Schwalbe Pro One 25mm Road Tyre
by Chris Galley
by Chris Galley
Most of the summer I’ve been getting to know the Schwalbe Pro One Tyre, using it in both the 28mm and 25mm guise. Riding around the Yorkshire Dales with all the beautiful nuances of our country lanes requires the right tyre choice, and the right inner tube unless you’re already riding tubeless of course. It’s tough going in places, with steep inclines strewn with debris and rough surfaces chewed up by years of traffic, and some large uneven pot holes, often filled with water. Add to this, those horrible pieces of crumbling tarmac leading you into a muddy grass verge and inevitably a wet derriere – you’ve got the picture. It’s an ideal testing ground for tyres.
Don’t get me wrong it’s hard going, but that’s why we love it and why Yorkshire provides the world with some of the finest cycling athletes. It’s hard cycling but it’s even harder on those tyres, so how have these Schwalbe Pro One tyres stood up to life in the Yorkshire Dales – especially in the 25 size, which is mid size these days. Thankfully, the Schwalbe Pro One Tyre ones with an enviable reputation already, meaning that testing here wasn’t too much of a shot in the dark.
Testing tyres is a dangerous game at Pedalnorth. We push them to the point of breaking so you don’t have to. Yes, we purposefully hit potholes, often playing chicken with grass verges, bunny hopping over kerbs, riding through that patch of freshly cut hawthorne and throwing the wheels around when getting ready for rides and media shoots. It’s all in the name of considering how well these tyres really stack up against the marketing spin that cycle companies shout about.
Anyway, time for the detail, now that you know the test conditions. Firstly the latest Schwalbe Pro One 25mm tyre is without doubt strong, light and agile. I have to say right off the bat that I’ve suffered not a single puncture and these tyres appear as good in autumn as they did back in June. It comes in at 290 gramme, heavier than the Pirelli PZero 25mm (210 gramme), but it’s a robust tyre, which I’ll come into later.
Schwalbe’s developments in tyre technology is a key feature here, with their Souplesse construction, Adix race compound and V-Guard puncture protection all helping to keep these tyres fit for purpose for some time. And it seems to have worked on the 25s. It’s been a hard working tyre and that’s even stood up to a bit of turbo work too. You know, that machine that often shreds your rubber.
What’s really noticeable on the Pro One 25 is how admirably it performs on poor surfaces. You can hear and indeed feel the wheel biting in, and after lots of use they continue to bite the road surface and roll consistently whatever the road surface. Thankfully on the tight lanes of the Dales, grip is high on the agenda for Schwalbe in the Pro One range, and the V shaped, one way tread does work very well, both on inclines and in tight cornering. Comfortable and supple, or souplesse as Schwalbe calls it, even when riding slightly down on my normal riding pressure, they soak up the vibration and road surface imperfections easily, leaving a reasonably smooth riding experience – save for the rustic surfacing.
I certainly prefer the lighter feel of the 25mm tyre against the 28mm iteration, and have retained them on the bike the longest. Measuring them for completeness, they actually measure up slightly larger than 25mm and not far off 28mm when inflated around 90psi, so in real terms not far off 28mm anyway. This leads to what feels like the sweet spot for cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. Lighter 25mm tyre with the added contact and volume of the 28mm tyre. An excellent combination. Just a point here, don’t forget to measure and adjust your tyre pressures for each ride, making sure that you maximise performance opportunities and grip for the conditions.
I’ll be changing tyres over the next week or two as the sun drops even more and the roads get sketchy. The Dales weather is turning grim and we all need that extra level of grip to keep the wheels turning through the winter, but it has been a delight to ride thePro One 25mm tyres through the summer and into autumn. It’s a tyre that gives good grip and excellent rolling resistance, providing that necessary balance between speed and safety. That said, it puts it firmly in the bracket of a good race tyre and an excellent general ride tyre for the keen club cyclist.