You can maybe blame it on tubeless set-ups, you can certainly blame it on the very changeable weather conditions here in the UK and northern Europe. Either way, swapping tyres can be a faff and having a tread, compound and size that hits the spot for a good mix of conditions can really help keep you out of the garage and onto the hill. This new and improved Toro may well be the one…
What did we say about them first time around?
“If you’re faced with intermediate conditions then these are tough tyres to beat. They manage to dig though the greasy stuff without holding you back when it comes to speed. One of the other things we really like about them though is that they’re available with a ‘Hardskin’ casing which we think is worth the extra weight thanks to the extra stability and cut resistance it provides”
So what’s changed? Have they made any improvements since we wrote those words five years ago? First up is obviously wheel sizes have moved on. The last time we really rode these tyres was on a 26″ wheel, now the test bikes we have are all 27.5″ and 29″ but a ‘good tyre should work on all sizes’?
The Toro is a mid sized trail tyre with evenly spaced tread, (taller at the shoulder and with a lower height in the central area) and is designed to be run front or rear. Hutchinson’s Hardskin reinforcement sits within the tyre’s 66TPI casing runs from bead to bead and is also available as a double ply (2x66TPI) for tougher trail conditions. Size-wise, the Toro covers all bases, (with 2.10″, 2.25″ and 2.35″ options being of interest to us here at Dirt) are tubeless compatible and available in different compound specs at various price points. The tyres we have on test are the highest spec Toro aimed at harder trail riding or enduro racing.
This is the one for us…
We rode the latest RR (Race Riposte) Enduro compound with a soft 50a compound on the central tread and an even softer 40a rubber on the shoulders. The 2.2 inch width is good, but with a pair of 2.35 tyres just landed here at Dirt we feel these will be even more impressive in tougher terrain.They worked well set up tubeless (it popped on and sealed with just a track pump) and tested in mixed condition tracks on mid travel trail bikes. We’ll be leaving them on into the summer months and testing them back to back with our favourite dry weather tyres but so far the tread pattern, soft compound and shape have found favour in a variety of track conditions. Are they a ‘fit and forget’ option? Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.
PRICE: (27.5″ x 2.25/2.35″ RR ENDURO) £49.00
WEIGHT: 946g (2.25″), 1080g (2.35″)