Monday, November 10, 2014

Schwalbe Tubeless + Stan's NoTubes Road wheels

In the winter, I have a fear - it goes like this, riding along on the road, pouring rain and 3 Celcius. I’m staying warm, just. Then I puncture…

Shortly after starting mountain biking (and a triple puncture race) I switched to running tubeless off-road. It was a revelation. The number of punctures dropped dramatically (maybe 4-7 in the last 6 years), comfort went up, grip went up and piece of mind went up. Who wants to have to stop and fix punctures?

Two years ago I had a set of Stan’s NoTubes Alpha Pro road wheels and Hutchinson Tubeless tires. It didn’t change the world for me - they didn’t roll well, felt heavy and I actually still punctured (slow puncture, but could get home with only a little topping up) - I persisted some more but once the tires were worn, I went back to ‘normal’.

About 9 months ago I got a shipment of the only released Schwalbe One Tubeless tires - it has changed the game, since then, 15,000km and no punctures. I’m running lower pressure (around 90-105PSI as opposed to my usual 110) and feel they roll faster. They are a little heavier than the tubbed equivalent but the feel on the road, the faster rolling and ‘bulletproof’ feeling I get more than make up for it.



I have wanted to put something down about this for a while - it is something, like going tubeless on the MTB, that has changed the game. It isn’t exactly cheap, but freezing my butt off at the side of a road is mostly a thing of the past. (Now - since I wrote all this, I bet I puncture tomorrow!)

7 comments:

Stephen said...

You can't really be getting 15000km from a single set of tyres? At least on the rear. I've worn multiple tyres through to the kevlar in less than half that time.

Ryan Sherlock said...

Nope - when they wear down enough I change them out. I don't wait for them to puncture.

Anonymous said...

Yes but lets just say your at sally gap the fog descends quickly and then it rains, and then you get a puncture - how do you then fix a puncture! It sound great to get 15k from a tyres ,I always thought these type of tyres were for the pro's with a week stocked team car for replacement.

Mountain goat.

Ryan Sherlock said...

On the last comment - I still carry a tube etc... as normal so I would fix a puncture in the usual way. No difference.

Tubeless road wheels said...

That tubeless tyre is really very helpful because there is no chances of punctures in it.

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