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Tyres: Easy rolling, traction & puncture protection for any surface
The tyres influence the ride feel of a bicycle unlike any other component. They shape and influence grip and greatly influence how easily and comfortably a wheel rolls. The exact combination of low rolling resistance, low weight, high traction and good puncture protection looks slightly different for every application. Established manufacturers combine contradictory requirements with style and offer their sportive profiles in a range of variants; including folding tyres, wire mesh, with or without additional puncture protection and even with different rubber mixtures. However, your first consideration before buying a tyre should be selecting the correct size for your bike, i.e. the wheel diameter and the tyre width that can be used in the frame and the fork. This is usually indicated either in inches (29 x 2.25) or as ETRO in millimetres (56 - 622).

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Build

  • Clincher tyre 286
  • Folding tyre 499
  • Indoor training tyre 6
  • Tubular tyre 18
  • Winter tyres 27

Wheel Size in inches

  • 29+ 4
  • 29 94
  • 27,5 185
  • 27 4
  • 26 114
  • 24 21
  • 22 5
  • 20 28
  • 18 2
  • 16 4
  • 14 1
  • 12 3
  • 27.5+" 21
  • 28" 323

Tire width in mm

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Features

  • Light puncture protection 145
  • no specifics 6
  • Puncture protection 233
  • Reflective stripes 122
  • Self-adhesive 30
  • Skin/tan wall 29
  • Studded 12
  • Tubeless-Ready 243
  • Whitewall 6
  • Wide Trail Carcass 12
  • Winter profile 1
  • With valve recess 29

Series

  • Continental Argotal 6
  • Continental Competition 2
  • Continental Contact 15
  • Continental Cross King 1
  • Continental Explorer 1
  • Continental Gator 5
  • Continental Giro 1
  • Continental Grand Prix 1
  • Continental Hometrainer 1
  • Continental King 1
  • Continental Krypptotal 5
  • Continental Mud King 1
  • Continental Race King 1
  • Continental Ride 7
  • Continental Sprinter 3
  • Continental Super Sport Plus 1
  • Continental Terra Speed 2
  • Continental Terra Trail 1
  • Continental Ultra Sport III 1
  • Continental Urban 1
  • Continental Xynotal 3
  • CULT Vans 5
  • Enve SES 1
  • Maxxis Aggressor 5
  • Maxxis Ardent 14
  • Maxxis Aspen 2
  • Maxxis Assegai 5
  • Maxxis CrossMark 5
  • Maxxis Detonator 3
  • Maxxis Dissector 7
  • Maxxis DTH 4
  • Maxxis Forekaster 5
  • Maxxis High Roller 16
  • Maxxis HolyRoller 3
  • Maxxis HookWorm 3
  • Maxxis Ikon 4
  • Maxxis Minion 61
  • Maxxis M-Tread 1
  • Maxxis Overdrive 2
  • Maxxis Padrone 1
  • Maxxis Rambler 7
  • Maxxis Receptor 1
  • Maxxis Re-Fuse 3
  • Maxxis Rekon 14
  • Maxxis Shorty 5
  • Maxxis Torch 1
  • Maxxis Velocita 1
  • Maxxis WetScream 1
  • Michelin City 3
  • Michelin Country 5
  • Michelin DH 2
  • Michelin Dynamic 6
  • Michelin Force 2
  • Michelin Lithion 4
  • Michelin Pilot 1
  • Michelin Power 6
  • Michelin Pro4 1
  • Michelin Protek 10
  • Michelin Wild 8
  • Michelin World Tour 7
  • Panaracer Gravelking 74
  • Panaracer Pasela 38
  • Panaracer Race 6
  • Panaracer Regacross 1
  • Panaracer Ribmo 3
  • Pirelli Cinturato 9
  • Pirelli Cycl-e DT 5
  • Pirelli Cycl-e GT 4
  • Pirelli Cycl-e WT 2
  • Pirelli Cycl-e XT 7
  • Pirelli P ZERO 12
  • Pirelli Scorpion 34
  • Ritchey Classic 4
  • Ritchey Comp 1
  • Ritchey Pro 4
  • Ritchey WCS 2
  • Schwalbe Big Apple 2
  • Schwalbe Big Ben 6
  • Schwalbe Big Betty 1
  • Schwalbe Black Jack 3
  • Schwalbe CX 2
  • Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 3
  • Schwalbe Dirty Dan 3
  • Schwalbe Durano 2
  • Schwalbe Eddy Current 3
  • Schwalbe Energizer Plus 4
  • Schwalbe G-One 8
  • Schwalbe Hans Dampf 3
  • Schwalbe Hurricane 2
  • Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 5
  • Schwalbe Insider 2
  • Schwalbe Johnny Watts 1
  • Schwalbe Kid Plus 1
  • Schwalbe Kojak 7
  • Schwalbe Land Cruiser 1
  • Schwalbe Little Joe 3
  • Schwalbe Lugano 2
  • Schwalbe Magic Mary 7
  • Schwalbe Marathon 20
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus 22
  • Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 1
  • Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2
  • Schwalbe One 5
  • Schwalbe Pick-Up 1
  • Schwalbe Procore 1
  • Schwalbe Pro One 6
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph 3
  • Schwalbe Racing Ray 4
  • Schwalbe Rightrun 7
  • Schwalbe Road Cruiser 9
  • Schwalbe Rocket Ron 8
  • Schwalbe Rock Razor 2
  • Schwalbe Silento 1
  • Schwalbe Smart Sam 9
  • Schwalbe Speedair 3
  • Schwalbe Spicer Plus 2
  • Schwalbe Super Moto 2
  • Schwalbe Super Moto-X 1
  • Schwalbe Winter 5
  • Schwalbe X-ONE 2
  • SKS Worx 1
  • Vittoria Corsa 4
  • Vittoria Corsa Control 3
  • Vittoria Cross Terreno 4
  • Vittoria E-Barzo 1
  • Vittoria Rally 1
  • Vittoria Rubino Pro 2
  • Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 4
  • WTB ByWay 1
  • WTB Exposure 2
  • WTB Horizon 2
  • WTB Raddler 3
  • WTB Resolute 1
  • WTB Riddler 2
  • WTB ThickSlick 2
  • WTB Venture 2
  • WTB Vigilante 1
  • Zefal Z 4
  • ZIPP 303 1
  • Zipp 3Zero Moto 1
  • Zipp Knurled 3
  • ZIPP SL 1
  • ZIPP Tangente 4

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  • white
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  • petrol

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SCHWALBE Marathon Plus Tour Clincher Tyre Performance 28" Reflex
SCHWALBE Marathon Plus Tour Clincher Tyre Performance 28" Reflex
SCHWALBE
Marathon Plus Tour Clincher Tyre Performance 28" Reflex
£36.99 £24.49
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1,40"42-622 | 28x1,60"
- 34 %
Panaracer Pasela ProTite Clincher Tyre 700x23C black/tanwall
Panaracer Pasela ProTite Clincher Tyre 700x23C black/tanwall black/tanwall
Panaracer
Pasela ProTite Clincher Tyre 700x23C black/tanwall
£27.99 £21.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c
- 21 %
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 To £37.99
  • Versions: 58-584 | 27,5x2,3061-584 | 27,5x2,40
- 21 %
SCHWALBE Lugano II Clincher Tyre 700x23C Active K-Guard
SCHWALBE Lugano II Clincher Tyre 700x23C Active K-Guard
SCHWALBE
Lugano II Clincher Tyre 700x23C Active K-Guard
£16.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x25C Graphene 2.0 black
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x25C Graphene 2.0 black black
Vittoria
Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x25C Graphene 2.0 black
£21.99
  • Versions: 25-622 | 700x25c
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
£14.99 £9.99
  • Versions: 35-622 | 700x35C
- 33 %
SCHWALBE Black Jack Clincher Tyre 24" K-Guard HS407 Active black
SCHWALBE Black Jack Clincher Tyre 24" K-Guard HS407 Active black black
SCHWALBE
Black Jack Clincher Tyre 24" K-Guard HS407 Active black
£17.99
  • Versions: 47-507 | 24x1,9
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 28" K-Guard Active Reflex black
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 28" K-Guard Active Reflex black black
SCHWALBE
Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 28" K-Guard Active Reflex black
£20.99
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1.40"
SCHWALBE Marathon GT 365 Clincher Tyre 28" Performance DualGuard E-50 Reflex
SCHWALBE Marathon GT 365 Clincher Tyre 28" Performance DualGuard E-50 Reflex
SCHWALBE
Marathon GT 365 Clincher Tyre 28" Performance DualGuard E-50 Reflex
£36.99 £28.99
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1,4040-622 | 28x1,50
- 22 %
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x28C Graphene 2.0 black
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x28C Graphene 2.0 black black
Vittoria
Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x28C Graphene 2.0 black
£21.99 £19.99
  • Versions: 28-622 | 700x28c
Michelin Dynamic Classic Clincher Tyre 25-622 black-transparent
Michelin Dynamic Classic Clincher Tyre 25-622 black-transparent black-transparent
Michelin
Dynamic Classic Clincher Tyre 25-622 black-transparent
£15.99
  • Versions: 25-622 | 700x25c
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Performance Clincher Tyre E-50 Addix.E Reflex 28x1.50" black
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Performance Clincher Tyre E-50 Addix.E Reflex 28x1.50" black black
SCHWALBE
Energizer Plus Performance Clincher Tyre E-50 Addix.E Reflex 28x1.50" black
£26.99
  • Versions: 40-622 | 28x1,50"
SCHWALBE Smart Sam Clincher Tyre 26" Addix Performance black
SCHWALBE Smart Sam Clincher Tyre 26" Addix Performance black black
SCHWALBE
Smart Sam Clincher Tyre 26" Addix Performance black
£23.99 £13.99
  • Versions: 54-559 | 26x2.10"57-559 | 26x2.25"
- 42 %
SCHWALBE Smart Sam Clincher Tyre 28" Addix Performance Reflex black
SCHWALBE Smart Sam Clincher Tyre 28" Addix Performance Reflex black black
SCHWALBE
Smart Sam Clincher Tyre 28" Addix Performance Reflex black
£25.99 £22.99
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1.40"42-622 | 28x1.60"44-622 | 28x1.65"
- 12 %
Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x25C black
Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x25C black black
Vittoria
Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x25C black
£36.99 £29.99
  • Versions: 25-622 | 700x25
- 19 %
Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x28C black
Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x28C black black
Vittoria
Rubino Pro Folding Tyre 700x28C black
£36.99
  • Versions: 28-622 | 700x28
Maxxis DTH Folding Tyre 26x2.15" black
Maxxis DTH Folding Tyre 26x2.15" black black
Maxxis
DTH Folding Tyre 26x2.15" black
£34.99 £25.99
  • Versions: 52/54-559 | 26x2,15"
- 26 %
SCHWALBE Durano Plus Clincher Tyre 700x23C Performance TwinSkin SmartGuard Addix
SCHWALBE Durano Plus Clincher Tyre 700x23C Performance TwinSkin SmartGuard Addix
SCHWALBE
Durano Plus Clincher Tyre 700x23C Performance TwinSkin SmartGuard Addix
£33.99
  • Versions: 23-622 | 700x23c
SCHWALBE Marathon Clincher Tyre Performance 26" Greenguard Reflex
SCHWALBE Marathon Clincher Tyre Performance 26" Greenguard Reflex
SCHWALBE
Marathon Clincher Tyre Performance 26" Greenguard Reflex
£26.99 £22.99
  • Available in many sizes!
- 15 %
SCHWALBE Rocket Ron Folding Tyre 26" Addix Performance TLR black
SCHWALBE Rocket Ron Folding Tyre 26" Addix Performance TLR black black
SCHWALBE
Rocket Ron Folding Tyre 26" Addix Performance TLR black
£32.99 £22.99
  • Versions: 57-559 | 26x2.25"
- 30 %
SCHWALBE Marathon Plus Tour Performance SmartGuard Clincher Tyre 28" Reflex
SCHWALBE Marathon Plus Tour Performance SmartGuard Clincher Tyre 28" Reflex
SCHWALBE
Marathon Plus Tour Performance SmartGuard Clincher Tyre 28" Reflex
£36.99
  • Versions: 47-622 | 28x1,75
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x30C Graphene 2.0 black
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x30C Graphene 2.0 black black
Vittoria
Zaffiro Pro V Folding Tyre 700x30C Graphene 2.0 black
£21.99 £19.99
  • Versions: 30-622 | 700x30C
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
Maxxis DTH Clincher Tyre
Maxxis DTH Clincher Tyre
Maxxis
DTH Clincher Tyre
£30.99 £22.99
  • Versions: 58-559 | 26x2.30
- 26 %
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5x2.40" DH TR 3C MaxxGrip black
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5x2.40" DH TR 3C MaxxGrip black black
Maxxis
Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5x2.40" DH TR 3C MaxxGrip black
£68.99 £54.99
  • Versions: 61-584 | 27,5x2,40"
- 20 %
SCHWALBE Big Ben Clincher Tyre Active 27.5" K-Guard Twin black
SCHWALBE Big Ben Clincher Tyre Active 27.5" K-Guard Twin black black
SCHWALBE
Big Ben Clincher Tyre Active 27.5" K-Guard Twin black
£19.99 £16.99
  • Versions: 50-584 | 27.5x2.00
- 15 %
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 26x1.75" black/black
Continental Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 26x1.75" black/black black/black
Continental
Ride Tour Clincher Tyre 26x1.75" black/black
£18.99
  • Versions: 47-559 | 26x1,75"
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
£27.99 £24.99
  • Versions: 47-622 | 28x1,75"
- 11 %
SCHWALBE Marathon Plus MTB Clincher Tyre 27.5" Performance SmartGuard E-50 Reflex
SCHWALBE Marathon Plus MTB Clincher Tyre 27.5" Performance SmartGuard E-50 Reflex
SCHWALBE
Marathon Plus MTB Clincher Tyre 27.5" Performance SmartGuard E-50 Reflex
£40.99 £36.99
  • Versions: 57-584 | 27,5x2,25, 650B
SCHWALBE Marathon Plus MTB Performance SmartGuard Clincher Tyre 26" Reflex
SCHWALBE Marathon Plus MTB Performance SmartGuard Clincher Tyre 26" Reflex
SCHWALBE
Marathon Plus MTB Performance SmartGuard Clincher Tyre 26" Reflex
£40.99 £29.99
  • Versions: 54-559 | 26x2,10
- 27 %
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 26" K-Guard Active gumwall
SCHWALBE Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 26" K-Guard Active gumwall gumwall
SCHWALBE
Road Cruiser Clincher Tyre 26" K-Guard Active gumwall
£16.99
  • Versions: 47-559 | 26x1.75"
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 29x2.40" WT EXO+ TR 3C MaxxTerra
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 29x2.40" WT EXO+ TR 3C MaxxTerra
Maxxis
Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 29x2.40" WT EXO+ TR 3C MaxxTerra
£68.99 £61.99
  • Versions: 61-622 | 29x2,40"
- 10 %
Maxxis Ikon Folding Tyre 27.5" 3C Maxxspeed TR EXO
Maxxis Ikon Folding Tyre 27.5" 3C Maxxspeed TR EXO
Maxxis
Ikon Folding Tyre 27.5" 3C Maxxspeed TR EXO
£60.99 £45.99
  • Versions: 56-584 | 27.5x2.20
- 25 %
Maxxis DTH Folding Tyre 26x2.30 Aramid
Maxxis DTH Folding Tyre 26x2.30 Aramid
Maxxis
DTH Folding Tyre 26x2.30 Aramid
£34.99 £25.99
  • Versions: 58-559 | 26x2.30
- 26 %
SCHWALBE Big Ben Plus Clincher Tyre 26" Performance GreenGuard E-50 Reflex
SCHWALBE Big Ben Plus Clincher Tyre 26" Performance GreenGuard E-50 Reflex
SCHWALBE
Big Ben Plus Clincher Tyre 26" Performance GreenGuard E-50 Reflex
£31.99
  • Versions: 55-559 | 26x2,15
Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M Folding Tyre 700x40C TLR black
Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M Folding Tyre 700x40C TLR black black
Pirelli
Cinturato Gravel M Folding Tyre 700x40C TLR black
£53.99 £48.99
  • Versions: 40-622 | 700x40c
Maxxis Ardent Clincher Tyre 27.5x2.25" MPC black
Maxxis Ardent Clincher Tyre 27.5x2.25" MPC black black
Maxxis
Ardent Clincher Tyre 27.5x2.25" MPC black
£23.99
  • Versions: 57-584 | 27,5x2,25"
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
£34.00
  • Versions: 54-559 | 26x2,10"
Maxxis Ardent Folding Tyre 27.5" DualC TR EXO
Maxxis Ardent Folding Tyre 27.5" DualC TR EXO
Maxxis
Ardent Folding Tyre 27.5" DualC TR EXO
£47.99 To £36.99
  • Versions: 56-584 | 27.5x2.2561-584 | 27.5x2.40
- 23 %
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Performance Clincher Tyre E-50 Addix.E Reflex 28x1.40" black
SCHWALBE Energizer Plus Performance Clincher Tyre E-50 Addix.E Reflex 28x1.40" black black
SCHWALBE
Energizer Plus Performance Clincher Tyre E-50 Addix.E Reflex 28x1.40" black
£26.99 £24.99
  • Versions: 37-622 | 28x1,40"
SCHWALBE Winter Clincher Tyre 28" Active Line KevlerGuard black
SCHWALBE Winter Clincher Tyre 28" Active Line KevlerGuard black black
SCHWALBE
Winter Clincher Tyre 28" Active Line KevlerGuard black
£36.99 £21.99
  • Versions: 35-622 | 28x1.35"42-622 | 28x1.60"40-635 | 28x1 1/2"
- 41 %
Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M Classic Folding Tyre 700x40C TLR black/para
Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M Classic Folding Tyre 700x40C TLR black/para black/para
Pirelli
Cinturato Gravel M Classic Folding Tyre 700x40C TLR black/para
£55.99 £41.99
  • Versions: 40-622 | 700x40c
- 25 %
Panaracer Gravelking SK Folding Tyre 700x43C TLC black
Panaracer Gravelking SK Folding Tyre 700x43C TLC black black
Panaracer
Gravelking SK Folding Tyre 700x43C TLC black
£43.99 £35.99
  • Versions: 43-622 | 700x43C
- 18 %
Maxxis Assegai Folding Tyre 27.5x2.50" DD TR 3C MaxxGrip black
Maxxis Assegai Folding Tyre 27.5x2.50" DD TR 3C MaxxGrip black black
Maxxis
Assegai Folding Tyre 27.5x2.50" DD TR 3C MaxxGrip black
£73.99 £60.99
  • Versions: 63-584 | 27,5x2,50"
- 18 %
Continental Sprinter Gatorskin Tubular Tyre GatorSkin 28" x 22mm
Continental Sprinter Gatorskin Tubular Tyre GatorSkin 28" x 22mm
Continental
Sprinter Gatorskin Tubular Tyre GatorSkin 28" x 22mm
£55.99
  • Versions: 22-622 | 700x22c25-622 | 700x25c
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5x2.60" EXO+ TR 3C MaxxTerra black
Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5x2.60" EXO+ TR 3C MaxxTerra black black
Maxxis
Minion DHR II Folding Tyre 27.5x2.60" EXO+ TR 3C MaxxTerra black
£68.99 £61.99
  • Versions: 66-584 | 27,5x2,60"
- 10 %
Ritchey Z-Max Evolution Clincher Tyre Comp 26"
Ritchey Z-Max Evolution Clincher Tyre Comp 26"
Ritchey
Z-Max Evolution Clincher Tyre Comp 26"
£23.99 £18.99
  • Versions: 50-559 | 26x2.10
- 21 %
Maxxis Rambler Folding Tyre 700x40C EXO TR
Maxxis Rambler Folding Tyre 700x40C EXO TR
Maxxis
Rambler Folding Tyre 700x40C EXO TR
£51.99 £38.99
  • Versions: 40-622 | 700x40c
- 25 %

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.