Tyre reviews can be pretty subjective. Not all of us ride at the same level and even then, styles and strengths differ. So, what one rider may like of a tyre characteristic the other may not. The one commonality is when enough of us like the tyre as a performer it gains a reputation and a well-deserved following. That’s the case here with the Mitas C10 Speedy Croc – odd name admittedly.
The C10 Speedy Croc is in essence a good all-rounder. According to the spec it’s designed for use in ‘very wet, muddy and slippery conditions through to intermediate type terrain’ but my experience is that this tyre ably goes beyond that and for the price this trye is a surprising find. In fact, I’m fast becoming a Mitas convert as I’ve had only good experiences riding on Mitas tyres recently, for instance the E07s on the KTM 690 Enduro R were fabulous on road and off.
Bearing in mind this tyre is viewed as a budget tyre it punches well above its weight. I find the tyre exceptional in all but two scenarios. The first is on hard pack with loose bits on top where it skates – and no one likes an unexpected two-wheel drift. The other is on slick wet rock, same thing. The reason is that the sidewall rolls a little. This is especially pronounced on downhill off-cambers. Bearing in mind the product description you begin to understand those limitations. But if you’re aware of this then you’re good to go with anything else and be confident that the tyre is going to perform well – and for a long while. Boy, this tyre lasts!
I bought four C10s this month and paid €52 each for them. In the UK you can find them for as little as £39. Great value – you’ll do a lot of miles training on these without breaking the bank. They are not FIM approved given their knobbie height but for training they provide great all-round performance and in some cases exceptional traction, they last long and cost little. What’s not to like?