Even Schwalbe points out that not too long ago they were skeptical of tubeless tires for the road. Mountian? Sure. The benefits were clear, but for road bikes, touring bikes, even beach racers? That would require some research. So Schwalbe set out to do exactly that, and after years of testing the merits of tubeless they’ve come to their conclusion “Tubeless is the tire technology of the future.”
Listing many of the same benefits that tubeless manufacturers have put forth for years, Schwalbe points out that tubeless systems offer lower rolling resistance, the ability to ride at lower pressures, and provide superior puncture protection. After launching their new Pro One tire, Schwalbe can add lighter and faster to that list as well…
A big part of the new design for the Pro One is Schwalbe’s new Micro Skin construction. The fabric that is sealed into the tire’s sidewall allows for an airtight bond that makes high pressure Tubeless Easy a reality for the road.
The end result is a tire that is 70g lighter than the previous Schwalbe One Tubeless (235g vs 305g). The Pro One also measures faster than any of their other tires with only 17w of rolling resistance compared to 19w for the One tubeless, 22w for the One with a Tube, and 29w for the Durano with a tube. Available in 23, 25, and 28mm sizes the tires have a claimed weight of 235, 255, and 275g respectively. There’s even a 20 x 2.8″ version at 200g for your fast folding bike or Velomobile.
Introduced with much less fanfare but probably just as important in the long run are six other tubeless tires including the new G-one gravel tire. Available in 700 x 35 and 40, the G-One will also be sold in 27.5 x 40 which should be a perfect fit for the new Cannondale Slate. Other notable additions include the S-One designed for events like Paris Roubaix, the X-One CX tire, and Big One for when a non tubeless beach racing tire just won’t cut it. Pricing and availability TBA, though it is known that the Pro One will be replacing the One moving forward.