Tubeless. For the racing bike.
Tubeless on the racing bike – the idea as such is not new. Theoretically, there are advantages. But are there also practical ones? Is the tubeless worthwhile in training and competition?
We say Yes. We are absolutely convinced that TUBELESS is the right choice for the racing bike. It is the path into the future.
For three years, we have worked intensively on the development of our new TUBELESS tire. It was essential to control the high air pressure. At the same time, the tire had to remain easy to fit. Our solution:
- Special fibres in the bead core that are stable under high pressure
- Carcass with vulcanized, airtight inner liner
- Completely allround reinforcing layer
The most important advantages of the TUBELESS:
- Advantage 1: Schwalbe ONE Tubeless is our fastest!
Normally there are two components. Tube and tire are constantly deformed. These flexing movements result in a loss of energy and increase the rolling resistance. If the tube is dispensed with, these negative factors are considerably reduced.
Result: Due to its design principle, the Schwalbe ONE Tubeless is significantly faster! In a direct comparison, the rolling resistance of tubeless tires is, in fact, less than that of a ultralight racing tire.
- Advantage 2: Goodbye blowouts
Tubeless tires offer more safety: In case of a puncture, the air does not escape suddenly, but slowly. The crash risk is also distinctly minimized. And no more tubes mean no more tube blowouts. A vital increase in safety for extremely dangerous tube blowouts (e.g., through overheating on long, steep descents, or valves shearing off) are excluded as well.
- Advantage 3: Puncture risk virtually zero – with liquid sealant
The Schwalbe ONE Tubeless is seated firmly and tightly. However, we recommend also using our liquid latex sealant DocBlue Professional. For this active puncture protection system functions just as well in racing bike tires as it does in the case of mountain bikes. Virtually all defects are immediately sealed again. Only really serious damage (such as cuts) can still delay the ride.
And what about the weight? The tubeless tire weighs more than a folding tire (tubeless, 305 g / folding tire, 205 g). But there is no tube. If the weight of a standard tube is deducted, the weight of the tubeless is, in principle, identical.
- Advantage 4: Less pressure. More performance.
The TUBELESS tire reaches its peak performance with less pressure (1 bar less than normal folding tires). This means improved rolling behaviour, better cornering grip and very good traction. And the rolling resistance remains just as excellent as that of a lightweight racing tire.