Is The Schwalbe One Better Than The Almighty Ultremo ZX?
As a road racer I’m always on the lookout for something that’s going to give me a performance edge at a relatively low cost. Tires seem to be one of the options where spending an extra few dollars can make a significant difference in the grand scheme of things. Having just started racing on new Schwalbe One road bike tires it’s a great time to review their performance so far having previously loved their Ultremo ZX racing tires.
Schwalbe One Road Bike Tire Review: Grip and Speed
I’ve spent the last few months riding Vredestein’s excellent Fortezza Senso All Weather which offers fantastic grip but the difference when swapping to the more race orientated One is phenomenal. The level of grip is on another planet as I feel almost at one with the road surface when pushing into tight corners whilst racing.
I feel like these tires add that extra bit of speed during a time trial and cut down those vital seconds when I’m competing against myself and the clock. They feel very race orientated.
According to Schwalbe’s performance testing the One shows a lower rolling resistance of just 22 watts compared to 24.5 watts for their already fast Ultremo ZX road bike tire which has excellent reviews and has been a favourite amongst road racers for the last few years. A couple of watts might not seem a lot but it’s vital seconds in a time trial and that can mean the difference between relatively fresh or tired legs at the end of a road race.
Tire Longevity and Puncture Resistance
The One tire features a new triple compound called OneStar featuring cutting edge composites based on advancements in specialist polymer technology. Schwalbe claim that despite their usual excellent road grip in dry and wet conditions, it will also provide better resistance to cuts. Having used the tires for around 300 miles the jury is still out on that but so far they’re pretty awesome and not showing any real sign of wear.
The tires feature Schwalbe’s V-Guard puncture resistant strip beneath the tread which claims to offer a significantly better level of puncture protection over their old RaceGuard protection featured in the Ultremo ZX. Having had no puncture issues on the Ultremo ZX previously I’ll have no qualms about using these tires for training as well as racing throughout the summer.
Schwalbe tires are generally pretty light and the One is no exception. Claimed weight is 205 g in the standard 700x 23c size. When checking this out my kitchen scales stated 219 g and 217 g which is still relatively light although not as light as stated.
The Schwalbe One reviews well in all aspects, and they are among the best new road racing bike tires for 2014. My new favourite racing tire for grip and speed.