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Goodyear Eagle Tubeless Ready tyre

7
£50.00

VERDICT:

7
10
A few fit issues, but once on they can't be faulted for the money
Good price
Roll quickly
Compound has good grip
Possible hookless rim fitment issues
Weight: 
318g

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Goodyear's Eagle sits at the top of its latest high-performance road range, straddling the all-round and road race categories of the brochure. They offer good grip and a pleasing ride quality alongside durability and longevity – but they can be tricky to fit.

Check out our guide to the best road bike tyres for more options.

Let's kick off with the fitting, as that's the thing you are going to do first once you've bought your Eagles – and where I had a bit of an issue.

Like most things, the manufacturing process used for creating bicycle tyres isn't exact. There will always be fluctuations, but as long as they are within safe tolerances things should be fine.

The reason I'm bringing this up is that one of the tyres (we were sent a pair) fitted easily onto the rim, while the other was an absolute pig to fit. I'm not talking a bit tight – I mean 'leave it for 24 hours on the rim, and then use heat and washing up liquid while snapping two tyre levers' tight, before I finally got them set up tubeless.

According to Goodyear's website the Eagle can be used with both hooked and hookless rims, and it was the latter I was using.

ETRTO guidelines limit maximum tyre pressures to 72.5psi on tyres used with hookless or TSS (Tubeless Straight Sidewall) rims, to stop the possibility of them blowing off the rims with no hook for the bead to tuck under.

Twice at between 65psi and 70psi the tyre that was easy to fit popped off the rim, which for me is a bit of a concern. Thankfully it happened while I was pumping them up rather than when I was riding. I've inflated many tyres past this pressure when reviewing them and never known them come off the rim.

That said, after the tyre had been seated on the rim for a couple of days and had settled, I could pump it to 70psi without issue. And I had no such problems with the tyre that had been hard to fit.

2023 Goodyear Eagle Fitted 2.jpg

When used with hooked rims they sat snuggly with the maximum recommended 85psi applied.

Goodyear offers two versions of tubeless tyres in its latest line-up – 'tubeless ready', as these ones are, and 'tubeless complete', as found on higher end Ultra High Performance tyres like the Eagle F1 R, which has a 'multi-compound material layer added to the casing for improved air retention', according to Goodyear.

2023 Goodyear Eagle.jpg

This tubeless ready Eagle doesn't have that, but I wouldn't say it's an issue. With 50ml of sealant added, the tyres inflated quickly and have really impressed me with how much air they hold onto. There was very little sealant coming through the sidewall when first inflated.

You can also get standard clincher versions if you want to run inner tubes.

These tubeless ready Eagles are available in 25, 28, 30 and 32mm widths, with either black or 'transparent' sidewalls, a kind of dark tan wall. We have the 28mm here, which Goodyear says is designed to work optimally with a 19mm internal rim width.

On the road

When it comes to the ride quality, I rate the Eagles highly. The Dynamic:HP compound is a blend of synthetic and natural rubbers which has a tacky feel right out of the box. It gives a good road feel which helps with feedback, and the tyre as a whole feels much more supple than its 60tpi (threads per inch) casing would have you expect.

I'd say they offer that all-rounder kind of performance. They've stood up well to the elements, meaning you don't have to worry about using them in rubbish weather, but they still have the grip and rolling resistance required to feel fast for more spirited riding.

2023 Goodyear Eagle Fitted 1.jpg

They have an R:Shield breaker belt for puncture protection, and I presume it has done its job as I had no issues with thorns or grit when riding on wet country lanes, and the tyres look pretty much unmarked.

The only slight downside is the 318g we saw on our scales – they are a bit weightier than most.

Value

The prices of road tyres can be quite eye-watering, but the Eagles are reasonable at £50 each.

That's a fiver more than the Teravail Telegraphs I recently reviewed. Those were also a bit tricky to fit, but have similar qualities to the Eagle in terms of performance and durability.

Giant's Gavia Course 1 is also £45, but in his review, Matt criticised its harsh ride, and it's a bit of a porker weight-wise, so I'd say the Goodyears are worth the extra fiver.

Conclusion

Overall, these ride very nicely, but the fitment issue on hookless rims did leave me feeling a little nervous to start with. Maybe I just got unlucky with a bad tyre. If I was using hooked rims – which, if I'm honest, is my preferred choice at high pressures – I would have had no such issues and would have been impressed with the performance, especially for the money.

Verdict

A few fit issues, but once on they can't be faulted for the money

road.cc test report

Make and model: Goodyear Eagle Tubeless Ready

Size tested: 28-622

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, "The Eagle High-Performance road tire offers race inspired performance across a wide range of conditions. Featuring top-level technologies, the Eagle road tire is for riders looking for all-round performance and dependability with excellent puncture protection in either a tube-type or tubeless ready configuration."

I think it's a good all-rounder; it performs very well and offers good durability for the money.

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

Goodyear lists:

Compound: Dynamic:HP

Casing: 60TPI

Puncture Protection: R:Shield

Fit: Tubeless Ready (Clincher option available)

Colour: Black/Black, Black/Tan

Sizes: 25mm/28mm/30mm/32mm

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10

Slight issues with tolerancing across different tyres when used with hookless rims.

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)
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

A good all-round tyre that works in a range of weathers offering good grip and rolling resistance.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good value for money.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

One tyre was very difficult to fit, the other very easy.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

These are very well priced; not the cheapest but a good balance of performance and durability for the money, even against slightly cheaper competition mentioned in the review.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes – but I wouldn't use them on hookless rims.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The score takes a hit because of the fit tolerance between the two tyres I had on test. If you aren't using hookless rims then there will be no issues, and with that in mind, they perform very well for the money.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 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,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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Krd51 | 10 months ago
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Tyres seem to have quality issues one fits easy another hard to fit, surely should be the same unless he's using cheap wheels. Use quality always pays in the long run.

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ooblyboo | 10 months ago
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Surely 'possible hookless fitment issues' merits a somewhat lower score? I like my tyres to stay on the rim thanks!

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Miller | 10 months ago
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This reviewer famously likes his tyres rock hard. Wrong person to be using hookless rims maybe? 😉

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Surreyrider | 10 months ago
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You're a braver rider than me Stu - if a tyre blew off the rim while setting it up like that, I wouldn't ever be riding it on the road.

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