Shinko 505 Hybrid Cheater Tire

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CR250_182

  • 5
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When choosing a tire for the woods there is always the struggle of finding a tire that works good in all conditions. That however is hard because knobby tires typically work great in about everything but the rocks and gnarly stuff, and trials tires which are good in rocks do not work as good is conditions that knobby tires excel in like soft dirt, high speed, and braking. In the past I would pick a trials tire for going out to the woods with friends where I didn't care about race speed, but when it was time for a race I'd slap a knobby on. This always worked out for me, but it just meant a lot of tire switching. This year when our annual Colorado trip came around I decided to give the 505 cheater a try.

Before I start for anyone wondering the 505 Hybrid is like a normal knobby tire but the rubber compound is much softer and more pliable.

Install

Mounting was pretty easy with the rubber compound used in the tire, but one minor complaint I have is that the 110-90-19 size seems slightly smaller than a typical tire of that size. I have noticed the same issue with Shinko's trials tire so it might be a common issue. The bead popped right into position though and mounting was a breeze.

How It Handled

I chose this tire because I wanted something that would work in all conditions for my Colorado trip. Terrain ranges from sandy trails to black slick mud, loose rocks, big rocks, steep climbs, slicks tree roots, and steep downhills, so pretty much any terrain you can imagine. I ran Extra HD tubes at 12psi just to be safe from pinch flats. In the sandy trails the tire really hooked up good, I think it helped that it recently rained to pack the sand down, but it still did better than I expected with such a soft rubber. I can't say it handled great in the slick mud, but can you really expect any tire to and still handle everything else well if it was designed for mud? It did however shed the mud well and didn't pack up terribly. In the rocks the tire performed phenomenally, I never got stuck on a rock wet or dry and I had no problem keeping momentum through rock gardens. I'd almost say it handled as good as a trials tire in the rocks, the only difference is that is did not track a straight. On climbs I did not have a problem keeping my speed up, and if I had to stop I could start back without spinning much. With the tree roots I just let off the gas and did what I could to keep the bike straight, there really isn't much else you can do no matter what your tire is. Braking with the tire didn't seem any worse than your average knobby with a couple rides on it.

Durability

All in all I put about 300 miles on the tire during the 3 day trip and I really did not notice a difference in the tire's handling between the start and finish. The front edges of the knobbies are certainly rounded, but it still handles well and I'll probably run it through the end of the year. With the tire compound being super soft the tire does not chunk as easily and it just wears down, although you traction will slowly be getting worse it won't be as bad as a chunked tire.

 

In the end I am really glad I decided to give this tire a shot, it may not have that perfect grip that a fresh knobby has in the dirt, or the exact same grip a trials tire has in the rocks, but the tire does fill the gap very well as being a tire which does most terrain very well, and lasts a long time for someone who doesn't have the money for a new tire every month.

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DrKayak

  • 5
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I have 5 rides on mine - 250xcw. I mostly run a trials tire. This is the fist knobby I actually like. It could well be the ultimate trials-knobby hybrid for a light trail bike. Sure there are conditions were a true trials tire ( not a MT43) would have better traction.. not too many .. I have found NO conditions I would prefer a traditional MX-51 type knobby over the Shinko for trail riding.

 

Love the way the knob edges are not rounding off like on a harder rubber tire..

 

I have the Mountain Hybrid on my 690. It is a trials like tread pattern with hard rubber. Sort of a big MT43.. The Shinko is a knobby tread pattern with sticky trials rubber.. 2 completely different tires.

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OZ DRZ

  • 5
  

great review, and we felt the same way about the 505 cheater. a few of us did try the motoz hybrid last year but overall just found it was a bit too trials-like even though we are mainly into hard technical riding. the shinko cheater is much closer to the mark so far. :)

 

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MotoXImage

  • 5
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Great review plus bonus footage. I picked up a Motoz Mountain Hybrid last week. So far, it hooks up great for climbs and not sure how it compares to the Shinko. The Motoz set me back about $100 at Chaparral. The Shinko looks a little more MX oriented and possibly might wear a little better than the Motoz. Riding mostly hardpack and rocky terrain south east of the Pinnacles staging area Slavens claims it has a harder compound than the Sedona MX 907, a tire that wore very well and had good all around trail performance. Note, I run Tubliss 8lb front and 7lb rear. 

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Blktom

  • 5
  

the Shinko 505 cheater is an amazing tire! i live in southern California, and ride mostly desert and woods, so the rocks, and single track are easily conquered by this, remarkably affordable tire! there are a few river crossings we do up in the San Bernadino forest, so think slippery rocks.... no problem. log hopping? no problem. granite waterfalls? no problem. i too run the Shinko 520 up front, as for tire pressure, i run 14 front and 11 rear. the only place i had ANY issues with this tire was in DEEP sand.... and not really an issue, as much as an adjustment in my riding. over all, its an epic tire! highly recommended. follow here: @blktom and @wlf  

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