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The one for gravel.
Whether your gravel adventure involves packing gear and trekking across state lines or a fun afternoon on the county farm roads with friends, the Schwalbe G-One Tubeless Tire has got you covered. With just the right amount of tread to keep you steady without slowing you down, this tire pairs the comfort of tubeless with extra flat protection to safely weather all manner of gravel, b-grade roads, and smooth singletrack.
The G-One pairs the low-pressure and puncture-resistant properties of tubeless with a beefy width to soak up all those gravel bumps. The wider stance allows for even lower tire pressure and an increased contact patch for more confident grip in corners and an overall smoother ride than narrower tires. Schwalbe's MicroSkin construction adds durability to the G-One, helping the tire resist ill-intentioned debris on the route so you arrive at your destination flat-free.
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought the G-Ones looking for a fast rolling gravel tire and these absolutely deliver. They roll very fast on pavement and give me all the grip and confidence I need on gravel, except for a few extreme situations. Over the last two years I have also run the Clement MSO and the Kenda Flint Ridge, all in 35c (or 36C for the MSO). (It's just too tempting not to experiment with gravel tires. The MSO was my previous favorite and is a bit grippier than the G-One. The Flintridge, even in 35c is definitely the most confidence inspiring but I hated riding them on pavement. I'd be curious to do a side-by-side with the MSO and the G-One, but nothing about the G-One has left me wanting to re-mount the MSO.
One thing I really like about the G-One is their speed and versatility. There is nothing more frustrating than going out for a group "gravel" ride and having a few guys in the group on road bikes hammer everyone on the unavoidable pavement sections of the ride.
The only area in which the G-Ones give anything up is when you are hauling on a downhill and need to slow down quickly. Due to the limited tread profile they tend to lock up and skid. Not a huge deal, you just have to keep it in mind when going over 35mph. Also, I've had a few moments during gravel races on really steep stuff (I'm in VT) when I wish I could get a little more grip when really trying to put down the power. That said, I am stretching for negatives here. Tire choice is all about trade-offs and for me the trade-offs of running G-Ones are just fine by me
Finally, the G-Ones were absolutely the easiest tire to set up tubeless I have every mounted. Let's face it, usually something goes wrong or needs a little extra attention when you are mounting a tubeless set-up. Not the G-Ones. It was literally too easy - took maybe 15 minutes to swap out my old tires and have these up and running!
Very pleased with these tires.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The perfect gravel tire. The pattern if genius. It rips on the gravel. So much traction but it rolls so fast!! This trie is great. It is more of a race tire, so you won't get a lot of miles out of it, but if you have a race coming up, then throw these things on there. You will crush it!