Home
Verdict: 
Schwalbe's racing tyre with all the benefits of tubeless technology plus enough durability for everyday riding
Weight: 
634g

German tyre company Schwalbe has been a proponent of tubeless road tyres since the release of the excellent Ultremo ZX tubeless tyre I tested two years ago. Those tyres have now been replaced by the new One Tubeless, which takes the company's top-end race tyre and offers it with a tubeless bead. And the result is a very fast and supple tyre with all the benefits from ditching the inner tube, fewer flats.

Find your local dealer here

Buy this online here

Setting the tyre up was easy. I used Stan's new Grail wheelset, a wide profile rim, with the tubeless tape and valve already installed. I simply fitted the tyres, poured in a small amount of latex, and inflated the tyre using a track pump. The tyre popped up onto the rim first time, with the reassuring pop sounds indicating the bead has locked into the rim securely. When tubeless installation is this easy you wonder why everyone doesn't run tubeless, but I know some tyre/wheel combinations can be a little less straightforward. Another member of the road.cc team found it somewhat harder getting one on to a Shimano XT 29er rim, but he also said it was a struggle getting anything on to those - these Schwalbes were by no means the hardest he'd fitted on them.

Schwalbe offers the One Tubeless tyre in a number of width options, right up to 28mm. I chose the 25mm, a popular size these days. I experimented with pressures during the first few rides, in the end settling on about 90-95psi for my 66kg weight, going lower or higher depending on conditions. Being able to run lower pressures is one of the benefits of tubeless - there is no tube to pinch if you hit a hole or crack in the road, so you can safely get away with lower pressures.

The tyre feels very similar to the regular One clincher tyre, with the same grippy yet fast rolling tread compound used across the top of the carcass. The tubeless variant has a wonderfully supple feel on the road surface, tracking the contours of rough roads really well. The tread compound is very durable too, impressive considering it's pitched as a race tyre. It doesn't cut up at all, and even after some of my off-road excursions down bridleways and along the Fosse Way they show no signs of damage. I wouldn't venture off-road on a regular inner tube setup for fear of puncturing, but with tubeless you certainly can do, and these new One tyres, despite being designed for racing, provide impressive durability.

Schwalbe says it has spent three years developing these new tyres and proudly declares the One to be its fastest tyre in its promotional material, saying the rolling resistance of its tubeless tyre is less than an ultralight racing tyre with an inner tube. It's tricky testing rolling resistance in the real world and getting accurate data, but they certainly don't feel slow compared to the regular One tubed tyres when tested on the same bike, on the same roads, in the same conditions. The tyre is substantially heavier, 318g for the 25mm tyres tested, but remember you're losing the weight of the inner tube.

Finally, let's look at the price - £56.99 is a lot of money for a tyre. Tubeless tyres tend to be more expensive than conventional ones - of course you are going to be saving on regularly shelling out for inner tubes not to mention the time and inconvenience caused by punctures. That said, the Schwalbe One is at the uppper end of the scale even for tubeless tyres. In its defence it is a tubeless race tyre and it's also the best riding tubeless tyre we've tested - even better than it's predecessor the Ultremo ZX. It's also worth stressing that £56.99 is merely the rrp, shop around and you can find this tyre for considerably less than that. 

With such easy tubeless installation as this, zero maintenance and no punctures, fantastic rolling resistance at lower pressures, fast enough for racing and durable enough for everyday riding with the toughness to tackle more adventurous roads and trails, I'm not sure why I would ever go back to regular tyres with inner tubes. If you're fed up with punctures and have tubeless ready rims (as many new bikes do these days) Schwalbe's One tyres are a good buy.

Verdict

Schwalbe's racing tyre with all the benefits of tubeless technology plus enough durability for everyday riding

If you're thinking of buying this product using a cashback deal why not use the road.cc Top Cashback page and get some top cashback while helping to support your favourite independent cycling website

road.cc test report

Make and model: Schwalbe One Tubeless

Size tested: 25-622 700x25c - weight is for pair

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

This is what Schwalbe say...

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

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.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Schwables fastest and at the same time most reliable competition tyre

Manufactured in a separate facility built exclusively for the production of this new tyre

Schwalbe One has been used RadioShack Leopard Trek, AG2R and FDJ

Tubeless compatible bead and casing

Available in 700 x 23, 25, 28c

Weighs: 205g - 340g

Evolution line

OneStar triple tyre compound

Folding tyre

Max PSI ratings: 70 - 125 PSI

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Not slower than the regular clincher version with all the benefits of tubeless (lower pressures for more traction and no flats)

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I didn't find anything to dislike during my test with them. You can't change tyres as easily and quickly with tubeless, but these are good enough to fit-and-forget

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

With such easy tubeless installation as this, zero maintenance and no punctures, and fantastic rolling resistance at lower pressures, I'm not sure why I would ever go back to regular tyres with inner tubes.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

44 comments

Avatar
ddraver [10 posts] 4 years ago
0 likes

Don't worry about removal. If the worst happens, the tyre bead will have stretched on the rim and the sealant acts as a lube - you ll probably only need your thumbs

Avatar
chrisbirch [1 post] 4 years ago
0 likes

Please can you change the weight info from 205g - 340g to 305g - 385g
Weights for tubeless Schwalbe ONE, from 2 of their websites:
23mm - 305g
25mm - 340g
28mm - 385g

Avatar
offshore_dave [65 posts] 4 years ago
0 likes

I run these babies and am very happy with them, comfort, speed and puncture wise.

One of the advantages of tubeless is that they can be run at lower pressures but, I have found, if using at say anything between 80 & 90 psi (I am 71kg), the rear really feels like it is going to come off the rim when stomping up short climbs.

I haven't actually had the tyre come off but now run the tyre at above 100psi if I am going to be pushing hard and it feels a lot better in that respect although a harsher ride in general.

Avatar
StraelGuy [1699 posts] 4 years ago
0 likes

I've now done 50 miles on these exact tyres and can give a subjective view on their 'feel'. I run Conti Grand Prix GT on my other bike and the difference is noticable.

The One is an extremely fast tyre, rolling resistance is amazing. The difference is that you CAN feel the thicker rubber. If I had to describe the top Conti's as having a 'creamy' smoothness to the ride, I'd describe the smoothness of the Ones as 'rubbery' smoothness.

Both very fast tyres but the Ones feel faster but 'rubberier'. A subjective view certainly but quite accurate I feel.

Avatar
Zozimus [3 posts] 4 years ago
0 likes

I've used both tyres, the IRC are manufactured perfectly and I would prefer them.. Alex's bike shop in Japan will post them. I couldn't find an EU source.

Avatar
Zozimus [3 posts] 4 years ago
0 likes

I've used both tyres, the IRC are manufactured perfectly and I would prefer them.. Alex's bike shop in Japan will post them. I couldn't find an EU source.

Avatar
noether [96 posts] 4 years ago
1 like

I have run Continental 4 seasons 28mm with inner tubes at 90 psi front 95 psi back for 4 years over badly maintained roads, covering abt 5000 km (weekends only). Zero punctures. Very little wear. I am now swapping them out for Continental GP 28 mm, just for a change. Tubeless? Yes! The technology will eventually displace innner tubes and make it possible to ride lightweight adventure bikes with thru-axles and 40mm tires at 50? psi on gravel, 80 psi on tarmac.

Avatar
IngloriousLou [146 posts] 4 years ago
0 likes

I've been running these tyres in 23 and 25mm versions for the last 18months.

I've races, trained and mucked about on them for 16000km. 0 punctures that didn't seal within 5 seconds or so.

I lost one tyre to a big cut from broken glass, it was about 15mm long and I don't think any tyre would have survived.

I won't ever go back to tubes.

Avatar
rix [265 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

After a year on tubeless, I'm going back to clinchers with inner tube. I didn't see any benefits from using tubeless. Clinchers are tried and tested teshnology with wast choice of easy swappable tyres. Clinchers will give me peace of mind in knowing that I will be able to repair them (in 99% of cases) and carry on.

Avatar
CXR94Di2 [2619 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

I have ordered the One Pro in 28mm to see how they perform compared to my 25mm One version. The Pro 28mm is lighter than the old 25mm version. Just to see how they feel and roll will be interesting

Avatar
nadsta [201 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
CXR94Di2 wrote:

I have ordered the One Pro in 28mm to see how they perform compared to my 25mm One version. The Pro 28mm is lighter than the old 25mm version. Just to see how they feel and roll will be interesting

i fitted these (28mm) and within 150 k commuting in London  (2 weeks)  I've had to fit tyre boots to both tyres following  punctures that didn't seal . The actual blows were pretty small. Perhaps I need a higher pressure sealant (running 75 psi)  

Maybe bad luck but generally on commutes I doubt I suffer more than 2 punctures a year. Let us know how you get on.

They feel great though when they're not leaking air and sealant!

Avatar
macrophotofly [333 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
rix wrote:
SuperG wrote:

Just can't get hold of a pair, might try and pick some up in Japan this summer

Please pick up two pairs  3

 

I live in Tokyo.  I just checked - the 25mm training versions are on Amazon.co.jp  (http://www.amazon.co.jp/ROADLITE-TUBELESS-700%C3%9725c-190118-%E3%83%96%E3%83%A9%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF/dp/B009AOSNKG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1449215243&sr=8-5&keywords=Irc+roadlite ) which is partially in English (enough for you to enter your details and and pay for the order).

 

And here are the Pro version -

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Formula-TUBELESS-RBCC-700%C3%9725c-190121/dp/B00MFC55P6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1449216768&sr=8-3&keywords=Irc+pro+tubeless

 

Avatar
edwardk [1 post] 2 years ago
0 likes

Despite the fact that some people are apparently blessed enough never to get punctures, there's clearly a market for better puncture protection without hurting ride quality or performance. I like wide tubeless tyres because it gives me the freedom to ride on some of the rougher stuff that I'd just not risk with clinchers. That being the case, these are not the tyres for me. I've been running a Sector 28 up front with no problems and the 28 version of this on the rear with multiple punctures, one of which blew out a quite spectacular cloud of latex as I was trundling down the high street. The tyre on inspection has multiple gashes in the rubber and although it did reseal in the end, it doesn't look safe. Not necessarily a bad tyre -  perhaps it's because I'm rougher on these than the manufacturer intended, so next up I'll try the Schwalbe s-one in a 30. 

Avatar
ricey155 [9 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Impressive tyre and if these are the easy one's to fit then I'm not trying the hard version  1

Hate flat's and run tubular tufoS33 pro's all year with sealant on my superstar rims, Converting my carbon rims to tubeless makes the bike look faster already!!

they ride nice and I like the idea of no blow outs, The burway downhill killed a tube after the brakes over heated the rim, scary so hope next visit this is the CURE.

nice review  

Pages