If shoes make the man, tires make the bike. “The tires you choose are critical,” says Geoff Brown, head mechanic of the Cannondale-Garmin pro cycling team. “They affect everything from performance, to handling, and most importantly, safety.”
And just like everything else, Brown warns, you get what you pay for. “Higher-quality tires generally last longer and perform better over time.” While most of our tire recommendations focus on one key characteristic, they all deliver high performance whether you’re looking for a time trial PR or just want fewer flats.