Puncture proof: are solid tyres an option for road bikes?

To anyone who’s ever spent a cold, wet 15 minutes at the roadside fixing a flat, the benefits of solid tyres are obvious. But how does the technology stack up?

Solid or “airless” tyres sound like an uncomfortable option, but the technology has moved on a lot in recent years. Modern solid tyres are made of a micro closed cell polymer resin (MCP) manipulated to make a solid foam-like material, rather like the sole material in a running shoe.

How do solid tyres compare to pneumatics?

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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.