Over 160,000 bikes with airless tyres sold by Japanese brand Chacle

Japanese commuter bike company has sold 160,000 bikes in three years, all equipped with Tannus’s “airless” solid tyres

For bikes to be ridden around town, solid tyres make a lot of sense and tyre brand Tannus has been promoting its airless models with a collaboration with Specialized. But it’s already been working with Japanese bike brand Chacle for around three years.

Chacle’s commuter and shopping models have proved very popular in Japan and are sold through supermarkets as well as traditional bike shops. To celebrate the 160,000 bike milestone, the brand has made this video of a Ninja warrior spreading tacks in front of a commuter riding the Tannus airless tyres.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.