Bridgestone T30 Evo £233
Sizes available: Front: 110/70 x 17, 110/80 x 18, 110/80 x 19, 120/60 x 17, 120/70 x 17, 120/70 x 18. Rear: 140/70 x 18, 150/70 x 17, 160/60 x 17, 160/60 x 18, 160/70 x 17, 170/60 x 17, 180/55 x 17, 190/50 x 17, 190/55 x 17 Weight: 5kg front, 7kg rear
Bridgestone say “While inheriting the fine handling and superior dry performance of the T30, the T30 Evo has improved performance in the wet with new tread compounds and a newly designed tread pattern. Offering the high dry and wet performance as well as straight-line stability required for a touring tyre, the T30 Evo makes long-distance touring safer and more enjoyable than before.”
TEST RESULTS Comfort 4/5
They’re a little on the stiff side, feeling more sporty in terms of ride quality than a traditional sports-touring tyre. That said, they deal well with dispersing some of Bruntingthorpe’s more highfrequency bumps – they just smooth things out.
Front- end feel/agility 4/5
I especially felt well supported under braking. There’s lots of feel coming through the tyre when the bike is upright and the front is fully loaded, and that makes you confident when braking hard, or in an emergency situation. However, they lack a little bit of feel when leaned over in corners and this manifested itself as me not being able to commit fully on corner entries, so I was a little more tentative. But that said, I had no issues with outright grip.
Rear- end feel 4/5
I often found myself having to wait for the rear to settle a little bit before I could get on the gas – they felt a little choppy when cornering on the side of the tyre. But this only manifested itself when I was really pushing on, and overall grip is very good. These tyres just don’t give you that keyed-into-the-tarmac feel that some of the others do.
Straight-line stability at all speeds is excellent, so too is composure on the brakes. As mentioned, although these tyres felt a little choppy mid-corner and while waiting to get on the gas this did not result in any loss of composure; at no point was there any head shaking or sliding.
This tyre performs well, has plenty of dry grip and gives the bike a sporting ride quality; they even make the bike itself feel a little taller. They just lack those final few degrees of feel that some of the better performing tyres give, meaning it’s sometimes hard to give them your full confidence when turning in or powering out.