For those of us unfortunately old enough to remember the heyday of anodized MTB parts, coloured tyres and bar ends of the 1990’s will no doubt remember the iconic Californian brand ONZA for legendary products like their ‘Bold Bar Ends’ and ‘Racing Porcupine’ tyres. Fast forward to the present day and with the brand resurrected 3yrs ago by its’ new Swiss owners, the focus is now solely on tyres. Whilst difficult to reinvent a product like the bicycle tyre, the results and buzz around the brand over the last three years signal that onza® tyres are on the right track. With new casing technology, tread patterns and compounds, the brand is poised to pick up where the legendary ‘Porcs’ left off.
So the guys at Evans Cycles who are the exclusive retailer for the new Onza BMX tyres sent BMX Talk a pair of the signature Roger Rinderknecht kevlars to test out. We sent these over to top Clark and Kent Contractors and 17-24 Ex rider Ash Davey. Ash is very particular about his bike parts and said he’d be up for testing them for us on Crewe track a fast smooth downhill track with bowled out tarmac turns, a perfect place to see how these held up.
< Here’s his feedback:
“The tyres worked very well on the track’s dusty surface, rolled very fast and had so much grip especially in the turns. The soft compound will benefit those not scared to make a move in a turn, because you can be confident that you’re not going to slip out. They would also be good during a wet race, because they have alot of tread. Accelerating out the gate and wheel spinning wouldn’t be a concern of mine with these tyres.
The only issue I had was adjusting to the 80psi max pressure in the tyres, they just felt soft compared to the DTH tyres that I usually run. However if you are thinking of changing tyres soon, and for those outdoor nationals coming up, I would definitely recommend them and will be keeping these on my bike”.
So there you have it….well worth a look in our opinion. Thanks to Ash Davy for his feedback. You can buy them exclusively from : www.evanscycles.com