The BLB manufactures 2 types of tyres: treaded and slick. Our test was performed on the treaded black mamba tyre. According to BLB the tires had been tested for 2 years in order to create the perfect product for fixie riders. But what kind of tyre does a Fixie rider want? Something that is fast, lasts long and provides reliable traction in all weather conditions. The tyre was tested by Gábor and his Fuji bike, both in dry and wet conditions, as well as on town roads and in the countryside. The compact version of the product is available in 3 different colours, and in 2 sizes. The soft, pliable variety comes in 2 colours, but only in one size. Gábor tested a black one, in size 23.
The tyre’s robustness was apparent straight away, thanks to its weight of 426 grams, 0,8 mm sidewall and the 4 mm deep tread. While fitting it onto the wheel-frame Gábor was surprised that the tyre could be pumped up to 10 BARs, so it pretty much settled the question how much the tyre pressure is going to be. In the winter the tyres had to prove themselves on a wet surface right away. We cannot say that the performance was outstanding, but let’s face it, in the case of a size 23 tyre there is no good or bad traction: unfortunately, it is going to slide no matter what. It goes without saying, that anticipation skills and thinking ahead has crucial importance while riding a brakeless fixie. Taking these factors into account there should be no problem using the product.
Otherwise, the tyre lived up to the expectations in all other aspects. In contrast to a slick tyre, it was a bit slower, but compared to other tread tires, there were no noticeable disadvantages. In dry weather it was exposed to plenty of hill-bombing and skids (although the team noted the significant omission of smoke and burnt smell). The product received excellent reviews from Gábor, and he felt he could slip the hell out of this tyre if he wanted to. The traction was just right, and did not seem to affect the balance of the bike while slowing down and felt that the tyre kept safely in contact with the road surface until the very last millimeter.
In dry weather the traction was perfect, and thanks to the extra thick tread Gábor was able to stop his bike in every situation. The puncture resistance was also quite good, Gábor had a number of cuts and holes on his tyre, but it still haven't punctured. The tyre lasted pretty long, proving that it is worth buying a slightly more expensive product, as it endures ever so much better than the cheap varieties.
The product was offered to us by Pusher.