Tubeless Buyers Guide

THE RIMS
CAMPAGNOLO ZONDA

Sharing the same 2-Way Fit and inner rim design that Fulcrum uses, the Zonda wheels use Campy’s G3 spoke pattern, which features twice the number of spokes on the drive side to increase power efficiency. Differentiated rim height gives the front a 26mmdeep profile with the rear coming in at 30mm.
Price: TBA
Weight: 1570 grams (claimed)
For more info: Campagnolo

FULCRUM RACING 1 2-WAY FIT

Fulcrum’s 2-Way Fit rim offers tubeless compatibility through their sealed rim design. The rear wheel uses 2:1 spoke technology, where the drive side has double the number of spokes as the non-drive side for better power transfer. The rims themselves have been milled between the spokes to reduce weight. The wheels are 26mm deep for the front wheel and 30mm for the rear.
Price: $1299
Weight: 1505 grams (claimed)
For more info: Fulcrum

STAN’S NOTUBES ALPHA 400 PRO

One of the biggest names in tubeless technology, Stan’s NoTubes offers more wheel choices than any other brand. The Alpha 400 Pro uses a 22.6mm-deep, 20mm-wide rim, with a sturdy 28-spoke front and 32- spoke rear wheel. Stan’s NoTubes rim tape and valve stems are included. Stan’s also has two disc brake tubeless wheels in their line.
Price: $1100
Weight: 1385 grams
For more info: Stan’s

AMERICAN CLASSIC TUBELESS
At only 1210 grams, these are the lightest tubeless wheels we’ve come upon. The 21mm-deep rims follow the trend of ‘wider is better’ with a 23mm width. Both of the 11-speed-compatible wheels use 24 stainless steel aero spokes, and include quick releases, pre-installed tubeless rim strips and valve stems. American Classic also offers a 30mm-deep tubeless wheel called the Argent.
Price: $1399
Weight: 1210 grams
For more info: American Classic

BONTRAGER RACE X LITE TLR

Bontrager’s tubeless wheels use a 20mm-deep, 23mmwide rim that has been reinforced at the spokes in order to give them added durability. Eighteen-spoke front and 24- spoke rear wheels use DT’s 14/17-gauge, bladed spokes, while the rear hub uses DT 240 internals. Includes tubeless rim strips, valve stems and quick releases. Wheels are 11-speed compatible.
Price: $999.98
Weight: 1495 grams
For more info: Bontrager

SHIMANO DURA-ACE C24

The very first road tubeless wheel available is alive and well. A sealed inner rim keeps them airtight without the need of rim strips. The co-molded, 24mm-deep rims are made in Japan and have proven to be one of the highest- quality wheelsets available. With only 16 spokes in the front and 20 in the rear, the C24s are designed to be fast and light. Shimano offers Ultegra and RS61 tubeless wheel options as well.
Price: $1499
Weight: 1454 grams (claimed)
For more info: Shimano

EASTON EA90RT

As one of the better values in tubeless wheels, the EA90RT uses a double- threaded nipple design to avoid penetrating the inner rim, keeping it airtight without the need of a rim strip. The rims have a 24.5mm depth and a 22mm width. At a claimed weight of 1550 grams for the pair, the 20-spoke front and 28-spoke rear wheel are a good option as an all-around performer.
Price: $850
Weight: 1550 grams (claimed)
For more info: Easton

THE SEALANTS

HUTCHINSON PROTECT AIR MAX
Hutchinson’s non-latex sealant will work with any tubeless tires on the market. Aramid Pulp chopped fibers are what give it the sealing power, which is claimed to work on up to a 3mm hole.
Price: $19.95 (120ml)
For more info: Hutchinson

CONTINENTAL REVO
Even though Continental doesn’t have a road tubeless tire yet, their Revo sealant can work in any tire on the market. It uses a synthetic latex with four different-size particulates for sealing.
Price: $9.95 (240ml)
For more info: Continental

STAN’S NOTUBES
One of the first latex sealants on the market and still the most widely used. Its low viscosity allows it to quickly reach the area that needs sealing and will dam up to a 3mm slice in the tire. Available in three different bottle sizes: 59ml, 473ml and 946ml.
Price: $2.95 (59ml), $16 (473ml), $24.95 (946ml)
For more info: Stan’s

ORANGE SEAL
Orange Seal uses a latex blend complete with ‘nanites,’ which are various-shaped hard particles, to handle the clogging of anything up to 3mm in size. Orange Seal also offers tubeless rim tape and valve stems for tubeless conversions.
Price: $14.99 (237ml)
For more info: Orange Seal

THE TIRES

HUTCHINSON INTENSIVE
Hutchinson’s go-anywhere, do-anything tubeless tire. It’s a long-wearing and smooth-riding 25c, with a slight tread pattern for added insurance in wet or loose conditions. Available in a 25c width only. If a 25c width isn’t enough for your riding style, Hutchinson also offers their tubelessready Secteur 28, which was developed with the rigors of Paris-Roubaix in mind.
Price: $105
Weight: 313 grams
For more info: Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON ATOM GALACTIK
The originator of tubeless also holds the title as the lightweight leader in tire technology. The brand-new Galactik was the tubeless tire that was needed to show a clear weight savings over a clincher and inner tube. Hutchinson claims that it’s the fastest-rolling tire in their line, including tubulars! The 127 tpi tire is available in a 23c width only.
Price: $115
Weight: 235 grams
For more info: Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON FUSION 3
The Fusion 3 might tack on some weight compared to the Galactik, but its triple-compound rubber makes it a more versatile tire for all riding conditions, in addition to longer-lasting, yet it is still considered one of their performance tires. Like the Galactik, the 127 tpi
Fusion 3 is available in a 23c width only.
Price: $105
Weight: 299 grams
For more info: Hutchinson

SPECIALIZED ROUBAIX
Designed for whatever the road, or cobbles, can throw their way. The 180 tpi endurance-oriented tire features a 23mm tread with a 25mm casing to increase air volume to help smooth the ride. The tread has a smooth center to reduce rolling resistance, while the shoulders have siping to help with any loose surfaces.
Price: $90
Weight: 290 grams
For more info: Specialized

SCHWALBE ULTREMO ZX
A new entry into the tubeless market for 2013 is the German-made UltremoZX, which uses the same RaceStar rubber compound as the brand’s popular clincher tires. A V-Guard breaker runs under the tread for flat prevention. Three WorldTour teams will be using this tire in select races this season. Available in a 23c width only.
Price: $85
Weight: 300 grams
For more info: Schwalbe

BONTRAGER R3
Bontrager is one of the first companies to offer a tubeless-ready tire, which uses their glycol-based Super-Juice sealant to keep the casing airtight. Flat protection is provided by Bontrager’s Hard-Case Lite breaker running under the tread. The 120 tpi tires are available in 23c and 25c widths. A slightly heavier R2 model is available starting at $59.
Price: $89.99
Weight: 275 grams (25c)
For more info: Bontrager

MAXXIS PADRONE
Maxxis is one of the early adopters of tubeless, having offered their dual-compound Padrone for a few years now. And from our own experience, it’s a tough, long-lasting tire. Part of its durability is due to a bead-to-bead breaker called Silkworm that protects it against sidewall and tread damage. The 120 tpi tire is available in a 23c width only.
Price: $100
Weight: 300 grams
For more info: Maxxis

IRC FORMULA RBCC
The Japanese-made IRC Formula RBCC is quite unique in its tread formula. A Rice Bran ceramic compound is used to improve traction on rough or wet roads by mixing microscopic spikes into the rubber compound. Its dual-compound tread is designed for performance, with a softer rubber on the shoulders for cornering and a harder center to improve wear and rolling resistance. Available in a 23c width only.
Price: $119
Weight: 292 grams
For more info: IRC

IRC FORMULA LIGHT
Not only is the Formula Light the lightest tubeless tire in IRC’s line, it’s also claimed to have 20 percent less rolling resistance than their other tires. An ultralight casing and natural rubber inner liner give it the performance characteristics of one of the highest-end tubeless tires going. Available in a 23c width only.
Price: $119
Weight: 249 grams
For more info: IRC

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