September 17, 2012

Eurobike News: What's new from Schwalbe in 2013?

Friedrichshafen/Germany: The biggest news from Schwalbe are a tubeless version (not to be confused with "tubular") of the popular Ultremo ZX, the new Durano HT race tubular and the mid-level tubular Lugano T. The Durano HT is extending Schwalbe's tubular range with a solid performance tyre for all those who need that extra portion durability & puncture resistance vs pure lightweight. The Lugano T will be Schwalbe's answer to Conti's Sprinter tubular, with a moderate price point and great value for money. Schwalbe claims that the entire road range has received a small "facelift" with some new colours and increased puncture resistance. We will await the results of the first lab tests and road reviews to verify these claims.
The tubeless version of the Ultremo ZX once again underlines Schwalbe's product strategy, where tubeless road tyres form the future. So far, the number of manufacturers offering a tubeless race tyre is handpicked. The Ultremo ZX tubeless will certainly stir up that niche market, using its great credibility gained as a top-notch clincher, to drive more attention to this still relatively young development.