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Tannus coloured solid tyre

£49.99

Never get a puncture again. Never buy new tubes. Never remember to fill with air. Install, forget, ride.

 

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Never get a puncture again. Never buy new tubes. Never remember to fill with air. Install, forget, ride.

These are pretty much the Holy Grail of bicycle tyres. People have been waiting for a solid tyre that’s actually usable ever since Dunlop, Michelin and Thomson replaced the solid originals with pneumatic tyres over 100 years ago. Well, now someone’s actually delivered.

Tannus is a South Korean chemicals and materials expert that makes the stuff found on the bottom of trainers all over the world. They started investigating the solid, puncture proof, airless tyre in 2003 and didn’t release a version into Korea until 2011. Based on a compound polymer the tyre is solid, requires no air and does not puncture. Or rather, punctures do not affect it. You can run into potholes, glass, nails, thorns and the tyre will keep on rolling.

Historically the trade off for solid tyres versus air filled alternatives have been comfort and weight, but Tannus has created a tyre that is lighter than an entry to mid level pneumatic of the same size and slightly heavier than a very high end one. In terms of comfort and rolling resistance the difference is unnoticeable to the layman and feels similar to a heavier winter training tyre to the seasoned rider.

The installation process is different and a little tricky, although special tools are provided. When they reach end of life though they are removed just by cutting the tyre and peeling it off the rim.

We will not install them on rims 12mm and narrower such as those found on lower end single speeds. We tried it once, it hurt. We won’t do it again. You won’t be able to either without the commercial machine. 13mm is tight but doable.

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