The tires are offered in a variety of casings to meet the budget, weight and performance requirements of different riders.
PREMIUM utilizes a balanced, robust casing that combines exceptional ride quality with outstanding durability.
ULTIMATE utilizes a smaller thread fabric and less rubber, making the tire more supple and faster rolling with improved traction.
EN utilizes a 1.5-ply constructed casing, which increases sidewall layers by 50% to provide additional support while maintaining a supple feel.
DH utilizes a 2-ply casing that increases sidewall toughness by 100%. This, along with a butyl insert, provides the ultimate in support and durability for DH applications.
Goodyear was kind enough to give us each sample tires after the press launch so that we could give them a preliminary test on our local trails. We brought home a Newton EN Ultimate DYNAMIC: R/T and an Escape Ultimate DYNAMIC: R/T tire to test. While a Newton ST would have been the optimal choice up front, options were limited due to the pre-release timing.
Goodyear reps mentioned that the shape and compound of the bead was developed for improved bead retention and seating. They also claimed that the tires could be mounted using only a floor pump, and sealant is not required. Although skeptical, we decided to test the claims at home. It worked. Not only did we seat the tire with a floor pump onto our Spēd wheels and a set of Enve’s, but they held air overnight without sealant. Of course after our initial test was over we opted to add in sealant before setting out to the rocky trails.
In our limited time aboard the tires so far, we are very impressed with the ride. Tires are not a simple thing to do well, and many brands have failed in their quest. Thankfully Goodyear seems to have done their homework before unveiling their new venture to the bike world. Small features like a slightly knurled tread bed help shed mud and siped knobs make these tires a performer on the trail.
Cornering grip from the Newton, which we mounted on the front of our test sled was impressive thanks to the hulking, staggered side lugs that are siped to conform to the terrain. Though the rear Escape Ultimate is less aggressive than our typical rear tire of choice, its low rolling resistance was welcome on long climbs. Despite its seemingly mild tread pattern, it too had fantastic cornering and climbing traction. The treat pattern is actually reminiscent of the familiar Kenda Nevegal.
The Wolf’s Last Word
With the seemingly endless number of fantastic tires on the market right now, it’s hard to believe that Goodyear would decide to throw their hat in the ring. They’re no stranger to competition though, and came in with an impressive showing born from their extensive experience in the rubber and tire industry.
We’re excited to put more time on our test tires, and hope to try a few of the other tread designs and compounds in order to bring you a comprehensive and full length review in the coming months.