Shinko 505 Hybrid Cheater Review
Words & Photos by Rob Dunnet
With over 70 years of manufacturing tires in Japan and South Korea, Shinko Tires have been eating up the trails and competition on enduro bikes up and down the Pacific Northwest. To many, the Shinko Cheater is the last tire they’ll ever buy, to others it creates a bit of skepticism. After riding dozens of different tires from the lush rain forests of British Columbia to the deserts of central Oregon, I’m excited to report my verdict of the Shinko 505 Cheater tire.
Shinko bought Yokohama’s motorcycle tire technology and molds back in 1998. Since then Shinko has been working on delivering affordable tires to riders who are looking for budget, performance rubbers.
The Shinko 505 Hybrid Cheater tire was designed to bridge the gap between a trials tire and a traditional off-road tire. Blending the soft, sticky rubber from a trials tire and the sidewall and tread pattern of an off-road tire, Shinko’s goal was to create a tire that finds traction in the most extreme conditions.
Shinko offers the 505 Cheater in four different sizes: 110/100-18, 120/100-18, 110/90-19 and 120/90-19. Althought it isn’t the widest tire available in the enduro market, Shinko claims the compound and tread design will deliver traction when you need it most.
For my testing I paired the 505 Cheater with the Shinko MX216 Fat Tyre up front. The MX216 front tire is available in three different sizes: 80/100-21, 90/90-21, 90/100-21. Shinko also offers the tire and as a rear tire as well.