Goodyear have released updated versions of their Newton tyres with front and rear specific models for trail, enduro and downhill.
Formerly the tyre of choice for Team Wideopenmag, Goodyear’s Newton tyres had room for improvement according to our fast cats. Pete checks in with their new front and rear specific Newton MTF and MTR offerings.
Goodyear’s new Newton MTR and MTF tyres seem to fit the trend of most bikes coming with front and rear specific options out of the box and with other brands offering similar pairings, can the big car tyre giant mix it with the rest of the bunch?
Both tyres are available in three different casings and compounds, all discipline-specific. Trail, Enduro and Downhill all have their own levels of protection and rubber softness suited to that kind of riding. 60tpi on the Trail, 2 x 120 on the Enduro with a butyl insert, and the same but with a DH butyl insert for the gravity offering.
Trail tyres have a 50/60a Dynamic Trail compound, while both Enduro and Downhill get 40/42/60a triple compounds. Both front and rear have specific blends of these compounds too. Weight-wise, the Newtons aren’t what we’d call light, with the 29 x 2.5″ MTF coming in heavier than the downhill casing Argotal 29 x 2.4″ tyres we looked at in April. The downhill Newtons are heavier again. You’re looking at 1300g for the MTF Enduro 29 x 2.6″. For the 29 x 2.4″ MTR, you’re looking at a more sensible 1160g.
Fitting the tyres was a bit of a mission. They were quite tight even in the rim well, let alone the shoulder where the bead would sit on inflation. Horsing them onto a set of Hunt Trail Wide V2s involved a fair amount of cursing, event using all the tricks of the trade. Hopefully this means that they’re unlikely to roll off the rim, but I might sacrifice a little bit of that in order to spend less time wrestling them onto the wheels.
Once on the wheel, the Newton MTF has an old Michelin DH32 vibe about it. Big knobs, very wide, best used for going very fast. It’s a wide 2.5″ too. This is the only width available for the front. The MTR looks to me like a tweaked WTB Judge tribute. Definitely a rear tyre and quite a bit lighter than it’s front brother should help keep things rolling well.
Out on the trail the MTF’s large volume helps it roll fast and see off hits well. Much of the first few test laps were bone dry so I didn’t have a chance to see how it faired in ‘classic’ Scottish west coast conditions but it held up well on root and rock. When pushing on, the widely spaced shoulder knobs do feel a little vague. The rounded profile should give a gradual transition to breaking traction but I think the the MTF needs more shoulder blocks to really feel confident into leaning her in.
The MTR lacks the volume of the MTF and as such does feel a little more prone to rim strikes but as yet, they’ve not let any wind out. The tyre grips well under power and braking, and unlike it’s front brethren, grips well when leant in hard on turns thanks to the mass of shoulder tread available. In an ideal world, I’d put the MTR’s shoulder tread onto the MTF.
So far, so good for the newest version of the Goodyear Newtons. While the front seems to be good enough despite being a little inefficient with the weight, the rear is working well. Once they’ve seen some slime in the woods we’ll report back.
You can check out the Goodyear Newton tyres on their website here.