Don't swap tires, just zip on some new tread

Retyre lets you zip on new tires or change tread patterns

Are there times during a ride where you just wish you could swap out your tire tread? Norwegian company Retyre had this issue and has done something about it. The company's interchangeable tire treads, or  'skins,' use a zipper to attach. 

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Zip on and off

Retyre lets riders zip on new tire treads
Retyre lets riders zip on new tire treads

As the video above shows, Retyre's solution to swappable tire treads revolves around a simple zipper. A base tire is first installed and then the tread of your choice is zipped onto that. Retyre claims it takes only seconds to zip the new tread on.

There's no mention of weight or durability of either the skins or the zipper mechanism. Retyre does state that its skins are made from 90% natural rubber.

Additionally, according to Retyre, the skins are small and light enough to be carried in pack, so switching your bike's tread can be done mid-ride.

A tire for all roads and seasons

Three tread options, all in 700c (29in), are available.

Color options are available to match your bike
Color options are available to match your bike

For the road, there's an urban-style 40mm tire with a reflective sidewall stripe and minimal tread for low-rolling resistance.

The off-road option consists of a 42mm "all-terrain" tire with flat knobbies that looks like an aggressive hybrid style tire. 

And for icy conditions, Retyre offers a 42mm wide studded winter tire with 156 lightweight studs. The studded tire also has a reflective sidewall stripe.

Retyre's website claims that more tire skins are coming, including some with embedded electronics, exotic materials and customizable graphics. 

Pricing or availability was not noted as information is pretty limited on Retyre's website.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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