Blending comfort and speed.
Road tubeless is the wave of the future, and Schwalbe is leading the way with its G-One Speed Tubeless Tire. Featuring just a hint of tread to keep you steady on less than pristine roads without slowing you down, this tire blends the comfort of tubeless with much appreciated flat protection to weather all manner of choppy chipseal, buffed out fire roads, and general pavement adventures.
The G-One pairs the low-pressure and puncture-resistant properties of tubeless with a 30mm diameter to soak up all the bumps. The wider stance allows for even lower tire pressure and an increased contact patch for more confident grip in corners and an overall smoother ride than narrower tires. Schwalbe's MicroSkin construction adds durability to the G-One, helping the tire resist ill-intentioned debris on the route so you arrive at your destination flat-free.
- A tubeless road tire with a hint of tread
- Compound doesn't sacrifice speed or grip for comfort
- Durable construction and extra protection fend off flats
- Q & A
Fast and grippy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Got these as replacements for some 28mm Pro One tubeless tires as I was seeking something a little more durable. So far, so good. The tire is grippy and dives through turns with confidence. I'm running them tubeless at 50psi and they roll quickly and are pretty comfortable. They certainly feel slower on the rollers, but when on actual pavement, I can't really decern a difference in speed between an all-out road tire. If your bike can fit them, go for it!
Great Winter Tire in the NorthWest
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
At 190cm/95kg and 1,000 km/month average I tend to be hard on tires. Toss in the mix of smooth, chip seal, back roads, and occasional gravel with winter wet/cold condtions that I ride in NorthWest Washington State and you end up with high requirements for grip and toughness.
My "go to" tire for most of the year is the Schwalbe One in 25C for racing and 28C the rest of the time. I put the G-One Speed on Zipp 202's, with Schwalbe extra light tubes. These are tubeless ready but frankly, I've experienced the benefits of tubeless, I ride solo on "roads less travelled" most of the time and I've decided to stick with running tubes.
I've run these on my Trek Domane SLR9 and also on my Trek Cronus CX Ultimate 'cross bike. Back to back vs. the Schwalbe One they may be a wee bit slower on smooth fast roads but for "normal" riding conditions over regular routes at typical power output the difference is minimal. I typically run 90/85 F/R in the Ones vs. 77/69 on the road in the G-One Speed though I could go lower. The G-One Speeds are smooth riding as you would expect, soak up all manner of lousy tarmac, and so far have proven to be really tough in the face of a lot of hard riding and copious road detritus. Flatting on a wet winter ride at near freezing temperatures after dark ... let's avoid that shall we.
The best part for me though is the grip. As a big guy, for a cyclist, I tend to make up time on the descents after getting distanced by the skinny guys on the climbs. I tend to be a pretty aggressive descender whilst managing to stay out of the trees most of the time. I've ridden the "Ones" tens of thousands of kilometers, trust them, and know their limits pretty well. I like the Durano a LOT for a winter/training tire but the G-One Speed gives me much higher wet/winter riding grip confidence. Sure, push it too hard in dodgy conditions and you are in for some "excitement" but the G-One Speed gives levels of grip and confidence that I didn't have with the One or Durano even in a 28C. I've got some routes with "walls" of 18+° with chip that can be a bit slimy in the wet where I would break traction with the One. With the G-One Speed I'm able to get the power to the road without spinning out. Sure, you still have to be smooth but the climbing grip is really good and wet braking is excellent. From an overall handling perspective I push these just as hard and fast on twisty descents on dry roads as I do the One, the cornering grip is there for sure, especially on chip, and the road feel is excellent for a high volume tire.
So I'm a real fan of these as a wet/winter tire and a great all rounder when you just want to go explore, they'll handle about anything. Don't plan on getting 5,000 km on a set unless maybe you are one of those "skinny guys" but I'll trade tread life for keeping the rubber side on the road every day of the week!