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I bought these on sale, and relative to other road tubeless they are a good deal if you can get a break on paying full retail price. Tubeless road tires are definitely not cheap and because I am, the value rating is only three stars. If these continue to wear as they have so far, I would rate the value higher.
Because of the rough roads where I live, I decided to try the 25mm versions on Williams 22 wheels. I've had these tires on for about 6 weeks and about 600 miles and what stands out is that they roll extremely well, it is very noticeable. I previously ran Hutchinsons (have tried all of their tubeless line) for the past 6 years. The Schwalbes definitely feel faster than any of the Hutchinsons that I've tried. As far as the size, these 25mm tires are fatter than the Hutchinson 25mm's that I previously tried. The Schwalbes barely clear my frame and fork on a Cervelo R3. If you're worried about it, get the 23mm's.
I've been careful with the Schwalbes, brushing the tires immediately with a glove after running through anything suspect. I ride them as if they were my old sewups because I hate flatting and I'd like to get max mileage out of these tires. I've got about 2 oz of Stan's in each tire. So far, so good, no tread cuts at all. Running both tires at 75 to 80 psi. (A little note about road tubeless from doing it for the past 7 years If you're getting a lot of flats, try reducing pressures. A tire casing that is under a lot of tension from high inflation pressures cuts more easily. Think of trying to cut a string that is loose vs. one that is taught. Plus, lower pressures allow the tire to grip better and soak up more irregularities in the road surface. Lastly, don't be stingy with your sealant, especially with a brand new tire. The casings seem to almost soak up some of the sealant when the tires are new.)
Overall, these are my favorite tires that I've had and I've been riding for a very long time, including stupid amounts of miles when I was still racing (those days are in the rear view mirror). They're fat and plush but roll very fast. The durability so far seems outstanding. The only question is whether I'll stay lucky and avoid slicing them. I even ordered a second set, just in case, or when I finally wear these out.
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