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An impressive update.
Schwalbe's recently updated tubeless road tire, the Pro One Tubeless Tire, sheds weight and rolling resistance compared to the original One tire. Given these advantages, the Pro One makes a compelling case for racing on tubeless tires, and we can only hope to see more race wheels offered in the future that are compatible with them. To improve upon an already solid tire, Schwalbe started with triple compound rubber, adding Snakebite and Sidewall protection that teams with a liquid, tubeless sealant to retain air pressure over time and help resist punctures.
The firm center strip improves the rolling resistance by a claimed ten percent while softer shoulders grip the tarmac for control while cornering at high speeds. Schwalbe's MicroSkin construction adds durability to the Pro One, helping the tire resist ill-intentioned debris on the roads so you get through your race flat-free, while the tubeless construction allows you to race with the tires at lower air pressure and eliminates friction between the tube and tire that can slow you down.
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- Q & A
Great Tire and tubeless is a cinch!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had to downgrade my review down to 3 stars. The first 700-800 miles or so the tires were great. I had a few punctures that sealed with no problems, one during a race which was wonderful, BUT... lately it seems like I can't get them to seal reliably, even with a patch kit installed on a hole that refused to seal with Stans. I think the problem is that Stans seems to work either with teeny tiny holes or under low pressure situations like Mtn Biking. The shape that these tires are in, I think they are ready to be replaced, but I don't want to throw down another $170 every 800 miles for tires that are only marginally better than Conti GP4000's, cost twice as much, and last 1/3 to 1/2 as long.
If you have a set of tubeless ready road wheels that sit in storage until race day I'd say go ahead and make the switch. Anything else and you're better off spending your money elsewhere. Cut the price in half and we're back up to 4 maybe 5 stars.
I've never run tubeless on any of my bikes before, so I was a little nervous to jump on the bandwagon. However, the glowing reviews of the One Pro tubeless had me convinced it was worth checking out. When I purchased some Tubeless Reynolds Stratus Pros from CC at a great deal I decided to go "all-in" and drop some dough on the most expensive tires I've ever purchased.
Installation: Mounting wasn't a big deal, I needed a tire lever, but was able to get everything on without much of a hassle. I was able to use my floor pump to inflate these immediately without any sealant. Having never used sealant before, this was also a bit of an unknown to me; I used Stans along with their applicator syringe available on Amazon for $11 or so and was able to add 30ml of sealant without any messes or mishaps.
Performance: My standard tires that I use are Conti GP 4000SII's and I'd say these are comparable for traction handling. I've taken the Pro One's on several Crits and Road Races and find them to perform extremely well on the corners and sprints. They are light, especially when run tubeless as designed. I especially appreciate the added traction I get from running them at a lower pressure than I would normally run the Continentals, it's a much more compliant (squishy) ride than I had in the past.
Pinch Flats: I took these out with some guys on a 100 mile ride that included a 3 mile stretch of the "worst paved road I've ever seen in America". 3 of our 6 tires ended up with a flat, but I was the only one who came away unscathed.
Conclusion: I love the tires, I love the tubeless concept. I have the security of Stans that will "theoretically" handle the small punctures (like tubulars), but unlike tubulars I can carry around a spare tube "just in case" I have a puncture and Stans doesn't take care of it. The Pro Ones are a legit racing tire.
Phenomenal after 400miles
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When upgrading my wheels to 50mm Wide Rim Carbon, I also put these tires on the wheels. They're like riding on a magic carpet. Very smooth and tubular-like. Am using 90psi up and 95psi on rear. Already had a puncture that sealed up and was unfindable the next day. Really good experience with these tires.
FYI, per Schwalbe, the 23mm width tires will inflate to 25.6mm width on 19mm internal width rims. I called to find out when the 25mm tires would be available and learned this.
When are the 25's going to be available ?