What is a tubeless tire? Everything you need to know about tubeless tech for road and gravel bikes

Thinking about 'going tubeless'? Here's a short guide to the tire and rim technology

Tubeless tire fitted to Zipp's 353 NSW wheel
(Image credit: Future)

In recent years the best tubeless tires have grown in both prominence and popularity. Once the preserve of mountain bikes, they are now widely used on both  gravel bikes and the best road bikes.

But what is a tubeless tire exactly, what are the pros and cons of 'going tubeless', and are tubeless tire setups easy enough for everyone to use?

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.