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Buyer's guide to tubeless tyres — find out all about new technology rubber

All your tubeless tyre choices

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 almost all tyre makers offer tubeless options, and even long-time hold-outs Michelin and Continental are on board.

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

Tubeless tyre manufacturers

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.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Bontrager GR2 TLR Team Issue Gravel 440g (40mm) £40.00
Bontrager GR1 TLR Team Issue Gravel 430g (40mm) £46.24
Bontrager R2 TLR 235g (25mm) £29.99
Bontrager R3 TLR 200g (25mm) £38.49
Bontrager CX0 TLR 395g (33mm) £41.62
Bontrager CX3 TLR 405g (33mm) £38.15
Bontrager LT2 TLR 395g (32mm), 475g (38mm) £42.49
Bontrager AW2 360g (26mm) £27.99

Continental

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Continental GP5000 Tubeless

Conti was one of the last two major tyre makers to hold out against tubeless, but late in 2018 announced a new tyre, the Grand Prix 5000, to succeed the much-loved Grand Prix 4000S II, and as well as regular clinchers there are tubeless versions too.

And they were worth the wait. The Grand Prix 5000 tubeless tyre takes everything that is improved with this latest generation tyre and adds tubeless compatibility for improved puncture resistance. They're relatively painless to set up and provide excellent performance in all conditions with low rolling resistance, good grip and durability.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Continental Terra Trail 440g (650B), 460g (700C) £50.00
Continental Terra Speed 390g (650B 35mm),  400g (650B 40mm),  400g (700C 35mm),  420g (700C 40mm) £38.00
Continental Grand Prix 5000 TL 300g (25mm), 340g (28mm), 380g (32mm), 290g (650B) £47.99

Challenge

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Challenge Strada Pro HTLR

Renowned for their fast, supple hand-made road tyres, Challenge has added tubeless tyres to its range. HTLR tyres are handmade, while VTLR are a more conventional vulcanised construction.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Challenge Strada Pro HTLR 205g (25mm) £56.00
Challenge Strada VTLR 205g (25mm) £49.00
Challenge Paris-Roubaix Pro HTLR 215g (27mm) £59.00
Challenge Paris-Roubaix VTLR 215g (27mm) £50.00
Challenge Strada Bianca Pro HTLR 355g (33mm), 375g (36mm) £68.00
Challenge Strada Bianca VTLR 355g (33mm), 375g (36mm) £38.00
Challenge Strada Bianca VTLR 650B NA NA
Challenge Chicane CX VTLR NA £39.00
Challenge Grifo CX VTLR 330g (33mm) £41.49
Challenge Limus CX NA £43.49
Challenge Almanzo Pro HTLR 385g (33mm) £60.00
Challenge Gravel Grinder Pro HTLR  365g (33mm), 375g (38mm), 375g (42mm) £60.00
Challenge Gravel Grinder VTLR  365g (33mm), 375g (38mm), 375g (42mm) £36.99 - £44.99
Challenge Gravel Grinder VTLR 650B NA NA

 

Donnelly

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Donnelly X'Plor MSO

Donnelly is the new name for the tyres formerly known as Clement, after Clement brand owner Pirelli decided to return to the tyre sector. Donnelly specialises in cyclocross tyres—all the 33mm tyres in the range are for cyclocross—but has a decent selection of fat rubber for gravel and bad roads too.

Check out importer 2Pure's eBay outlet for Donnelly bargains.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Donnelly BOS 700C 456g (33mm) £40.00
Donnelly MXP 650B 430g (33mm) £31.99
Donnelly MXP 700C 446g (33mm) £47.50
Donnelly PDX 700C 426g (33mm) £42.50
Donnelly Strada USH 650B 472g (36mm), 536g (42mm), 644g (50mm) £65.00
Donnelly Strada USH 700C 338g (32mm), 562 (40mm) £45.00
Donnelly X'Plor MSO 650B 532g (42mm), 670g (50mm) £66.00/pr
Donnelly X'Plor MSO 700C 420g (30mm), 532g (40mm), 794g (50mm) £48.75
Donnelly EMP 650B 558g (47mm) NA
Donnelly EMP 700C 484g (38mm), 618g (45mm) £65.00
Donnelly X'Plor CDG 700C 420g (30mm) £57.00/pr

Ere Research

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Ere Research Genus

Ere Research CEO Piet van der Velde has almost three decades in the bike industry, most recently as product director of saddle maker Selle Italia before founding Ere Research in 2017. The company launched with an extensive range of tyres, with tubeless versions of almost all models, and some — the Tempus tyres for time trials — only available in a tubeless format.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Ere Research Genus 235g (24mm) 242g (26mm) 268g (28mm) £56.99
Ere Research Omnia 248g (24mm) 255g (26mm) 283g (28mm) 308g (30mm) ~£55.00
Ere Research Tenaci 360g (30mm) 394g (32mm) 408g (36mm) n/a (40mm) £56.99
Ere Research Pontus 255g (24mm) 276g (26mm) ~£55.00
Ere Research Tempus 255g (26mm) 291g (28mm) ~£45.00

Giant

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Giant Gavia SLR 1

The world's biggest bike manufacturer has switched to tubeless tyres and wheels on large swathe of its recent models. Giant has come up with a range that covers a full range of applications from racing to messing about in the dirt.

Giant's high-end component brand, Cadex, also offers two models of tubeless tyres, though the endurance-focused Classics aren't yet available in the UK.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Cadex Race Tubeless 255g (23mm), 270g (25mm), 325g (28mm) £64.99
Cadex Classics Tubeless 290g (25mm), 315g (28mm), 345g (32mm) £64.99
Giant Gavia Course 1 375g (25mm), 395g (28mm) £35.99
Giant Gavia Fondo 0 330g (28mm), 370g (32mm) £41.99
Giant Gavia Fondo 1 395g (28mm), 445g (32mm)  £39.99
Giant Gavia Race 1 255g (25mm) £33.97
Giant Gavia Race 0 307g (25mm) £39.99
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) £29.69
Giant Crosscut AT 2 673g (38mm) £29.69
Giant Crosscut Gravel 2 573g (40mm), 705g (45mm), 725g (50mm) £29.69
Giant Crosscut Metro  607g (32mm), 635g (35mm) £29.99

Goodyear

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Goodyear Eagle All-season

Goodyear announced a return to bicycle tyres in 2018 with a range that includes what the company describes as 'Tubeless Complete' tyres, which have "tubeless specific bead and casings, allowing for easy installation and superior air retention". With a tyre carcass that's impenetrable to sealant but not airtight, Tubeless Complete is a sort of halfway house between Road Tubeless, which has an air-retaining coat of butyl rubber on the inside of the tyre and Tubeless Ready, which has a standard tyre carcass. Goodyear recommends the use of sealant to make sure the bead properly seals against the rim, and says sealant won't seep through the Tubeless Complete carcass so it will still all be there when you need it to fix a puncture.

In August 2020 Goodyear announced an expansion of the range of road tyres with the Eagle F1 Supersport and Vector 4 Seasons bike tyres. To keep things nice and confusing, the names are shared with Goodyear's car tyre range, so that's what Google finds when you go searching for them. A report has been lodged with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Bicycle Product Journalists.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Goodyear Eagle F1 275g (25mm), 300g (28mm), 320g (30mm), 340g (32mm) £50.00
Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport 255g (25mm), 280g (28mm) £50.00
Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons 290g (25mm), 325g (28mm), 350g (30mm), 360g (32mm) £47.00
Goodyear Eagle All Season 300g (25mm), 316g (28mm), 326g (30mm), 377g (32mm) £50.99
Goodyear Transit Speed 565g (35mm), 626g (40mm), 769g (50mm) £39.99
Goodyear Transit Tour 722g (650B x 50mm), 565g (35mm), 626g (40mm), 769g (50mm) £NA
Goodyear County 526g (Premium 35mm), 441g (Ultimate 35mm) £50.00 - £60.00
Goodyear Connector 542g (Premium 40mm), 463g (Ultimate 40mm) £40.00

Hutchinson

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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.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless Ready All Season 260g (25mm) £34.00
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless Ready Performance 255g (25mm) £33.50
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless Ready Galactik 240g (25mm) £42.00
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Road Tubeless All Season 325g (25mm) £39.99
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Road Tubeless Performance 315g (25mm) NA
Hutchinson Fusion 5 Road Tubeless Galactik 285g (25mm) £69.00
Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless 300g (25mm) £34.99
Hutchinson Intensive 2 Road Tubeless 315g (25mm) £31.99
Hutchinson Sector 28 Tubeless Ready 295g (28mm) £44.95
Hutchinson Overide 700C 425g (38mm) £29.95 - £31.95
Hutchinson Touareg 490g (40mm), 550g (45mm) £29.99 - £32.99

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.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
IRC Formula S-Light TLR 220g (25mm), 250g (28mm), 275g (30mm) £57.00
IRC Formula Pro Tubeless Light 285g (25mm) £62.00
IRC Formula Pro Tubeless RBCC 270g (25mm), 315g (28mm), 330g (30mm) £57.00
IRC Roadlite Tubeless 340g (25mm) £46.99
IRC Formula Pro X-guard Tubeless 300g/340g/370g (25mm/28mm/30mm) £57.00
IRC Serac CX Mud Tubeless 380g/435g (32mm/32mm X-Guard) £57.00
IRC Serac CX Sand Tubeless 380g/435g (32mm/32mm X-Guard) £57.00
IRC Marbella Tubeless X-Guard 330g (28mm) £57.00
IRC Boken 470g (36mm), 490g (40mm) £52.00

Kenda

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Kenda Kommando X Pro

Kenda's line of tubeless-ready tyres focuses on gravel and cyclocross tyres, with just one road tyre, the Valkyrie. They're designated KSCT, for Kenda Sealant-Compatible Tyre. Some models seem to be quite hard to find in the UK, but we've been broadly impressed by the Kenda gravel tyres we've tested.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Kenda Alluvium Pro 558g (45mm), 495g (40mm) £33.99
Kenda Flintridge Pro 515g (40mm) 481 (35mm) £36.99
Kenda Cholla Pro 428g (33mm) £27.49
Kenda Happy Medium Pro 435g (32mm) 496g (35mm) 556g (42mm) £31.99
Kenda Small Block Eight Pro 427g (37mm) 404g (32mm) NA
Kenda Slant Six Pro 522g (32mm) 591g (45mm) NA
Kenda Kommando X Pro 364g (32mm) £35.78
Kenda Valkyrie Pro 234g (23mm) 252g (25mm) 283g (28mm) 327g (30mm) £32.57

Maxxis

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Maxxis Re-Fuse

Maxxis is known for mountain bike tyres, but also offers tubeless-ready road 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
Maxxis Padrone TR 250g (23mm), 260g (25mm), 300g (28mm) £39.99
Maxxis High Road 297g (25mm) £30.00
Maxxis Radiale TL 280g (22mm), 305g (24mm) £75.12
Maxxis Re-Fuse TR   390g (32mm), 520g (40mm) £40.99
Maxxis Re-Fuse TR 610g (50mm) £43.99
Maxxis Rambler SS TR 380g (38mm/120tpi), 415g (38mm/60tpi), 375g (40mm/120tpi), 420g (40mm/60tpi) £49.99
Maxxis Rambler EXO TR 603g (50mm) £44.99

Mavic

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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) £49.00
Mavic Yksion Pro UST 2 281g (25mm), 297g (28mm) £39.81

Michelin

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Michelin Power Road

Michelin briefly partnered with Mavic to develop tubeless road tyres back in the mid-2000s, but both companies abandoned the project shortly afterwards. Having decided not to be the first maker of tubeless road tyres, Michelin has come in as the tubeless lanterne rouge, announcing a tubeless version of the new Power Road tyre in October 2019.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Michelin Power Road (32mm)(28mm) NA £46.00
Michelin Power Cyclocross Mud 360g £32.99
Michelin Power Jet TLR 380g £32.20
Michelin Power Gravel 360g (33mm), 467g (40mm) £30.21

Panaracer

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Panaracer Race A Evo 4

Panaracer joined the tubeless fray with the Race A Evo 3 Tubeless, and has just replaced it with the Race A Evo 4 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.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Panaracer GravelKing Slick Tread 310g (32mm), 330g (38mm) £31.00 - £44.99
Panaracer GravelKing SK 320g (32mm), 380g (35mm), 430g (40mm), 480g (43mm), £32.99
Panaracer Race A Evo 4 210g (25mm) £56.16
Panaracer GravelKing AC 300g (33mm), 360g (35mm) £32.00
Panaracer GravelKing Plus 353g (35mm) £42.00

Pirelli

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Pirelli Cinturato

After returning to bicycle tyres with the P Zero clincher series, Pirelli has recently added tubeless-ready rubber to the range. Our Stu Kerton was impressed, calling the Cinturato "a very good tyre, especially during these winter months, offering plenty of cold and wet weather grip while also providing loads of puncture proofing. The small cost to the rolling resistance is worth it for the durability too."

Read our review of the Pirelli Cinturato

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Pirelli P Zero Race TLR SL 236g (26mm) £55.00
Pirelli Cinturato TLR 290g (26mm), 320g (28mm), 350g (32mm), 390g (35mm) £46.00
Pirelli P Zero Race TLR 245g (24mm), 270g (26mm), 295g (28mm), 320g (30mm) £49.99

Rene Herse

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Rene Herse Barlow Pass TC

Previously known as Compass Cycles, Rene Herse 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 tests 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
Rene Herse Snoqualmie Pass TC 44mm 378g/329g £76-£92
Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge 595g-700g £80-£95
Rene Herse Barlow Pass TC 38mm 430g/380g £76-£92
Rene Herse Steilacoom TC 38mm 423g/370g £80-£95
Rene Herse Bon Jon Pass TC 35mm 355g/303g £76-£92
Rene Herse Switchback Hill TC 650B x 48mm 478g/413g £80-£95
Rene Herse Babyshoe Pass TC 650B x 42mm 410g/373g £76-£92
Rene Herse Pumpkin Ridge TC 650B x 42mm 480g/418g £80-£95
Rene Herse Juniper Ridge TC 650B x 48mm 455g-550g £80-£95

Ritchey

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Ritchey Alpine JB

Ritchey has just one model of tubeless tyre, the 35mm version of the Alpine JB. We liked the non-tubeless 30mm equivalent, so for dirt road riding, the Alpine JB is well worth a look.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Ritchey WCS Alpine JB Stronghold 35mm 400g £51.99

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Schwalbe

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Schwalbe ProOne

Schwalbe says “The future will be tubeless” in its 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 seven ‘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) £38.20
Schwalbe One 275g (25mm), 295g (28mm), 305g (30mm) £48.00
Schwalbe G-One Speed 330g (30mm) £43.00
Schwalbe G-One Allround 400g (35mm) £32.99
Schwalbe G-One Speed 29x2.35 530g (60mm) £39.99
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 595g (40mm) £37.99
Schwalbe Marathon Almotion 655g (40mm) £52.99
Schwalbe G-One Bite 480g (40mm), 540g (45mm), 565g (50mm) £39.00
Schwalbe G-One Ultrabite 530g (40mm), 610g (45mm), 665g (50mm) £39.99
Schwalbe X-One Bite 410g (33mm) £44.25
Schwalbe X-One Speed 380g (33mm) £31.99
Schwalbe X-One Allround 380g (33mm), 390g (35mm) £41.99

Specialized

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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? While the range is still  gravelwards, Specialized offers a couple of standout road tyres in the S-Works Turbo RapidAir 2Bliss Ready and Roubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Specialized Roubaix Road Tubeless 295g (25mm) £70.00
Specialized Rhombus Pro 2Bliss Ready 575g (42mm) £45.00
Specialized Terra Pro 2Bliss Ready 370g (33mm) £45.00
Specialized Tracer Pro 2Bliss Ready 365g (33mm) £45.00
Specialized S-Works Turbo RapidAir 2Bliss Ready 260g (26mm), 305g (28mm) £61.00
Specialized Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready 615g (42mm) £30.00
Specialized Pathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready   £40.50
Specialized Roubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready 375g (30mm) £35.00

Teravail

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Teravail Rutland

US brand Teravail specialises in off-road tyres, both for traditional flat-bar mountain bikes and for gravel bikes.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Teravail Sparwood 650B 614g (55mm) £60.00
Teravail Cannonball 700C 430g (38mm) £50.00
Teravail Rutland 700C NA £50.00

Veloflex

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Known for their high-end Italian-made tubulars and 'open tubular' clinchers, Veloflex have recently added a couple of models of tubeless tyres to their range.

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Veloflex Corsa Evo TLR 235g (25mm), 265g (28mm) £41.00
Veloflex Corsa Race TLR 225g (25mm) £45.00

 

Vittoria

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Vittoria Corsa Speed Open TLR

Vittoria makes the big claim that its Corsa Speed graphene technology tyre is the fastest ever independently measured, and the lightest tubeless-ready tyre too. A dirt tyre, the Terreno Zero TNT G2.0 has recently joined the range.

Read our review of the Vittoria Corsa Speed G+ Isotech
Read our review of the Vittoria Terreno Zero TNT G2.0

Find a Vittoria dealer

Tyre Claimed weight Price
Vittoria Terreno Zero TNT G2.0 510g (40mm), 435g (35mm), 380g (32mm), 560g (650B) £34.00
Vittoria Corsa TLR 290g (25mm), 310g (28mm) £54.00
Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR 225g (23mm), 240g (25mm) £97.49/pr
Vittoria Corsa Control TLR 300g (25mm), 315g (28mm), 320g (30mm) £49.00
Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR 305g (25mm), 335g (28mm), 370g (30mm) £39.00

WTB

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WTB Horizon

WTB are known for mountain bike tyres so it's no surprise that they specialise in fat 650B rubber for mixed-surface antics or, as they more prosaically call it Road Plus. The range also includes cyclo-cross and road tyres.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
WTB ByWay 535g (47mm 650B) £38.00
WTB Horizon TCS 515g (47mm 650B) £40.00
WTB Resolute TCS 450g (42mm) £38.00
WTB Sendero TCS 530g (47mm 650B) £44.99
WTB Exposure TCS Road 310g (30mm), 315g (32mm), 370g (34mm) £35.00
WTB Nano TCS 530g (40mm) £38.00
WTB Cross Boss TCS 400g (35mm) £27.00
WTB Crosswolf TCS 392g (32mm) £27.00

Zipp

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Zipp Tangente Speed RT28

Wheel maker Zipp — part of the SRAM group — offers the Tangente Speed tubeless tyre in two sizes, 25mm and 28mm. We found them easy to install and fast-rolling, but they're expensive. When you can find them at all, that is. There don't seem to be any in stock anywhere at the moment

Zipp recently added a gravel bike tyre to the range, the Tangente Course G40 PR. They're excellent in dry conditions, but also not cheap.

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Tyre Claimed weight Price
Zipp Tangente RT25 292g £NA
Zipp Tangente RT28 302g £NA
Zipp Tangente Course G40 482g (40mm) £54.40

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He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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ktache | 4 years ago
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I was out doing a 25 mile mostly off road around Henley today.  Lovely weather.  There had been a lot of hedge cutting, or slashing really, and after a bit of farm tracks I got back onto tarmac and there was something in my front tyre, whack, whack, whack, stopped and thought there was a small twig stuck in the tread, pulled it and one end was stuck in the tyre, pulled it more , a loss of air and  some orangey latex oozed out, a few bubbles and sealed in 20-30 seconds.

Checked the rear, big thorn, needed tools to get it out, sealed very quick, another thorn, smaller, hadn't quite made it through.

I was very glad to have had my new bike set up tubeless, LBS did everything, probably Orange Seal, the long lasting one.  If I had been running tubes, after changing 2 and a lot of pumping I would have cut my ride short, anxious about not having a spare and all the faff.  I will add an extra squirt in a couple of days.

By the way, what did I experience 2 of today?  Definitely not a flat, and it didn't seem like the p-word.  Any suggestions?

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Xenophon2 | 4 years ago
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Hutchinson sector = good in the dry and extremely durable but grip on wet tarmac is next to nonexistent.

René Herse Barlow pass:  I use those now, very happy BUT they're not true tubeless tyres.  To be run at low pressures, if you mount them, anything over 3.7 bar can cause a blowoff.  René Herse themselves now -belatedly- caution against mounting them tubeless on any hookless rim or rims with a less than 'standard' (whatever that may mean) hook height.

Read this:  https://www.renehersecycles.com/safety-advice-non-standard-rims-and-rene...

Again, they're very plush riding but you should really heed this warning.  Rims like Enve's G23 are definitely out.

 

 

 

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Sriracha | 4 years ago
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Having read all the accounts of how difficult it can be to get a tubeless tyre bead off the rim, I thought I'd better have a dry run at home. The bike has WTB Riddlers on WTB rims, with inner tubes - i.e. it's "tubeless ready" from new.

Turns out it was pretty easy to break the bead off - obviously different than normal tyres which more or less fall off the rim, but a bit of grunt and off they popped.

So I pumped it back up with a track pump and ... it won't reseat. It's very obvious comparing with the other wheel, the tyre sidewall dives down into the well of the rim for for about 1/3 of the way. I tried several times, tried a water based lubricant, but no success. I do get a popping noise, but it remains clear that not all the bead is seated. When I deflate the tyre again it is clear that only part of the bead is locked into the rim, the rest just falls away.

What am I doing wrong?
And, does it matter - given that there's an inner tube, so sealing is not an issue?

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ktache replied to Sriracha | 4 years ago
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I think you might need to put a lot more pressure in.  I use a slight diluted washing up liquid.

The popping noise is so loud and violent when mine seat, I flick the lever on the air tank and run into the next room.  It terrifies me.

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Sriracha replied to ktache | 4 years ago
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Thanks. The spiel on the tyre sidewall (and the wtb website) says to pump upto but not exceed the max pressure (3.8bar, 55psi, so not much) to seat the tyre, then bleed it down to preferred running pressure. Is it safe to go much above the stated max pressure to seat the bead?

Edit, here's their blurb, specifically for mounting with inner tubes:
"5. Slowly inflate the tire with a bicycle pump or CO2 cartridge, keeping an eye on both sides of the tire to make sure it is seating evenly all the way around and at the proper depth. This is done by watching to see that the tire’s molded rim line evenly follows the rim edge. Inflate to the maximum recommended pressure marked on 1(g)(2) WTB TCS/ETRTO Tubeless tires the side of the tire; then deflate to the desired riding pressure, making sure the pressure is within the range of recommended pressure marked on the sidewall of the tire. Check pressure with a tire pressure gauge."

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ktache replied to Sriracha | 4 years ago
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I couldn't and wouldn't want to say.

Hopefully as you aproach 55 (or slightly more) the tyre will start to seat and so drop in pressure.

Good luck.

I'm new with the tubeless myself.  So feeling my way.

One thing, my tubeles holds it's pressure a lot better than my latex tubes, a fair bit less pressure, but a lot less regular pumping needed.

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Sriracha replied to ktache | 4 years ago
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Ta. Sadly, the manufacturer's blurb (this is done by watching...) seems to imply that by watching carefully you will make it happen. I watched it not happen!

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hawkinspeter replied to Sriracha | 4 years ago
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I wouldn't worry about the bead not seating if you're going to be using an inner tube - that'll force the bead into place when you inflate it.

In my experience, there's usually three ways that a tubeless tyre won't seat properly. Either there's air leaking around the tubeless valve, air leaking through a damaged/mis-applied rim tape or there's too much friction between the tyre bead and the rim bed (which is usually fixed with some dilute washing up liquid).

Or, it could be that you're not getting in enough air quick enough to push the tyre into place - fixed with a tubeless pump/reservoir or frantic track pump usage. (That's four ways that it won't seat).

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Sriracha replied to hawkinspeter | 4 years ago
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"I wouldn't worry about the bead not seating if you're going to be using an inner tube - that'll force the bead into place when you inflate it."

No, that is the problem - I am using an inner tube and the bead won't seat. I'm not fannying around trying to get the thing to work tubeless and spraying latex round the place (that may yet come - but not for now).
Anyway, thanks for the input, all help welcome. I think you were on the money with washing up liquid.

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Sriracha replied to Sriracha | 4 years ago
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Ok, done. No magic, it will be just as bad next time. I tried water based lube and suds (not together...). I used car shampoo since Fairy Liquid has loads of salt in it. Not sure if it made the difference.

I pumped the tyre to about 5bar (stated max limit is 3.8bar). Had loads of attempts, deflated partly and eased the recalcitrant sections of tyre inward to enable suds to penetrate twixt tyre and rim, then reinflate. Repeat multiple times. Eventually one side popped in - you could see the bead seat progressing around the rim until both ends met with a loud pop. But that was just one side... more slog until eventually the other side went as well. What a palava.

So if I do get a puncture I know I'll be able to patch it on the trail. But will I ever get the tyre reseated, and does it even matter with an inner tube?

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Panslanepaul | 4 years ago
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Has anyone else had experience of Hutchinson Sectors? I bought some in the new 32 width (not on this list) in January and immediately noticed some traction issues on the rear from the smooth centre section. I didn't pay enough attention to this and found myself literally flat on my face while making a right turn at low speed when the front wheel let go with no warning on a lightly damp road, I didn't even ride on the markings. One facial fracture and about £100 of bike damage was the result. To be fair Wiggle refunded the cost of the tyres when I pressed them on the basis of the tyres being unfit for use. I have had no response from Hutchinson when I emailed them about the quality issue So I have a hardly used pair of Sector 32 tyres that road.cc is welcome to test for rolling resistance if they wish.

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steviewevie | 4 years ago
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Road.cc, you might want to edit the intro to remove the now-outdated reference to Continental being a "notable no-show".

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Vovis | 5 years ago
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The list of tyres was updated on Martch 21th 2019.

Why you didn't include Grand Prix 5000TL?

Any experience with the new model from Continentals so far?

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DoctorFish | 5 years ago
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Anyone tried the Pirelli Cinturato VELO TLR?  Not mentioned in the article above but seems to be a good tyre?

 

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Team EPO | 5 years ago
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Dear Road CC  when you review tyres can you score them for ease (or lack of) of fitting?

 

PS Thanks for the really sueful list and everyones comments above

 

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vorsprung | 5 years ago
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This blog article I wrote a couple of years ago is still pretty much an accurate summary of tubeless "issues".  I just updated it

https://audaxing.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/whats-so-great-about-tubeless-tyres/

I don't mention in the article that tubeless tyres are usually fantastically fast and always more comfortable than clinchers

 

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fukawitribe replied to vorsprung | 5 years ago
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vorsprung wrote:

This blog article I wrote a couple of years ago is still pretty much an accurate summary of tubeless "issues".  I just updated it

There are a number of factual issues with the the first few paragraphs i've read - could I  suggest maybe looking at the use of the word 'require' ?

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terrycojones | 5 years ago
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I'm a tubeless convert too, though it took some time to learn about them. One trick to help reduce the slow leakage is to take the wheel off, pump the tire up to high pressure (80+) and slosh the sealant (I put in enough so that I can hear it) around a lot with the wheel held flat. Lie it down like that for hours or overnight, do that on the other side too. The idea is that if there's a slow leak under lower pressure, you can speed the leak up under high pressure and give the sealant a better chance to get in there. Make sure to deflate your tires to the recommended max pressure or below before riding on them  1

I'm running Compass Barlow Pass right now and they're great. I first got the thin walled ones but wound up with about 20(!) small holes in the front tire wall after some really nasty broken off-road (well, former road that had washed away) in Wales. But the tire kept going. In the end it was too hard to keep that tire inflated (despite my advice above) and I put it aside to use with a tube someday.

Tubless is certainly more faff, one way or another. But the peace of mind out on the road easily makes up for it. It doesn't even cross my mind that I might puncture. The first time you do and you hear the short hiss and feel a bit of sealant spraying out, and then it stops..... magic!  1

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Boss Hogg | 5 years ago
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Yksion Pro UST claimed weight is 260g. The ones I bought were 255g. Excellent tyre, one of the fastest, highly recommended.

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zozzi | 5 years ago
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Hello guys,

what's the correct pressure for Mavic 25mm tubeless tyres on Ksyrium wheels with 100+kg rider ?

I think that 7bars should be enough for 80kilos, but I have total of 110kg with bike   3

Thanks,
Pete
 

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CXR94Di2 replied to zozzi | 5 years ago
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zozzi wrote:

Hello guys,

what's the correct pressure for Mavic 25mm tubeless tyres on Ksyrium wheels with 100+kg rider ?

I think that 7bars should be enough for 80kilos, but I have total of 110kg with bike   3

Thanks,
Pete
 

You need to move upto 30mm+ tubeless tyres or move over to tubular so you can run much higher pressure to offset small size.

Tubeless run lower pressure compared to inner tubes. go bigger tyre and ride at recommended pressure for your weight

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Milkfloat replied to zozzi | 5 years ago
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zozzi wrote:

Hello guys,

what's the correct pressure for Mavic 25mm tubeless tyres on Ksyrium wheels with 100+kg rider ?

I think that 7bars should be enough for 80kilos, but I have total of 110kg with bike   3

Thanks,
Pete
 

 

Tubeless allows a lot low pressure to be used, you should be fine down to 6.2 bar quite easily.  Start at 7 and see how you go. 

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Russell Orgazoid | 5 years ago
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I'm a bit puzzled by the Hutchinson line up. Can anyone advise, please?

The, obstensibly, same tyre in the Fusion range has 2 options (plus normal clincher)

The Tubeless Ready & Road Tubeless versions!!

The Road Tubeless has a butyl inner that adds 60+g/tyre and does not need sealant.

Can anyone explain why i would choose this over a lighter (and cheaper from what i've seen at Evans cycles) Tubeless Ready varient of the same tyre? Will it seal punctures without the sealant? Seems unlikely.

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kevvjj replied to Russell Orgazoid | 5 years ago
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Plasterer's Radio wrote:

I'm a bit puzzled by the Hutchinson line up. Can anyone advise, please?

The, obstensibly, same tyre in the Fusion range has 2 options (plus normal clincher)

The Tubeless Ready & Road Tubeless versions!!

The Road Tubeless has a butyl inner that adds 60+g/tyre and does not need sealant.

Can anyone explain why i would choose this over a lighter (and cheaper from what i've seen at Evans cycles) Tubeless Ready varient of the same tyre? Will it seal punctures without the sealant? Seems unlikely.

Tubeless Ready needs sealant to work at all. Road Tubeless doesn't need sealant to work.

However, Road Tubeless still needs sealant in order to be effective at sealing small punctures such as thorns, glass etc. Without the sealant, Road Tubeless will deflate much slower than a tubed tyres though. You might choose Road Tubless over Tubeless Ready because Road Tubelss is much easier to seat on the (tubeless) rim - for the most part a decent track pump will suffice. Tubless Ready often need a 'pressure tank' such as Airshot to get them to seat and seal. Finally, Road Tubeless will be more puncture resistant than Tubeless Ready because of that extra layer of butyl rubber.

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Russell Orgazoid replied to kevvjj | 5 years ago
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kevvjj wrote:

Plasterer's Radio wrote:

I'm a bit puzzled by the Hutchinson line up. Can anyone advise, please?

The, obstensibly, same tyre in the Fusion range has 2 options (plus normal clincher)

The Tubeless Ready & Road Tubeless versions!!

The Road Tubeless has a butyl inner that adds 60+g/tyre and does not need sealant.

Can anyone explain why i would choose this over a lighter (and cheaper from what i've seen at Evans cycles) Tubeless Ready varient of the same tyre? Will it seal punctures without the sealant? Seems unlikely.

Tubeless Ready needs sealant to work at all. Road Tubeless doesn't need sealant to work.

However, Road Tubeless still needs sealant in order to be effective at sealing small punctures such as thorns, glass etc. Without the sealant, Road Tubeless will deflate much slower than a tubed tyres though. You might choose Road Tubless over Tubeless Ready because Road Tubelss is much easier to seat on the (tubeless) rim - for the most part a decent track pump will suffice. Tubless Ready often need a 'pressure tank' such as Airshot to get them to seat and seal. Finally, Road Tubeless will be more puncture resistant than Tubeless Ready because of that extra layer of butyl rubber.

Thank you!

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paulrattew | 5 years ago
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I've recently changed from running Schwalbe Pro One tyres to Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless Ready Performance tyres (not the 11 storm compound), due to the schwalbe tyres getting to the end of their useful life. At first I was really impressed with how they felt, the grip and the speed. With the Pro One tyres I was able to take them off and put them over and over, gently (very gently) using tyre levers where necessary. No issues at all. It seems though that the fusion 5s have a really fragile tyre bead. One removal of the rear fusion 5 and it looks like the bead is now useless as the tyre blows off the rim at 80psi (25mm version).

They’re actually the first tubeless tyre I’ve had this problem with (I’ve been running tubeless since 2012), so it was a bit of a shock and a disappointment. I’ve got a replacement (this time the 11storm compound) on the way so I’ll see if that fairs any better. If not then it will be back to the schwalbes no matter how nice the hutchinsons feel

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Jimmy Ray Will | 5 years ago
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I've pinch flatted an MTB tubeless tyre. Hugely annoying as the sealant really struggles to seal it. 

Buy struggle, I mean that it didn't seal it. Patched it in the end, which saved the tyre, but having a patch so close to the bead caused its own problems with sealing. 

In summary, its something you can definitely do, much harder with tubeless than with tubed, but still a possibility. 

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risoto | 5 years ago
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There seems to be a lot of 'marketing' going here as with other new tech. It's an expensive solution but perhaps well suited to certain segments, eg MTB and perhaps gravel. Same with disc brakes. More expensive and hassle in installation and maintenance. For both new tech solution - little to no benefits or value for money. The 2-3 punctures I get every year, one for about every 1,000 miles, are mended on the road in a couple of minutes. I save time on installing and pumping the tires much more often. The last 'hyped' tech I will mention is using wax instead of lube. Might have some advantages although I haven't seen any proof. No pro teams use any of these technologies....

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kevvjj replied to risoto | 5 years ago
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risoto wrote:

There seems to be a lot of 'marketing' going here as with other new tech. It's an expensive solution but perhaps well suited to certain segments, eg MTB and perhaps gravel. Same with disc brakes. More expensive and hassle in installation and maintenance. For both new tech solution - little to no benefits or value for money. The 2-3 punctures I get every year, one for about every 1,000 miles, are mended on the road in a couple of minutes. I save time on installing and pumping the tires much more often. The last 'hyped' tech I will mention is using wax instead of lube. Might have some advantages although I haven't seen any proof. No pro teams use any of these technologies....

Feel free to ignore the 'marketing'.

If you can change change a tube in two minutes, well done (but I doubt you can).

Disc brakes.. more maintentance? Now, I'm laughing.

I pump my (tubeless road, gravel and MTB) tyres up once per week - as i did before I got rid of the tubes.

I have no idea where you got the 'wax' as hyped tech idea from - my father used to wax way back in the 60s. Pro teams are using special coatings on their chains now (as well as disc brakes). Some pro teams are even using tubeless clinchers instead of tubs.

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Ghostyjack | 6 years ago
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I've got Sector 28's on my Hunt 4 Seasons Carbon and they pretty pretty nice to ride.

Looking to put some tubleless on my other bike, it can only take a 25mm, which it fine, but I was hoping to get some skin/tan-wall tyres for it.

Anyone know of any 25mm tkin/tan-wall tubless tyres?

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