Pros

Mountain bike, road race or touring. For all ambitious sports riders Tubeless is the right choice. Tubeless tires offer clear advantages in speed, comfort, grip and puncture resistance.

There is no friction between the tire and tube. This crucially reduces the rolling resistance. It is even lower than in super-light competition tires.

Tubeless can be ridden at lower air pressure - Lower air pressure increases the contact patch. This brings noticeable advantages in comfort, but also significantly more grip and control in critical situations and on rough trails.

Tubeless systems provide very high puncture resistance. Sudden loss of air through bursting tubes or valve tear off is impossible. At the same time puncture protection liquid seal punctures within a few tenths of a second whilst riding.

Years ago we started focusing very intensively on tubeless and especially on the tubeless technology for racing bikes. We learned: tubeless on racing bikes is an exceptionally challenging innovation. This is because manufacturing high-pressure capable tubeless tyres to an excellent level is anything but easy.

We are now convinced that tubeless is the tyre technology of the future. This applies not only to off-road tyres but equally to road tyres for racing and touring bikes.

tubeless easy
with snakeskin

MTB EVO

  • The monofile SnakeSkin fabric on the side wall makes the tubeless conversion for the MTB extremely easy and safe. It also provides the best cut protection on the side wall.
  • For this reason, Tubeless Easy with SnakeSkin comes as standard with our high-end MTB tyres in our EVOLUTION Line.
  • Extra stable tire core for secure seating on the rim.


TUBELESS READY

MTB PERFORMANCE

  • Extra-strong bead cores, with rubber reinforced sidewalls.
  • Tubeless conversion for our Performance MTB Tires

TUBELESS EASY
with MicroSkin

  • MicroSkin envelops the entire carcass and facilitates smooth Tubeless Easy operation even for high-pressure tyres.
  • Tubeless tyres for racing bikes, cross bikes and touring bikes are considerably lighter and also faster.
  • And on a side note, MicroSkin also improves the cut resistance.
  • Extra stable tire core for secure seating on the rim.

TUBELESS ROAD BIKE WHEELS TESTED
FOR COMPATIBILITY BY SCHWALBE

ASSESSMENT CATEGORIES

Mounting
How easy is it to mount a Schwalbe road tire?

Inflation
How easy is inflation? Is an air pump sufficient, or do you need a compressor or Tire Booster?

Derailing safety
We’re particularly conscious about safety. We therefore place extremely high demands on the safety level of the tire-wheel combination and use higher safety tolerances when testing. Some wheels in our tests do not achieve our level of safety. Nevertheless, these wheels can be well suited for tubeless use if the wheel manufacturer’s maximum air pressure is taken into account. These tires must not be inflated to the maximum pressure indicated on the tire.
Be sure to observe the wheel manufacturer’s air pressure recommendations.

BRAND MODEL MOUNTING INFLATION DERAILING SAFETY RIM TAPE WIDTH
     Simple by hand
 With Tire Levers
 Very difficult
 With Floor Pump
 With Compressor/Tire-Booster
 Very difficult
 No Concerns
 Dangerous
 
Aerycs A 20 SL C
2017
21 mm
Aerycs A 30 SL C Aero
2017
1 25 mm
Aerycs A 30 SL C Disc
2017
21 mm
Aerycs C 60 SL C
2017
1,2 25 mm
Aerycs C 50 SL C
2017
1,2 23 mm
Campagnolo Eurus, Zonda, Shamal 2-way fit
2017
19 mm
CITEC 6000 CX
2017
2 21 mm
CITEC 8000 CX 63
2017
2 21 mm
CITEC DISC 8000
2017
2 21 mm
CITEC Accelerator
2017
2 21 mm
DT Swiss RC 38C
2017
21 mm
DT Swiss R24 Spline
2018
23 mm
DT Swiss RRC 65 DiCut
2018
2 23 mm
DT Swiss PR 1400 Dicut
2018
21 mm
DT Swiss E 1800 Spline
2018
21 mm
DT Swiss CR 1600
2018
2 25 mm
DT Swiss TRC 1400
2018
23 mm
DT Swiss P 1800 Spline
2018
21 mm
DT Swiss PR 1600 Spline
2018
21 mm
Easton Carbon, RoadEC 90 SL TL
2017
UST3
Fratelli 16C
2017
2 21 mm
Fratelli 17C
2017
2 21 mm
Fulcrum Racing 3
2017
19 mm
Fulcrum Racing Zero
2017
21 mm
Fulcrum Racing Quattro
2017
19 mm
Knight Composites TLA 35/ TLA 50
2018
23 mm
Light Bicycle RRU35CO2, RIM UD 20H
2018
23 mm
Light Bicycle RRU45CO2, RIM UD 24H
2018
23 mm
Mavic Cosmic UST 3
2017
23 mm
Mavic Ksyrium Pro UST 3
2017
UST3
Mavic Ksyrium Elite UST 3
2017
UST3
Reynolds Assault SE
2017
27 mm
Rodi Airline Corsa
2017
2 23 mm
Rolf Prima Vigor Alpha, Vigor Alpha Stealth, Vigor Disc, Vigor, Vigor RS, Vigor ES Disc, Vigor FX, Echelon
2017
2 23 mm
Rolf Prima Elan Alpha, Elan Alpha Stealth, Elan Disc, Elan, Elan ES, Elan ES Disc, Aspin
2017
2 23 mm
Rolf Prima Ares3, Ares3 Disc, Ares3 ES Disc
2017
23 mm
Ryde Pulse
2016
21 mm
Scope R3/R4/R5
2018
21 mm
Shimano RX31
2017
1,2 23 mm
Shimano Ultegra WH6800
2017
19 mm
Stan‘s NoTubes Avion
2018
25 mm
Stan‘s NoTubes Avion R
2018
25 mm
Stan‘s NoTubes Grail
2018
23 mm
Stan‘s NoTubes Grail S1
2018
23 mm
Velocity A23
2017
2 23 mm
Velocity Aileron
2017
25 mm
Velocity Quill
2017
23 mm
Vision Team 30
2017
1 25 mm
Vision Trimax 30
2017
25 mm

February 2018

1 Only inflatable with valve core removed
2 Plugged rim: conversion requires at least 30ml DocBlue sealant. Only airtight with 30 ml DocBlue sealant
3 UST: No Rimtape necessary!

Important:

  • The test results relate exclusively to mounting with Schwalbe tubeless tires and are not valid for other tire brands.
  • These are Schwalbe’s in-house test procedures. The result is not an official approval.
  • The list is updated regularly.

What requirements must the optimum wheel for Schwalbe tubeless road bike tires meet? To the requirements >>

Tubeless fitting – easier than you’d think!

Fit the tire as usual onto the rim. Be cautious when applying the tire levers. Important: Apply assembly liquid to both tire beads before inflating (1). Make sure the valve is between the beads when inflating (2). Start inflating with apowerful burst of air (track pump or compressor) (3). The tire engages audibly on the rim. Using the rim line, make sure the tire is properly in place (4).

Deflate the tire a little. Remove the valve core (valve key is supplied with Doc Blue) and fill in 60 ml of the puncture protection liquid Doc Blue (5). For road bike tubes 30 ml are enough.

 

Strictly observe the indications regarding maximum inflation pressure of tire and rim!

 

Do not use CO2 cartridges. CO2 has a negative effect on the puncture protection liquid.

 

Be careful in general when using the sealing liquid. It easily causes stains on clothing or pieces of furniture.

 

Tools and Accessoires for Tubeless Systems

Tubeless Easy Kit

All in one package for a tubeless conversion. You can buy all accessories separately or choose this whole set. The new Schwalbe Tubeless Easy Kit offers everything to convert your bike to tubeless. It contains two Tubeless rim tapes, two Tubeless valves, 2 bottles Doc Blue, the mounting fluid Easy Fit as well as a set of tire levers. The kit is available with rim tapes in a width of 21, 23 and 25mm – for every purposes whether MTB or road bike.

Tubeless Easy Kit 21, Art.-No. 16620021
Tubeless Easy Kit 23, Art.-No. 16620023
Tubeless Easy Kit 25, Art.-No. 16620025

Tire Levers: The colour blue is a trademark of Park Tool for bicycle tools and is used under license.

TUBELESS-VALVES

These Tubeless valves are made of aluminum and are very light. In black-anodized they look very sleek on any rim. The conical valve base works universally and will fit in most rims.

If these valves do not work in some rare cases then it’s best to use the valves provided by the wheel manufacturer.

TL-Valve, 40 mm, twin-pack, Art.-No. 3460
Extension, 30 mm, twin-pack, Art.-No. 3461
Extension, 65 mm, twin-pack, Art.-No. 3462

Doc Blue Professional

Ideally suited for Tubeless conversions. Produced by Stan’s NoTubes! It can also be used as a puncture preventative for bicycle tubes, tubular tires and standard Tubeless systems.

60 ml bottle, Art.-No. 3710
500 ml bottle, Art.-No. 3711

Dose: 60 ml/tire (Race bike 30 ml). Effective ca. 2-7 Months. Thereafter dries to a rubber film. Can be renewed. Only suitable for tubes with a removable valve core. Ineffective on large defects (cuts/bursts).

Our hints:Check tire pressure and sealant regularly. Depending on the weather conditions and mileage, the durability of the sealant varies and the safety factor shrinks.
Our formula for stressless riding: Refill every month with approx. 10 ml sealant through the valve, so there is no need to demount the tire.

Tubeless Rim Tape

The tubeless rim tape is extremely user friendly and at the same time very high pressure resistant. Even on road bikes a single ply of tape is sufficient.

10 m x 19 mm, Art.-No. 887019
10 m x 21 mm, Art.-No. 887021
10 m x 23 mm, Art.-No. 887023
10 m x 25 mm, Art.-No. 887025
10 m x 27 mm, Art.-No. 887027
10 m x 29 mm, Art.-No. 887029

Tire Lever

Makes changing tires a snap. The new shape and surface of the tire lever makes the assembly and disassembly of a tire more enjoyable. For both tires and hands too!

The new tire levers are especially helpful in difficult assembly operations. Clip it onto the rim, to fix the already mounted section of the tire, and it won‘t slide out when the last section is levered onto the rim.

Patent Pending

3 piece set, Art.-No. 1847

The colour blue is a trademark of Park Tool for bicycle tools and is used under license.

Tire Booster

The easy way to inflate tubeless tires. With the new TIRE BOOSTER from Schwalbe, tubeless tire assembly can be accomplished easily. Even without a compressor. With a power of up to eleven bar every tire immediately seats itself safely on the rim and seals everything evenly. If you need an even bigger flow of air, a special adapter is also available. The 435 g light, handy cylinder is the perfect remedy for every tubeless tire assembly, whether at home or on your trips.

Art.-No. 6080