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Schwalbe One Evolution V-Guard tyre



A very good all-round race tyre that grips well and will take some abuse

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These Schwalbe One Evolution Line tyres offer pretty much everything you need from a quality race tyre: a supple compound that grips in the wet or dry while still offering decent durability. Rolling resistance is good, too, in fact the only thing lacking is the tubeless compatibility found on more expensive models in the range.

  • Pros: Loads of grip; seem tough for a race tyre
  • Cons: Pricier than some very good competition

Many of the test bikes that turn up at towers come equipped with Schwalbe tyres as standard, so I've ridden many of the models for thousands of miles and have always been impressed.

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The One we have here sits below the Pro One, which is tubeless ready and has a slightly stickier compound, but that doesn't mean the standard One is the weaker cousin.

Its Onestar compound is reasonably soft and tacky, which provides plenty of grip and gives you real confidence entering bends or roundabouts without having to scrub off much speed in the process.


In the dry you have to be pushing really hard and at quite an acute angle to the road to get them to break traction, and they do well when the road surface is wet too.

I'm not convinced the tread and whole rotation thing bring anything to the game; you aren't going to aquaplane on a bike, and they tyres would be better off just being slick, letting the compound do its work.


I've probably covered about 400 miles on this test and they barely look scrubbed in, and going by other sets I've ridden durability is pretty good considering they are a performance tyre.

The V-Guard puncture protection strip has done its job, and while I have a few little nicks to the rubber I haven't had an issue with any punctures.

I found the Schwalbes easy to fit to a few different wheelsets I had on test, from wide rims to thin, and they popped on with just a bit of thumb leverage on all of them.


Schwalbe offers the One in a range of sizes from a skinny 23mm through to 30mm, with 25mm and 28mm in between. The 25s are available in a range of colours too, if you fancy a bit of coordinating, and there is even a tan wall option if that's your thing.

A price of £52.99 isn't astronomical for a race tyre, but the One does find itself up against some tough opposition. One of my favourite tyres, which the Ones replaced, are the Panaracer Race Evo 3. The Schwalbes are about 50g heavier, which is noticeable, though they are more robust. Grip levels are about the same, and side by side there is little in it, but to equip the bike with the Panaracers would save you about £26.

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The 50 quid Maxxis High Roads offer excellent grip and durability to match the Ones, but they are nowhere near as supple.

Overall, the Schwalbe One Evolution Line tyres are fast rolling and grippy, and also offer decent durability. Normally, you have to choose two out of the three.


A very good all-round race tyre that grips well and will take some abuse

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Make and model: Schwalbe One Evolution V-Guard tyre

Size tested: 28mm

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?

According to Schwalbe, "The name alone indicates how significant this tire is for Schwalbe. With a sporty tread design, excellent Race-Compound and quality workmanship, the Schwalbe One sets a new benchmark in terms of quality and Performance. Originally developed for competitions, we have made this outstanding tire wheelchair accessible by using our WheelStar compounds. Schwalbe One is fast and reliable at the same time. The great puncture protection comes from the V-Guard, made from a special fabric, which is very light and extremely cut resistant."

A solid, dependable all-round race tyre.

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Schwalbe lists:

PROTECTION: V-Guard -an extremely cut-resistant high-tech fibre makes it possible to ensure, even on very light tyres an extraordinary high level of puncture resistance

SIDEWALLS: LiteSkin which offers light, thin sidewalls, for weight saving and reduced rolling resistance

COMPOUND / TPI: OneStar triple compound developed just for the ONE range / 127 TPI

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

They offer race performance without the fragility that tends to go with such tyres.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Loads of grip.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Pointless tread and rotation markings.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

There are some offering similar performance for less, but that doesn't mean the Schwalbes are overly expensive.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, especially if you can find a good deal.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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There are some very good tyres out there for less, but although it's a touch steep on price the Schwalbe One Evolution Line is a very capable all-rounder.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 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

As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!

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