help improve a day’s ride, knowing that punctures are less likely to spoil your day. Running a tubeless ready tyre system can also allow lower pressures giving more traction without risking pinch punctures, bonus!
So, whether you have a preferred tyre or need to shop around for a new tyre, our mountain bike tyre section is a great place for finding your ideal choice.