Being solid in construction, the tyres do not care about glass, metal objects, nails, or any other sharp object as they cannot puncture the tyre.
Solid tyres are nothing new. They’ve been around as long as the bicycle itself but were quickly superseded when Dunlop made the first practical pneumatic bike tyre in 1887. Typically heavy and giving an uncompromising ride, solid tyres have trailed in their wake ever since.
However, the Tannus 700x23c Solid Tyre (other sizes available for both road and mountain bike) is the most modern solid tyre in the world. With perfect hardness (100psi equivalent), incredible grip and extremely low rolling resistance. Tannus Tyres are like no other bicycle tyre being sold. A Tannus Tyre can withstand everything that would normally stop you flat with a pneumatic tyre, nails, glass, sharp metal objects, and thorns are no longer your enemy. The patented Aither technology that makes up 100% of their solid tyre construction is a scientifically engineered super material that, whilst being extremely resistant to wear and the environment, still provides comfort and minimises rolling resistance.
With Tannus tyres you don’t have to change the rim or buy a special type of wheel. If you have an existing clincher rim wheel, it can be retrofitted right away regardless of its size. Due to the development of the Lockin Pin System, you can use Tannus tyres on your own bike easily and safely.
Tannus Tyres never go flat and are available in a diverse range of colours, distinctly different from any other anti-puncture tyres. The various colours are another result of the use of the advanced materials, so cyclists are able to enjoy the choice of colours that contrast with the mundane colours of most other tyres.
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Some of the advantages of a solid tyre are obvious. Retailing at £99 a pair and boasting the ability to do 9,000 miles before needing replacing, Tannus Tires could be useful for winter training or commuting, as they eliminate the worry of stopping and getting cold while changing a tube. The “Musai 700x23c Aither V1.1” model also weighs in at just 380g, not far off the combined weight of Continental Gator Skin, inner tube and rim tape, and they come in two grades to imitate different tyre pressures. Although still heavier than a pair of tubs and with a rolling resistance eight per cent higher than a regular tyre, they will be fine for daily commutes, but perhaps a bit harsh for longer training rides?