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.


The 32mm wide 700C or 26x 1 3/8 inch tyres fitted to the Chacle bike weigh 660 grams. “They are incredibly popular in Japan. The feedback is there is no issue over weight – they are as light as pneumatics, they are perfectly comfortable and they are easy to pedal as they have low rolling resistance,” says Young Ki Lee, Tannus chief executive.

We’ve ridden 700c Tannus tyres on winter roads and around town on a Brompton and have liked the benefits of not having to check tyre pressures or carry a pump or spare tube. And Tannus’s 23mm tyres have recently been certified for their grip and performance by the German TUV inspection organisation, which has concluded that they match or exceed performance of equivalent pneumatic tyres.

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Tannus quotes a tyre life of at least 6000 miles for its tyres and they come in 12 colour options. It says it's sold over 25,000 sets of tyres in the UK since they first went on sale here two years ago.

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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.