SCHWALBE Lugano tyre, £14.99, www.schwalbe.co.uk
Increasingly seen specced on complete bikes, this is Schwalbe’s latest entry-level road tyre. Incorporating the company’s ‘bi-colour’ compound, meaning the central tread — shown in blue, red, yellow or white on the fancy options — is a much harder rubber than the sidewall. Beneath it there’s a puncture protection belt that has hammered through glass shards and Norfolk flint without any problems. The simple diamond tread pattern, together with the sticky Silica, makes for fast rolling and sure-footed handling in both dry and drizzly conditions. Amazingly this 23c width, with wire bead, weighs a mere 325g — and can be found for a tenner at most online retailers!
PROS great all-rounder, value
CONS one width only