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

Published: 2022-02-25 by Jarno Bierman
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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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Road Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Excludes previous models/discontinued tires
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Brand Model Watts
VittoriaCorsa Speed G+ 2.0 (TLR)7.0 W
SchwalbePro One TT TLE Addix7.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR8.4 W
MichelinPower Time Trial8.6 W
VeloflexRecord (silica compound)9.0 W
VittoriaCorsa Speed (tubular)9.1 W
ZippTangente Speed Tubeless9.6 W
SpecializedTurbo RapidAir 2Bliss Ready9.7 W
ContinentalGrand Prix TT9.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 500010.0 W
MichelinPower Road TLR10.1 W
SpecializedTurbo Cotton10.1 W
PirelliP Zero Velo TT10.2 W
ContinentalGrand Prix SuperSonic10.2 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix10.2 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR SL10.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race TLR10.6 W
MichelinPower Competition10.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Force II11.0 W
EnveSES Road Tire Tubeless11.4 W
BontragerR4 32011.5 W
ZippTangente Speed11.6 W
MavicYksion Pro UST Tubeless11.7 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR11.7 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Attack II11.7 W
ChallengeStrada Pro HTLR11.8 W
VeloflexCorsa Evo TLR11.9 W
HutchinsonFusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm12.0 W
WolfpackRoad Race12.1 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 TLR12.2 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ (tubular)12.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race (clincher)12.3 W
MichelinPower Road12.4 W
PirelliP Zero Velo12.5 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 TLR12.6 W
PirelliP Zero Race12.6 W
SchwalbePro One (tubetype) Addix12.8 W
VittoriaCorsa Elite (tubular)12.9 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 (open)13.0 W
MaxxisPadrone Tubeless Ready13.1 W
MaxxisHigh Road13.2 W
ChallengeStrada Pro13.4 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo13.4 W
BontragerR3 Hard-Case Lite TLR13.6 W
PirelliP Zero Road13.7 W
PanaracerRace L Evo 313.9 W
GoodyearEagle F1 Tubeless13.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix14.0 W
ContinentalUltra Sport III14.1 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 (open)14.1 W
MichelinPro 4 Endurance v214.2 W
ContinentalCompetition (tubular)14.2 W
MichelinPower Endurance14.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 4 Season 202214.6 W
PirelliP Zero Velo 4S14.7 W
IRCFormula Pro Tubeless RBCC14.8 W
MichelinPro 4 Service Course14.9 W
MavicYksion Elite15.0 W
VittoriaZaffiro Pro G+ 2.015.2 W
VittoriaRubino Pro G+ 2.015.2 W
ZippTangente Course15.3 W
MichelinKrylion 2 Endurance15.4 W
SchwalbeOne Performance Addix15.4 W
PirelliCinturato Velo TLR15.6 W
SchwalbeOne TLE Performance Addix15.8 W
MichelinLithion 215.9 W
SchwalbePro One HT (tubular)16.1 W
PanaracerRace A Evo 316.4 W
SchwalbeDurano Plus Addix16.4 W
ClementStrada LGG16.9 W
MichelinDynamic Sport17.3 W
PanaracerRace D Evo 317.4 W
SchwalbeDurano18.0 W
SchwalbeLugano II18.0 W
VredesteinFortezza Senso All Weather18.0 W
ContinentalGatorskin19.3 W
ContinentalGator Hardshell19.5 W
SchwalbeDurano DD Addix19.5 W
MichelinPower All Season21.3 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse22.6 W
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CX/Gravel Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 3216.6 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Extralight 4417.3 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix 3419.3 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Pro HTLR 3619.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TL 3219.8 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3520.4 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 4020.8 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR (Protection) 3520.8 W
ChallengeGetaway Pro HTLR 4021.2 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC 4421.2 W
TufoGravel Thundero 4021.2 W
ContinentalSpeed King CX RaceSport 3221.4 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR (Protection) 4021.6 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3222.8 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS TLC 4023.0 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel H 4023.3 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance 4423.4 W
SpecializedRoubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready 3223.5 W
SpecializedPathfinder S-Works 2Bliss Ready 4224.0 W
MichelinPower Gravel 3524.1 W
SpecializedPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready 4224.1 W
Rene HerseBarlow Pass TC 3824.2 W
PanaracerGravelKing SK TLC 4024.7 W
PirelliCinturato Cross H 3325.2 W
MichelinPower Gravel (v2) 4025.7 W
ChallengeGrifo Pro 3325.7 W
ContinentalTerra Trail TR 4026.0 W
HutchinsonOveride 3526.0 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel M 4026.5 W
WTBRiddler TCS Light 3726.6 W
Rene HerseSteilacoom TC 3826.9 W
PanaracerGravelKing Plus TLC 3526.9 W
VittoriaTerreno Dry G+ 2.0 3327.0 W
VittoriaTerreno Zero G+ 2.0 3727.2 W
PirelliCinturato Velo 3527.6 W
SchwalbeG-One R Super Race 4028.0 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance Plus 4428.1 W
SchwalbeG-One Bite Super Ground SpeedGrip 4028.6 W
WTBResolute TCS Light 4228.6 W
SchwalbeG-One Speed Super Ground V-Guard SpeedGrip 4028.6 W
ChallengeGravel Grinder 3328.7 W
MaxxisRambler EXO/TR 120 TPI 4028.8 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS Plus TLC 4029.3 W
VittoriaTerreno Mix G+ 2.0 3329.4 W
WTBNano TCS Light 4029.6 W
PirelliCinturato Cross M 3329.7 W
SchwalbeG-One Ultrabite TLE SpeedGrip 4029.8 W
SchwalbeG-One Allround Super Ground SpeedGrip 4029.8 W
WTBByway TCS Light SG2 4030.4 W
VittoriaTerreno Wet G+ 2.0 3332.2 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse Gravel 4033.9 W
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Mountain Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
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Brand Model Watts
ContinentalSpeed King II RaceSport19.1 W
SchwalbeThunder Burt Super Ground Addix Speed20.2 W
ContinentalRace King Protection20.2 W
ContinentalRace King RaceSport22.4 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron LiteSkin Addix Speed22.6 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph LiteSkin Addix Speed25.0 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph Super Race Addix Speed26.0 W
ContinentalRace King Performance26.3 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix Speed26.7 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph 2019 TLE Addix Speed27.0 W
ContinentalRace King Sport27.0 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix SpeedGrip27.2 W
VittoriaMezcal TNT G+ 2.028.0 W
SchwalbeRacing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip28.3 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph TL-E Addix SpeedGrip28.7 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.229.0 W
VittoriaBarzo TNT G+ 2.030.0 W
SpecializedS-Works Fast Trak 2BR T5/T730.5 W
MaxxisAspen EXO TR30.6 W
IRCMythos XC30.8 W
MaxxisRekon Race EXO TR31.1 W
SpecializedS-Works Ground Control 2BR31.3 W
MaxxisIkon 3C MaxxSpeed TLR31.5 W
ContinentalMountain King II RaceSport31.5 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.332.9 W
MichelinJet XCR33.2 W
MaxxisArdent Race 3C EXO TR35.1 W
MichelinForce XC35.3 W
KendaSmall Block Eight35.6 W
MichelinForce AM37.4 W
MaxxisIkon eXCeption Silkworm38.2 W
VittoriaAKA40.7 W
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Brand Model Watts
ContinentalGrand Prix Urban16.9 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion (OneStar)17.1 W
VittoriaVoyager Hyper17.7 W
ContinentalContact Urban18.4 W
CompassBon Jon Pass18.6 W
SchwalbeMarathon Supreme19.1 W
PanaracerPasela PT (ProTite)20.6 W
ContinentalSport Contact II20.6 W
SchwalbeMarathon (GreenGuard)21.3 W
SchwalbeEnergizer Plus21.5 W
CSTE-Series Reach21.9 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion TLE Addix22.7 W
ContinentalTop Contact II24.2 W
ContinentalContact II24.3 W
SchwalbeMarathon Racer24.6 W
SchwalbeKojak24.8 W
ContinentalCity Ride II25.1 W
SchwalbeMarathon Plus25.5 W
SchwalbeMarathon Mondial Evo26.7 W
VredesteinPerfect-E27.3 W
SchwalbeMarathon E-Plus27.4 W
ContinentalTop Contact Winter II28.5 W
VittoriaRandonneur32.4 W
ContinentalE.Contact33.4 W
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Brand Model Watts
SchwalbeJumbo Jim LiteSkin PaceStar36.9 W
SchwalbeJumbo Jim SnakeSkin38.6 W
SpecializedFast Trak Fat43.4 W
VeeRubber Vee 845.8 W
SurlyLarry48.4 W
45NRTHVan Helga51.0 W
45NRTHHusker Du51.7 W
SurlyLarry 27 TPI53.0 W
VittoriaBomboloni TNT53.9 W
MaxxisMammoth54.7 W
PanaracerFat B Nimble55.4 W
KendaJuggernaut Pro59.2 W
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