Video: ReTyre is a Modular Tyre That Lets You Zip on the Tread You Need

Jul 10, 2020 at 9:56
by James Smurthwaite  

We can easily change our riding kit, our suspension settings and even our tyre pressure for different conditions but changing our tyre tread takes a bit more work. Hoping to solve that problem come ReTyre, who claim to have created the world's first modular tyre system.

The premise is pretty simple. You have a base tyre, the ReTyre One, a slick road tyre that can be used on its own but it also has zips along the side of it just above the rim. You can then purchase additional Skins with different treads, that cover the ReTyre One using the zip to secure them. There are currently 4 different skins that all have different intended uses - Winter Traveller, Gravel Chaser, Trail Rider and Ice Rider. The Skins can be fitted with the wheel still on the bike and they also roll up for easier storage.

Photos: ReTyre

What about those zippers, surely they can't stand up to the abuse of riding? Well, apparently these aren't your standard YKK trouser fly, and ReTyre say: "the zippers are specially developed to handle extreme and harsh environments and have the same life expectancy as the tyre" and that they have been placed specifically so there won't be high forces loading on them. They also say the zips are self-cleaning due to "centrifugal forces".

The Skin most of us mountain bikers will be interested in is probably the Trail Rider tyre that is available in 26x2.0" or 28x2.0" (700c) versions. The Trail Rider adds approximately 6mm (0.23 inches) to the height and 14mm (0.5 inches) to the width of the ReTyre One base tyre when mounted. ReTyre say: "Engineered in collaboration with mountain bikers to guarantee optimal results and ensure the best balance of performance, handling and off-road control, on technical trails, mud, wet and slippery ground. The features of the Trail Rider are also perfectly adapted to e-MTB." Weight for the base tyre comes in at 630 grams for the 26" version with the skin adding a further 470 grams.

The brand list some further benefits to their product including a more sustainable model than swapping out whole tyres and some puncture resistance, presumably from the extra thickness of rubber. They say: "What we hope to do is to make biking easier and better, reduce the unsustainable rubber consumption of the tyre industry, and challenge what a tyre can (and should) do."

The Norwegians behind the idea initially wanted to create a tyre that meant they would not have to fully change their front and rear tyres when an overnight blizzard meant their standard road tyres were not up the job anymore. By creating a studded sleeve, it saved them a chunk of time every morning or meant they didn't have to have two separate pairs of wheels ready to go. Three years of development later, the brand brought the concept to the market through a Kickstarter, where it raised nearly $25k through backers. They also received a $1 million EU grant that was used to build a factory and work towards scaling the business.

Do we see this taking over the current tyre model? No, of course not. However, if you're a bike commuter who fancies a bit of cheeky singletrack on the way home, it could be a way to make your road ride easier while still allowing you to have a bit more grip when you hit the trails.

If the concept interests you, then a wired base tyre costs €29, with a beaded version costing €56. Skins cost between €38 and €56 and are sold separately.More info here.


328 Comments

  • 331 5
 Is it April 1 already!?
  • 23 1
 And they priced it that high? Yes, I very much hope it is.
  • 37 1
 Pinkbike staff, trolling the comment section.
  • 20 2
 Nah, common core spilled over into the cycling world.
  • 24 0
 And it comes in 26". Definitely checking my calendar
  • 9 0
 Do they come in magnum size?
  • 81 0
 No but it is 2020 where it seems like every day is April 1st.
  • 42 0
 Didn’t you know .... 2020 is April Fool’s Year.
  • 61 2
 I want to see the Grim Donut shod with these.
  • 6 0
 @toast2266: Jump, Monkeys, jump!
  • 6 0
 That backpack it comes with though, sick!
  • 6 2
 Been finding myself riding with my zipper open lately. Either the heat or rushing out to rip one. Can't knock the ventilation but could be dangerous.
  • 41 0
 I expect to see these stacked next to digital tv antenna, ammo crates and USB chargers in the Princess Auto surplus section in 5 years.
  • 14 0
 Can I zip it to the front of my jacket and do the worm? Heck , why stop there. Can I zip it into my shorts also and get real crazy with th6 break dancing?
  • 22 0
 Next up:

Zip on handlebar length extensions for when things get gnarly
  • 1 0
 came to say the same thing... April fools twilight zone madness
  • 1 0
 @Honda750: waaaaaaay underrated comment
  • 1 0
 @timmyelle: sorry, meant to upvote not comment lol
  • 7 0
 I think they had a bunch of product releases like this saved up waiting for the fall of Waki. He’s not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need right now.
  • 1 0
 I hope they also sell a Michael Jackson zipper jacket with these zipped on as spares.
Whippin’ around with treads for every trail condition.
  • 1 0
 @dllawson819: I like this! This needs to be a meme.
  • 2 0
 My trousers don`t have knobs nor Exo protection; my tyres shall not have zippers.
  • 1 0
 @gmiller720:
Let's just say, we may THINK we deserve better, but Waki is what we GOT.
  • 1 0
 @softsteel: Hahaha this comment wins
  • 202 1
 last thing we all want is our rubber getting caught in a zipper
  • 37 1
 is it the frank or the beans?
  • 17 0
 It's DPT.

(Detachable Penis Technology)
  • 38 0
 @Brasher: HOW'D YOU GET THE BEANS ABOVE THE FRANK?
  • 4 0
 @defineindecline: there seems to be quite a lot of skin coming through, im going to find some bactine.
  • 7 0
 FRANKS AND BEANS, FRANKS AND BEANS!
  • 8 0
 We’ve got a bleeder
  • 3 0
 @defineindecline: Stand upside down.
  • 6 0
 I hear they're working on a strap on version
  • 1 0
 @Brasher: at my age, definitely the beans.
  • 178 2
 Looks like Maxxis and kenda are going to have to retire now
  • 29 1
 Think they're going to have to tread really lightly or their companies are going to go to the wall.
  • 43 35
 You mean Retyre?? Big Grin
  • 23 0
 I dunno, i it often takes a while for these new ideas to gain traction...
  • 12 2
 haha yup, those 29x2.0 will be flying off the shelf
  • 4 0
 I honestly think those selling curves on their charts will look dead flat.
  • 3 0
 Wheel see soon enough...
  • 5 1
 Can you guys please zip it with these puns.
  • 3 0
 @PtDiddy: get a grip, it's Pinkbike! The puns will keep rolling in for days.
  • 2 0
 @ryetoast: Hope not. I'm tired of them already,
  • 111 2
 "I hit the brakes and my tyre came off"

"Ah yes, you installed you're zippers backwards"
  • 2 0
 imagine if the zip gets stuck when changing "skin"
  • 95 0
 Doesn't look like a minion.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Session?????
  • 82 2
 Could see this being useful for longer distance bike packing or touring. You're going to hit different terrain but swapping normal tires may not be always feasible or convenient. Run your slicks for most of it but zip on some gravel tires for the 2 days of gravel on some alpine trails?
  • 25 1
 seems to be the best use of this invention. Pretty cool idea
  • 14 1
 Yeah, pretty good invention for certain use-cases, for sure.
  • 9 0
 Definitely. Target gravel/commuter bikes where once a month the person might ride some green single track. I know a few people who might like the idea of being able to put a treaded casing on the bike they ride around town.
  • 12 2
 And they've made gravel bikes unnecessary as a bonus
  • 14 0
 We need to see trustworthy rolling resistance data. Stacking a second tread on top of a fully functional commuter / touring tire isn't going to be fast and 1100 g for a 26" × 2" is not a good look.

Changing a tubed tire was never difficult. This system has to be really convenient to be worth the downsides, relative to a tubed set-up.
  • 2 0
 @R-M-R: Agreed - I'm surprised they didn't mention rolling resistance.
  • 13 0
 @cedrico: I'm not!
  • 4 0
 I feel like there are a lot of people with commuter bike that would not go to the trouble of swapping tubed tires over on a Saturday morning. This is a product that will be used twice a year by people who don't know better. If it takes off at all it'll be a fad for 2-3 years and then everyone will get bored of it.
  • 9 0
 @friendlyfoe: I work in a shop and last week a really nice older guy came in and said his bike was broken, so I put air in his tire.

He would love this.
  • 7 0
 @friendlyfoe: Yeah, I can see a small number of people absolutely loving this and seeking it out for years after the company ceases production.
  • 2 0
 sure, and the next thing is to replace your 180mm enduro shock and fork with a stick, and extend and convert your flat handlebars into dropbars
  • 4 0
 No, is best for enduro bro. Tape your ziptire along your bannana and then swop it for thoses special stages where you need less rolling resitance ... baam you then become next EWS Champ"
  • 5 0
 @PauRexs: why do we all have hip packs for storing food, tools tubes, when we can just zip bananas and goos INTO our tires? So much easier. Stay tuned for Oneup's edc tire tool. I ask you, where better to store a pump than in the tire?
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: Definitely Target bikes, yes.
  • 53 2
 Because my closet full of Jansport backpacks with busted zippers makes me super confident these will work forever. Still, I love the innovation and creativity. Props!
  • 107 1
 I grew up with LL Bean backpacks and didn't end up with a lifelong distrust of zippers, though I did end up with a Subaru
  • 1 1
 My Jansport backpack is still kicking after 20+ years. Zipper and all.
  • 31 0
 I am holding out for the buttonfly version. Why buy zippers when they are just going to make buttons the new standard as soon as you buy it.
  • 22 0
 @el-greffe: oh yes it's coming, along with the following procession of improvements to button-spacing and diameter.

Naturally SRAM will make huge strides into button stiffness and compliance, while still retaining playfulness with their 28.99 mm BCD (Button Circle Diameter) standard.
  • 8 0
 I'm gonna hold out for the velcro version. Or even the glue-up type.
  • 4 0
 @enis: If were going that route, and as someone who struggles with zippers, buttons, even some velcro, I would really suggest the elastic waistband approach.

I will have it be known here, I will not endorse the use of drawstrings, ever.
  • 7 0
 @Planetx888: elastic version is for ebike only
  • 1 0
 @Planetx888:
Actually on second thoughts

I will use the "bonds if goodwill" as shown here in the PB comments section
  • 2 0
 @enis: true,

could go both ways though, if someone is a true friend and cares for you they will take your jansport full of spare...uh...tire strips, find a safe open space away from trees, buildings, overhead wires, etc, and light them on fire, to symbolize the warmth of companionship and love, of course.
  • 46 0
 I’m just here for the comments...
  • 5 3
 Aren't we all, but in fairness, good idea for roadies or adventure riders.
  • 11 0
 @Jaib06: you, sir, no nothing about roadies...
  • 1 2
 @ReformedRoadie: I can confirm I am not a roadie. I meant more gravel riding rather then road riding, but kind of the same low impact high power sports.
  • 1 0
 Comments > Content
  • 40 0
 I'm pretty sure "zipper" and "skin" don't belong in the same sentence, I learned that early on... that's how the beans end up over the frank.
  • 64 25
 Finally, something more ridiculous than Donald Trump
  • 102 1
 I'd ride these before riding Donald trump.
  • 24 4
 @makripper: not a super high bar you got there but yea I get your point
  • 13 3
 The only thing more ridiculous than Trump was the amount of frosting you got with your Dunkaroos as a kid.

You always had extra cookies. That’s a product manager that did not do their consumer research. Glad they’re gone!
  • 3 2
 @makripper: And after too? God knows he isn't paying for an uber.
  • 7 3
 @makripper: Based on the price, Trump is a cheaper date than these tires.
  • 6 5
 @makripper: The thing with riding both of these is one is five years old and the other likes five year olds
  • 3 1
 @scott-townes: cheaper date, after the settlement you might make a buck or two!
  • 6 43
flag likeittacky (Jul 13, 2020 at 18:59) (Below Threshold)
 You watch propaganda news i assume.
  • 10 1
 It uses the same zipper technology originally developed to keep Trumps toupee on
  • 12 7
 @likeittacky: hmm...let me guess, your MAGA hat is protecting you so you don’t need a mask...

Do you go through life thinking anything that does agree with you is fake or a hoax?
  • 3 28
flag likeittacky (Jul 13, 2020 at 21:24) (Below Threshold)
 @ReformedRoadie: Pretentious, as expected from as a not so," ReformedRoadie". LMAO!

This should help with your endeavor of reformation from the condescending sport .

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxsQ7jJJcEA
  • 6 1
 @likeittacky: all news is propaganda, gotta take news in from multiple sources, including those that make us recoil, otherwise your bound to get fed bs that feels comfortable with what you already feel.
  • 2 1
 @VwHarman: "No News is good News without Gary Gnu"
  • 3 0
 @likeittacky: So I'm guessing you haven't seen the pics of him partying with epstein
  • 4 0
 @DaFreerider44: Or the lawsuit of a woman claiming Epstein and Trump raped her when she was underage, a lawsuit filed years before Trump ran for the presidency and Epstein was revealed to be a child trafficker... Yup, all fake news.
  • 2 0
 @VwHarman: well put. Wierd to see common sense on pinkbike
  • 1 0
 @makripper: That word combo should be a federal crime. Blech.........
  • 1 0
 @RayDolor: global crime
  • 24 0
 Buddies: "Let's ride road today."
Me: "Can't. I have sand in my zippers and the knobbies won't come off."
  • 18 0
 Will we find pieces of these retreads trailside like the shredded big rig tires of America's highways?????
  • 1 0
 As an old wise one, Like Yoda, ( the chicks dig us), your comment is purely prophetic.
  • 18 0
 What prevents the outer tread from squirming?
  • 15 32
flag ceecee (Jul 13, 2020 at 19:40) (Below Threshold)
 What prevents Donald J. Trump from squirming?
  • 14 0
 I helped test a couple sets of skins last summer on my mtn bike.
They worked almost as well as advertised.
They felt “squirmy” most of them time as I rode about.
On the rd, the seam was noticeable as it rolled on the road.
They were alright doing some light DH and worked fine for climbing.
I’d rather have a few sets of tires if I need them, but in a unique pinch these were mostly a positive Experience.
  • 6 0
 Wait... so this is not a joke? OH MY GOD ITS REAL
  • 16 0
 Do they work best with Zipp wheels?
  • 14 0
 bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!
Oh wait.... your serious?
  • 14 0
 I’d like one that is a minion then you unzip it and there is another fresh minion under it
  • 9 0
 Remove the tube and make it flat proof with Russian Nesting Minions! Minions all the way down!
  • 12 0
 Wow that off road riding convinced me
  • 6 0
 Dude, we need to see those downhill tests from the swiss alps! Give us that ReTyre shredit now!
  • 1 0
 Works best on ass fault
  • 1 1
 Brought to you by the IMBA Wink
  • 7 0
 Bring on the testing. Something like this is too much of a crazy idea without some Kazimer time showing its validity OR not ..?

Doesn't really seem cheaper, and it's hard to believe there wouldn't be some odd slide/distortion/wear that would start to sacrifice performance...?
  • 2 0
 Looks more like some thing levy would test
  • 2 0
 Shhhh... we need less testing.
  • 11 1
 This makes so much sense! Oh wait... no it doesn't.
  • 8 0
 I feel like if I can rip open the sidewall of a minion putting a zipper on the side of a weaker tire is just a special kind of stupid
  • 6 0
 What about other fixes for problems that don't exist? Retractable handlebars for fitting through those narrow gaps, extendable crank arms so you can really put the power down, clipless grips so you never let go of the bars. Seriously looks like someone took one of Taj's cartoons a bit too seriously!
  • 1 1
 Those honestly aren’t ridiculous ideas and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if someone tried to put them into practice!
  • 8 3
 SO......I can retread my tire and pay 56 euros....or about $86CAD.
There is really little cost savings incentives here. I assume the tire most people 'want' will be the more expensive variant - soft rubber, aggresive tread, robust sidewalls. The economics don't check out here!
  • 15 2
 The point of the product isn't to save money, it's to save time. I think you missed the point lol
  • 2 0
 Looks more like some thing levy would test
  • 7 0
 I want to comment something witty and sarcastic but I'm seriously at a loss. Nothing I can come up with is worse than the actual idea behind this product.
  • 7 0
 GREAT! ...Until you PASS AWAY, when it disconnects and gets stuck under your fork during your first downhill.
  • 6 0
 Hold on I got an honest question, what happens if by accident the rider rolls over some dog poop? That thing isn't going back in my bag.
  • 4 0
 Interesting concept, but I suspect it wasn't marketed at us "actual" mountain bikers as the available sizes and lack of even a single suspension fork in the whole video makes me think this company is not even remotely in touch with our requirements from a tire.
  • 7 0
 In the actual hell? Covid delayed April 1st?
  • 7 0
 They did it. They went full reTyred.
  • 4 1
 That Zipper Tire is one piece of ace, I know from experience dude. If you know what I mean.
***No, you don't.
Well, not me personally but a guy I know. The tire and sleeve *got it on*. Wooo-eee!
***No, they didn't.
No, no, no they didn't. But you could imagine what it'd be like if they did, right...?
  • 1 0
 Every bold claim all I could think of was Billy Madison’s skepticism.
  • 3 0
 you can find me trying to whip in my new balance kicks I ONLY RIDE PARK -------------- i tried to impress my road riding mates but my tire unzipped and i land on my face Now with IMBA's help, I will go sue the whistler bike park and ReTyre you
  • 4 0
 I think its more meant for scandinavian commuter conditions. They offer two spike and two other offroad skins.
I think this kind of tire will work really well for that purpose(commuting)!
  • 6 0
 I cant wait to slap a berm and have my tire unzip itself.
  • 4 2
 Amazing idea for road/gravel, but don’t really understand it for mtb. Plus, why would they stock most everything in 26” (which is effectively a dead wheel size), and 28” (which is a road wheel size). Make the system SPECIFICALLY for MTB, or Road/Gravel, and not this weird shit.
  • 8 1
 26 for touring. Globally (3rd world), you still find a 26” replacement tire easier than any other size.
  • 9 1
 This product isn't focused to MTB
  • 2 2
 @heckler73: Virtually no bike companies even sell new bikes with 26, and it clearly isn’t being targeted to poor children in Africa (hence the price), and the idea that 26 tires are the most available is absolutely laughable. And yeah, definitely isn’t focused on MTB, it’s not like it’s featured on an MTB site and their promo video was all MTB. Get your head out of your ass.
  • 4 0
 @samslichter:
Let me know when you’re done your tour of Cuba, Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina and Mexico. We’ll compare notes, I am open to being corrected with accounts of more recent experiences.
  • 3 0
 Don't be daft. Every time they do a YT Tues bike check, half Pinkbike is raging that they want to be able to buy the 26" wheeled version the pros get to ride.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: All 3 of my MTB’s are 26... And no one is buying for DH bikes???
  • 2 0
 @heckler73: I’m not disagreeing that an extremely small number of riders that are weird enough to ride old/ crappy hardtails on long and gruelling journeys, while forking out 2,3, or 4 times the cost of a regular tire exist, just saying that this category is few and far between, and a much better strategy would be to market to road/gravel bikers, as well as commuters and ebikers. Mind you, why would this article even be posted on this website then?
  • 1 0
 @samslichter: I've got two mountainbikes, both 26" wheel specific. The fully is from 2007 but the hardtail (which I ride most) is from 2018.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: Ok? Don’t see your point
  • 2 0
 @samslichter: All your three mountainbikes run 26" wheels, all my two mountainbikes run 26" wheels. So 26" wheels are clearly more than common enough.
  • 5 0
 yes please...i will get a yeti sb6 frame to zip over my 2008 giant glory. thanks
  • 6 0
 Mmm... creaky AND cracky in one package!
  • 3 0
 First read about this company about 2 yrs ago in another bike website. Their target group is not mountain bikers by any means, this is targeted at commuter or casual riders, hence the choice of bike.
  • 4 2
 "They also received a $1 million EU grant that was used to build a factory and work towards scaling the business"
Wait, what?! Norway is not part of the EU, it's the richest country in the world AND this concept completely sucks.
So why did I have to pay for this.
  • 5 3
 They are part of Schengen, EER (Europese Economische Ruimte) and EVA (vrijhandelsassociatie). Maybe that’s why.. Oh and the EU loves to throw around money!
  • 6 4
 oh wow, let's bring in some EU bashing - Norway is part of EEA and pays into the funding schemes they have access to, just like any other EU member state. And the concept might suck for some, but it is really well received by commuters that don't want to swap tires 2x per year. You don't need to buy it. And you pay for a lot of things you don't like via taxes, but sometimes what you personally like is not the same as what the market likes, and tattaaa, you financed very valuable work places - even if you don't like what they make.
  • 7 1
 @sickriderch: exactly, EU funds all kind of things, if it helps to create innovative products and to create jobs I don't see the problem.
@makkelijk
I'm sure EU has also funded some bikeparks, trail systems etc. And I'm pretty sure EU has funded shitloads of cycling related project for the Dutch so what are you whining about
  • 2 1
 @zede: EWS, EFTA and just generally investing in "innovation", duh.

But don't you think there are way more pressing matters at hand than this? And since it's fair to say that this idea isn't going to generate profit in the long run, that is a million wasted. A million that could have otherwise gone a long way in paying for more relevant things.
  • 2 2
 @sickriderch: This isn't necessarily so much about bashing the EU for the sake of doing it, but just legitimately criticizing problems. While I'm a firm believer in european federalism myself, I think this serves as a decent example to the bigger problem of out-of-touch EU bureaucracy.
  • 9 3
 @benmoosmann:
what exactly is the "problem" here? That a company whose product YOU do not find great gets EU funding? Well I can assure you, the EU has funded many, many projects that YOU find stupid that turned out to be very successful. The EU supports the industry with hundreds of millions of Euros every year. It's like any investor: invest in a highly diversified portfolio, accept that most investments will go to shits, but some will become very, very valuable, making it all worth it. Also, the EU never just throws money into a company and says "go, have fun" - it is specifically to build a factory and produce. This literally means that this money flows straight back into the economy (machines, workers, materials, some construction even maybe..). retyre will be forced to pay the money back if they do not spend it on what they planned for (e.g. blackjack & hookers) - so really, it is just a re-distribution of funds within the EU.

Re: pressing matters - getting EU funds is really not that an easy task. They have a pot of money that needs to be assigned to projects in various sectors, and only the best X projects get funded so the pot is used up. It's INSANELY competitive and for 1m€ they either hired a company to help them or spend 2 months writing this stuff (yes, THAT is beaurocracy crazyness). Now, what are "pressing" matters? Most importantly, EU is focused on creating jobs in long-term sustainable markets. Bikes are very much in such a market, and if retyre brings so and so many people to a) buy the product and b) use their bikes more, they achieve two very crucial things: jobs, and sustainable transportation. Now go ahead and tell me how this is not pressing in times where many industries are changing and global warming is more nuts than ever.

The real problem right here is that the pinkbike community really is not the target audience for this product. Or let me specify: probably some of us are, many commute, many don't care about changing tires that often, especially when you live at a place (e.g. Norway..) where it can be snowy / icy any day between.. well, any day, really. So to just slap on some spikes for that day is actually a bit appealing. But really, if anything, this whole discussion is an example of out-of-touch pinkbike readers who apply their own position as the absolute truth of a highly diverse, global target market.

The only truly out-of-touch EU beaurocracy related to this 1m€ project will be the nightmare of reporting to them.
  • 6 0
 Am I allowed to weigh in on the EU conversation here? Asking for a friend.
  • 2 2
 @sickriderch: And just why are you so aggravated? It's not like it's your taxes after all we're talking about. You definitley need to dial back the aggression and the condescending tone. How come you're assuming I didn't take into consideration the arguments you are trying to make? Just asking, because as a matter of fact I did and I didn't find them very convincing. I'm a lawyer specified in European law and I do know the inner workings of the EU bureaucracy slightly better than your average citizen.
After everything you said, my points still stand. And since there is nothing to rebut or disprove, I'm not going to honor your aggravated and condescending comment with an answer. Good day.
  • 3 3
 @benmoosmann: oh did the Swiss flag mislead you? I live in Norway and pay A LOT of taxes that fund exactly things like this (EEA...).

Condescending? I am condescending because I point out that you claim to know better than a bunch of experts what company should get funding? You had zero insights into their application. You know literally nothing more than "I don't like it".

No wonder you can't answer with more than "I know better than your average citizen" (all the while rambling about others being condescending.. get a grip, lol).
  • 2 0
 Get a Kenda Kozmik Lite Pro II. Rolls very satisfactorily on pavement and it's surprisingly effective in the dirt. You lose perhaps 5% of speed on the road, 0% of the grip off-road in dry conditions, 10-15% in the mud, maybe 25% in the snow at most, in comparison with each of these variants.
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  • 5 0
 If it works well, That's pretttty cool
  • 1 0
 Zipped on tire for actual riding? No way...

I could see something like this being useful if you could have it fast rolling light threaded to pull over your regular tires for fireroad climbs and commuting to trails on road, but that's probably too much hassle anyway.
  • 1 0
 Just rode my Minions 3hrs on the road to a Hill and back yesterday. They roll fine. I've done similar rides on wet screams and yeah maybe then but that's why I switched to a good all round tyre. My gravel tyres work great on the road and are way lighter than this.
  • 6 0
 I appreciate you capitalising the word 'Hill'.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: it was Sam, therefore capital was appropriate.
  • 6 0
 reTyreded.
  • 1 0
 This has no place on Pinkbike, no way this holds up to serious mtb riding. But for my hub gear/covered chain commuter it is awesome. It's a huge pain to change the rear tire on that, which I why I don't do that unless it needs to be replaced.
  • 2 1
 A world cup race mechanic can change both tires on a bike in about 4-5 minutes. If you know what you're doing and you have the right tools, changing the tires on your bike is a 10 minute job at the worst. So how exactly would I benefit from this? Especially since this isn't any cheaper than just buying regular tires on sale.

Better question yet: How and why is our tax money wasted on stuff like this? Why does a start-up company from a non-member state receive 1.0M € out of a European business development fund?
(Edit: EWS and EFTA, duh, but we actually have way bigger problems to solve and since it's fair to say that this idea isn't going to take off, that is literally a million wasted, that could have otherwise gone a long way in paying for more relevant causes.)
  • 2 0
 So, this is for commuters and shoppers, not for mountain bikers. Maybe the commute takes in some gravel or unsurfaced path. The greatest barriers to ordinary people commuting and shopping on bikes are hills (aka fitness), weather and traffic. To solve fitness and traffic we just need more people commuting/shopping on bikes regularly. We cannot solve the weather, but ideas to mitigate it's effects are beneficial and very hard to come by. This product fits that idea; wake up and see that it's wet or icy, wouldn't normally ride on those days as it's too slippery and you don't have 10 minutes spare in the morning (I know I don't) then zip on some knobbies or spikes. No tools and very little time. Many people wouldn't know where to start changing a tyre, this doesn't mean they shouldn't be riding bikes. Seems worthy of some investment to me, rather than just covering more grass and trees with tarmac to fill with stationary or slow moving cars.

The idea might not be perfect, I can't imagine the dirt and grime picked up off the road does much for the zip or the inside of the skin, but I haven't tried it so this might not be an issue.

Pinkbike are clearly baiting us with this stream of out of the box stuff, so no need to get hooked by it, try looking at the bigger picture.
  • 1 0
 But do people really think and do things like that?
I always thought that the United States was the land of opportunity, but it seems a bit too much to me ......

Edit: sorry, I only read now that I'm Norwegian ........ then it's definitely the fault of the too cold climate.
However, the States remain great!
  • 2 1
 MTB really has turned into all marketing. What happened to get on your bike and ride? Now everybody is just worried about having the latest and greatest, most innovative and expensive bike at the trailhead, even if they're only riding once or twice a week... Make MTB great again!
  • 2 0
 Woof! This product is truly a terrible idea that will go nowhere.
Frankly a quality XC/ trail tire over inflated for the street and pressure lowered for trails will work much better for so many reasons.
  • 4 0
 xyz...
Oh how embarrassing ????
  • 3 0
 "Retyre has been tested around the world and it performs anytime, every time." Ok, that marketing quote is pure gold. Lol.
  • 2 0
 Ok, so maybe a zip on studded tread for winter bike commuters. Offroad though, ripping corners will now be rippin corners and zippers
  • 1 0
 You know what's even easier than zipping on these tyres and even more environmentally friendly? Just leaving on the knobby tyres (or choosing a tyre that's inbetween like a semi-slick)
  • 1 1
 Well on my commutermachine ninebot g30 (electric scooter) this would be an idea.
On the winter when its ice i found out that theres no good studded tires for e scooters so a solution like this would work
Last wimnter I took a schwlbe studded biketire glued and cut it to fit the 10” wheels.
  • 1 0
 Just imagine how tight those zips are going to be when you get towards the end - I bet the quick easy design will actually be an utter tw@ to fit! i'm sure the join will last nicely too.
  • 4 0
 Zippers are so old school. I'll hold out for the BOA version thanks.
  • 2 0
 Nahh....I can just run a $32 G-One Allround on my gravel bike instead of this tire "jacket". Good for all the conditions they show and no extra rubbers to haul around!
  • 1 0
 Don’t retire when your trade/tread isn’t useful for environment at hand - just zip and slide to re-tire and refresh for next challenge.

Retirement is no long important- keep go and don’t stop.
  • 1 1
 I know everyone here frickin sends it, however this is a pretty cool and durable solution for a casual rider. If it can handle the braking and climbing loads of slickrock (I assume they rode at least a bit) then it can stand up to pretty harsh riding by most standards.
  • 1 0
 I really want to see the end. Where the two meet. Is there just a gash? Is there velcro?

Only thing i would put these on is a commuter with the slicks and get the studs covers for when there it a snow storm.
  • 3 0
 Anyone got a spare zipper?
  • 5 1
 Retire the ReTyre
  • 3 0
 Who here had a K-Way jacket growing up? The best.
  • 1 0
 Can’t wait to ride by tire strips just like you do along the highway.

Seems like a great way to add weight to your wheels!
  • 4 1
 Right to the comments.....didnt even look at the article.
  • 3 0
 Sad that product has ridden Moab and I have not.
  • 3 0
 Seems safe enough for someone else to try
  • 1 0
 what happens at the seam where the tread ends meet? maybe they can make it suck even more and use velcro or magnets. Stupid
  • 1 0
 Well...if it's you have a tubeless tire, you can just flip it inside out like a rubber glove and use the smooth side on a regular tire right????

Heh....
  • 2 0
 Pause the video at 1:10 and enjoy the mind twist of that 4th dimension drivetrain.
  • 2 0
 Never mind, it looked like they had only mirrored half the bike but upon closer inspection it looks like the cassette is also mirrored so not some weird video warp edit. Still weird that they mired the image though.
  • 1 0
 It's 2020, and we still don't have hoverboards, but this is almost as good. Can't wait to shred Captain Ahab on my commuter bike, because now I finally can.
  • 1 0
 Interesting idea. Now make it so instead of tread pattern I can change my/tire wheel size from 26 to 27.5 to 29, or any combination of.
  • 3 0
 And people give us grief for splatter tires.
  • 3 0
 I don’t wanna be mean or anything but ..






Wot a load of bollox
  • 1 0
 the only thing thats going to retyre is us after you have ripped this clean off mid high speed corner and eat shit i rip normal tyres off the rims for petes sakes!
  • 2 0
 I wonder if they considered velcro instead of zips... ...But that would have been even more of a rip off.
  • 1 0
 It's a pretty bizarre product, but as other people have pointed out, there are some use cases for it. No idea if they're any good but I'd be interested to see how they go
  • 3 0
 Hey Randy! Your zipper is undone. No Randy, not your fly...
  • 3 0
 This a problem to the solution that doesn't exist.
  • 3 0
 Next up: a tube that holds all your sealant to make tire swaps easier!
  • 2 0
 Almost there, like chains. I'd go for some snow spikes that could be held on with Velcro.
  • 1 0
 This is a great social distancing tool! Buddies to close on the trail? Reveal those sweet slick tires and watch the distancing begin!
  • 2 0
 What could go wrong......?
  • 2 0
 Let's draw straws to see who gets to test these
  • 1 1
 Well yeah, people think the PB people have it good only riding the latest and greatest stuff out there. But we can't honestly bash this until the reviewers have properly put it through its paces. So this is the time for them to shove the donuts aside, step up, install them on the latest BTR Pinner (or any other modern 26" wheeled proper mountainbike) and show what they're made of. And if it keeps up, there is no need to bash it in first place Smile .
  • 2 0
 If it were buttons, at least you'd have a chance at a trail side repair.
  • 1 0
 At least some of us remember sew-ups.
  • 1 0
 Also known as re-tread, something common (though not as safe) for semi trucks
  • 1 0
 Or cars following them.
  • 2 0
 I’m sure this is going to take-off
  • 1 0
 So wait did we go back in time, its not April 1st is it? Did I just wake up from a horrible dream and its April Fools
  • 2 3
 Given that retreading / remolding tires are common in the trucking and heavy industry world, so this doesn't actually surprise me.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc8SoPUAtxM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X2GMD1TPzg
  • 1 0
 Retyre: Available at these fine Thrift Stores & coming to a Yard Sale near you
  • 2 0
 Vel-cro wasn't available?
  • 1 0
 Hahahahahqhqhqhahaha

Guys

Retire
Re-tire

Thats quite humerous lol lol lol
  • 2 0
 Its going to be fun when you rip your tread off in a tight fast corner!!!
  • 2 0
 Hey buddy, your zipper's undone
  • 2 0
 will there be a button option for hipsters?
  • 1 0
 Someone might buy this but I wouldn't I can just imagine the weight alone will turn people off of them.
  • 1 0
 To the founders; STOP WASTING YOUR PARENTS MONEY and go back to school. Any school.
  • 2 0
 Oh cool, it’s like normal tires, but with more steps.
  • 2 0
 Now all the Luddites can rejoice! 26 AIN'T DEAD!! HAHA!!
  • 2 0
 Massive props for thinking outside the box.
  • 2 0
 I could see myself zipping around town with these.
  • 1 0
 If you’re advertising to mountain bikers, why use a cheap Suntour level E-Bike?
  • 2 0
 A for effort, but zero on execution.
  • 1 0
 The video shows a bunch of rim brake hybrids with triples ... guess I need to upgrade to run these awesome tires.
  • 2 0
 Dude, at least get some cool new model bikes and not those old dinosaurs.
  • 2 0
 this is the work of witches. beware.
  • 1 0
 I'm guessing this is a late April 1 joke due to the original April 1 being canceled due to the world being shut down
  • 1 0
 Can I buy a pair of those in 27,5+? What is the price if I take two? I need one for my gravel bike.
  • 1 0
 My mtb tires work on the road, the dirt and even in the snow and sand. why would i need this......
  • 1 0
 how much does it cost to get pish posted on the front page of pinkbike? I've got a few vids that need promoted lol
  • 1 0
 Is it compatible with my Zipp Moto wheels? And do I need to buy the inner tyre or can I just zipp it to the rim ?
  • 2 0
 Time to retire this idea.!
  • 2 0
 Im waiting for the velcro version
  • 1 0
 im into products that do one thing good ... i dont need a jack of all trades ... ill just buy another bike
  • 1 0
 Order these from Wayfair and a small child pops out the first time you unzip
  • 1 0
 as kevin o'leary would say, "take it behind the barn and shoot it" LOL worst idea i think i've seen on pinkbike
  • 2 1
 i think it's a great commercial idea. I can see that the elitists here can only think of maxxis tyres and high roller.
  • 1 1
 Exactly... tup
  • 2 0
 should be with a waterproof zipper, so much easier to add Stans!
  • 2 0
 They should retyre this idea.
  • 1 0
 You can be sure that if there`s one more stupid shit to do on earth, there`ll always be someone to do it.
  • 1 0
 Don't think il be retyreing my minions any time soon.
  • 1 0
 Is it 1 April already? They should test it on the donut.
  • 1 0
 It really needs a zip on suspension to work best.
  • 1 1
 honestly i se this for my future gravel bike if i want to hit road sometimes
  • 1 0
 There’s so much garbage here lately! The landfill is overflowing!
  • 2 1
 This is what happens when you lock down cities. People start to fester in their own company, and eventually the line between good ideas and bad ideas start to fade... And thus... Retyre is born!!!
  • 1 0
 I would never consider this product. The wobble must be huge
  • 1 0
 Oh, I get it. It's just like a detachable penis.
  • 3 2
 Is that how you're supposed to spell tire?
  • 3 0
 It how we spell tyre.
  • 1 0
 Added puncture proof maybe, could be good ????‍♂️
  • 1 1
 Regardless of whether I'll ever use these, it's a pretty damn cool thing they're doing
  • 1 1
 C'Mon PK!! This is the utter shite internet ad algorithms throw at me because hey, you like"cycling".....
Do better
  • 1 0
 Zip off pants. same person buys this.
  • 1 0
 Tested in Trondheim Norway!
  • 1 0
 Don't fall for it Pinkbikers!
  • 1 0
 You've got to be kidding me. Now I've seen it all...
  • 1 0
 They have a million euro idea!
  • 2 0
 26" ain't dead
  • 1 0
 These are the articles that makes PinkBike great.
  • 1 1
 Judging by the offered tyre sizes this is meant for bike packers and Germans pensioners.
  • 1 1
 Good grief, this tops Cannondale Lefty or Flex Stem or anodized purple and on and on.....
  • 1 0
 Just more proof 26 ain't dead!
  • 2 0
 Friday fails await
  • 1 0
 Still gets dick stuck in zipper
  • 1 0
 I want to see this Shralp tested!
  • 2 2
 The EU gave them a MILLION EUROS to develop this crock of shit! One good reason for Brexit at last!
  • 1 0
 It's easier to mock than understand a process. Yes €1m to develop it. A quite small investment for the potential returns in the personal, green transport sector we are encouraging and investing in.
  • 1 3
 since when does Pinkbike do this kind of infomercials. with no added value like checking the damn thing is worth anything?
Or is this a Covid19 situation and you are scrambling do find what to write about?
  • 2 1
 I'm very sorry Pinkbike failed to meet your exact entertainment and media requirements with their choice of what to put on their website today. Rolleyes
You do know they accept submissions? Maybe you could try to do better? What's the product you're bringing to market? Did you get €1m development grant because someone can see your idea has real world applications?
Oh I see, you have no product, no investment or idea... Moon
  • 2 1
 You can leave your hub on.....
  • 1 0
 This tires comes packed with rear view mirrors for your bike
  • 1 1
 How can I take this product seriously when it's displayed on an e-MTB with chromoly stanchion tubes?
  • 1 0
 well, it gives china something to do.
  • 1 0
 Hey the other way round would make more sense
  • 1 0
 I will retire before I ever try this nonsense.
  • 1 0
 This is the coolest cooler of bike tires, calling it.
  • 2 1
 Put these on the grim doughnut, profit.
  • 1 0
 Now I understand why people voted Leave
  • 1 0
 Feel free late to the party, anyone eating these chips?
  • 1 0
 Looks easy as changing a tyre.
  • 1 0
 How come only 26ers get all the cool new products?
  • 2 0
 O Qrwa! Razz
  • 1 0
 Tried telling Pole to use zippers not glue but they didn't listen...
  • 1 0
 Im sorry they got an EU grant for how much??? How is that justifiable??
  • 1 0
 That is nothing like a jacket.
  • 1 0
 I think I'm gonna retyre from Pinkbike comment sections
  • 2 1
 lol really bad idea
  • 1 0
 I can’t LOL enough!!!!
  • 1 0
 One word... Nope.
  • 1 0
 Nope
  • 1 0
 WTF. lol
  • 1 0
 Really bad idea.
  • 1 0
 Burper King.
  • 1 0
 Wut
  • 1 0
 No.
  • 1 0
 Easier is not better.
  • 1 1
 Test these on a Grim Doughnut?
  • 1 0
 Looks flexy.
  • 1 0
 nope!
  • 2 3
 should be called... Retard...
  • 15 17
 A product that makes no sense, just like an e-bike.
  • 11 7
 And your comment.
  • 3 13
flag youknowitsus (Jul 13, 2020 at 18:29) (Below Threshold)
 @panaphonic: Downvoted.
  • 4 4
 Upvoted
  • 9 4
 I think this product is garbage. But to say Ebikes don't "make sense" is just dumb.
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