Korean company Tannus Tires claim to have built a solid tyre that 'will compete with' regular pneumatic ones.

A Korean tyre company has come up with a solid bike tyre that it claims will compete with the regular pneumatic variety. After being launched three years ago in Asia, Tannus Tires are hitting the UK market.

Using a newly developed compound polymer called Aither, they offer the prospect of punctureless riding with a rider-friendly level of comfort and rolling resistance.

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 They’ve been around as long as the bicycle itself but were quickly superseded when Dunlop made the first practical pneumatic bike tyre in 1887.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.

Tannus Tires have developed a solid tyre that 'will compete' with regular tires

But Tannus’s European sales manager Jazz Walia says: “We won’t convert everyone but people need to forget what they know of solid tyres and try them with an open mind.”

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 700x23c Musai 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 felt fine for daily commutes — although a bit harsh for longer training rides — when CW gave them a run.

“We’re still developing and improving the tyres,” says Walia. “We’re looking at doing a budget, mid and performance version and have a five to 10-year plan, possibly getting riders in the Tour de France on our tyres.”

Musai Model 700x23c

Weight: 380g

Suitable for rim size: 13-15C

PSI equivalent:

Soft = 85-90psi Hard = 110psi

Price: £99 a pair

Contact: www.tannus.co.uk

  • chickeee

    I have the 23mm Musai hard compound. they are alittle narrow for my rims and ride very harsh (similar to 120 psi or so)… but no flats! ever! I don’t carry a pump, spare tubes or tire levers anymore. I don’t have to move over for glass or worry about pinch flats. If they make 25mm I will buy them again

  • Alex_nma

    I willing to bet they are more than 10 years away from getting a pro team to ride them in any pro race, let along the TdF. The main reason is that rolling resistance and weight are much higher than other tires in use now.

  • Ol_Rappaport

    I tried a pair of Green Tyres back in the 90s. So harsh they snapped spokes, and slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I’d need an extended test before I’d even begin consider them. Meanwhile Marathons…

  • ANDREW Knights

    Have installed 28’s on Genesis Flyer. Overall slightly harsher ride but forgot I had them on after a while and never felt unsafe. Could well suit many leisure cyclists, commuters, audax riders etc where speed not of the essence. Slightly pitted deteriorating stony surface was the harshest – perhaps felt like a 23 rather than a 28 but was actually smoother over some speed bumps. Was great to ride straight through the gritty lanes without worry.

  • kurtjens

    I’ve tried two different brands of solid tires. One was Green Tyre, I think. This was in the late ’90s. I really, REALLY wanted to like them. But, as another poster said, they were significantly slower and the ride was harsh. I loved riding through broken glass without a second of concern but that didn’t compensate for the rolling resistance and harshness. After a long trial, I removed them and marveled at the speed and comfort of pneumatic tires. These tires might be better. Materials may have improved.

  • arobustus

    I tried solid tires once and hated it. There was a lot of road resistance, the ride was godawful and it split from the cold. But I’ll keep an open mind and try it. I’ve been using Schwalbe Marathon 400 Flatless haven’t got a flat yet, and I’m a brutal rider with a brutal commute.

  • Guest

    I tried solid tires once and hated it. There was a lot of road resistance. the ride was godawful and is split from the cold. But I’ll keep an open mind and try it. I’ve been using Schwalbe Marathon 400 Flatless haven’t got a flat yet, and I’m a brutal rider with a brutal commute.

  • Farbar

    The part that appeals to me is the idea of using it as a cold weather tire. Not having to change a tire in cold weather is a huge plus. Whatever extra weight or resistance there may be would be fine for off-season training, too. You know that if you can push this tire in training you can definitely see the improvement in racing with your better tires.

  • Steve Colinese

    I’ve been in touch with their UK Sales people I and asked if they intend to introduce a 25mm version as more and more cyclists seem to be switching from 23mm-they said they were talking to the factory about introducing a 25/26mm tyres in 2015.

  • James McConnon

    I’d love them. Anything that means less maintenance is good for me, and we’re not all obsessed with speed. Being slowed down a bit might be worth it to never have a puncture again, and to not have to remember to pump up the tyres every week.

  • Bob Smith

    Is it April the first?