The Ere Research Genus is a professional level road racing tyre, available in both clincher and, on test here, tubeless versions. While the chosen rubber offers plenty of grip and some decent rolling resistance, I wasn't won over by the tyre's lack of suppleness.
- Pros: Easy to fit, impressive grip
- Cons: Firm ride, expensive
I've ridden a lot of test bikes with tubeless tyres but I haven't fitted that many myself, so whenever I get some in for review there is an air of trepidation over how things are going to go. I needn't have worried here, as the Genus installation was an absolute breeze.
For the setup I used the Vision Team 35 wheels with some DT Swiss tubeless tape I had knocking around and it all worked a treat. The Ere tyres popped onto the rims and after the addition of the included 48mm valves and Stan's No Tubes sealant they inflated quickly and easily with just a standard track pump without any leakage.
The Genus comes in three widths: 28mm, 26mm and the thinnest, which we have here, 24mm. The sidewall recommends a maximum pressure of 125psi; I tried them at 100psi for a few miles before dropping them to 90psi and I have to say it has a very firm carcass for a race tyre. It doesn't exactly ooze suppleness.
In its construction the casing uses 120tpi (threads per inch) whereas most what I'd consider race tyres – such as the Challenge Strada Pro open tubular – have two and a half times that at 300tpi.
This allows a lot more movement in the tyre to deal with road imperfections, giving a very supple ride. Other open tubulars I've used over the years feel the same.
With their firm ride the Eres don't give you a lot of feedback about what is going on on the road beneath you, so it's a good job the grip levels are pretty decent.
Pushing hard into bends and roundabouts saw no issues banking the bike over and it never felt like the tyres were scrabbling about on the surface.
It's the same both in the wet and dry.
Rolling resistance feels okay as well, and with a weight of 495g for the pair, acceleration and climbing aren't hampered either.
They're reliable too, with Armis 1 flat protection, using aramid fibres for the casing. Aramid is from a family of high performance nylons like Kevlar which have impressive strength while still remaining supple.
These tyres haven't suffered a single cut or puncture over the test period so I'd say their durability is pretty impressive.
Specific tubeless tyres are often quite pricey compared to their tubeless-ready clincher counterparts and that doesn't change here with the Genus costing £67.50 each. Okay, it isn't quite as excessive as Zipp's Tangente Speed, which cost £86 each, but it's still not exactly cheap. (Maybe it offsets the cost of the pricey-looking packaging.)
Saying that, though, the standard clincher version of the Genus is still £63.
The range of tubeless tyres is constantly growing, though, and the best place to check the various prices is here in our buyers guide (link below) which has the claimed weight and retail prices from all the various brands.
A lot of race performance tyres come in around the 50 quid mark, so as I say, the Eres are a little on the pricey side.
In conclusion, the Genus is very good in terms of speed and grip, but for me a race tyre requires a bit more feedback and a supple ride to complete the package – especially at this price.
Durable and grippy race tyre but would benefit from a more supple casing for comfort and feedback
road.cc test report
Make and model: ERE Research Genus tyre
Size tested: 700c x 24
Tell us what the product is for
Ere Research says, "The Genus is Ere Research's premier road tire, designed for the riding demands of the pro peloton where low rolling resistance and high-speed cornering confidence are of upmost concern. The minimalist tread and supple casing provide unparalleled grip and the rider feedback necessary to cross the line first."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
From Ere Research:
Super light, tight woven casing material that provides at protection under the tread without sacrificing weight, rolling resistance, or handling.
Low Rolling Resistance Rubber
Low rolling resistance 65a durometer rubber.
Bead + Casing
Genus tires feature a folding aramid bead and 120 tpi (threads per inch) casing.
In The Box
Tubeless tires include 48mm valve and sealant.
Clincher tires include Tubus innertube and 40mm valve extender.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a fast and grippy tyre but not the most comfortable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not supple enough.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they liked a firm ride.
Use this box to explain your overall score
I'm going for a 7 here: from a performance point of view I rate the Genus quite highly but there are much more supple tyres out there in both tubeless and tubed guises which give a better ride quality.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.