Editors Note: Yeah, yeah…..another year end review! Tis the season! So, here are my favorite things that have passed through the Twenty Nine Inches review process during the past year. I want to point out a few parameters that I used for what I chose here.
1. The product had to be in the review process during the time period of December 2006 through to the end of November 2007. Reviews that are currently in process I did not include and will be eligible for my 2008 Top Ten list.
2. They had to be products or bicycles that I personally used during this period. Nothing any of the other Twnty Nine Inches staff reviewed on their own could be considered for my list. This list doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone but me, Guitar Ted.
That said, let’s get on with this……
Number Seven: Geax Saguaro 29″er Tire. Geax has been making some fine mountain bike tires for awhile now, but this tire was their first foray into the 29″er field. We got our mits on some Saguaros for some early season testing in ’07.
Why it makes the list: The Geax tire was a great all-rounder for our Mid-West conditions. Not particularly outstanding at any one thing, this tire impressed me with what conditions you could make it work in. The weight was decent, cornering grip was pretty good, but in the end, the tread wear, which was minimal, put this tire over the top as one I would choose if I could only buy one set of tires for an entire year.
My Two Cents: While Geax called this tire a 2.20″, I thought that was a bit generous. I’d make it a true 2.1″ tire, but with that said, the tire performed admirably in a wide variety of conditions. As stated above, the long wearing tread was a welcomed thing, especially if you have pavement to the trail head riding. I thought that for a first outing in the 29″er tire world, the Geax Saguaro was a smart all-rounder that should work for a lot of riders. I liked it and I would highly recommend it.
Look for Number Six on the list coming up right after Christmas.