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Tough and durable tyres with good grip and easy tubeless installation
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The new Goodyear Eagle All-Season Tubeless tyres are durable and hardwearing, with good grip on wet roads and impressive anti-puncture qualities. They're also easy to install. The price, while high, is about the going rate for a high-quality tubeless tyre.

  • Pros: Easy to fit, grippy, durable
  • Cons: Not much so far

Goodyear last made bicycle tyres back in 1976, but last year the US company launched an impressively comprehensive range of road, mountain and gravel tyres that all had one thing in common: tubeless.

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The Eagle All-Season on test is the only slick road tyre in the range, coming in four widths from 25 to 32mm. As the name suggests, Goodyear has designed not a wafer-thin race tyre but one that can meet the demands of real-world cyclists riding in all weathers and conditions, who want a fit-and-forget tyre for everything from winter riding to summer sportives.

Goodyear calls it 'Tubeless Complete', sort of a halfway house between Road Tubeless (tyre has an air-retaining inner layer) and Tubeless Ready (regular road carcass and needs sealant), which Goodyear describes as being impenetrable to sealant but not airtight.

Around the carcass is the company's R-Armor protective casing to ward off flints and stones from causing flats, and it's topped off with Goodyear's own Dynamic: Silca4 rubber compound. The tread pattern consists of a slick centre section giving way to a lightly treaded shoulder with deep channels running at an angle along the sides.

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Installation of tubeless tyres can be a right nightmare sometimes, enough to send anyone crying back to their inner tubes. With no industry-wide standard, there can be compatibility issues with certain tyre and wheel brand combinations. These Goodyears are among the easier tubeless tyres to install, in my experience.

I've fitted the tyres to a variety of wheel brands and each time the process has been as painless as it gets, the tyre going onto the rims with only a bit of gentle persuasion from a tyre lever in one instance. Inflation via a tubeless track pump popped the tyres straight up onto their beads with the reassuring crack and pop as the beads lock into the rim. Air retention before adding any puncture-resisting sealant was very good, though you could run them without sealant if you wanted.

I had the choice of 25 or 28mm tyres to test and chose the latter. I mainly used them on the new Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels I'm currently testing and fitted to a Cannondale Synapse. It's been a good combination: the large volume tyres provide good comfort and grip and the wheels are light and responsive. Where some tubeless tyres can require regular inflation on an almost daily basis, these held their pressure really well over a much longer period, requiring only irregular pressure checks every week or so.

Goodyear worked with rubber specialist Rubber Kinetics to develop the compound. It's intended to provide 'leading-edge performance in traction, wear, rolling efficiency and puncture resistance'. I don't know about leading edge, but after several months of testing in all conditions the winter can lob my way, the compound has been reliably grippy, very puncture resistant and fast-rolling.

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The tyres exhibit a good deal of grip in the wet. Sling the bike into a corner when the rain is hammering down and they feel as safe and secure as any other top performing wet weather tyre. In drier conditions when you can really fly through the bends, they exhibit good speed with low rolling resistance and compare well to my experience with Schwalbe, IRC, Hutchinson and others.

> Buyer's Guide: 9 of the best winter tubeless tyres 

They have also been excellent when it comes to fending off all the puncture-generating debris on the roads at this time of year. In fact, I've yet to puncture, despite my best efforts, riding some of my local gravel tracks to really punish the tyres. A closer look at the tyre before writing this review reveals no damage by way of cuts or tears to the tyre, so they most certainly are durable.

They are on the pricey side – Hutchinson's Fusion 5 All-Season tubeless ready tyres are just £39 – but they're not alone, and you are getting a very well made tyre with that impressive durability and puncture resistance, along with easy installation. Good work, Goodyear.

(I'll update this review in a couple of months time when I've logged a lot more miles to see how they fare.)

Verdict

Tough and durable tyres with good grip and easy tubeless installation

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Goodyear Eagle All-Season Tubeless Road Tyre

Size tested: 700x25, 700x28

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Goodyear says, "Formulated to be the ultimate year-round road tyre, the Eagle All-Season utilises our Dynamic:Silica4 compound, which not only minimises rolling resistance but provides unrivalled traction in the wet. The Tubeless Complete system yields a supple, consistent feel and superior rolling resistance efficiency at more comfortable pressures, with no worries of pinch flats."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Tubeless Complete system

R:Armor Protective Casing

DYNAMIC:Silica4 Compound

Floor Pump Mounting for Tubeless

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

They're comparable to other high-quality road tubeless tyres, but you can pay less. For instance the Hutchinson Fusion 5 All-Season tubeless ready tyres are just £39.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very reliable winter tyre choice.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to fit, grippy and hardwearing.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The price is a bit high.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

I've been very impressed with Goodyear's first road tubeless tyre. It offers good grip, durable puncture protection, and above all easy tubeless installation.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180cm  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

6 comments

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Psi Squared [13 posts] 7 months ago
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Can you comment on how wide the tire(s) measured on the different rims you tried and what the internal width of those rims were?  These numbers would really help riders given how much a spec'd tire width can vary from its real width from manufacturer to manufacturer and from rim to rim.

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hawkinspeter [3857 posts] 7 months ago
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I think I'll give these a go; I've just pre-ordered a pair from Winstanleys (just over £46 each) in the 25mm size. I managed to get another 1cm cut on the Maxxis Padrones that I'm using and have come to the conclusion that they aren't very hard wearing (luckily an anchovy managed to fix it enough to get me home).

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Jamminatrix [201 posts] 7 months ago
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"Cons: None"

Pretty sure price is a con... especially since you rted it 5/10 on value. Goodyear's are expensive.

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Biggus-Dickkus [58 posts] 7 months ago
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I assume the 600 grams weight listed is for 2 tyres?

If they are 300gms each then they are still on the heavy side as G-ones are 300grams each and Pro-ones are 260gm each. 

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Ad Hynkel [196 posts] 7 months ago
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Winstanleys have them listed at 300g for the 25mm size. Will be interested to hear what these measure up as. Road tubeless is building a head of steam at last. Good to see. Hope this brings the cost down a little with more competition.

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Goodyear [1 post] 7 months ago
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Psi Squared wrote:

Can you comment on how wide the tire(s) measured on the different rims you tried and what the internal width of those rims were?  These numbers would really help riders given how much a spec'd tire width can vary from its real width from manufacturer to manufacturer and from rim to rim.

Hi Psi Squared-

That is a great question and causes a lot of tyres to be considered under or oversized. For the Eagle All-Season, the tyre design width is based off of the below inner rim widths. The width is measured after the tyre has been inflated to max psi for a 24hr period. 

  700x25 & 28mm tyres based on 19mm inner rim.
  700x30 & 32mm tyres based on 21mm inner rim.

 

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