Review: Tioga's Edge 22 Front Tire - A New Take on Creating Cornering Traction

Aug 6, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  
Tioga Edge 22


Tioga may not have the presence they once did in the mountain bike world, but they're hoping to change that with a front-specific tire that looks unlike anything else out there.

The Edge 22 is designed to give extra bite when it comes to cornering and off-camber terrain. Tioga claim that, "When it comes to cornering, two cornering edges are better than one. Current designs rely primarily on the side knobs for cornering, which work best only when lean angles go above a particular range. However, considering that gaining cornering edge engagement as soon as you enter the corner is always beneficial, we created a tread that grabs early and keeps holding over a broader range of lean angles."
Tioga Edge 22
• Intended use: trail/all-mountain/enduro
• 27.5x2.5"
• Center gap and double cornering edges
• Synergy Dual Compound (61a/50a)
• Tubeless-Ready
• Magnum 120-tpi casing
• Weight: 920-grams
• MSRP: $65 USD
tiogausa.com

Ok, so it's a pretty simple design in theory, and it does make some sense when it comes to cornering. By putting more emphasis on the cornering knobs, Tioga believes they have created an advantage over other designs and given more bite and engagement across a wider angle of leaning.

The idea is that there should be less of a feeling of uncertainty when cornering, and when traveling in straight line there are still knobs to slow a rider down, as the top of the inner band of knobs is still on the ground.

Tioga Edge 22

Design and Construction

The Edge 22's side knobs are where you'd expect them to be, but the center knobs are pushed out, which creates a larger than normal gap in the middle of the tire. The center knobs now act as an additional cornering edge, and they're designed to engage more quickly when the bike is leaned into a corner or is on off-camber terrain. As the bike is further leaned, the side knobs add additional support to the center knobs. The transition between the center knob and side knob is minimal when compared to a traditional tread pattern or design. Tioga claims this helps eliminate the vagueness riders can feel when leaning a tire from center to side.


While it seems as if braking traction would suffer, Tioga claim that the two more central knobs still act as a contact patch and slow the rider down just as a traditional design would. There is a ramp on the knobs that is designed to make the tire roll smoothly and to reinforce the stiffness of the knobs under braking , keeping them from folding under increased load.

The Edge 22 has two different casings currently available, a 120-TPI Magnum 120 and a 60-TPI FlexGrid 60. The 120 is reinforced with a thin protection layer that spans from one edge of the bead to the other. The 60-TPI casing is thicker and has more cut and abrasion protection built into the sidewalls.

Both casings have Tioga's Synergy Dual Compound rubber with a 50a durometer on the sides for more traction and then a harder 61a rubber in the center for faster rolling.


Tioga Edge 22
Tioga Edge 22


Performance

Since the Edge 22 is designed specifically as a front tire, the team at Tioga said to just pick a good rear tire as its mate. I mounted up the Edge 22 in its 2.5" width with a Maxxis Aggressor 2.5" on the Marin Mount Vision test bike I've been clocking some miles on lately. The Edge 22 mounted up with a low-volume floor pump first try with no issue. It was also pretty easy to work onto the Stans MK3 wheels. I inflated the tire to about 25psi, let it sit overnight, and was pleased to see that there was no issue with any air loss in the morning.

I was also pleased to see that the tire measured as true as any tire I've seen to the claimed 2.5" width at the tread. It was spot on enough that I pulled off the calipers, closed them, recalibrated, and measured again. I had trouble believing that a claimed tire width had actually, for once, measured up.

I wasn't sure what to expect on my first ride - I mean, this tire does look pretty bizarre and the bar is set pretty high by the likes of Maxxis, Schwalbe, Bontrager, etc... I picked one of the typical test loops I like to ride that we call the Maxwell-Black loop in Pisgah National Forest. It's a mellow fire road climb and then a chunky descent with a number of tight spots and plenty of off-camber roots, along with a few turns towards the bottom that would allow me to push the tire and see how well it hooked up.

Tioga Edge 22

In a straight line, the tire feels like any number of quality tires out there. However, once I got into some wet, off-camber roots and greasy rocks, I was able to notice some differences. On sections of trail where I've felt the front end of the bike wash many times before, I was able to keep things in check consistently. At times I would lose the rear end, but the front held true. I've been on quite a few rides since and they've only reinforced my thoughts about the tire. When cornering it took more pushing than normal to find the limit of the tire. It hooked up and the transition in and out of turns was smooth and predictable.

Is the Edge 22 a super tire that has unlimited traction in turns and off-camber terrain? No, but it does provide a lot of grip, and can provide a little extra confidence when pushing hard into a loose turn or steering into inconsistent terrain. Braking performance in wet and dry conditions is solid and I didn’t find the front end of the bike doing anything undesirable, even with the knobs spaces as they are. I haven’t had the tire in any thicker mud, but it didn’t lend itself to packing up or having any traction issues in standard wet conditions. With a number of miles in on the tire thus far, I'm not itching to pull it off the bike in exchange for something else, which surprised me and is one of the better compliments I can give it.

The tire also has a good trail feel. Where some tires seem to numb or deaden the trail in a negative way due to casing thickness, rubber compound, or a number of other factors, the Edge 22 has a positive feel to it, similar to an EXO casing Maxxis tire. The sidewall holds up without having to overinflate the tire and it doesn’t fold under harder cornering. Durability has been up to par, and I haven't suffered any flats or unexpected wear.


Pros

+ Excellent cornering and traction
+ More affordable price than some of the competition

Cons

- Limited sizes and casing options


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesTioga came out of left field with a really different tire, and it turns out that it works very well. With a 29" option on the way, Tioga is going to have a competitive front tire that's worthy of consideration if you find yourself wanting more cornering traction. Daniel Sapp








74 Comments

  • + 21
 "Tioga said to just pick a good rear tire " controversial pick with an Aggressor then!

Cheers for the great review, nice to see Tioga back in the game

*Tyre
  • + 19
 "The tire also has a good trail feel. Where some tires seem to numb the trail due to casing thickness, rubber compound, or a number of other factors, the Edge 22 has a positive feel to it"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't numbing the trail exactly what a good casing should be doing? I don't see how the tire bouncing you around can be considered a "positive feel".
  • + 10
 Especially if that "positive feel" is like the feel of an EXO casing. I personally don't like the feel of riding with a flat because the casing tore again.
  • + 0
 @bashhard: yep. exo is paperthin.
  • + 31
 Numbing down the trail gives zero feel. That's why some people don't wear gloves, prefer metal to carbon, and thinner tires over plus tires. Feel just means that you can tell what the bike is doing so you can react to it. Numbing the feel means more vagueness and less knowledge of what your bike is doing beneath you.
  • + 15
 @mountainbiker24: That's why I go EXO all day and lambskin all night.
  • + 1
 It is not bouncing. Tire feel is difficult to explain, but it is more of a connected feel. The tire just feels like it is adhering to the terrain really well. Tires with poor feel, feel overly hard and slick.
  • - 1
 @tacklingdummy: Well Exo tires do tend bounce and ping off obstacles, and that's what he's comparing it to. They have thin casing that lacks any real damping. In my opinion that's not something that should be considered a positive.
  • - 1
 @rowanlewis: EXO casing is not a thin casing. It is a thicker casing that is flexible. Look on the Maxxis website for their description. I have a DHR EXO front tire and they do have a thick casing but actually have very good feel. Never experience any bouncing/pinging and I ride in rocky terrain. So, Maxxis description of the EXO casing is spot on.
  • + 2
 @rowanlewis: Sounds like you need to adjust your tire pressure.
  • + 1
 @TucsonDon: No, I needed to get new tires with a half-decent casing. If I ran lower pressures I would just bash my rims and get flats every ride.
  • + 0
 @tacklingdummy: Don't need to look at the website. I have Exo tires and the casing feels thin as paper. Their low weight suggests the same.
  • + 1
 @rowanlewis: The tire has much smaller volume so that is why it is fairly light. Compare it to a Schwalbe tire. Schwalbe tires have really large volumes but casing is thinner. That is Maxxis' selling point. They "feel thin" but are not thin because they are more flexible casings. Cheers.
  • + 2
 @tacklingdummy: Nah dude, it's just thin.
  • + 1
 Exo is fine for the majority of us on Pb. Dd is a nice upgrade but I live in DkFrown @rowanlewis:
  • + 19
 Nice, but its no Panaracer Dart :-)
  • + 5
 And no Tioga Psycho
  • + 7
 Smoke out back ?
  • + 3
 @MikerJ: For the win.
  • + 10
 The review is missing one of the most important bits of information: How is the braking traction on this tire?

The Minion DHF is already a bit weak in this regard, i'm sceptical what the Edge is like on steep, loose, sustained descends. (Which is why some riders run DHR II front and rear)

On a related note: How does it compare with the DHF, everyones reference point for cornering traction?
  • + 4
 Presumably without centre knobs braking is not as good as it could be.
  • - 1
 And also, what about wet weather performance? I'm assuming that these tires are not that great on wet roots with that hard of a compound.
  • - 1
 My favourite part was when he mentioned concerns about braking performance in the intro, and then said absolutely nothing about it in the actual performance review. Nice one.
  • + 11
 Well, the tester stated that in a straight line, it behaved similar to many other good tires. I assume that includes braking performance. Pisgah is always damp, so there are plenty of wet roots. The tester stated cornering was better than most tires on the trails he has ridden, which I am confident include plenty of wet roots and rocks.
  • + 44
 @Ttimer @bashhard @mnorris122 Do you people even read these reviews?!

"Braking performance in wet and dry conditions is solid and I didn’t find the front end of the bike doing anything undesirable, even with the knobs spaces as they are. I haven’t had the tire in any thicker mud but it didn’t lend itself to packing up or having any traction issues in standard wet conditions."

I would have appreciated a bit more detail but it was a short article and he did directly address braking and wet conditions...
  • + 1
 I would really like to see PB install a standard rating for aspects of tires and components in a chart, kinda like the manufacturers do so you can pick which Maxxis tire to buy for what you are riding: traction, braking, cornering, wet performance, mud, dry/ loose performance etc. Base it on how it stacks up to everything else on the market. They can do this for most components as well.
  • + 3
 @mnorris122:
He did say.."Braking performance in wet and dry conditions is solid"
  • + 7
 @millsr4 , @bikeblur : That sentence was not part of the original review but was added afterwards. Probably in response to the comments above.
I kind of hoped that the review would get an overhaul to address the shortcomings. Pinkbike staff have done so before with other reviews.
  • + 9
 @millsr4: Yes, I read that review and I even used Ctrl+F to search for the word "wet" and couldn't find anything.
As Ttimer stated, the review was originally different and now got some additions.
  • + 5
 @bikeblur: how kind of them to edit that in after multiple commenters pointed it out.
  • + 1
 @millsr4:

indeed. more detail is always nice, i see this as a quick review. but maybe it's hard to write a tire review.

i'm rocking a new front tire (spesh eliminator) and after taking it down a couple steep and loose tech trails would sum it up as "i didn't crash or lose front traction so it must be ok".

this one's an interesting tire for sure, not sure i'm quite curious enough to try it.
  • + 1
 @bashhard: Yeah. I find cornering, in my damp neck of the woods, very dependent on not only a softer durometer tire, but also on a tire with a more supple casing. Cornering over a lattice of wet roots is quite different than cornering on loose ball bearings over hardpack. I do find the Maxxis tires softer edge durometer tires good for the slick stuff. Use to run the Supertacky Minion DH up front for lift assist.
  • + 9
 Pretty useless review, how does it compare go a dhf? How does it handle wet conditions? Hoe does it roll?
  • + 5
 Doesn't roll on Shabbos.
  • + 7
 I have the weirdest compunction to run tires from the same brand. Been that way since onZa porcupine days. Once more, confirmation I'm different.
  • + 4
 Not weird at all, I’d love to run a DHR with my Mary upfront but just can’t bring myself to do it.
  • + 4
 Does it help if both tires have logos of the same color? E.g. Schwalbe + Specialized or Michelin + WTB.
  • + 2
 @Banditlock: run dhr and shorty. Problem solved.
  • + 4
 @Banditlock: that's my exact setup, and it's pretty stellar, be not afraid
  • + 1
 @Banditlock: it’s a great combo!
  • + 1
 @Banditlock:
That's my main setup for years......
  • + 4
 Was really interested in this review but gosh it was brief. I'm interested specifically in rolling resistance and traction on dry rocks (both straight-up and down & when leaned)

Comparing it specifically to a known standard such as the DHF2.5 3c is a good way to provide perspective.

I see room for a follow up review.

PS. I like to run mismatched tires, makes me feel like I'm super technical and figuring stuff out that no one else has.
  • + 7
 We'll likely do a follow-up review once the tire is available in more sizes and the rear mate to it is also available.
  • + 1
 @danielsapp: It would be nice to hear a little bit about rolling resistance. Maybe compare to a known standard like a DHF, Hans Dampf.
  • + 1
 @danielsapp: What does the rear tire have to do with it?

Let's try and find the best balance of rolling resistance, traction, puncture resistance, weight, etc in a front tire, and then do the same for the specific conditions needed for a rear tire. The brand doesn't matter. No need to aim for matching.
  • + 6
 It seems like a possible disadvantage of this tread is rolling resistance but for some reason rolling resistance isn't mentioned, which is disappointing.
  • + 3
 Tioga Factory DH... Tyres made out of Tonka toy plastic, the only tyre ever that made your wheel less grippy than having no tyres at all. If you're too young to remember what a Tonka toy is, ignore this post and buy Michelin... Some things never change...
  • + 3
 But they were only like 15 quid so you'd have been crazy to turn them down!
  • + 1
 It was a damn fine tire for the time! I was actually still running them in 2013, only switched for a Magic Mary/Rock Razor combo in 2014. Had a F/R pair but the front one is more satisfactory at both ends.
  • + 1
 I ran them for years at the bike park way back when...or maybe I just ran the same two. They didn't seem to wear.
  • + 5
 If its specifically front tyre should have been all 40a/42a ( aka supertacky) or at lest 50/40a.
  • + 2
 60a haha no thanks.
  • + 4
 Nice to see a something different for a change, what about rolling resistance and mud performance?
  • + 2
 Didn’t read the full review because...Tioga. But from their traction illustrations, looks like they are making the assumption that we all ride with 50 psi in the tires?
  • + 5
 I think it’s quite the opposite. If you overinflated I would suspect you would have some traction issues. The design relies on the tire having those knobs on the ground for braking and with normal trail pressure, it does work.
  • + 2
 @danielsapp: Just said that in jest mostly. Although i’ll still stick to my fav tire brand, it’s never a bad thing for companies to think outside the box, and for us to hear about what they’re doing.
  • + 1
 I would like to see tire sets tested at 2 different PSI, say 18.5 F and 20 R and 26 F and 24.5 R These seem to be the ranges a lot of people are riding.. Some like kinda soft and some kinda hard.
  • + 0
 If they put a knob at the center between those narrow knobs making it into 3, it would not change anything in their fancy graphs and the tire would roll better. But this one is a statement instead Smile
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns you don't have to do it, michelin allready did it on wild grip'r and it actually works great
  • + 55
 If you stand between any two people there'd be a knob in the center...
  • + 1
 It would look like the original Wild Gripper XC front then.
  • + 1
 The center gap makes it similar to the Der Baron, which I particularly like at the rear, and where this one might be nice as well.
  • + 1
 Very interesting concept. I would definitely experiment with a tire tread like that. Tioga may be on to something.
  • + 2
 Looks like a modified version of the old Dart.
  • + 1
 Never tried the Dart/Smoke combo. I liked the Ritchey Z-Max and the Panaracer Fire XC.
  • + 1
 Yes it is! @uphill-blues Not quite 40 here but had grey Psychos on my Tequesta back in the day.
A 29er Psycho rebranded Smile
  • + 2
 The Lloyd Christmas of tires
  • + 2
 This tire is effing Psycho. Yes, I'm over 40.
  • + 1
 Psycho was horrible. Also over 40.
  • + 1
 @danielsapp sounds good, but is it available?
  • + 1
 I miss the farmer John!
  • - 1
 This article had me on the Edge.
  • - 1
 I hope I don't roll and get stuck in a Catch 22 situation

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