Schwalbe and Syntace Partner in Tyre Development
REICHSHOF, Germany – Schwalbe presents it as the solution that helps solving the problem of snakebites when mountainbiking. According to Schwalbe it is now possible to ride with very low air pressures and, as a result, improve tyre performance.
According to Schwalbe the dual chamber tyre and wheel system makes extremely low air pressure possible without the risk of getting snake-bite punctures. Initially, Schwalbe and wheel manufacturer Syntace were working on such a system independently of each other. Now, the two companies have joined forces to further develop the dual chamber system.
Dual chamber system
“One can hardly risk riding on standard MTB tyres with less than 1.5 bar because the risk of snake bites is simply too great,” explains Markus Hachmeyer, Senior Product Manager. “With the current trend towards wide wheel rims, the trail performance of the tyres at low air pressure is improved and has become less ‘spongy’. The risk of snake bites, however, remains the same. Our solution for this problem is a dual chamber system. There is an additional air chamber inside the tyre with high air pressure which effectively prevents the tyre hitting the edge of the rim.”
“At the same time, the inner system also secures the tyre on the rim and prevents the dreaded ‘burping’, a loss of air of the tubeless system in the case of low pressure. Depending on the situation, the air pressure in the outer chamber can now be reduced to 1 bar (14psi) without running any risk.”
Cushioning and traction
“To date all test riders have been thrilled with the new possibilities,” reports Markus Hachmeyer and recaps the feedback. “With one bar (14psi), the tyre grip is incredible. The contact surface is very large and the tyres seldom, if ever, slide on lose ground. The extra cushioning and traction because of the low air pressure leads to much better control over the bike and allow distinctly higher speeds.”
In order to exploit the advantages of the low tyre pressure without risking a puncture, Schwalbe and Syntace were working on the same idea independently of each other and had also applied for patents. Now, the two companies are pooling their know-how to develop the system to market maturity. “At the latest at the Eurobike, we will be able to present precise information regarding design and prices,” says Markus Hachmeyer.
Schwalbe will be responsible for the production and marketing of the system that is expected to be compatible with conventional tyres and rims and weigh less than 200g.