Since the first edition of this guide a couple of years ago the range of tubeless-ready wheels available to you has doubled, to the point where this guide is becoming obsolete; you now have to make an effort to avoid tubeless-compatible wheels rather than having to hunt them down. We found almost 200 different models listed by manufacturers, though they’re not all available in the UK yet. Let’s take a look.
What almost all tubeless-ready wheels now have in common is a shoulder in the rim well for the tyre bead to sit on, with a lip on the inside edge to keep it there. Subtle changes to the shapes of rims and the profiles of tyres over the last couple of years have made mounting tubeless tyres easier while simultaneously improving the security of their fit.
American Classic has a substantial range of tubeless wheels, including some up-to-the-minute wide-rim designs, and some of the lightest aluminium-rimmed wheels around.
American Classic recently shut down its Taiwanese factory, but some of its wheels are still available through dealers.
|420 Aero 3||1,530g||£612.00|
|Sprint 350 Disc||1,570g||£690.00|
|Victory 30 Disc||1,722g||£452.99|
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.
Bontrager has recently introduced two new lines of carbon-rimmed tubeless wheels, the Aeolus XXX and Aeolus Pro series.
|Paradigm Comp TLR||1,675g||£469.98|
|Affinity Elite TLR Road Disc||1,655g||£549.98|
|Aeolus Comp 5 TLR||1,860g||£699.00|
|Paradigm Elite TLR||1,464g||£749.98|
|Aeolus Pro 3 TLR||1,506g||£1,198.00|
|Aeolus Pro 3 TLR Disc||1,600g||£869.98|
|Aeolus 7 TLR D3 Clincher||1,610g||£1,758.00|
|Aeolus 3 TLR D3 Clincher||1,348g||£ 1,597.98|
|Aeolus 5 TLR Disc D3 Clincher||1,558g||£1,899.98|
|Aeolus 9 TLR D3 Clincher||1,812g||£1,969.98|
|Aeolus 3 TLR Disc D3 Clincher||1,454g||£1,999.98|
|Aeolus 5 TLR D3 Clincher||1,440g||£1,999.98|
|Aeolus XXX 2 TLR||1,305g
|Aeolus XXX 2 TLR Disc||1,380g
|Aeolus XXX 4 TLR||1,400g
|Aeolus XXX 4 TLR Disc||1,455g
|Aeolus XXX 6 TLR||1,530g
|Aeolus XXX 6 TLR Disc||1,575g
|Aeolus Pro 5 TLR||1,605g
|Aeolus Pro 5 TLR Disc||1,720g
Campagnolo & Fulcrum
Campagnolo and subsidiary wheel brand Fulcrum call their tubeless system 2-Way Fit — sometimes shortened to 2WF — 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 nine models in the two marques’ ranges from the Campagnolo Zondas to the Fulcrum Racing Zeros. Four new disc-brake tubeless models were recently announced under the Fulcrum marque, along with one new disc-brake tubeless Campagnolo wheel, all with 2-Way Fit rims.
|Campagnolo Zonda 2-Way Fit||1,619g||£432.73|
|Campagnolo Eurus 2-Way Fit||1,485g||£753.09|
|Campagnolo Shamal Ultra Mega G3 2-Way Fit||1,479g||£739.99|
|Campagnolo Shamal Ultra disc brake 2-Way Fit||1,540g||£1,164.99|
|Fulcrum Racing 3 2-Way Fit||1,595g||£469.99|
|Fulcrum Racing Zero Competizione 2-Way Fit||1,460g||£841.40|
|Fulcrum Racing 4 disc brake 2-Way Fit||1,690g||£339.00|
|Fulcrum Racing 5 disc brake 2-Way Fit||1,610g||£233.49|
|Fulcrum Racing 6 disc brake 2-Way Fit||1,690g||£228.99|
|Fulcrum Racing 7 disc brake 2-Way Fit||1,740g||£202.49|
The wheel brand of Derbyshire cycle shop Cycle Division, Cero has a range of five 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||£249.99|
|ARD23 Aluminium Disc||1,495g||£299.00|
|AR30 Evo Aluminium||1,433g||£449.00|
|CRD38 Carbon Disc||1,545g||£599.00|
|RC45 Evo Carbon||1,475g||£999.00|
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 ERC 1100 Dicut disc brake at £2,000 per pair.
|ARC 1100 Dicut 80||1,708g||£1,862.98|
|ARC 1100 Dicut 80 disc brake||1,708g||£1,659.49|
|ARC 1100 Dicut 62||1,597g||£1,623.21|
|ARC 1100 Dicut 62 disc brake||1,609g||£2,007.80|
|ARC 1100 Dicut 48||1,511g||£1,648.00|
|ARC 1100 Dicut 48 disc brake||1,490g||£1,639.79|
|PRC 1400 Spline 35||1,486g||£1,368.89|
|PRC 1400 Spline 35 disc brake||1,434g||£1,316.00|
|PRC 1400 Spline 65||1,669g||£1,403.00|
|PRC 1400 Spline 65 disc brake||1,698g||£1,316.00|
|PR 1400 Dicut 21 disc brake||1,443g||£530.00|
|PR 1400 Dicut 21||1,423g||£532.00|
|PR 1400 Dicut Oxic 21||1,435g||£659.99|
|PR 1600 Spline 32 disc brake||1,787g||£442.20|
|PR 1600 Spline 32||1,737g||£395.00|
|PR 1600 Spline 23 disc brake||1,658g||£378.00|
|PR 1600 Spline 23||1,591g||£413.00|
|PR 1600 Dicut 21 disc brake||1,525g||£500.50|
|PR 1600 Dicut 21||1,489g||£440.00|
|P 1800 Spline 32 disc brake||1,821g||£300.00|
|P 1800 Spline 23 disc brake||1,675g||£255.00|
|P 1800 Spline 23||1,596g||£290.00|
|ERC 1400 Spline 47 disc brake||1,538g||£1,099.00|
|ER 1400 Spline 21 disc brake||1,474g||£1,369.36|
|ER 1600 Spline 32 disc brake||1,767g||£430.00|
|ER 1600 Spline 23 disc brake||1,638g||£430.00|
|E 1800 Spline 23 disc brake||1,655g||£300.00|
|C 1800 Spline 23 disc brake||1,745g||£300.00|
|CR 1600 Spline 23 disc brake||1,728g||£406.50|
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 XD Disc||1,620g||£737.98|
|EA90 SL Disc 6-bolt||1,560g||£999.98|
|EC90 Aero 55||1,630g||£2,064.98|
|EC90 SL Disc||1,674g||£2,399.00|
|EA70 SL Disc||1,770g||£769.98|
|EA70 AX Disc||1,760g||£519.98|
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||£550.00|
|Aero Gesero 65mm||1,693g||£2,100.00|
|Aero Umbrial 45mm||1,488g||£2,100.00|
|Aero Fluela 85mm||1,900g||£2,100.00|
|Aero Umbrial Disc 45mm||1,780g||£2,100.00|
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, aside from a couple of models for tubular tyres. 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.
|50 Carbon Aero Disc||1,487g||£899.00|
|30 Carbon Aero Disc||1,379g||£879.00|
|30 Carbon Gravel Disc||1,479g||£879.00|
|Aero Light Disc||1,498g||£399.00|
|Mason Hunt 4 Season Disc||1,585g||£319.00|
|4 Season Gravel Disc||1,629g||£299.00|
|SuperDura Dynamo Disc||1,939g||£359.00 Fr/£499.00 Pr|
|Mason Hunt 650B AdventureSport Disc||1,549g||£319.00|
|50 Carbon Wide Aero||1,537g||£899.00|
|3650 Carbon Wide Aero||1,477g||£899.00|
|36 Carbon Wide Aero||1,417g||£879.00|
|Sprint Aero Wide||1,497g||£399.00|
|Race Aero Wide||1,487g||£369.00|
|4 Season Aero||1,579g||£299.00|
|Race Aero SuperDura||1,595g||£419.00|
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|
If these newly-released wheels from Knight Composites live up to their claims, the tubeless technology they embody could be a game-changer. Working with tyre maker Schwalbe, Knight has developed a hookless rim, drawing lessons from the design of automotive tyres and says fitting a Schwalbe tyre to a Knight tubeless rim is easier than Mavic's Road UST set-up.
|35 Clincher TLA||1,430g||£2,000|
|35 Clincher TLA Disc||1,465g||£2,000|
|50 Clincher TLA||1,510g||£2,000|
|50 Clincher TLA Disc||1,625g||£2,000|
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.
|Ksyrium Elite UST||1,520g||from £424.99|
|Ksyrium Elite UST Disc||1,670g||£509.00|
|Ksyrium Pro UST||1,410g||£745.00|
|Ksyrium Pro UST Disc||1,650g||from £729.00|
|Allroad Elite UST||1,590g||£549.00|
|Allroad Elite UST Disc||1,720g||£554.47|
|Allroad Pro UST Disc||1,610g||£773.10|
|Cosmic Elite UST||1,770g||£325.00|
|Cosmic Elite UST Disc||1,850g||from £334.00|
|Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST||1,490g||£1,409.99|
|Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST Disc||1,570g||£1,499.00|
|Comete Pro Carbon SL UST||1,635g||£1,349.00|
|Comete Pro Carbon SL UST Disc||1,755g||from £1,349.00|
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.
Parcours has a four-wheel range, tightly focused on going fast.
|Disc (rear only)||1,350g||£859.00|
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 £115/pair to aero carbon wheels at £800. They've all come down in price since launch and some are now exceptionally good value; carbon wheels for around £500 is hard to beat.
|Peloton Disc Road||1,870g||£119.99|
|Race Disc Road||1,640g||£179.99|
|Pro Disc Road||1,470g||£314.99|
|Pro Road 2018||1,470g||£NA|
|RR-28 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,630g||£399.99|
|RR-38 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,650g||£419.99|
|RR-28 Carbon Clincher Road||1,400g||£NA|
|RR-50 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,560g||£449.99|
|RP-28 Carbon Clincher Road||1,360g||£NA|
|RR-38 Carbon Clincher Road||1,480g||£NA|
|RP-28 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,390g||£NA|
|RR-50 Carbon Clincher Road||1,530g||£NA|
|RP-38 Carbon Clincher Road||1,360g||£NA|
|RP-38 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,490g||£649.99|
|RP-50 Carbon Clincher Disc Road||1,560g||£709.99|
|RP-50 Carbon Clincher||1,490g||£NA|
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 them the light but sensibly priced Bortola A21W.
Acclaimed US carbon fibre specialist Reynolds has one of the larger ranges of tubeless-ready wheels, with an aluminium-rimmed wheelset kicking the range off.
|Assault / Strike C||1,475g||£949.00|
|Aero 46 Disc||1,525g||£1,499.00|
|Aero 65 Disc||1,600g||£1,934.99|
Ritchey has a six-wheel tubeless line-up, comprising three Zeta models with aluminium rims and three WCS Apex models with carbon fibre rims. The tyre mounting tech may be bang up to date, but Ritchey has emphasised old-school reliability and durability with features like J-bend spokes and brass nipples.
|WCS Zeta Disc||1,560g||£450.00|
|WCS Apex 38||1,747g||£1,333.36|
|WCS Apex 38 Disc||1,735g||£1,179.00|
|WCS Apex 50||1,520g||£1,259.00|
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||£151.51|
|Dura Ace R9170 C40 Carbon Road Disc||1,320g||£1,499.99|
|RX830 Road Disc||1,860g||£674.99|
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.
|Avion Team Disc G2||1,610g||£1,550.00|
|Avion Pro Disc G2||1,520g||£1,950.00|
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||£527.75|
|Venn Rev 35 TCD||1,460g||£678.75|
|Venn Alter 44 TCD||1,500g||£716.50|
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.
In 2017 Zipp announced a tubeless, disc-compatible version of the 303 carbon clincher wheels.
|30 Course Disc||1,650g||£680.00|
|303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Tubeless Disc||1,645g||£2,027.00|
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