Top 3 Fastest Tubeless Road Bike Tires - Tubeless Vs Latex Tube (and Butyl)

Published: 2022-02-25 by Jarno Bierman

Grand Prix 5000 S TR, Corsa Speed G+ 2.0, Pro One TT, Latex Inner Tube, and a Butyl Inner Tube

As the world seems to be moving towards tubeless bicycle tires, it's interesting to see how they perform when fitted with a latex or butyl tube. We've done many tests with tube-type tires and different tubes but didn't really dig into testing tubeless road bike tires with inner tubes yet.


This article is for those interested in running tubeless road bike tires with tubes. We will keep it short as the data should tell its own story. If you're interested in other tests of inner tubes or tubeless related things, here's a list of other related articles on our website:



We've tested the Vittoria Corsa Speed G+ 2.0, Schwalbe Pro One TT, and the Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR with sealant, a latex tube, and a butyl tube. As usual, the averaged data of those tests will be available free for everyone.


Pro Members can open the individual tire data and dig into the results further. We found that the cotton Corsa Speed G+ 2.0 performs a little bit better with tubes (just a couple of tenths) than the other 2 tires. We must add that the difference is so small that it might be attributed to the margin of error of the tests.


Test Set up and Conditions


We've performed all tests on the same day to get the data as accurate as possible. All tests are performed using our standard test protocol. All data used for this test is 100% comparable to all other data on this website.


We used the 3 fastest tubeless road bike tires that are currently on the market:


  • Vittoria Corsa Speed G+ 2.0 25-622
  • Schwalbe Pro One TT 25-622
  • Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 25-622

Test Conditions


  • Speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph
  • Total wheel load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs
  • 700 x 17C wheel
  • Temperature between 21.5-22.5 °C / 71-72 °F
  • Diamond plate drum surface
  • 77 cm drum diameter

Test Results - Average Results of 3 Road Bike Tires


Average of 3 Tires RR
60 psi
4.1 bars
RR
80 psi
5.5 bars
RR
100 psi
6.9 bars
RR
120 psi
8.3 bars
Watts Watts Watts Watts
Tubeless with 20 ml sealant 10.6 9.1 8.3 7.7
Vittoria 25/28 Latex Tube 11.0 9.4 8.5 7.9
Continental Race28 Butyl 14.2 11.6 10.3 9.5

We don't think the test results need much explaining. The latex inner tube comes very close to the rolling resistance of the tubeless set up with 20 ml of sealant. The air pressure also makes a bit of a difference as the difference gets bigger at lower air pressures.


The 100 grams butyl inner tube does add quite a lot of rolling resistance. From a performance perspective, it probably doesn't make sense to use tubeless tires with a 100 grams butyl inner tube, but it's always interesting to include this tube as we use it for all the tube-type road bike tire tests.


As the measured differences are just a couple of tenths of a watt and are within the margin of error of the tests, the averaged results probably paint the clearest picture about the differences between tubeless and tubes. We found the inner tubes to perform a bit better in the Corsa Speed G+ 2.0, and we suspect this is because the Corsa Speed comes with a very sticky coating on the inside of the tire.


If you really care about the last few tenths of a watt of performance when using inner tubes, using a bit of sanding paper on the inside of the tires and then degreasing the tire and inner tube might get you those few tenths of a watt on the other tires as well. Less movement between the inner tube and tire results in a lower rolling resistance.


Test Results - Individual Tire Rolling Resistance Data (Pro Members)


The next section is only accessible by our highly valued Pro Members. This section includes all test data of the individual tires.


Conclusion


Using latex inner tubes in tubeless tires is nearly as fast as setting them up tubeless. The most significant performance penalties are the higher weight of the inner tube and the loss of the re-sealing in case of a puncture that tubeless sealant in tubeless tires offers.


Using a 100 grams butyl inner tube in a tubeless tire doesn't seem like a wise choice from a performance perspective as the butyl tube adds quite a lot of weight and rolling resistance.


What's interesting to note is that latex, as a material, has a rolling resistance that is nearly zero. The slight increase in the test results also comes from movement between the inner tube and tire that increases at lower air pressures. Reducing friction between the inner tube and tire can lower rolling resistance by a couple of tenths of a watt.


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Excludes previous models/discontinued tires
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VittoriaCorsa Pro Speed TLR 285.6 W
VeloflexRecord TLR 256.3 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TT TR 287.1 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TT TR (TdF) 257.2 W
SchwalbePro One TT TLE Addix 257.5 W
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ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 258.4 W
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ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 288.5 W
GoodyearEagle F1 SuperSport R TLC 288.5 W
MichelinPower Time Trial 258.6 W
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VittoriaCorsa Speed (tubular) 238.9 W
MichelinPower Cup TLR 258.9 W
VittoriaCorsa Pro TLR 289.3 W
ChallengeCriterium RS 259.4 W
VittoriaCorsa Pro TLR 269.6 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall) 259.6 W
ZippTangente Speed Tubeless 259.6 W
TufoComtura Prima TR 289.7 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall) 289.8 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo RapidAir 2Bliss Ready T2/T5 269.8 W
ContinentalGrand Prix TT 259.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 2510.0 W
MichelinPower Road TLR 2510.1 W
SpecializedTurbo Cotton 2410.1 W
PirelliP Zero Velo TT 2310.2 W
ContinentalGrand Prix SuperSonic 2310.2 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix 2510.2 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR SL 2610.3 W
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SchwalbePro One Aero TLE (Front) 2810.5 W
VeloflexCorsa Race TLR 2510.6 W
MichelinPower Cup 2510.6 W
SpecializedTurbo Cotton Hell of the North 2810.6 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 All Season TR 2510.9 W
HutchinsonBlackBird TLR 2810.9 W
PirelliP Zero Race TLR SpeedCore 2810.9 W
MichelinPower Competition 2510.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Force II 2411.0 W
PanaracerAgilest TLR 2811.3 W
PirelliP Zero Race TLR SL (TechWall) 2811.3 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Attack II 2211.4 W
EnveSES Road Tire Tubeless 2511.4 W
BontragerR4 320 2511.5 W
SchwalbePro One Aero TLE (Rear) 2811.5 W
PirelliP Zero Race 4S 2611.6 W
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ZippTangente Speed 2511.6 W
MavicYksion Pro UST Tubeless 2511.7 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR 2611.7 W
GoodyearEagle F1 R TLC 2811.7 W
ChallengeStrada Pro HTLR 2511.8 W
VeloflexCorsa Evo TLR 2511.9 W
HutchinsonFusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm 2512.0 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 2812.1 W
WolfpackRoad Race 2612.1 W
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VittoriaCorsa G+ (tubular) 2512.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race (clincher) 2512.3 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 2612.3 W
MichelinPower Road 2512.4 W
PirelliP Zero Velo 2512.5 W
VittoriaCorsa Pro Control TLR 2812.5 W
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PirelliP Zero Race 2612.6 W
PirelliP Zero Race TLR 4S SpeedCore 2812.8 W
SchwalbePro One (tubetype) Addix 2512.8 W
SpecializedS-Works Mondo 2Bliss Ready T2/T5 2812.8 W
VittoriaCorsa Elite (tubular) 2512.9 W
TufoComtura 4 TR 2812.9 W
CadexRace Tubeless 2513.0 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 (open) 2513.0 W
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ChallengeStrada Pro 2513.4 W
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ContinentalGrand Prix 2514.0 W
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ContinentalUltra Sport III 2514.1 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 (open) 2514.1 W
ContinentalCompetition (tubular) 2514.2 W
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PirelliCinturato Gravel H 4019.5 W
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SpecializedRoubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready 3219.7 W
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PirelliCinturato Gravel M 4022.7 W
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SpecializedPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready 3823.0 W
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PirelliCinturato Gravel RC 4023.2 W
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TeravailCannonball Light & Supple 4223.9 W
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MaxxisReaver EXO/TR 4024.2 W
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Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance Plus 4424.3 W
Rene HerseHurricane Ridge TC 4224.4 W
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VredesteinAventura 3824.7 W
SchwalbeG-One Bite Super Ground SpeedGrip 4024.8 W
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PanaracerGravelKing SS Plus TLC 4025.5 W
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PirelliCinturato Gravel S 4025.6 W
ChallengeGrifo Pro 3325.7 W
WTBNano TCS Light 4025.8 W
PirelliCinturato Cross M 3325.9 W
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HutchinsonTouareg Hardskin TLR 4029.0 W
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BontragerGR1 Team Issue 4030.4 W
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ContinentalRace King Performance ShieldWall24.9 W
VittoriaBarzo TNT G+ 2.025.5 W
SpecializedS-Works Renegade 2BR T5/T725.9 W
SpecializedS-Works Fast Trak 2BR T5/T726.0 W
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ContinentalRace King Performance26.3 W
MaxxisRekon Race EXO TR26.6 W
MaxxisRekon Race MaxxSpeed EXO/TR26.8 W
SpecializedS-Works Ground Control 2BR26.8 W
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ContinentalRace King Sport27.0 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.328.4 W
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MichelinJet XCR28.7 W
PirelliScorpion XC RC Lite Team Edition28.8 W
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MichelinForce XC30.8 W
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MichelinForce AM32.9 W
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