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Want to go tubeless? Here are all your options in tyres.

Tubeless tyres are gradually gaining popularity as more riders become convinced that their improved ride and increased resistance to punctures are worth the cost of new wheels and tyres and the sometimes problematic fitting process. If you’re about to make the switch, here’s a look at your tyre options.

When tubeless tyres for road wheels first appeared you had very few choices. Hutchinson made tyres, Shimano and Stan’s NoTubes made wheels and conversion kits and, er, that was it. Now many tyre makers offer tubeless options, though Michelin and Continental are notable hold-outs.

Read more: How to fit a tubeless tyre
Read more: Road tubeless: everything you need to know — including how to convert

Bontrager

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Bontrager R3

Bontrager offers a range of three tyres badged Tubeless Ready, which means what you need to get them working is sealant and either Bontrager’s special rim strips if you have Bontrager wheels, or other tubeless compatible wheels and valves. In ascending order of raciness, they’re the AW2, R2 and R3. We’ve tested and liked the latter as part of the Bontrager Road TLR Upgrade Kit.

Read our review of the Bontrager R3 Tubeless Ready
Read our review of the Bontrager Road TLR Upgrade Kit
Read our review of the Bontrager CX3 Team Issue TLR Cyclocross Tyres

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Bontrager R2 TLR 235g (25mm) £33.99
Bontrager R3 TLR 200g (25mm) £38.49
Bontrager CX0 TLR 395g (33mm) £44.99
Bontrager CX3 TLR 405g (33mm) £44.99

Compass

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Compass Barlow Pass TC tyre.jpg

Compass Barlow Pass TC

Compass Cycles grew out of the magazine Bicycle Quarterly, founded in 2002 by Jan Heine, a Seattle-based long-distance cyclist and journalist. Heine contends that wide, supple tyres perform better in every respect than skinny tyres, and perform better than would be expected from rolling resistance twsts performed on smooth steel drums. And he's put his money on it with a line of tyres that includes tubeless models.

Read our review of Compass Cycles Barlow Pass tyres

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Snoqualmie Pass TC 44mm 378g/329g £58/£70
Barlow Pass TC 38mm 430g/380g £54/£68
Steilacoom TC 38mm 423g/370g £56/£70
Bon Jon Pass TC 35mm 355g/303g £54/£67
Switchback Hill TC 650B x 48mm 478g/413g £58/£73
Babyshoe Pass TC 650B x 42mm 410g/373g £56/£70
Pumpkin Ridge TC 650B x 42mm 480g/418g £58/£72

Giant

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GIANT GAVIA SLR 1.jpg

The newest entry into the tubeless fray is the world's biggest bike manufacturer, which has switched to tubeless tyres and wheels on large swathe of its 2018 models. Giant has come up with a ten-model range that covers a full range of applications from racing to messing about in the dirt.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Giant Gavia SL 1 300g (25mm) £39.99
Giant Gavia SLR 1 255g (25mm) £49.99
Giant Gavia Race 1 255g (25mm) £39.99
Giant Gavia Race 0 307g (25mm) £49.99
Giant Gavia AC 0 278g (25mm), 302g (28mm) £49.99
Giant Gavia AC 1 330g (25mm), 373g (28mm) £39.99
Giant Gavia AC 2 411g (25mm), 441g (28mm) £29.99
Giant Crosscut Tour 2 553g (30mm) £29.99
Giant Crosscut AT 2 673g (38mm) £24.99
Giant Crosscut Gravel 2 573g (40mm), 705g (45mm), 725g (50mm) £29.99

Hutchinson

Hutchinson Sector 28 tubeless tyre

Hutchinson Sector 28 tubeless tyre

Hutchinson Sector 28

Hutchinson launched tubeless tyres for road bikes back in 2006, so it’s no surprise the French tyre maker has a fairly big range. While most tyre makers have gone down the Tubeless Ready route with lightweight tyres that need sealant to keep the air in, Hutchinson also makes tyres to the original Road Tubeless spec, sealed with a coating of rubber inside the tyre.

Hutchinson's flagship tubeless tyre is the Fusion 5, which is available in a number of variants. There are Tubeless Ready versions that need sealant, and Road Tubeless versions that, on paper, don't need sealant, but that everyone uses sealant with anyway just to be safe. Both Road Tubeless and Tubeless Ready versions are available in Galactik, Performance and All Season variants.

Galactik is the lightest version, intended for racing; Performance is the all-rounder with a slightly thicker tread and All Season is more durable, with a thicker tread and grooves to allegedly disperse water in wet conditions. Road Tubeless Fusion 5s come in 23mm and 25mm widths, Tubeless Ready in 25mm, plus 28mm in Performance and All Season.

All Fusion 5s use Hutchinson's ElevenStorm rubber which provides very low rolling resistance and buckets of grip. Tubeless Ready versions have Hutchinson's Hardskin bead-to-bead protection to reduce cuts and punctures. Galactik Road Tubeless tyres have a light reinforcement under the tread, while Performance and All Season Road Tubeless tyres get extra protection in the form of a Kevlar band.

Read our review of the Hutchinson Intensive Road Tubeless tyres
Read our review of the Hutchinson Fusion 2 tubeless tyres
Read our review of the Hutchinson Sector 28 tubeless tyres

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless Ready All Season 260g (25mm) £38.95
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless Ready Performance 255g (25mm) £39.95
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless Ready Galactik 240g (25mm) £49.00
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Road Tubeless All Season 325g (25mm) £33.13
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Road Tubeless Performance 315g (25mm) £49.99
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Road Tubeless Galactik 285g (25mm) £64.99
Hutchinson Atom Road Tubeless 270g (23mm) £49.95
Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless 300g (25mm) £44.18
Hutchinson Intensive 2 Road Tubeless 315g (25mm) £41.99
Hutchinson Sector 28 Tubeless Ready 295g (28mm) £34.99

IRC

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IRC Formula Pro Tubeless

IRC makes several tubeless or tubeless ready tyres, but they’re very rare in the UK; we’ve only been able to find one source. That’s a pity as IRC has been pushing road tubeless technology to make tyres lighter and faster. The Pro Tubeless tyres have internal coating based on latex rubber rather than synthetic butyl. That makes for lower rolling resistance, just as a regular clincher tyre is faster with a latex inner tube than a butyl one.

Read our review of the Formula Pro Tubeless RBCC
Read our review of the Formula Pro Tubeless X-Guard

Tyre Claimed weight Price
IRC Formula Pro Tubeless Light 285g (25mm) £62.00
IRC Formula Pro Tubeless RBCC 310g (25mm) £55.00
IRC Roadlite Tubeless 340g (25mm) £45.00
IRC Formula Pro Fusion X-guard Tubeless 300g/340g (25mm/28mm) £55.00

Maxxis

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Maxxis Re-Fuse.jpg

Maxxis is known for mountain bike tyres, but also offers tubeless-ready tyres in a wide range of sizes and applications, plus a tubeless tyre that doesn't need sealant.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Padrone TR (ISO 622/700C) 250g (23mm), 260g (25mm), 300g (28mm) £44.99
Radiale TL (ISO 622/700C) 280g (22mm), 305g (24mm) £84/£105
Re-Fuse TR (ISO 622/700C)   390g (32mm), 520g (40mm) £41.24
Re-Fuse TR (ISO 584/650B) 610g (50mm) £34.39
Rambler TR (ISO 622/700C) 380g (38mm/120tpi), 415g (38mm/60tpi), 375g (40mm/120tpi), 420g (40mm/60tpi) £41.19
Ravager (ISO 622/700C) 485g (40mm/120tpi), 530g (40mm/60tpi) £47.99

Mavic

Mavic Yksion Pro UST Clincher Tyre

Mavic Yksion Pro UST Clincher Tyre

Mavic Yksion Pro UST

Mavic jumped into the road tubeless sector with both boots in summer 2017, announcing a new standard — Road UST — and a big range of wheels. The accompanying tyre offerings are a bit thin at the moment — the Yksion Pro UST in 25mm and 28mm widths — but Mavic clearly anticipates other manufacturers adopting the standard when it's been ratified by the relevant international bodies.

Mavic still offers its all-purpose/gravel tyre in the old Road Tubeless standard, the 30mm Yksion Elite Allroad.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Mavic Yksion Elite AllRoad 330g (30mm) £37.86
Yksion Pro UST NA £42.70

Panaracer

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Panaracer Race A Evo 3 tubeless tyre.jpeg

Panaracer Race A Evo 3 tubeless tyre

Panaracer has joined the tubeless fray with the Race A Evo 3 Tubeless. The Japanese tyre maker has developed a brand new bead which it claims allows the tyre to be inflated using just a hand pump and claims this tyre increases puncture resistance by 24% compared to the previous Evo 2 tyre, thanks to a new Protite puncture proof material. The tread compound is also claimed to improve cornering performance.

Read our review of the Panaracer Race A Evo 3 tubeless

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Panaracer Race A Evo 3 280g (23mm) ~£32.50

Schwalbe

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Schwalbe ProOne

Schwalbe says “The future will be tubeless” in its latest blurb for the Schwalbe Pro One tyre, which it claims is its best tubeless tyre ever. We tested the slightly less advanced One Tubeless recently and found it rode brilliantly and, unlike many tubeless tyres, it was easy to get on the rim and to then pop into place on the bead seat.

Schwalbe offers a total of six ‘Tubeless Easy’ tyres, from the Pro One, which is being reliably reported as having a super-low rolling resistance, to the aptly named Big One, a 60mm tyre intended for mountain bike beach racing but which we’ve included in case anyone’s thinking of building up a ‘monster-cross’ bike.

Read our review of the Schwalbe One Tubeless
Read our review of the Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless
Read our review of the Schwalbe S-One Tubeless

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Schwalbe Pro One 255g (25mm) £66.99
Schwalbe X-One Allround 370g (33mm) £34.99
Schwalbe G-One Allround 400g (35mm) £37.99
Schwalbe Big One 530g (60mm) £36.99
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 595g (40mm) £44.99
Schwalbe Marathon Almotion 655g (40mm) £30.78

Specialized

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Specialized Roubaix Road Tubeless.jpg

Specialized Roubaix Road Tubeless

Until recently, Specialized has focused on endurance and cyclo-cross riding with its Tubeless Ready tyres, which it spells 2Bliss because — well, who knows. Californians, eh?

Specialized also makes a Road Tubeless version of its S-Works Turbo tyre. The 26mm version of this tyre recently won a rolling resistance test against a range of standard and tubeless tyres, and looks promising as a fast tyre for UK riding.

Read our review of the Specialized Trigger Pro 2Bliss Ready

Find a Specialized dealer

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Specialized Roubaix Road Tubeless 295g (25mm) £70.00
Specialized Terra Pro 2Bliss Ready 370g (33mm) £40.00
Specialized Tracer Pro 2Bliss Ready 365g (33mm) £40.00
Specialized Trigger Pro 2Bliss Ready 490g (38mm) £40.00
Specialized S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless 240g (24mm) £60.00
Specialized Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready 615g (42mm) £40.00

Vittoria

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Vittoria Corsa Speed (Open TLR).jpg

Vittoria makes the big claim that this graphene technology tyre is the fastest ever independently measured, and the lightest tubeless-ready tyre too.

Find a Vittoria dealer

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Corsa Speed (Open TLR) 205g (23mm) £44.00
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Zjtm231 [106 posts] 9 months ago
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I swallowed the marketing and put some Schwalbe ProOne tubeless on my faster commuter bike.

Tyres did feel lovely, grippy and were fast.

Sadly after only 50 miles the rear got a gash about half a cm. Wouldn't seal and had to chuck the tyre.

However the main problem is that you had to pump the tyre up almost everyday.
They would lose 10lbs pressure pretty much everyday (tyres were professionally installed on to brand new Hunt wheels not by me) and both tyres suffered pressure loss. My conclusion is tubeless is not for everyday use on road tyres.

On a race bike for specific races they'd be great but you'd still have to take a repair kit and spare inner tube for gashes which slightly screws the whole point of tubeless.

Anyone had any similar experiences?

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MonkeyPuzzle [42 posts] 9 months ago
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I'm running Schwalbe G-Ones on non-tubeless Fulcrum rims and they're great. Don't hold pressure as long as a tubed clincher but certainly not a faff. Some tyre/rim combos just don't work very well, so maybe you've been unlucky.

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roof30 [10 posts] 9 months ago
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Zjtm231 wrote:

I swallowed the marketing and put some Schwalbe ProOne tubeless on my faster commuter bike. Tyres did feel lovely, grippy and were fast. Sadly after only 50 miles the rear got a gash about half a cm. Wouldn't seal and had to chuck the tyre. However the main problem is that you had to pump the tyre up almost everyday. They would lose 10lbs pressure pretty much everyday (tyres were professionally installed on to brand new Hunt wheels not by me) and both tyres suffered pressure loss. My conclusion is tubeless is not for everyday use on road tyres. On a race bike for specific races they'd be great but you'd still have to take a repair kit and spare inner tube for gashes which slightly screws the whole point of tubeless. Anyone had any similar experiences?

Seriously?  I have Schwalbe Pro Ones on my Hunt 4 Seasons and am more than happy to pump them up every couple of days (it takes 20 seconds, literally) rather than have endless punctures.  Tubeless all the way from now on.

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paulrattew [263 posts] 9 months ago
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roof30 wrote:
Zjtm231 wrote:

I swallowed the marketing and put some Schwalbe ProOne tubeless on my faster commuter bike. Tyres did feel lovely, grippy and were fast. Sadly after only 50 miles the rear got a gash about half a cm. Wouldn't seal and had to chuck the tyre. However the main problem is that you had to pump the tyre up almost everyday. They would lose 10lbs pressure pretty much everyday (tyres were professionally installed on to brand new Hunt wheels not by me) and both tyres suffered pressure loss. My conclusion is tubeless is not for everyday use on road tyres. On a race bike for specific races they'd be great but you'd still have to take a repair kit and spare inner tube for gashes which slightly screws the whole point of tubeless. Anyone had any similar experiences?

Seriously?  I have Schwalbe Pro Ones on my Hunt 4 Seasons and am more than happy to pump them up every couple of days (it takes 20 seconds, literally) rather than have endless punctures.  Tubeless all the way from now on.

 

I'm currently on over 10,000 miles of puncture free riding on schwalbe ones and pro ones. 

Yes I have to pump them up slightly more regularly than with tubes, but not that much. I certainly don't lose anywhere near 10psi per day. 

If they are losing that much pressure that quickly then you need to reinstall properly. Doesn't matter if they were 'professionally installed', they obviously didn't do a great job. Put new good quality tubeless rim tape on - make sure you follow the instructions fully (so with stans you need to use the right width and put two layers on, making sure there are no air bubbles). Make sure the rim bed is clean first. Use about 50% more sealant than recommended. There is no chance you will recognize the additional weight and it will just provide a bit more protection. 

As for gashes screwing the whole point of tubeless - you would have to put a new tube in a tubed tyre if this happened. You would probably have to bin the tyre as well if its cut through. So, no difference there. The fact that you won't pinch puncture, that the vast majority of other punctures will seal themselves is a massive benefit

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hawkinspeter [1862 posts] 9 months ago
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Can't say that I've noticed Pro Ones losing pressure any quicker than standard butyl inner tubes.

However, I did bin one after getting a big gash in it but apart from that one incident, they've been good (although a bit slippery in the wet).

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logomomo [8 posts] 9 months ago
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Zjtm231 wrote:

I swallowed the marketing and put some Schwalbe ProOne tubeless on my faster commuter bike. Tyres did feel lovely, grippy and were fast. Sadly after only 50 miles the rear got a gash about half a cm. Wouldn't seal and had to chuck the tyre. However the main problem is that you had to pump the tyre up almost everyday. They would lose 10lbs pressure pretty much everyday (tyres were professionally installed on to brand new Hunt wheels not by me) and both tyres suffered pressure loss. My conclusion is tubeless is not for everyday use on road tyres. On a race bike for specific races they'd be great but you'd still have to take a repair kit and spare inner tube for gashes which slightly screws the whole point of tubeless. Anyone had any similar experiences?

 

I run hutchison sectors on hunt 4 seasons and there was a slow drop in pressure to begin with. 

Hunt sent me some new rim tape as they'd fitted unsuitable tape at the factory which deffo reduced aire loss.

The biggest change came when i increased the amount of sealant though and now they drop 1-2 psi per week which quite frankly is fine. Also, make sure the valve is cleanly seated.

A proper cut in a tyre is a PITA whether you run tubeless or tubed.

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iso2000 [88 posts] 9 months ago
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What about the Schwalbe G-One Speed? Great Tyre.

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Miller [114 posts] 9 months ago
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I'd add a +1 on paying attention  to whether the valve retention collar is screwed up tight, it does need to be but my experience is that they can easily come loose. As noted, if you're losing 10psi/day something is not quite right. A happy tubeless tyre will lose that in about a week. You don't need to pump them up every day but you do need to stay across tyre pressure.

But - Pro One on a commuter bike? That's a bit hopeful, I think. It's a race tyre, and while robust for a race tyre, I wouldn't commute on it. That G-One Speed, formerly S-One, would be a good choice.

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Dicklexic [80 posts] 9 months ago
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I've been running Schwalbe Pro Ones and S-Ones tubeless for well over two years now and have been very very happy. I find the Pro One is perhaps a little fast wearing and cuts up a tad easily, but no more so than most other 'Race' tyres, and the added confidence and reliability of tubeless is well worth a little extra faff setting up, and having to do one or two more strokes of the track pump from time to time. Perhaps I've been lucky but I haven't had any catastrophic failures and have on several occasions 'suffered' a puncture that required no attention from me at the roadside whatsoever. In fact I have only been aware of them after the brief hissing sound of escaping air before the sealant has  done it's job. Only a couple of times has the sealant been a bit slow to seal and needed me to actually stop and top up the air, and even then I was able to carry on quite happily to a convenient place before doing so. A tubed tire would have deflated completely and needed me to stop immediately to repair/replace the tube. I do still always carry a spare tube and tyre boot though 'just in case', but that's just the old boy scout in me wanting to 'be prepared'!

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nniff [230 posts] 9 months ago
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My two pennnyworth:

Schwalbe pro-one on one of my bikes.  Good when they're working and a PITA when they're not.  THey have a nasty habit of looking liek they've sealed and then spray everything with a fine film of rubber.  They're still rideable, but bobbling along at 40 psi.  It ususally involve a benign-looking little hole that will not seal.  Answer is to put a patch on the inside, but some sealant seems to munch its way through rubber solution.

They're utterly shite in damp conditions - as in the rest of the group goes round a bend and you go skittering across the road instead as the front wheel starts to slide away.

They deform and get bulges on the wearing surface (front and back).  One's unfortunate.  Two's careless.  Three's taking the effing piss at £60 a pop.  I've got a new pair courtesy of a 2 for 1 sale.  It's their last chance, then it's back to tubes.

Running them at 80 psi to see if that helps now.

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hawkinspeter [1862 posts] 9 months ago
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@nniff  - you can get the Schwalbe Pro-Ones a lot cheaper:  £35 at Wiggle or you can get a pair with sealant and fitting liquid for £70: https://www.mantel.com/uk/schwalbe-pro-one-tubeless-set-doc-blue

 

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imajez [101 posts] 9 months ago
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I run Hutchinson Sector 28s on [wide] Pacenti SL25 rims at 40PSi, any higher and they are way too hard and bouncey. They get absolutely hammered both on and seriously off road. Riding on road can be pretty brutal at times too with the state of many UK roads. I would get pinch flats weekly if I had tubes going by how often I feel my rims on stones, edges etc.  The other massive benefit is that even when I had tyres badly sliced, the tyre deflates slowly enough that I can stop safely to then fix things. Had two big slashes on MTB tyres and  one on my 40c tyres with no bouncing along floor drama as a result. Found several large metal spikes in one tyre after some metal swarf on road sliced through my front MTB tyre. Which must have been there a while.

Possibly the best thing  to happen to bikes this century. You can run the correct pressure instead of pumping tyres too stupidly high in order to avoid pinch flats. Rolls better too.
 

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andyspaceman [255 posts] 9 months ago
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You need to add the Maxxis tubeless tyres in there. I've been running 25C Padrones on my road bike all year, and 40C Ramblers on my gravel bike. Both are good tyres, the Padrones are notably quick and grippy, if slighty on the narrow side.

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Stefan M [23 posts] 9 months ago
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Just tried using some Shoe Goo on an almost new Schwalbe Pro tyre that got a bad 5mm star shaped puncture.

Sealant had sealed the puncture fine and the Shoe Goo has filled in the hole in the rubber.

200 miles later and the Shoe Goo is still there and no further problems.

I made sure the hole was clean and dry and gave the Shoe Goo a couple of days to go off before riding.

For a larger puncture I would consider patching the inside as well.

Tubeless or not you can't do much if the inner casing is badly damaged but I've been riding tubeless on my bikes for years now, had several punctures but have never had to stop to fix them: sealant has just done the job as I've carried on cycling.

 

I also use about 50% more sealant (Stans) than recommended and change it  a couple of times a year. Tyres tend to lose 5-10psi per week but I check them before every ride anyway when I'm checking brakes/gears etc.

Tubeless for me everytime!

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bikedoofus [37 posts] 8 months ago
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Been riding schwalbe pro one tyres all of this year. They feel great in 28mm and grip great, plus I've had several punctures which have all self healed except one 5mm slice. Have had to replace the latter. Haven't noticed any particular gains in rolling friction etc, but neither do they feel heavier than my previous conti gp4000s.
You do have to pump them up before each ride as they lose 10psi overnight but then I always check my tyres before each ride anyway.

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feeling it [23 posts] 3 months ago
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I am a big fan of tubeless, espescially with the winter we are having. I may have had a puncture, i wouldn't know, I haven't had to stop by the roadside to repair a puncture, with cold freezing hands, cursing tyre levers and the world in general.

Now riding IRC Formula Pro RBCC tubeless road tyres from the Cycle Clinic on their Paceni tubeless rims. Compared to the Hutchinson Fusion tyres they are far harder wearing and crucially, provide excellent grip in the damp gritty conditions we seem to have persistently at the moment. Run at 80psi they are comfortable in the lanes and haven't got a mark on them despite the flinty nature of the roads around Suffolk. Wouldn't go back to tubes now. 

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Drpepper99uk [7 posts] 3 months ago
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Hi,

I've recently switched over to some IRC RBCC 25mm and find them excellent in both the wet and dry. I was previously using the included Mavic UST tyres on my Krysium Elite wheels, but I never felt as if they were providing me as much grip in the wet and they seemed to cut up easily round the roads in Kent where I live.

 

Since using the IRC, they wear well and have next to no cuts etc and seem well planted in the wet and provide a decent supple ride..they also seem to produce a nice road noise when at speed.

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Westy [19 posts] 3 months ago
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Been using Schwalbe Pro Ones for about a year (7000 miles) now - wouldn't go back to using tubes because of the ride quality and lack of punctures (or at least punctures I have noticed). Though, after removing a tyre I did once notice that the sealant had become just clear water, so wouldn't have been of any use as I obviously hadn't changed it soon enough, so I was lucky!

However, for about 6 months I've been using Milkit valves with the new Stans Race Sealant (even though Milkit and Stans say you can't do it I thought I'd give it a try, and I've had no problems whatsoever with valve clogging or anything else). That's solved my sealant worries completely, I just check it and replace it if necessary about once a month - it only takes 10-15 minutes for the whole job and doesn't require the tyre to be removed or even deflated. Also I've found that I now rarely have to put any air in the tyres, they retain their pressure really well, so I guess that the valve, rim tape, and bead have all bedded-in really well because they haven't had to be disturbed at all.

PS you don't have to pay the stated price for Pro Ones, they are widely available for about half that price.

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Jimnm [295 posts] 3 months ago
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No Continentals?

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paulrattew [263 posts] 3 months ago
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Jimnm wrote:

No Continentals?

 

Conti donn't make any tubeless road tyres. They have too much of the inner tube market to want to undercut that

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kevvjj [383 posts] 3 months ago
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paulrattew wrote:
Jimnm wrote:

No Continentals?

 

Conti donn't make any tubeless road tyres. They have too much of the inner tube market to want to undercut that

Just like with their MTB tyres, Conti will change their tune when road tubeless starts to affect their sales.

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Thelma Viaduct [83 posts] 3 months ago
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Panaracer Gravelking smooth tread 32mm are tubeless compatible to 60psi and sub 300g, look cool in brown wall too, test them, only £30 each. Mavic Yksion all road tyres are terrible, prone to cuts.

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Initialised [332 posts] 3 months ago
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You missed the new 32mm 120TPI version of the Roubaix 2Bliss (perfect for Rollin Stones?). I picked up a pair for under £55, not quite as nice as supple as the 25mm 160 TPI version but at less than half the price they're really good.

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Initialised [332 posts] 3 months ago
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Westy wrote:

Been using Schwalbe Pro Ones for about a year (7000 miles) now - wouldn't go back to using tubes because of the ride quality and lack of punctures (or at least punctures I have noticed).

I didn't get on well with Pro Ones, the first got an un fixable 4mm slash in the middle of the tread and I managed to pinch flat the other hopping a kerb, aggain irreperable.

But my experience is probably because I dared venture ever so slightly off-road with them, probably the fastest tyre I've used on good tarmac.

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Westy [19 posts] 3 months ago
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Thelma Viaduct wrote:

Panaracer Gravelking smooth tread 32mm are tubeless compatible to 60psi and sub 300g, look cool in brown wall too, test them, only £30 each. Mavic Yksion all road tyres are terrible, prone to cuts.

 

Agreed - I've found they cut easily too, and they also have very poor wet grip in my experience. Mavic wheels are great but I so resent having to buy Mavic tyres with them that I don't buy them anymore.

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fukawitribe [2378 posts] 3 months ago
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Hi Initialised, not completely knocking your opinion but what exactly did you irreparably pinch in that bunny-hop puncture ?

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ChetManley [95 posts] 3 months ago
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Thelma Viaduct wrote:

Panaracer Gravelking smooth tread 32mm are tubeless compatible to 60psi and sub 300g, look cool in brown wall too, test them, only £30 each. Mavic Yksion all road tyres are terrible, prone to cuts.

They're good with tubes, glorious without.

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jerome [41 posts] 3 months ago
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Well everyone is absolutely happy to pump his bike every week. That's OK if you ride only on sunday, but if you commute every day it's just as fun as riding without a saddle. I typically service my bike every 2 or 3 months, including pumping the tires. So I'll stick with tubes. Sure puncture resistant tires cost a bit of weigth, but if your commute is not too long or if there is public transportation you can skip the repair kit and pump.

And pinch flats? Really that's a urban legend. I think I had one in my life, and I am not too young anymore.

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olic [77 posts] 3 months ago
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jerome wrote:

Well everyone is absolutely happy to pump his bike every week. That's OK if you ride only on sunday, but if you commute every day it's just as fun as riding without a saddle. I typically service my bike every 2 or 3 months, including pumping the tires. So I'll stick with tubes. Sure puncture resistant tires cost a bit of weigth, but if your commute is not too long or if there is public transportation you can skip the repair kit and pump.

And pinch flats? Really that's a urban legend. I think I had one in my life, and I am not too young anymore.

 

You inflate your tyres every 2-3 months??? what tubes are you using? I find I lose pressure far faster on my bike with tubes than my bike that runs on tubeless which typically loses ~5 PSI/week

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fukawitribe [2378 posts] 3 months ago
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jerome wrote:

And pinch flats? Really that's a urban legend.

Really, no it's not.

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