When a tire is important enough to warrant its own factory that is dedicated to producing only that one tire, you could assume that tire is pretty special. In order to produce the One, Schwalbe set up a new factory in Indonesia and brought in their best workers as Senior Product Manager Markus Hachmeyer points out, “It is a completely new unit where only Schwalbe One tires are being produced, with fixed vulcanization and production units that are used exclusively for this tire. This is where the most skilled workers in the entire Schwalbe plant can be found.”
Schwalbe claims the One is both the fastest and at the same time most reliable racing tire they have produced. Learn more after the break.
To appease both professional racers and weekend warriors alike, the One will be available in clincher, tubeless, and tubular versions. All three versions of the tire will have Schwalbe’s new OneStar triple compound rubber which was developed specifically for lower rolling resistance. Schwalbe claims the new compound is only possible through the use of new polymers that have only recently been available which offered better trade offs between rolling resistance, wet grip, and durability.
The One is still very light at 205g, though apples to apples it is slightly heavier than the Ultremo ZX which will still be available. The benefit to the One is that it is faster and more durable than the Ultremo ZX. Designed with a new profile and beefed up shoulder, combined with V-guard and a new tread pattern the One promises to be extremely puncture resistant.
Offered in the three versions, sizing will be 23, 25, and 28mm for the clincher and tubeless tires, while the tubular will be sold in 22, 24, 26, and 28mm sizes.
Designed with pro racers like Jens Voigt in mind, the One was found under teams like RadioShack Leopard Trek, AG2R and FDJ at the start of the tour.
“I am very satisfied with the performance of the Schwalbe tires. I never experienced such wet adhesion, such great cornering with traditional, hand-sewn tubed tires in the past. And I’m thrilled with Schwalbe’s persistence and the way the company is putting its heart and soul into constantly improving these racing tires!” – that quote is much better if you imagine it in Jens’ voice.