Schwalbe One Tire-Tubular

It's the one.

More and more riders and tire manufacturers are moving away from ultra-narrow tires in favor of wider tires with better grip and low rolling resistance. Schwalbe claims its One Road Tubular Tire is the fastest and most reliable tire it's designed to date. To put an exclamation to this point, it set up a dedicated factory with fixed vulcanization and production units that are used exclusively for the One.

Schwalbe used a new compound, OneStar, to achieve extremely low rolling resistance in the One tire. OneStar is a triple compound that was developed using new polymers that provide better tradeoffs and fewer compromises between rolling resistance, wet grip, and durability.

The Schwalbe One Tire - Tubular is very light. The 22mm tire weighs in at 260 grams. This places it as the lightest of the Schwalbe road line. It is also available in a slightly heavier 24mm width. Both sizes come in Black.

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding tubulars for decades, and have tried most every brand. Veloflex, FMB, Vittoria, Michelin, Tufo, Mavic, Continental - I've ridden the top tires on the road.

I've been riding Schwalbe One Tubulars over two full years now, and they have now become my exclusive tire. I ride with a 24mm on the front and 26mm on the rear in summer, and with 28mm front and rear on my 15.1 pound disc brake road bike.

I've come to trust them so much that on a recent 70 mile mountain road ride I didn't bring sealant, co2 or a spare tubular. A friend I was riding with was flabbergasted that I dared to do that. Though I do usually pack some basic backup, I've ridden these tires over 10,000 miles now and have thus far had one flat - which happened when I hit a big piece of metal on the road riding in twilight.

I'm getting 2,500 to 3,000 miles out of my front tire, and between 1,250 and 1,500 miles out of my rear tire. With other brands I was in the habit of rather religiously changing fronts at 2,000 and rears at 1,000 miles. I get that some folks who ride clinchers ride them into the ground, but I'd suggest that the reason so many people get so many flats is that they don't change their tires often enough. If I can spend many $thousands on a bike I can spend to change my tires before problems develop - and enjoy my bike and the safety and security that reliable rubber provides.

Anyway, these are great tires. I'm heading to Ragbrai this week and am not putting on new tires before the ride, which is something I did every year riding Veloflex and Vittoria. With the Schwalbe One's I can go into a 450 mile week with confidence.