Tubeless Tires Test

If you hesitate to change your wheels to tubeless (tubeless tires), read this article by Julien who takes stock of this technique and tested different models (… read more …).

The choice of tubeless tires is limited and they are quite expensive. On the other hand, even if some brands offer quality products, one could expect more strength in a general way.

Julien has tested them all for you!

 

For now I have found nothing ideal in tubeless tire. The Michelin Hot S looks great but on paper it will be tested soon. I could also see a new Continental tubeless. Other brands exist and offer good products: Nokian, IRC, Geax, but I have not tested them yet. A problem to report: it remains to study the problem of repair, which is sometimes difficult or impossible. Finally an important note: from one brand to another the widths have nothing to do, a 2.0 at Hutchinson corresponds to 2.2 at Schwalbe.

 

All this makes me think, for my part I think I will turn to reinforced tubeless tires because even if it is heavier, 40 euros the tire, it’s annoying to put it in the trash because of a small tear.

Test place …

Tire Michelin Wildgripper Front S 2 .1 – 2003

Hanging: ++++

Comfort: +++

Solidity: ++

Wear: ++

Maintaining the pressure: ++++

Price: +

Usage: light hiking / free ride

Rating: 15/20

 

This tire is the special version of XLS, preferably to be mounted in the front. It weighs 800 grams, which is a correct weight for a tubeless. For my part I was able to try it for 1 year, on a hike, in light free ride and for a marathon downhill race at Mont Ventoux (see ‘Articles and reports’ section of this site) …

This tire has excellent grip, it is also comfortable, despite its reduced width. It also has good resistance to pressure and easy assembly. It is an excellent tire for hiking, light free ride but not strong enough for the rest.

Just a few flaws, the sides of the tire wear out quickly enough, which causes cuts and punctures. On the other hand its price remains quite high (around 40 euros), but unfortunately the price of the majority of tubeless tires.

The output of the Michelin Hot S tubeless 2.20, weighed at 820 grams, may be able to remedy the fragility of the sidewalls of the tire, because this new product is reinforced … the results of the test in 6 months!

 

Hutchinson Scorpion 2.3 tubeless tire 2003

Hanging: +++
Comfort: ++++

Solidity: +++

Wear: ++

Maintaining the pressure: ++++

Price: ++

Usage: light hiking / free ride

Rating: 15/20

 

This is the largest version of Scorpion. It is also better in the front, plus its large volume sometimes limits this use, otherwise it rubs on the basics! It weighs 900 grams, it remains correct, given its volume.

This tire also has a good grip, although we would have liked the studs higher up. Indeed the crampons wear out quickly, a shame because the sides of the tire are stronger than those of the Michelin above. Its big volume brings a good comfort. An excellent choice for the rando, the light free ride.

In terms of strength I did not have to deplore cuts, or too much punctures, just a rapid wear of the rubber, which makes the life of the tire finally quite short.

 

 

Schwalbe fast fred tubeless tire 2002

Hanging: 0

Comfort: +

Solidity: +

Wear: 0

Keeping the pressure: 0

Price: +

Usage: on the road

Note: not a mountain bike (off-road) tire, but road.

 

It’s a slick tire, with some crampons on the side. Frankly, I do not really see the usefulness of such a tire, except to ride on the road, because otherwise it really makes the bike uncontrollable. It is light, around 650 grams, on the other hand very fragile, and it did not hold the pressure more than 2 days.

 

 

Schwalbe skinny jimmy tubeless tire 2002

Hanging: +

Comfort: ++

Solidity: +

Wear: +

Keeping the pressure: ++

Price: +

Usage: for the VTC or very rolling terrain

Rating: 7/20

 

It is very narrow for a 1.9, fairly light, around 700 grams. Its grip is limited by its width, very low. His comfort remains mediocre. His grip is really limited, the tire has a tendency to win a sudden in corners on dry ground. He too did not keep up the pressure. Moreover it wears quickly, it is to reserve for the circuits very rolling, and still, it is dangerous … I preferred the versions Jimmy or Big Jim wider.

 

 

Hutchinson Scorpion tubeless light 2.0 tire 2003

 

Hanging: ++

Comfort: ++

Wear: ++

Solidity: +++

Maintaining the pressure: ++++

Price: ++

Usage: cross country, hiking.

Rating: 14/20

 

This tire weighs 700 grams, and remains strong enough for its weight. His grip is correct. If you are looking for a lightweight tubeless tire, this is a good choice. Its comfort is limited, but it is a good compromise for cross-country or hiking. At the level of the solidity, it is perhaps the chance, but I punctured less than with the same model non / light.

Note: Hutchinson recommends not to sand the tire to install a repair patch, in order to avoid weakening the carcass.

 

 

Tire Maxxis Larsen tubeless 2.0 2003

 

Hanging: +++

Comfort: +++

Wear: +++

Solidity: +++

Keeps the pressure: ++++

Price: +++

Usage: cross-country / free ride light.

Note: 15/20 and 16/20 in rear mounting.

 

It has a tire-like appearance that has little grip, yet it is excellent in rear mounting. In addition it is strong, and yet it is one of the cheapest. It is solid enough, the flanks have not torn, he finally let go because I too sanded to put a patch, to avoid. Good value, which should not disappoint you.