Awesome race day tyres with the ability to be run on a day to day basis

Schwalbe's One clincher tyre pretty much has it all: speed, amazing grip wet or dry, and brilliant puncture protection considering it's primarily a lightweight race tyre. What's not to like?

The One has been out a while now and we've tested various versions, including 23mm wide models and more recently the tubeless offerings. This time we've got our hands on some 28mm ones, a size that is becoming more and more popular as riders are making the switch to wider rubber.

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Let's talk about grip levels first, as to me this is what is most impressive about the Ones. I've ridden few tyres that inspire as much confidence as these Schwalbes. The feeling of adhesion to the tarmac is just awesome, and you can chuck the bike into a bend without the slightest thought. Even banked right over into a small roundabout, they just sit there on the line you've put them on.

It's not just in the dry, either. Wet conditions still see rival-beating performance, and thanks to the level of feedback you get through them you know exactly what the Ones are doing beneath you.

There is lots of info and science stuff out there about larger tyres having lower rolling resistance (you can read more about it here), but even against their rivals of the same size and pressure the Schwalbes feel fast as well as accelerating quickly.

Schwalbe has achieved this by way of its OneStar triple compound. Just like most tyre companies, Schwalbe keeps the exact details close to its chest, but according to the images on the site the One tyres run a different compound centrally, with no doubt softer versions on the edges to increase cornering grip.

I've been running these 28s since April on one of my bikes, with about 1500 miles covered so far, and they are still in practically new condition. There's the odd little cut and mark, but thanks to the V Guard woven Vectran layer they haven't had a single visit from the puncture fairy. These are probably the only race tyre I'd consider riding on into the winter, and so far with plenty of rain and hedge trimmings-strewn roads, nothing has happened to make me reconsider.

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And should you fall foul of a puncture, the Ones are easy to fit and remove.

Overall the Schwalbe Ones are brilliant, offering all the benefits of Schwalbe's super-fast Ultremo ZXs but with the added bonus of that superb puncture resistance.

That RRP could be difficult to stomach, but if you shop around you'll get them for much less; they're even down to half price this time of year.


Awesome race day tyres with the ability to be run on a day to day basis

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Schwalbe One clincher tyre

Size tested: 28-622

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Schwalbe says: "It is the fastest and at the same time most reliable competition tyre we have ever made thanks to the new OneStar compound with the added protection of V-Guard under the tread."

I'd happily agree. The average speed is immense as you can keep the pace up in the bends too.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Available in 700 x 23, 25, 28c

Evolution line

V-Guard puncture protection

OneStar triple tyre compound

Folding tyre

Max PSI ratings: 85 - 130

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Very impressive for a racing tyre.

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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Absolutely brilliant for the majority of fast applications.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The grip.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The RRP is quite high.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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To normally get a tyre as fast and grippy as the Schwalbe Ones, you have to sacrifice reliability and longevity, but the German company has proved that's not always the case. These tyres will flatter any performance bike.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Kinesis T2  My best bike is: Mason Definition

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!


harman_mogul [304 posts] 3 years ago

Agree with all of that, and intend to try the 28 mm version. I've ridden the 25 mm all year and have not punctured. The 25 comes out at nearly 27 mm wide when fitted to Archetype rims, a lovely combo.

macbob [50 posts] 3 years ago

Thank you Stuart for an interesting & thorough review, particularly on commenting on how easy the tyres are to get on and off. For those of us with difficult to fit rims (Campagnolo in my case) the placing of any tyre on the easy-to-impossible spectrum is very useful.

justinberman [35 posts] 3 years ago

Love these tyres, comfortable, grippy and fast. Would recommend the 25mm's...

chr_martens [9 posts] 3 years ago

I rode these through last winter (23 mm) and had loads of punctures (4 in one month). I switched them up for 25 mm durano tyres because of that dreadful month. I guess I was really unlucky.

Danger Dicko [295 posts] 3 years ago

One tyre to rule them all.

Bobbinogs [345 posts] 3 years ago
macbob wrote:

Thank you Stuart for an interesting & thorough review, particularly on commenting on how easy the tyres are to get on and off. For those of us with difficult to fit rims (Campagnolo in my case) the placing of any tyre on the easy-to-impossible spectrum is very useful.


I run the 25mms on Campag Zondas and don't have any problems.  Great tyres.

mike the bike [1270 posts] 3 years ago


Can't afford the new "One'" tyre (all donations greedily received) but their predecessor, the Ultremo, was first class.  Mine are coming to the end of their days after almost three years and 5000 miles, but are almost unmarked and have suffered only one flat. There are still some in the shops at much less than the latest model.

Is Schwalbe the maker of great rubber?  You bet.

StraelGuy [1746 posts] 3 years ago

I'm running the One tubeless and only agree with everyone else. They're light, fast and very grippy. A great tyre!

5th [47 posts] 3 years ago

Love my 25mm Ones; outrageously fast and no punctures / cuts etc. In 3500km. Rear is worn square though as they only come out for angry riding - looking forward to trying the new One Pro Tubeless next year - if they're even faster it'll feel like cheating.

LukeD77 [1 post] 3 years ago

My 25's have done 6000 british summer kilometers, no punctures yet and they still have life in them. I would highly recommend! 

Does anyone have any experience with the tubular's?