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If you haven’t tried road tubeless tires yet, what are you waiting for? Higher volume tires run at lower pressures, giving a more comfortable ride and less rolling resistance (which means more speed). There isn’t much to not like there—well, except maybe for the extra setup. Luckily, Schwalbe has made installing tubeless tires hassle-free with its TLE Tubeless Easy Technology. Schwalbe One TLE tires can be setup with the tools you already own at home. They seat with just a floor pump, no air compressor necessary. Seriously.
How easily a tire sets up is one thing. How it rides is another. With the One, Schwalbe has set out to create an all-around road tire alternative to its excellent race tire, the Pro One. While less focused on absolute speed, the One is still meant to be plenty fast and offers extra puncture protection and greater durability compared to the Pro One. And with the price tag of high-end tires these days, the One, at $62 each, might be an enticing option for many racers looking for a bit of extra durability and puncture resistance while still having a very-fast-rolling tire.
RaceGuard protection adds a high level of puncture resistance to the One, on top of the additional protection offered by running your tires tubeless with sealant. We’ve had great experiences with Schwalbe tires featuring RaceGuard in the past, and the One continues this trend, offering a very reliable, puncture-free experience. Schwalbe couples this puncture protection with an ADDIX compound, which is more durable than the ADDIX Race compound found in the Pro One. This compound is also better suited for a diverse variety of conditions, including wet winter roads.
The amount of grip in the One is phenomenal. When descending, we could really lean into corners. And quite frankly, we probably didn’t even push these tires as far as they could go. We backed off well before the tires could say uncle! And even though it is not Schwalbe’s fastest tire, the One still picks up plenty of speed and leaves us happily rolling along. The One also offers noticeable damping of road vibration, another bonus.
The One is available in a few sizes, including a more standard 25mm option as well as wider 28mm and 30mm options. And each size comes with either a black sidewall or a tan Classic Skin sidewall, but we both already know you’re going to choose the Classic Skin option.
$62; 3 sizes (25mm, 28mm, 30mm); 2 sidewall colors; schwalbetires.com