The Best Tubeless Road Bike Tires in 2023

Experienced cyclist turned writer with 7+ years working in bike shops, overseeing retail and workshop operations.

Are you contemplating changing to tubeless tires or upgrading your existing setup? 

With the growing demand for tubeless road tires among cyclists for their increased comfort and improved rolling resistance, many tire manufacturers now offer an extensive selection of options.

Modern road tubeless tires are lighter, easier to install, and come in many sizes up to 40c. Even the pros have transitioned from racing on tubular tires to reaping the benefits of tubeless tires, especially in races such as the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Here are the six tubeless tires I rate highly based on my research and experience using them.

Best for all-round riding

Continental GP5000 S TR

Continental GP 5000 S TR

  • Sizes : 700x24c, 700x26c, 700x28c, 700x30c, 700x32c, 700x34c
  • Weight : 298g (700x28c)
  • TPI : 110

The Continental GP 5000 S TR is a tire that I rate the highest and is the gold standard for a tubeless road tire. It’s the successor to the discontinued GP5000 TL. The GP 5000 S TR is one of three tires in the range, along with the GP 5000 AS TR (All Season) and GP 5000 TT TR (Time Trial).

Built with Continental’s renowned BlackChilli compound and now compatible with hookless rims, the GP 5000 S TR is available in four sizes (25, 28, 30, and 32mm) and two colors (black and tan wall). The 700x28c version weighs 280g, providing the ideal balance between low rolling resistance, weight, and puncture resistance with its 2 x 110 TPI construction.

However, it is expensive and may be tough to install or remove, particularly for first-time tubeless tire users or those without an air compressor.

Best value for money

Schwalbe Pro One TLE

Schwalbe Pro One TLE

  • Sizes : 700x25c, 700x28c, 700x30c, 700x34c
  • Weight : 263g (700x25c)
  • Hookless compatible : Yes
  • TPI : 2 x 127

The Schwalbe Pro One TLE is a top-of-the-line tubeless road tire from the reputable German tire manufacturer Schwalbe. This all-rounder tire uses the Addix Race Compound launched in 2019, and is hookless rim compatible.

The Schwalbe Pro One TLE is available in four sizes (25, 28, 30, and 32mm) and comes in black and transparent (brown) sidewall colors. Weighing 263g for the 700x25c size, it offers a balanced performance for all types of road riding. It provides excellent grip and puncture protection with a 2.7mm tread thickness. It’s also easy to install compared to many tubeless tires.

However, as an older model compared to its competitors, a refresh from Schwalbe may be due very soon.

Best for puncture protection

Vittoria Corsa N.EXT

Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR

  • Sizes : 700x24c, 700x26c, 700x28c, 700x30c, 700x32c, 700x34c
  • Weight : 298g (700x28c)
  • TPI : 110

The Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR is an upgrade from the Vittoria Corsa G2.0 TLR and is now compatible with hookless rims.

Available in six sizes (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34mm) and only in black, the Corsa N.EXT TLR features an impressive 3.1mm tread thickness and 1mm sidewall thickness. These specifications provide excellent puncture protection and higher mileage, making it an ideal choice if you’re after a durable tire. The 700x34c model can be ridden on smooth gravel.
The tradeoff for excellent puncture protection is the higher rolling resistance than other tires on this list. Despite this drawback, it is an ideal tire if durability and reliability are your priorities.

Other alternatives :

Best lightweight

Panaracer Agilest TLR

Panaracer Agilest TLR

  • Ideal for : Lightweight
  • Sizes : 700x25c, 700x28c, 700x30c, 700x32c
  • Weight : 250g (700x28c)
  • Hookless compatible : Yes

The Panaracer Agilest TLR is a lightweight, tubeless road tire from the Japanese tire brand Panaracer, well-known for its GravelKing series. Replacing the Evo 3 road tire range from 2018, the Panaracer Agilest TLR is made from Panaracer’s latest casing materials and the ZSG AGILE Compound.

This tire is hookless rim compatible and is available in black and amber colors in four sizes (25, 28, 30, and 32mm). Weighing just 235g for the 28mm size, it is the lightest 28mm tubeless tire available, which is around 15% lighter than the average weight for 28mm tires.
Being a light tire with a 1.8mm tread thickness and 0.7mm sidewall thickness, the Panaracer Agilest TLR has below-average puncture protection properties of other tires on the list and isn’t ideal for everyday riding.

Lowest rolling resistance

Veloflex Record TLR

Veloflex Record TLR

  • Sizes : 700x25c
  • Weight : 170g (700x28c)
  • TPI : 350

The Veloflex Record TLR, a lightweight, tubeless road tire by the small Italian manufacturer Veloflex, is ideal for time trials and weight-conscious riders. As a handmade tire crafted in Italy, it is the second generation of Veloflex tubeless tires, following the Corsa Race TLR and Corsa Evo TLR launched in 2020.

Featuring a 350 TPI casing and a blend of natural rubber and silica compound, the Veloflex Record TLR is available in 25c size and tan wall color only. Weighing only 175g for 25c, it has the lowest rolling resistance (at least 20%) than other tubeless tires on this list and is easy to mount.

The tradeoff for having the lowest rolling resistance is puncture protection. The tire tread is very thin (1.1mm), prone to punctures, and not ideal for everyday riding. Additionally, the 25mm tire width may not be compatible with hookless rims with 23mm or wider internal rim widths.

Tubeless tires FAQ

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Bernard Lu at Mr.Mamil

Bernard Lu has 7+ years of experience working in a bicycle shop, overseeing the retail and workshop operations. He’s a qualified bicycle mechanic who understands a cyclist’s needs and speaks the same cycling lingo.

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