There is a lot to be said when it comes to what tyres you choose to ride, there are some people who ride the same tyres all year until they’re bald, and there are some who change there tyres for different weather conditions etc.
The tyres I chose to review were the Tioga Power Block tyres, the reasons for this were there are quite a few Pro’s running these tyres (e.g the whole redline team) and also I kept hearing bad/good things about them, so I managed to get my hands on a pair and I put them to the test in the two extreme weather conditions (B-rain-tree Regional, and a very dusty/dirt corners regional at Hayes)
When I first put the tyres on my bike I realised they are quite a bit taller than other tyres, apparently this can affect your gearing ratio by some sort of insignificant figure so if you’re mental over what gearing you run beware, also when these tyres are pumped up and you squeeze them from the top, it feels as though they’re still a bit soft, which I found interesting, I came to the conclusion that this is to give you a little bit more grip.
I found that in both wet and dry conditions, on mesh and concrete start hills, these tyres slip a lot, which is quite annoying, however I manages to stop slipping by moving my weight back slightly and not coming forward so much. Riding on wet straights the tyres seemed to stick really well and didn’t slip or slide at all, which of course is good, of course riding on wet tarmac turns is always a bit of a nightmare and the power blocks didn’t really seem to change that, as like other tyres they still felt as if they could go. Riding on dry dusty straights they were similar to when it’s wet but they did tend to slip a little bit, but it was nothing to affect your racing, and on the dry dirt turns they stuck really well and didn’t even feel like they were going to slide out at all.
over all I think these tyres are a 7/10 this is due to them slipping on the gate a lot, as really when you turn up to a race, thats the last thing you want is having to change your gates technique. but if that doesn’t really phase you then the Tioga PowerBlocks would be quite a useful tyre for you.