Take a closer look at the tyres of Team Radioshack Leopard, AG2R and FDJ during the Tour de France and you’ll spot Schwalbe’s brand new tyre, the One. It’s billed as their fastest ever tyre.
The One tyre uses a new OneStar triple compound tread developed to reduce rolling resistance. This development was made possible because of “major developments” in rubber compounds in recent years, according to Schwalbe. It took 50 prototypes before they settled on the final compound, which as well as being faster also delivers good grip and is more resistant to cuts than their previous tyres, claims the company.
It weighs 205g, which is a bit heavier than the Ultremo ZX, and this is due to extra material in the shoulder of the tyre. They’re confident the gains made in rolling resistance offset any concerns that the little extra weight will impact on the tyres performance. Puncture resistance has been considered with the V-Guard breaker strip underneath the tread, designed to repel sharp objects penetrating the inner tube.
The Schwalbe One tyre is available three versions, tubular, tubeless and clincher, and four widths from 23 to 28mm.
No UK price has been announced yet, in euros the One tyre will cost €49.90 for the folding tire, €64.90 for the tubeless version and €84.90 for the hand-sewn tubed tire. Availability is scheduled for September. www.schwalbe.co.uk
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