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  • Clincher tyre 423
  • Folding tyre 498
  • Indoor training tyre 8
  • Tubular tyre 11
  • Winter tyres 26

Wheel Size in inches

  • 29+ 2
  • 29 117
  • 28 332
  • 27,5 231
  • 27 7
  • 26 160
  • 24 22
  • 22 4
  • 20 36
  • 18 4
  • 16 4
  • 14 5
  • 12 6
  • Fatbike 26 1
  • 27.5+" 7

Tire width in mm

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Features

  • Light puncture protection 71
  • no specifics 112
  • Puncture protection 297
  • Reflective stripes 186
  • Self-adhesive 36
  • Skin/tan wall 20
  • Studded 13
  • Tubeless-Ready 214
  • Whitewall 7
  • Wide Trail Carcass 12
  • With dynamo running tread 1
  • With valve recess 35

Series

  • Continental Competition 1
  • Continental Contact 41
  • Continental Country 2
  • Continental Cross King 14
  • Continental Der Baron 4
  • Continental Der Kaiser 3
  • Continental Double Fighter 7
  • Continental Gator 7
  • Continental Giro 1
  • Continental Grand Prix 9
  • Continental Grand Sport 1
  • Continental Hometrainer 3
  • Continental King 1
  • Continental Mountain King 4
  • Continental Mud King 3
  • Continental Race King 10
  • Continental Ride 32
  • Continental Speed King 3
  • Continental Speed King CX 1
  • Continental Sprinter 2
  • Continental Super Sport Plus 3
  • Continental Terra Speed 5
  • Continental Terra Trail 1
  • Continental Trail King 6
  • Continental Ultra Sport III 4
  • Continental Urban 1
  • Continental Vapor 1
  • CULT Vans 11
  • Maxxis Aggressor 4
  • Maxxis Ardent 15
  • Maxxis Aspen 1
  • Maxxis Assegai 10
  • Maxxis Creepy Crawler 1
  • Maxxis CrossMark 5
  • Maxxis Dissector 5
  • Maxxis DTH 7
  • Maxxis Forekaster 3
  • Maxxis Grifter 5
  • Maxxis Gypsy 1
  • Maxxis High Roller 16
  • Maxxis HolyRoller 3
  • Maxxis HookWorm 3
  • Maxxis Ikon 13
  • Maxxis Minion 55
  • Maxxis M-Tread 1
  • Maxxis Overdrive 2
  • Maxxis Padrone 1
  • Maxxis Rambler 8
  • Maxxis Receptor 2
  • Maxxis Re-Fuse 4
  • Maxxis Rekon 10
  • Maxxis Shorty 7
  • Maxxis Torch 4
  • Maxxis Velocita 3
  • Maxxis WetScream 1
  • Michelin City 3
  • Michelin Country 11
  • Michelin Dynamic 3
  • Michelin Force 4
  • Michelin Lithion 3
  • Michelin Power 6
  • Michelin Pro4 2
  • Michelin Protek 7
  • Michelin Wild 2
  • Michelin World Tour 6
  • Panaracer Gravelking 15
  • Panaracer Pasela 8
  • Panaracer Race 4
  • Panaracer Regacross 1
  • Panaracer Ribmo 1
  • Pirelli Cinturato 1
  • Pirelli Cycl-e DT 5
  • Pirelli Cycl-e GT 3
  • Pirelli Cycl-e WT 2
  • Pirelli Cycl-e XT 7
  • Pirelli P ZERO 4
  • Pirelli Scorpion 9
  • Ritchey Classic 3
  • Ritchey Comp 1
  • Ritchey Pro 4
  • Ritchey WCS 1
  • Schwalbe Big Apple 4
  • Schwalbe Big Ben 5
  • Schwalbe Big Betty 6
  • Schwalbe Black Jack 2
  • Schwalbe CX 6
  • Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 10
  • Schwalbe Dirty Dan 5
  • Schwalbe Durano 2
  • Schwalbe Eddy Current 2
  • Schwalbe Energizer Plus 6
  • Schwalbe Fat Frank 2
  • Schwalbe G-One 22
  • Schwalbe Hans Dampf 10
  • Schwalbe HS 2
  • Schwalbe Hurricane 5
  • Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 6
  • Schwalbe Insider 2
  • Schwalbe Johnny Watts 2
  • Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 1
  • Schwalbe Kid Plus 1
  • Schwalbe Kojak 8
  • Schwalbe Land Cruiser 5
  • Schwalbe Little Big Ben 1
  • Schwalbe Little Joe 1
  • Schwalbe Lugano 5
  • Schwalbe Mad Mike 1
  • Schwalbe Magic Mary 17
  • Schwalbe Marathon 24
  • Schwalbe Marathon GT 2
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus 24
  • Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 1
  • Schwalbe Nobby Nic 6
  • Schwalbe One 6
  • Schwalbe Pick-Up 2
  • Schwalbe Procore 1
  • Schwalbe Pro One 14
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2
  • Schwalbe Racing Ray 6
  • Schwalbe Rightrun 9
  • Schwalbe Road Cruiser 17
  • Schwalbe Rocket Ron 11
  • Schwalbe Rock Razor 3
  • Schwalbe Silento 1
  • Schwalbe Smart Sam 14
  • Schwalbe Space 1
  • Schwalbe Speedair 3
  • Schwalbe Super Moto 3
  • Schwalbe Super Moto-X 4
  • Schwalbe Thunder Burt 3
  • Schwalbe Tough Tom 2
  • Schwalbe Winter 4
  • Schwalbe X-ONE 4
  • SKS Worx 1
  • Vittoria Corsa 3
  • Vittoria Corsa Control 1
  • Vittoria Cross Terreno 1
  • Vittoria E-Barzo 1
  • Vittoria Rubino Pro 3
  • Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 1
  • WTB ByWay 1
  • WTB Cross Boss 2
  • WTB Exposure 2
  • WTB Horizon 3
  • WTB Nano 3
  • WTB Raddler 5
  • WTB Riddler 3
  • WTB ThickSlick 2
  • WTB Venture 5
  • WTB Vigilante 1
  • ZIPP 303 1
  • Zipp 3Zero Moto 1
  • Zipp Knurled 3
  • ZIPP Silca 1
  • ZIPP Tangente 4

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Continental Grand Prix 4-Season Folding Tyre 28" DuraSkin Black Edition black
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season Folding Tyre 28" DuraSkin Black Edition black black
Continental
Grand Prix 4-Season Folding Tyre 28" DuraSkin Black Edition black
£53.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c32-622 | 700x32C
Continental GrandPrix 5000 Folding Tyre 28x1.00" black/black skin
Continental GrandPrix 5000 Folding Tyre 28x1.00" black/black skin black/black skin
Continental
GrandPrix 5000 Folding Tyre 28x1.00" black/black skin
£55.99
  • Versions: 25-622 | 28x10"
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5" DualC TR EXO
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5" DualC TR EXO
Maxxis
Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5" DualC TR EXO
£47.99 From £39.99
- 17 %
  • Versions: 58-584 | 27,5x2,3061-584 | 27,5x2,40
Continental GrandPrix 5000 Tubeless Folding Tyre 650x28B black/black skin
Continental GrandPrix 5000 Tubeless Folding Tyre 650x28B black/black skin black/black skin
Continental
GrandPrix 5000 Tubeless Folding Tyre 650x28B black/black skin
£65.99 £45.99
- 30 %
  • Versions: 28-584 | 650x28B
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 12x1/2x2 1/4" black/black
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 12x1/2x2 1/4" black/black black/black
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 12x1/2x2 1/4" black/black
£11.99
  • Versions: 62-203 | 12x1/2x2 1/4
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" Reflex black/black
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" Reflex black/black black/black
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" Reflex black/black
£19.99 £12.99
- 35 %
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1 3/8x1 5/8
SCHWALBE Lugano II Active Clincher Tyre 700x25C K-Guard black
SCHWALBE Lugano II Active Clincher Tyre 700x25C K-Guard black black
SCHWALBE
Lugano II Active Clincher Tyre 700x25C K-Guard black
£16.99
  • Versions: 25-622 | 700x25c
Continental Ultra Sport III Performance Clincher Tyre 700x23C black/black
Continental Ultra Sport III Performance Clincher Tyre 700x23C black/black black/black
Continental
Ultra Sport III Performance Clincher Tyre 700x23C black/black
£17.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c
Maxxis Grifter Urban Clincher Tyre 29" MPC
Maxxis Grifter Urban Clincher Tyre 29" MPC
Maxxis
Grifter Urban Clincher Tyre 29" MPC
£34.99 £25.99
- 26 %
  • Versions: 64-622 | 29x2.50
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 20x1.75" Reflex black/black
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 20x1.75" Reflex black/black black/black
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 20x1.75" Reflex black/black
£12.99
  • Versions: 47-406 | 20x1,75
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 20" K-Guard Active black
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 20" K-Guard Active black black
SCHWALBE
Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 20" K-Guard Active black
£11.99
  • Versions: 47-406 | 20x1.75"
SCHWALBE Black Jack Clincher Tyre Active 26" K-Guard SBC
SCHWALBE Black Jack Clincher Tyre Active 26" K-Guard SBC
SCHWALBE
Black Jack Clincher Tyre Active 26" K-Guard SBC
£17.99
  • Versions: 50-559 | 26x2.00"
Michelin WorldTour Clincher Tyre 35-622 / 700x35C black
Michelin WorldTour Clincher Tyre 35-622 / 700x35C black black
Michelin
WorldTour Clincher Tyre 35-622 / 700x35C black
£13.99
  • Versions: 35-622 | 700x35C
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 20x1.75" black/white
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 20x1.75" black/white black/white
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 20x1.75" black/white
£11.99
  • Versions: 47-406 | 20x1,75"
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Tour Performance Clincher Tyre 28x1.40" GreenGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Tour Performance Clincher Tyre 28x1.40" GreenGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black black
SCHWALBE
Energizer Plus Tour Performance Clincher Tyre 28x1.40" GreenGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black
£26.99
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1,40"
Continental Super Sport Plus Clincher Tyre 28-622 black
Continental Super Sport Plus Clincher Tyre 28-622 black black
Continental
Super Sport Plus Clincher Tyre 28-622 black
£22.99 £20.99
  • Versions: 28-622 | 700x28c
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Tour Performance Clincher Tyre 28x1.75" GreenGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Tour Performance Clincher Tyre 28x1.75" GreenGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black black
SCHWALBE
Energizer Plus Tour Performance Clincher Tyre 28x1.75" GreenGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black
£26.99
  • Versions: 47-622 | 28x1,75"
Continental Grand Prix Clincher Tyre 28"
Continental Grand Prix Clincher Tyre 28"
Continental
Grand Prix Clincher Tyre 28"
£30.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c25-622 | 700x25c
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 28" K-Guard Active whitewall
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 28" K-Guard Active whitewall whitewall
SCHWALBE
Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 28" K-Guard Active whitewall
£16.99 £11.99
- 29 %
  • Versions: 32-622 | 28x1.25"
Pirelli Cycl-e GT Clincher Tyre 26x2.10" black
Pirelli Cycl-e GT Clincher Tyre 26x2.10" black black
Pirelli
Cycl-e GT Clincher Tyre 26x2.10" black
£34.99 £16.99
- 51 %
  • Versions: 54-559 | 26x2,10"
SCHWALBE Fat Frank Clincher Tyre Active 28" SBC black-reflex
SCHWALBE Fat Frank Clincher Tyre Active 28" SBC black-reflex black-reflex
SCHWALBE
Fat Frank Clincher Tyre Active 28" SBC black-reflex
£21.99 £15.99
- 27 %
  • Versions: 50-622 | 28x2.00"
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 26x1.75" black
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 26x1.75" black black
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 26x1.75" black
£18.99 £12.99
- 32 %
  • Versions: 47-559 | 26x1,75
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28" black/black
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28" black/black black/black
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28" black/black
£17.99 £11.99
- 33 %
  • Versions: 28-622 | 28x1 5/8x1 1/8"32-622 | 28x1 1/4x1 3/4"
Continental Super Sport Plus Clincher Tyre 700x23C black
Continental Super Sport Plus Clincher Tyre 700x23C black black
Continental
Super Sport Plus Clincher Tyre 700x23C black
£22.99 £20.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c
SCHWALBE Durano Plus Performance Clincher Tyre 700x23C TwinSkin SmartGuard Addix
SCHWALBE Durano Plus Performance Clincher Tyre 700x23C TwinSkin SmartGuard Addix
SCHWALBE
Durano Plus Performance Clincher Tyre 700x23C TwinSkin SmartGuard Addix
£33.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c
Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x28C black
Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x28C black black
Vittoria
Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x28C black
£35.99
  • Versions: 28-622 | 700x28
Continental Contact Plus City Clincher Tyre 26x2.15" E-50 Reflex black
Continental Contact Plus City Clincher Tyre 26x2.15" E-50 Reflex black black
Continental
Contact Plus City Clincher Tyre 26x2.15" E-50 Reflex black
£35.99
  • Versions: 55-559 | 26x2,15"
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" creme/creme
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" creme/creme creme/creme
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" creme/creme
£17.99 £15.99
- 11 %
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1 3/8x1 5/8
Continental Double Fighter III Clincher Tyre 26x1.90" Reflex black
Continental Double Fighter III Clincher Tyre 26x1.90" Reflex black black
Continental
Double Fighter III Clincher Tyre 26x1.90" Reflex black
£17.99
  • Versions: 50-559 | 26x1.90"
Maxxis HolyRoller Clincher Tyre 24x2.40" MaxxPro
Maxxis HolyRoller Clincher Tyre 24x2.40" MaxxPro
Maxxis
HolyRoller Clincher Tyre 24x2.40" MaxxPro
£30.99
  • Versions: 55-507 | 24x2.40
Continental Contact Plus Clincher Tyre SafetyPlus Breaker 28" Reflex
Continental Contact Plus Clincher Tyre SafetyPlus Breaker 28" Reflex
Continental
Contact Plus Clincher Tyre SafetyPlus Breaker 28" Reflex
£33.99 From £20.99
- 38 %
  • Available in many sizes!
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season Folding Tyre 26-622
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season Folding Tyre 26-622
Continental
Grand Prix 4-Season Folding Tyre 26-622
£52.99 £47.99
  • Versions: 25-622 | 700x25c
SCHWALBE Land Cruiser Clincher Tyre Active 28x1.60" black
SCHWALBE Land Cruiser Clincher Tyre Active 28x1.60" black black
SCHWALBE
Land Cruiser Clincher Tyre Active 28x1.60" black
£16.99 £10.99
- 35 %
  • Versions: 42-622 | 28x1.60"
Continental RIDE Classic Clincher Tyre 28" E-25 Reflex
Continental RIDE Classic Clincher Tyre 28" E-25 Reflex
Continental
RIDE Classic Clincher Tyre 28" E-25 Reflex
£19.99 £14.99
- 25 %
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1 3/8x1 5/8
Continental Ultra Sport III Performance Clincher Tyre 700x32C black/black
Continental Ultra Sport III Performance Clincher Tyre 700x32C black/black black/black
Continental
Ultra Sport III Performance Clincher Tyre 700x32C black/black
£17.99
  • Versions: 32-622 | 700x32C
Continental AT RIDE Clincher Tyre 28x1.60" Reflective Skin black/black
Continental AT RIDE Clincher Tyre 28x1.60" Reflective Skin black/black black/black
Continental
AT RIDE Clincher Tyre 28x1.60" Reflective Skin black/black
£18.99
  • Versions: 42-622 | 28x1,6
SCHWALBE Marathon E-Plus Perform Clincher Tyre 28x1.50" Smart DualGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black
SCHWALBE Marathon E-Plus Perform Clincher Tyre 28x1.50" Smart DualGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black black
SCHWALBE
Marathon E-Plus Perform Clincher Tyre 28x1.50" Smart DualGuard E-50 Addix E Reflex black
£39.99
  • Versions: 40-622 | 28x1,50"
SCHWALBE Delta Cruiser Active K-Guard Clincher Tyre 28" black/white
SCHWALBE Delta Cruiser Active K-Guard Clincher Tyre 28" black/white black/white
SCHWALBE
Delta Cruiser Active K-Guard Clincher Tyre 28" black/white
£16.99
  • Versions: 28-622 | 28x1,10
SCHWALBE Delta Cruiser Active K-Guard Clincher Tyre 26"
SCHWALBE Delta Cruiser Active K-Guard Clincher Tyre 26"
SCHWALBE
Delta Cruiser Active K-Guard Clincher Tyre 26"
£16.99 £9.99
- 41 %
  • Versions: 37-590 | 26x1 3/8 650x35A
Continental Contact Urban Clincher Tyre 37-622 | 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" Reflex E-50 SPro black/black
Continental Contact Urban Clincher Tyre 37-622 | 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" Reflex E-50 SPro black/black black/black
Continental
Contact Urban Clincher Tyre 37-622 | 28x1 3/8x1 5/8" Reflex E-50 SPro black/black
£26.99 £25.99
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1 3/8x1 5/8"
SCHWALBE Marathon Almotion Evolution Folding Tyre 28x1.50" V-Guard E-25 Addix reflex
SCHWALBE Marathon Almotion Evolution Folding Tyre 28x1.50" V-Guard E-25 Addix reflex reflex
SCHWALBE
Marathon Almotion Evolution Folding Tyre 28x1.50" V-Guard E-25 Addix reflex
£47.99
  • Versions: 40-622 | 28x1,50"
Maxxis DTH Clincher Tyre 26x2.30" MaxxPro EXO Tanwall black/light brown
Maxxis DTH Clincher Tyre 26x2.30" MaxxPro EXO Tanwall black/light brown black/light brown
Maxxis
DTH Clincher Tyre 26x2.30" MaxxPro EXO Tanwall black/light brown
£32.99
  • Versions: 55/58-559 | 26x2,30"
Maxxis Ikon Folding Tyre 29x2.20" Dual EXO TR Tanwall black/light brown
Maxxis Ikon Folding Tyre 29x2.20" Dual EXO TR Tanwall black/light brown black/light brown
Maxxis
Ikon Folding Tyre 29x2.20" Dual EXO TR Tanwall black/light brown
£51.99 £39.99
- 23 %
  • Versions: 57-622 | 29x2,20"
Maxxis Ardent Folding Tyre 29" DualC TR EXO black
Maxxis Ardent Folding Tyre 29" DualC TR EXO black black
Maxxis
Ardent Folding Tyre 29" DualC TR EXO black
£47.99 £41.99
- 13 %
  • Versions: 57-622 | 29x2.2562-622 | 29x2.40
Continental Giro Tubular Tyre 28" black/transparent skin
Continental Giro Tubular Tyre 28" black/transparent skin black/transparent skin
Continental
Giro Tubular Tyre 28" black/transparent skin
£29.99 £26.99
- 10 %
  • Versions: 22-622 | 700x22c
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 27x1 1/4" Reflex black/black
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 27x1 1/4" Reflex black/black black/black
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 27x1 1/4" Reflex black/black
£18.99 £17.99
  • Versions: 32-630 | 27x1 1/4
Continental Grand Prix Clincher Tyre 28-622
Continental Grand Prix Clincher Tyre 28-622
Continental
Grand Prix Clincher Tyre 28-622
£30.99
  • Versions: 28-622 | 700x28c
Maxxis DTH Clincher Tyre
Maxxis DTH Clincher Tyre
Maxxis
DTH Clincher Tyre
£30.99 £22.99
- 26 %
  • Versions: 58-559 | 26x2.30

Best bike tyres | Online cycling shop Bikester.co.uk

When it comes to finding the right bike tyre, cyclists have a tough decision to make: should they prioritise rolling resistance, traction, weight or puncture protection? All of these factors can lead to very different riding behaviour.

The differences are hidden in the details and should be adapted to the individual needs of each rider. For example, trekking bikers require tyres with low rolling resistance and optimum safety. On the other hand, racing cyclists need the right balance of high grip, cornering and light weight. In short, finding the best tyre for you isn’t easy, which is why Continental, Schwalbe, Mavic et al. offer special tyres for every application. However, only you yourself can decide whether a tyre is right for you.

Bicycle tyres

Tyre construction

A bicycle tyre consists of three different components: the carcass, the bead core and the tread. The bead core is made of steel wire and acts as a stiffening element for a secure fit of the tyre on the rim. Only in the case of folding tyres is the bead core flexible.

The carcass is made from nylon and contains up to 120 threads per inch to ensure a firm grip and easy rolling. The value of TPI (Threads per Inch) or EPI (Ends per Inch) indicates how many steel threads per inch of fabric were used. A value of 120 promises the best running properties for a bicycle tyre, but the many thin nylon threads also increase its susceptibility to punctures. The optimum is either 50 or 67 TPI.

The tread is applied to the carcass. This consists of textile and rubber given its profile during vulcanisation in the furnace. In order to minimise the risk of a puncture, many manufacturers offer puncture protection inserts in their tyres. However, since this additional layer is also associated with a higher weight of the tyre, puncture pads are usually left out of racing bike tyres.

Rubber mixtures

The exact rubber mixture is also important as it affects the running resistance, durability, adhesion to the substrate and the wear of the profile. Manufacturers i.e. SCHWALBE, Continental, try to produce the optimal tyre with different mixes for every requirement, with the following components in the rubber compound:

  • Rubber (both natural and synthetic)
  • Fillers such as carbon black or chalk
  • Oils and greases as plasticisers
  • Vulcanising agent, usually sulfur
  • Dyes
  • Aging agents

MTB tyres have a rather firm rubber compound which provides sufficient stability even on rough terrain. Racing bicycles often have two sets of tyres, including one for rainy conditions which is accordingly soft in order to achieve the best possible adhesion. It is, of course, important to note that a sophisticated and highly-tested rubber mixture can be quite expensive, but also promises significantly longer running performance and better riding comfort.

Bike tyre types

There are three different types of tyre to consider:

  • Clincher tyres are the standard and offer a good compromise between stability, safety and weight
  • Tubular tyres come without wire reinforcement and are glued directly into the rim. They are much lighter, but they are more vulnerable to punctures
  • Tubeless tyres are by far the lightest. Here the rim and the tyre seal each other off. However, the disadvantage is that special rims and tyres are necessary for this type of bicycle tyre
  • Bike typres profile

    It’s important to select the right profile for your terrain. Racing bikes usually have tyres with very little profile, because they are ridden on smooth roads and cause little rolling resistance. MTB tyres are heavily profiled to create as large a surface as possible on the mostly rough terrain. This is important in order to transfer steering or braking forces and to make the bicycle controllable.

    If, however, a mixture of road and off-road driving is likely, it’s worth looking for an all-round tyre that combines the advantages of both types of tyres – with a profile-less centre and a profiled outer side.

    Wear of your bike tyres

    There are a variety of factors that will affect the wear and tear of your tyre:

    • What is the terrain? A bicycle tyre lasts longer on a smooth road than on rocky terrain
    • What weather is the tyre exposed to? Rain, snow, cold, but also the sun and heat strongly influence how long a bicycle tyre lasts
    • How fast is the driving style? In the case of fast cornering and hard braking manoeuvres, the tyre is subjected to a high load
    • What is the tyre pressure? Under inflated tyres wear heavily

    Conventional bicycle tyres have a mileage of 2,000-5,000 kilometres, but there are also tyres that are designed for durability and can withstand damage between 5,000-16,000 kilometres. It’s important that a tyre is quickly replaced if there’s any doubt as to whether it’s still intact. The tyre should be replaced at the latest when the anti-puncture protection or the carcass threads become visible on the tread. In addition, it’s necessary to check the side walls of the tyres at regular intervals, as these can often tear apart due to strong lateral loads such as fast cornering or too little tyre pressure.