• Tom Ovens

Tom Ovens

Tubeless tyres are now very much cemented into the MTB scene, but tubeless is still relatively new in the road scene. Tom Ovens is a very successful rider in both MTB XC and Road disciplines. He has been using Maxxis Padrone tyres with tubes last season, and recently converted to tubeless. We asked him what his thoughts were: 

TOM: I've fitted the new Padrone's to my roady and gone for a couple of rides now. Having the tubeless setup is noticeably more comfortable than a tube wheel. Especially given I've gone from using Padrone's on the same bike but with tubes, to now new ones set up tubeless it's been a good comparison. I'm running them at about 70psi (I'm 69-70kg) and they are still fast but very comfortable. I've been riding in some very average weather with lots of sharp little rocks and junk on the road and no flats either, which is obviously another great feature of tubeless!   

BIKECORP: What sort of pressure do you normally run with a tube set up on the roady, and how does the rolling resistance compare with tubeless 70PSI?  How was the process of fitting the tyres and sealant?  

TOM: I normally would run around 90-100PSI in a tube road tyre.  I can’t say I have noticed any difference (better or worse) in terms of rolling resistance.  What you do notice is that all the little holes, stones or even just rough asphalt is much smoother on the tubeless setup.  They are pretty easy to set up, the tyre is not really any tighter on the rim than other tyres I’ve fitted.  I still did them totally by hand with no lever or anything.  In terms of sealant, I don’t think they need very much as there isn’t a lot of space inside one of those tyres!  I put in around a cap full, maybe a touch more.  I’ll let you know how they go over the next few weeks and if I get any flats, but as of right now they are still holding 70PSI 5 days after I first fitted them which I think is pretty darn good!  

We are looking forward to checking in with Tom in a couple of months to see how the tyres go.