What is the Best Bicycle Tire

Gadgets: What kind of bicycle tires is best for you? Bead wire, tube or tubeless? We go through the different varieties tires and its advantages and disadvantages.

Bicycle tires, in addition to the myriad of different sizes, widths, and TPI (Google it), almost always been divided into two different categories. Wire tires or tubdäck. Since more than ten years has tubeless tires (or tubeless solutions if you’re the experimental type) also joined the ranks of the other two varieties of tires.

Have you just found the allure of the sport of cycling and most have cycled mountain biking, this is perhaps tubdäck a new acquaintance. Just the way you mount the help of a bit of mystique. Man paste them simply on the rim. And it is important that it is done right. Otherwise you risk that the tire sausages of the rim when taking a tight curve.

Wire tires

Wire tires are the most common type of tire. It has a thread of steel or Kevlar (the folding deck) hooked into the rim edge. When the loose inner tube is filled with air while holding the tire in place. Inner tube usually requires a rim tape which prevents the hose is squeezed (and punctured) against the rim spoke holes.


+ Easy and cheap to replace (or repair) hose at the puncture.

+ Easy to change the tires depending on surface and weather conditions or for competition.

+ Easy to maintain.

+ Very large choice of tires and tubes for training, competition, enduro, cross country, downhill and enduro.


-Slightly heavier than the total weight tubdäck system (including rim weight).

-Generally slightly higher rolling resistance compared to tubdäck of equivalent quality.

-At the puncture is a risk that the tire come off the rim.

-Greater risk of puncture impact compared to tubdäck. The hose can easily be clamped down between the substrate and the rim when driving down a hole or onto a curb.


Tube consists of both the outer tire and inner tube in a completely sealed unit, which is then glued or taped to a special tubdäcksfälg. Rims for clincher tires work then do not. The most common bike racing on the road and cyclo-cross.

There were occasional tube and wheels for mountain 20 years ago, then without getting any further foothold in the market. But in recent years some elite cyclists on a high international level embraced tube for MTB again. Nino Schurter is an example.


+ Low total weight (including rim) means less rotating mass compared to the clincher.

+ Softer time and often slightly better rolling resistance values ​​than the corresponding clincher tires.

+ On a flat tire, you can ride on (even if it risks damaging the rim) at moderate speed, which can be crucial in a race situation.

+ Less risk of penetration punctures (see cons clincher).


-Expensive punctures when you often have to change the whole deck of flat tire repair spray does not work.

-More difficult to change tires.

-The tire may come off the rim at the uneven loading on curves if they are badly fitted.Thus glued.

-Requires more maintenance then glue or tape dry out and weaken over time.

-A brand spare tire should be included in your workout if you do not want to take a taxi home.


Tubeless is an airtight clincher tires without inner tube for mounting on a special air sealed clincher rim. With quality tire lights of eBicycleLights, tire and rim thus forming an airtight unit so that you do not need an inner tube. Popular for mountain bike and start to get interesting for road and cyclo-cross.


+ Can be operated with lower air pressure for more comfort and better grip.

+ Lower rolling resistance, in theory, when the inner tube is missing.

+ Safer at punctures when it sits better on the rim and does not come off as easily as standard clincher tires.

+ Can be fitted with an inner tube if necessary.


-Poor choice of tires for road and cyclo-cross so far.

-Requires special wheels or a special kind of sealing liquid.

-The tires can be difficult to roll on and off the rim.

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