Your choice of tubeless tyres is still a bit restricted, but you have far more options in tubeless-compatible wheels and the range is growing all the time. We found almost 100 different models listed by manufacturers, though they’re not all available in the UK yet. Let’s take a look.
Trek’s wheel and component brand was early to get on board with tubeless mountain bike tyres, so it’s no surprise there’s a wide range of Bontrager tubeless-ready wheels, from the entry level Affinity Comp right up to the all-carbon Aeolus range of racing wheels.
|Affinity Comp TLR Road Disc||1,750g||£350.00|
|Affinity Elite TLR Road Disc||1,655g||£550.00|
|Affinity Pro TLR Road Disc||1,525g||£712.00|
|Aura 5 TLR||1,820g||£764.98|
|Aeolus 5 TLR D3 Clincher||1,440g||£1,899.98|
|Aeolus 5 TLR Disc D3 Clincher||1,558g||£1,899.98|
|Aeolus 7 TLR D3 Clincher||1,610g||£1,784.98|
|Aeolus 9 TLR D3 Clincher||1,812g||£2,029.98|
|Aeolus 3 TLR D3 Clincher||1,348g||£1,879.98|
|Aeolus 3 TLR Disc D3 Clincher||1,454g||£1,629.99|
|Paradigm Elite TLR||1,464g||£699.98|
Campagnolo & Fulcrum
Campagnolo and subsidiary wheel brand Fulcrum call their tubeless system 2-Way Fit as it works with both standard tyres and tubeless tyres. Campagnolo says this allows a rider to “test which of the two solutions suits them best or use the clincher for training and the tubeless tire for the day of the race”.
There are five models in the two marques’ ranges from the Campagnolo Zondas to the Fulcrum Racing Zeros.
|Campagnolo Zonda 2-Way Fit||1,619g||£407.99|
|Campagnolo Eurus 2-Way Fit||1,485g||£529.99|
|Campagnolo Shamal Ultra Mega G3 2-Way Fit||1,479g||£765.99|
|Fulcrum Racing 3 2-Way Fit Tubeless||1,595g||£459.98-486.20|
|Fulcrum Racing Zero 2-Way Fit Tubeless||1,460g||£698.99|
The wheel brand of Derbyshire cycle shop Cycle Division, Cero has a range of seven tubeless-compatible wheels with aluminium or carbon rims that represent very good value for money for the weight and performance on offer.
|AR24 Evo Aluminium||1,462g||£249.00|
|ARD23 Aluminium Disc||1,495g||£324.99|
|AR30 Evo Aluminium||1,433g||£419.00|
|CRD38 Carbon Disc||1,545g||£599.00|
|RC45 Evo Carbon||1,475g||£825.00|
All DT Swiss’ wheels appear to be tubeless-ready, a sensible move by the wheelmaker to broaden the appeal of its hoops. The range covers every imaginable road and cyclo-cross application and a huge price band from the budget R24 Splines at under £200 up to the RC 28 Spline db, which nevertheless look like good value for disc-brake carbon wheels at £1,200 per pair.
|R 24 Spline||1,725g||£189.95|
|R 20 Dicut||1,520g||£278.49|
|R 23 Spline||1,605g||£298.60|
|R 23 Spline disc brake||1,655g||£398.90|
|RR 21 Dicut disc brake||1,415g||£628.00|
|RC 38 Spline C disc brake||1,455g||£1,150.00|
|RC 28 Spline C||1,335g||£1,300.00|
|RC 38 Spline C||1,475g||£1,087.15|
|RC 28 Spline C disc brake||1,325g||£1,299.98|
|PR 1400 Dicut OXiC||1,500g||£729.47|
|ERC 1100 Dicut DB||1,497g||F: £849.99 | R:£1,149.99|
With a starting point at almost £700, Easton's tubeless offerings are very much pitched at the high end and racing, and include three models with carbon fibre rims for speed demons.
|EA90 SL Alloy Tubeless Road||1,580g||£949.98|
|EA90 XD Alloy Tubeless CX Disc Brake||1,620g||£737.98|
|EA90 SL Tubeless Road Disc Brake||1,540g||£999.98|
|EC90 Aero 55 Carbon Tubeless||1,580g||£2,399.98|
|EC90 SL Carbon Tubeless||1,570g||£2,399.00|
|EC90 SL Disc||1,610g||£2,399.00|
|EA70 SL Disc||1770g||£769.98|
Swiss wheelmaker Edco has a large range of tubeless wheels, not all of which seem to be available in the UK, but which includes the startlingly light Supersport Neggias at a claimed weight of 1,179g.
|Optima Roches Disc||1,724g||£649.99|
|AeroSport Gesero 65CTR||1,569g||£2,199.00|
Some of your best-value options in tubeless come from British brand Halo whose range includes the Evaura 6D wheels we reviewed recently and two Uni models that can be used with either discs or rim brakes.
|Evaura Uni 6D||1,597g||£370.00|
|Devaura Uni 6D||1,804g||£459.00|
|Devaura Disc 6D||1,804g||£479.98|
New British wheel contender Hunt specialises in tubeless — in fact, it doesn't make anything else. The range comprises twelve models at the time of writing , six for disc brakes and six for rim brakes. We've been very impressed by the performance and value of the wheels we've reviewed so far.
|SuperDura Dynamo Disc||1,939g||£499.00|
|650B Adventuresport Disc||1,549g||£359.00|
|4Season Disc Road Aero/CX||1,585g||£369.00|
|4Season Gravel Disc Road/CX||1,629g||£369.00|
|Aero Light Disc Road||1,469g||£469.00|
|30 Carbon Gravel Disc||1,449g||£999.00|
|50 Carbon Aero Disc Road||1,436g||£1,099.00|
|30 Carbon Aero Disc Road||1,338g||£999.00|
|Race Aero SuperDura||1,595g||£469.00|
|4Season Aero Road V2||1,579g||£349.00|
|Race Aero Road||1,440g||£379.00|
|Race Aero Wide Road||1,480g||£419.00|
|38Carbon Wide Aero Road||1,483g||£899.00|
|50Carbon Wide Aero Road||1,539g||£999.00|
To go with its well-regarded road and cyclo-cross frames, Kinesis has a range of four tubeless-ready wheels, two for cyclo-cross use and two for road, with disc- and regular-braked versions of the latter.
|CX Disc HD||1,740g||£314.99|
Mavic was surprisingly late to the road tubeless party given its wide range of mountain bike tubeless wheels, but as of June 2017 has gone all in with a 14-model line-up of wheels that use a road-specific version of the UST technology Mavic pioneered for mountain bikes back in the 1990s.
Mavic says its UST wheels work best with its own UST tyres because the manufacturing tolerances of tyres and rims are very tightly controlled, but other manufacturer's road tubeless tyres will work.
Some of the range is available now, the rest are expected to hit the shops in August 2017.
|Cosmic Elite UST||1,770g||£389.00|
|Cosmic Elite UST Disc||1,850g||£419.00|
|Ksyrium Elite UST||1,490g||£529.00|
|Ksyrium Elite UST Disc||1,670g||£569.00|
|Ksyrium Elite Allroad UST Disc||1,690g||£620.00|
|Ksyrium Pro Allroad UST Disc||1,620g||£820.00|
|Ksyrium Pro UST||1,420g||£829.00|
|Ksyrium Pro UST Disc||1,620g||£859.00|
|Comete Pro Carbon SL UST||1,635g||£1,579.00|
|Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST||1,450g||£1,579.00|
|Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL UST||1,390g||£1,579.00|
|Comete Pro Carbon SL UST Disc||1,570g||£1,669.00|
|Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST Disc||1,570g||£1,669.00|
|Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL UST Disc||1,520g||£1,669.00|
|Ksyrium Elite Allroad Disc||1,690g||£557.99|
|Ksyrium Pro Disc Allroad||1,620g||£737.99|
We've liked the Novatec tubeless wheels we've reviewed. As well as tubeless compatibility they have lots of thoughtful features such as compatibility with both Shimano and Campagnolo cassettes and a steel strip in the aluminium freehub body that stops sprocket splines from digging into it.
A component brand backed by the mighty buying power of Chain Reaction Cycles, Prime has a range of tubeless-compatible wheels ranging from workaday alloy wheels at £140/pair to disc-compatible aero carbon wheels at £782. Prices below are nominal RRPs, but Chain Reaction's actual prices are all currently 10 percent cheaper.
|Peloton Alloy Clincher Disc Road||1,870g||£174.99|
|Peloton Alloy Clincher Road||1,750g||£123.99|
|Comp Alloy Clincher Disc Road||1,720g||£224.99|
|Comp Alloy Clincher Road||1,580g||£204.99|
|Race Alloy Clincher Disc Road||1,640g||£269.99|
|Race Alloy Clincher Road||1,530g||£249.99|
|Pro Alloy Clincher Disc Road||1,460g||£369.99|
|Pro Alloy Clincher Road||1,470g||£279.99|
|RR-50 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,760g||£683.99|
|RR-50 Carbon Clincher Road||1,530g||£656.99|
|RR-38 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,650g||£652.99|
|RR-38 Carbon Clincher Road||1,480g||£625.99|
|RR-28 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,630g||£625.99|
|RR-28 Carbon Clincher Road||1,400g||£598.99|
|RP-50 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,560g||£879.99|
|RP-50 Carbon Clincher Road||1,490g||£760.99|
|RP-38 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,490g||£760.99|
|RP-38 Carbon Clincher Road||1,360g||£728.99|
|RP-28 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,390g||£733.99|
|RP-28 Carbon Clincher Road||1,360g||£701.99|
Pro Lite has a big range of tubeless wheels, with at least seven models, but we've only been able to find a UK source for one of the, the light but sensibly priced Bortola A21W.
Acclaimed US carbon fibre specialist Reynolds has one of the larger range of tubeless-ready wheels, with a pair of aluminium-rimmed wheels kicking the range off.
|Assault / Strike C||1,475g||£1,209.95|
|Assault SLG Disc||1,565g||£999.00|
|Stratus Pro Disc||1,630g||£699.99|
Despite partnering with tyre maker Hutchinson to develop tubeless tyres for the road in the early 2000s, Shimano hasn't gone all in, and just offers four models. They're good value, though with the Ultegra model wheels a particular bargain at the time of writing.
|RS610 Tubeless Road||1,791g||£154.99|
|Dura Ace 9000 C24 Tubeless||1,387g||£719.99|
|RX830 Road Disc||1,860g||£649.99|
Stan's No Tubes
Tubeless pioneer and sealant maker Stan's NoTubes was quick to get on board when tubeless tech crossed over from mountain bikes to the road. Stan's claims the Bead Socket Technology used in its rims gives a more secure seal between tire and rim and a proper tire profile for lower pressures, faster cornering and less rolling resistance.
|IronCross Comp CX Disc||1,681g||£525.00|
|Iron Cross Team CX Disc||1,610g||£575.00|
|Avion Team Disc G2||1,610g||£1,550.00|
|Avion Pro Disc G2||1,520g||£1,950.00|
Known for its lightweight mountain bike wheels, Syntace also offers a model of road tubeless wheel.
This Taiwanese carbon fibre specialist offers a range of keenly priced carbon wheels and an aluminium-rimmed model, all ready for tubeless tyres with the right rim strip and sealant.
|Gram Aero alloy||1,598g||£465.81|
|Venn Rev 35 TCD||1,460g||£599.13|
|Venn Alter 44 TCD||1,500g||£632.46|
Famous for aero wheels, Zipp only recently made the leap into tubeless wheels with two models of aluminium-rimmed wheels one for disc brakes, and one for rim brakes. It's bang up to date with a 25mm rim (external width) and there's an optional SRAM XD freehub body so you can fit a 10-42 cassette if you want to use a single-ring gear system.
For 2017 Zipp has announced a tubeless, disc-compatible version of the 303 carbon clincher wheels, though they don't yet seem to be shipping.
|30 Course Disc||1,650g||£676.37|
|303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Tubeless Disc||1,645g||£2,027.00|
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.