Tannus Airless Tires claims flat-free riding without the drawbacks
Flat tires suck. You know it, I know it. Puncture-free, non-pneumatic tires have been around a while, but the trade-offs are hard to live with. However, Tannus Airless Tires claims its new Slick tire nullifies the downfalls by offering low weight, less rolling resistance and a comparable ride feel to its air-filled counterparts.
£49.99–£59.99 / $60–$80 / AU$68–AU$99 each, depending on size
A 700 x 23mm road tire has a claimed weight of 370gCourtesy
If there’s no air inside, there’s no way for the tire to puncture. Tannus’s airless tires are made from micro closed-cell polymer foam material called Aither 1.1, which uses technology from the soles of athletic shoes.
The company claims it’s the result of 10 years and a million dollars’ worth of research and development.
According to Tannus, the Aither foam material has better elasticity for lower rolling resistance, improved grip, and an enhanced road feel that the company compares to an air-filled city bike tire.
Additionally, Tannus reports that the tire material is resistant to staining, so its colored tires are easy to clean and remain bright.
Durability and low wear are also claimed to be benefits of the material. Tannus backs this assertion with a guarantee of only 1.5mm of tire wear after riding 9,000km / 5,592m.
Nine sizes from 12.5in to 700c in various widths are availableCourtesy
Riding to work and around town, as well as racking up training miles, seem to be the main disciplines for airless, puncture-proof tires. After all, one of the biggest bike-commuting benefits is low-stress transportation, and a flat tire can derail that in no time.
But it’s not just aimed at commuters, with Tannus reporting that the Ukraine National track team has been riding and training on its airless tires off of the track. Tannus states that six months of testing was done by two Ukrainian pro cyclists to ensure the airless tires performed at a level suitable for the national team.
Tannus tire installation
While Tannus does claim its tires can be used on standard rims, the install is a bit different to a normal beaded tire.