Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Tire – Turning Theory into Reality
At Fit Werx, we’re always on the search for new products that improve the ride experience and performance of a bicycle. While doing some research for a client recently on new tire options, I came across some data on the Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tire that inspired me to do some testing of my own as the results looked promising in terms of capturing what tubeless tires have always held the potential to do, but what few have accomplished – reduce rolling resistance compared to a traditional tire and tube. How can a tubeless tire like the Schwalbe Pro One reduce rolling resistance? Theoretically, tubeless tires minimizehysteresis and internal friction between a tire and tube and thus they can minimize rolling resistance. However, theory and execution are often two different things and while tubeless road tires have often offered a great ride, they have not often had great rolling resistance numbers. The Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tire is one of the newer crop of tubeless tires that seem to be changing that equation without giving up the other great benefits tubeless tires can provide.
Baseline Continental GP4000 S II Baseline
Road conditions vary greatly in the New York metro area and northern NJ around Fit Werx in Ridgefield Park. They range from well maintained to loose and potholed. The winter months have been particularly mild in recent years and for the most part, I ride year round and my normal preference has been for tires with some puncture resistance, durability and control in wet conditions. In recent years, I have ridden and raced on 25mm Continental 4000S II’s with Vittoria latex inner tubes for the most part. With butyl tubes, the Continental GP 4000S II produces a coefficient of rolling resistance (Crr) of around 0.0036 which translates to about 12.2 watts at 18 mph at max PSI (120). A latex inner tube in general takes off a watt so that drops to around 11.2 watts at 120 PSI, but it is more like 12 watts at the 100 PSI I normally ride. The Conti’s ring up at around 220 grams, which is a fairly light set up for tire with good flat protection in the tread.For all of the combinations I have experimented with in recent years, this combinationseems to be the right blend of speed and flat protection for me.
I usually use latex tubes in my clincher tires as they improve ride quality and lower rolling resistance compared to a butyl tube.But latex tubes can be a bit finicky and, even when properly installed, they lose air pressure quickly (almost a PSI per hour). The last thing I do before I leave for a ride is check my tire pressure, so losing a PSI an houris never an issue for me. However, I know of a few clients who have trepidation about this fact. And with any clincher tire, punctures, pinch flats and snake bites are always a possibility. In other words, it would be great to find a tire with similar puncture and resistance and rolling resistance, but that can offer the lower tire pressure capability and flat resistance of a tubeless tire.
Tubeless Road Tires– The New Rolling Resistance King
Heading into2017, tubeless ready roadtires seem to finally be more of a focal point among the mainstream tire manufacturers and some new options out there are testing very fast indeed. I found new data that indicated that the fastest tire on the market at the moment appears to now be a tubeless tire – the Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR. Inthe same 18 mph test mentioned above, the Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR comes out at a mere 7.2 watts on a 25mm tire. That is fast indeed; in-line with Dean’s beloved (and out of production) Conti Supersonics!!
However, in terms of wear and puncture resistance, the Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR is not reinforced; while Vittoria has added graphene (an ultra light, ultra thin material which the company claims increases the strength and performance of the tire) for ’17 to the TLR, the tread on race tires is not designed to last long and thus it is not ideal for my regular riding and thus my search for lowrolling resistance in a more durable tire continued.
Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Tire – The RightBalance?
After a bit more research, I came upon the new Schwalbe Pro One tubeless ready tire, a complete revamp of the Schwalbe One Tubeless tire that wasreleased last season. The prior version was made with a butyl layer that created an air tight seal. While this worked well, the tire was a bit heavy. The new Schwalbe Pro One cuts the weight by about 25% and substantially improves the rolling resistance along the way. Promising for sure. In the same test format mentioned above, the Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tire with 20 milliliters of sealant comes in at 11 watts at 120 PSI and 11.6 watts at 100 or about half a watt faster than my normal Conti set up with latex tubes. The Schwalbe Pro One tubelesstire does have a reinforced tread and sidewall so it rates about the same as the Conti, but with sealant installed, small punctures should prove unlikely while pinch flatting should theoretically be impossible.
Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Tire on Non-Tubeless Ready Rim
So, trusting the independent tester information on rolling resistance for the Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tire, I decided to take the plunge, but not without adding a few moretest elements into the equation. I wanted to see how well a tubeless conversion would go on a standard (non-tubeless ready) carbon rim, how well the tire would hold air, and what the weight impact would be.For the test wheels, I selected a set of Corima 47 clincher rims. The Corima rimshave a slightly offset spoke pattern, soI figured these might be tricky to get to work well, but I wanted to pick a potentiallychallenging wheel to test and I really like the way these wheels ride and wanted to see if I could get them to work well with a tubeless tire. To complete the conversion, I used Silca Platinum rim tape, Silca tubeless valves and 25 milliliters of Stan’s Notubes tire sealant per rim.
To prep the rim, I first removed the old tires, tubes and rim tape (and trued both wheels since I had it all apart anyway!) Once I had the rim tape off, I cleaned the inside of the rim and in particular the hook area with just some soapy water and a sponge.I then applied two wraps of Silca rim tape, slowly pressing the tape into the rim and under the hook to provide as much clearance as possible for the tire bead to engage the rim. After that, I installed the Silca valves which include a rubberized aero cover for the valve stem. Silca statesthat the valve stem need only be hand tightened, but we pulled out a plier to gently tighten this up a bit further just to make sure.
Once the valve stem was installed, I applied some soapy water to the tire bead and the rim itself and installed the tire. I used a CO2 cartridge to rapidly pressurize the tire and then a floor pump to get the pressure up to around 110 PSI. On the front wheel, the tire actually held that 110 PSI for almost the entire day with no sealant whatsoever. The rear sealed well but did lose around 15 PSI after a few hours so we deflated both the front and rear tires, removed the valve cores and used a plastic syringe to add sealant to both rims. Next came the waiting game with some periodic spinning of both rims to spread the sealant. The result? After about 24 hours (day three in the process) both tires lost around 5 to 10 PSI. So that was definitely a successful installation. As the sealant works its way around the tire bead, I suspect this will seal even more securelyover the next week or so.
Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Weight vs. Continental GP4000 SII
We weighed both rims before and after and the switch to the Schwalbe Pro One from the Conti saved about 10 grams so a negligible weight impact, in fact a very small weight savings.
Riding the Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Tire
On a short test ride at around 110 PSI the Schwalbe Pro One tubelesstires feltpretty quick and grippy, very comparable to the Continental GP 4000 S II that I was used to. But the real difference was when the PSI in the Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tire was closer to 85 to 90 PSI, levels where the risk of a pinch flat on the Conti’s with tubescreeps up. At 85 to 90 PSI, the Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tires felt absolutely plush with a noticeable increase in traction.
Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Tire Conclusions
With the Schwalbe Pro One tire, I end up with a tire that is marginally faster than my normal clinchers with latex tubes with the added benefit of being able to run an entire range of PSI levels and eliminating almost all of the risk of pinch flats or heat related flats from the brake track. My initial impressions of the Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tire mounted on the Corima 47 are very good, now I just need to test it more over the long-term!I plan on running this tire set up through the rest of the fall and winter for 2016 and heading into 2017; I’ll come back and update this post after some more miles have been logged… I alsoplan to recreate this test with the Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR as race season approaches next year as 7.2 watts is really fast! Between the Schwalbe Pro One for training and the Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR for racing, tubeless road tires may have truly come into their own and become the very best performing tires on the market.
Contact us for more information on the Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tires or to discuss options.
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Thanks for the excellent article
I have been using a (different tire) for a few years now and was leary about changing.
After one ride I would say the Schwalbe feel very similar and just as fast(Video) Schwalbe Pro One first impression !!(Video) Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Launch
Schwalbe's latest tubeless race tyre is light, it's a cinch to set up, grips great and feels wonderful on the road, despite thicker tread for durability. It's pitched as Schwalbe's best road bike tyre, but it's not as speedy as the best in class.How long does Schwalbe pro last? ›
On the durability front, a 14mm-wide V-guard belt and a triple layer sidewall add protection against punctures. Schwalbe says that the new Pro One tires will last 4,000-5,000 kilometers (depending on the terrain they're ridden on), with some of their athletes experiencing over double that life span.Does tubeless reduce rolling resistance? ›
It's pretty clear that when you want to get the most out of your mountain bike tires, you will have to convert them to tubeless. Switching your tires from butyl inner tubes to a tubeless set up with sealant will lower rolling resistance by 10 - 15 watts depending on air pressure!Why does my tubeless tyre keep going down? ›
There are three main reasons for initial tubeless “failure”: the tape rim is fitted incorrectly or has been damaged. the tyre isn't seated properly.What country is Schwalbe from? ›
Where are Schwalbe tires manufactured? All Schwalbe tires are manufactured in Indonesia. Our state-of-the-art Schwalbe plant has more than 3000 employees who produce far more than one million bicycle tires per month. The plant has existed for more than 20 years now.How long do Schwalbe bike tires last? ›
As a general guide, you can expect a tire mileage of 2000 to 5000 km from Schwalbe standard tires. The tires of the Marathon family usually last between 6000 and 12000 km.When should I replace my Schwalbe? ›
As a general guide, you can expect a tire mileage of 2000 to 5000 km from Schwalbe standard tires. The tires of the Marathon family usually last between 6000 and 12000 km.Is Schwalbe a German company? ›
It was in the mid-1990s that Schwalbe's newly developed off-road tires first caused a stir, because the German brand had, until then, been renowned primarily for excellent touring tires, but scarcely for ones noted for their sporting performance.Are Schwalbe Tyres German? ›
Schwalbe Tires is a brand name of Ralf Bohle GmbH, a German manufacturer of pneumatic tires for bicycles and wheelchairs.Is low rolling resistance Good? ›
Low rolling resistance tires now offer good overall performance, and are proven to help you reduce your fuel consumption, costs, and lessen your environmental impact too – making it much easier to be both frugal and green.
A tubular tyre and rim has the obvious advantage of being on average lighter overall since the tubular rim, to which the tub is glued, doesn't have the rim walls that a clincher or road tubeless needs to secure it to the wheel.What is the benefit of low rolling resistance tires? ›
Low rolling resistance tires can be much more fuel-efficient tire than conventional tires. The U.S. Department of Energy has done research that shows that utilizing low rolling resistance tires can have as much as a 10% fuel savings impact for drivers. However, for most drivers, the fuel savings is around 3%.Can you put too much sealant in a tubeless tire? ›
“There's no such thing as too much,” says Esherick. But it's very common to use too little then wonder why your sealant “doesn't work,” so be generous with it.Do tubeless tires lose air quickly? ›
Also, this is the reason why tubeless tires loose air at a much slower rate. Most high-pressure tires will lose up to 15 pounds in just a few days while lower pressure and tubeless tires may last a week or more before being noticeable. Slow leaking punctures in the tread are another cause of tires losing air.What pressure should I run my tubeless Tyres at? ›
There's a sweet spot between the two extremes which you want to aim for. Hunt advises against going above 100 psi with 25-28mm tyres, 70 psi for a 30mm tyre, and 35 psi for over 46mm wide tyres. You don't want to go too low either because the tyre could collapse under load in corners and squirm horribly.What does Schwalbe mean? ›
Noun. Schwalbe f (genitive Schwalbe, plural Schwalben) swallow, martin (small, migratory bird of the Hirundinidae family)Is Shimano from China? ›
About headquarters : SHIMANO INC. Shimano Iron Works, the predecessor of Shimano Inc., was established in 1921 by Shozaburo Shimano in Sakai city, Osaka Japan.Where is Schwalbe tires made? ›
WHERE ARE SCHWALBE TIRES MANUFACTURED? All Schwalbe tires are manufactured in Indonesia. Our state-of-the-art Schwalbe plant has more than 3000 employees who produce far more than one million bicycle tires per month. The plant has existed for more than 20 years now.What brand of tyre lasts the longest? ›
- Goodyear Efficientgrip 2 SUV Tyres.
- Goodyear Efficientgrip Cargo 2 Tyres.
- Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance 2 Tyres.
- Goodyear Ultra Grip 9 + Tyres.
- Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance + Tyres.
- Goodyear Vector 4seasons G3 Tyres.
- Goodyear Vector 4seasons SUV G3 Tyres.
- Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 Tyres.
Overall, the time limits for stored tires are much the same as for tires that are being used. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and official manufacturers suggest a tire is only 100% safe to use until it turns 5-6 years old.
Tires and tubes should be stored in a dark, cool, ventilated area. Heat, UV light, Ozone, and time degrade the rubber compound. The tires keep their performance level for about three years.How do you know if your bike tyres are worn out? ›
- Threadbare tread. The tread is so worn that you can see the threads of the tyre casing underneath. ...
- Small nicks and cuts. ...
- Holes and tears. ...
- Bulging. ...
- Flat spots. ...
- Sidewall cracking. ...
- Tyre bead separating from sidewall.
IBIS World covers 4 companies in the Tyre Manufacturing in Germany industry, including Continental AG, Michelin Reifenwerke AG & Co. KGaA, Deutsche Pirelli Reifen Holding GmbH and Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany GmbH.Is Schwalbe one tubeless? ›
Schwalbe One tubeless technology of the highest level makes it fast, reliable and agile. The high performance ADDIX compound is extremely durable and reliable in every situation - even on wet winter roads. The TLE tire is specially made for tubeless use and thus offers the very best performance.What tire brands are not made in China? ›
If you are looking to buy tires made in USA, you should know that most foreign global tire manufacturers already have plants in America. In fact, there are only two genuine American brands: Goodyear and Cooper.What Tyres are made in Russia? ›
Seven international tire makers have factories in Russia: Bridgestone Corp., Continental A.G., Michelin Group, Nokian Tyres P.L.C., Pirelli Tyre S.p.A., Titan International Inc. and Yokohama Rubber Co.How do I know if a tire is low rolling resistance? ›
Tires with low rolling resistance (LRR) often feature thinner sidewalls, shallower tread blocks and specialized rubber compounds.Is higher or lower rolling resistance better? ›
- Michelin CrossClimate 2. Best for Overall. ...
- Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus. ...
- Continental TrueContact Tour. ...
- Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter. ...
- Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus. ...
- Continental CrossContact LX25. ...
- Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. ...
- Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus Elect.
A true tubeless tire can hold air without sealant, but a tubeless-ready tire requires the sealant to become airtight. This enables the tire to save weight while having a stronger bead, so less chance of blow-offs.
A tire without a tube had to be faster, even if only by a small amount! One big manufacturer advertised their tubeless tires with the slogan “Nothing is always faster than something.” This turned out to be another myth. Tubeless tires have real advantages, but speed isn't one of them.Do professional cyclists use tubeless tires? ›
In the peloton, it's quite common for the domestiques to be using tubeless tyres and liners so that they're less likely to puncture and if they do can continue riding and hopefully helping whilst waiting for a spare wheel.Are low rolling resistance tires loud? ›
New, used touring tires and those with low rolling resistance are usually the quietest. If comfort-oriented tires produce a loud noise on a smooth service, under normal driving conditions, there may be a problem.Is it better to go fast or slow on a flat tire? ›
Try not to go faster than about 15-20 miles per hour on a flat. Doing so may cause irreparable damage to the metal wheel beneath the tire, and could even cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Low rolling resistance tires perform equally well on packed snow, study suggests. OTTAWA, Ont. — Low rolling resistance (LRR) tires not only improve fuel economy by 4-11%, but they also last as long and perform as well on packed snow as truck tires that are not marketed for low rolling resistance.How often should I refill tubeless sealant? ›
Sealant replenishment times are typically in the neighborhood of 2-12 months, with low humidity necessitating more frequent intervals. If in doubt, check your sealant levels at least every six months. Oh, and don't forget to SHAKE the sealant bottle – a LOT – immediately before adding it to your tire.How often should I change tubeless sealant? ›
How often should you add tubeless sealant to your tyres? It all depends how often you ride! If you're riding at least 1-2 times a week, the sealant should last as long as the tyre does.How long do tubeless tires last after puncture? ›
As in a tube or a tyre, the pressure of air does vary and usually tyres run at low pressures inviting the tube to be pinched causing a puncture. But this is not the case with tubeless tyres as it can run for about 30 to 50 kilometres with its injury alias puncture.What is the lifespan of tubeless tyre? ›
2- Ten years is a maximum
If the tyres haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tyres. Even if they appear to be in a usable condition and have not been worn down to the tread wear indicator. This applies to spare tyres as well.
All tyres should be checked for pressure before every ride; tubeless and non-tubeless tyres do leak air over the course of a couple of weeks or so. So give 'em a squeeze before every ride and double-check your psi pressures with your track pump if you think they may have lost pressure a bit.
Tighten the valve to hand tight. Do not overtighten - this can cause leaking and make the valve impossible to remove on the trail if you get a flat.What is the perfect tyre pressure? ›
What Should my Tyre Pressure be? Your tyre pressure should be a numerical value, measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) or BAR pressure. Most passenger cars have a recommended PSI between 31 and 35 when the tyres are cold.Is Schwalbe Pro One directional? ›
The tyre itself is marked out from the non Pro One (i.e. the One) by the addition of 'tread. ' That means that they're directional as well if only for OCD purposes.Which brand cycle tyre is best? ›
Masseter-X tops our list of best Bike tyre in India. Here is a complete list of top 10 Bike tyre. See what makes MRF, CEAT and Michelin popular Bike tyre brand in India.Which cycle tyre company is best? ›
In sports tyres the range is of Michelin pilot power 3 (best for your sports bike), Michelin Power Slick Evo (offers wonderful grip and pleasure in riding) and Michelin Pilot Street Radial (for better safety).Which Schwalbe Tyres for Brompton? ›
Brompton's stock tire is the Schwalbe Marathon Racer. It has a good balance of ride quality and puncture resistance and is what we recommend for the typical rider. There are three versions of Schwalbe Marathon tires, and all of them are a trade-off between ride quality and puncture resistance.What happens if you put a directional tyre on backwards? ›
Mounting directional tyres
The special tread cannot work properly if directional tyres are mounted the wrong way round. This means that the tyres will not hold the road very well and the risk of aquaplaning will be greater. Incorrectly mounted tyres will also wear down faster and they will be louder when driving.
If you ride it backwards long enough the tire can fuse to the rim. Thats what happened in my case at least. I had ridden hundreds of miles with the rolling direction backwards and when I went to take the tire off of the rim to replace the tube it was as if it was super glued to the inside edge of the rim.Which is the No 1 tyre company in world? ›
- Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR. ...
- Hutchinson Challenger. ...
- Vittoria Corsa Speed Tubeless Ready. ...
- Schwalbe Marathon Plus. ...
- Rene Herse Switchback Hill Extralight TC 650B tubeless. ...
- Panaracer GravelKing Slick TLC. ...
- Pirelli P Zero Race 4S. ...
- Vittoria Corsa Control TLR G2.
One of the main differences between these two types is the amount of grip each one offers. Soft makes tend to provide better grip, but a drawback is that they leave more rubber on the road.What PSI should my bike Tyres be? ›
Narrow tires need more air pressure than wide ones: Road tires typically require 80 to 130 psi (pounds per square inch); mountain bike tires, 25 to 35 psi; and hybrid tires, 40 to 70 psi. To find your ideal pressure, start in the middle of these ranges, then factor in your body weight.Is Brompton better than Dahon? ›
Overall, it's better to pick a folder that best fits your personal needs. You should buy a Brompton bike if you need a small folded size while the Dahon is better for longer and leisure rides.Why Brompton is so fast? ›
That's because smaller wheels have lower rolling inertia, which allows them to accelerate much quicker and easier. You'll have a much easier time starting and stopping at red lights and stop signs, but will need to pedal much more to maintain higher speeds.