Tyres play a big role in the way a car handles itself. It not only affects the vehicles mileage but safety as well. Essentially, when it comes to tyres, there are of two types Tube and Tubeless.
As the name suggests, a tube tyre consists of a tube of air that is placed inside the tyre. The air acts as a cushion and makes driving over bumpy roads a bit smoother. It also maintains the shape of the tyre and most importantly supports the weight of the vehicle, keeping it stable.
On the other hand, a tubeless tyre weighs less and reduces un-sprung weight of the vehicle. This gives you superior handling characteristics and inspires confidence in the driver. The overall result a better driving experience!
However, the advantages of driving on a set of tubeless tyres far outweigh tubes. This is especially visible when a tyre gets punctured. With a sudden loss of air pressure, your car can get unstable and swerve, eventually leading to an accident. In similar condition, a tubeless tyre would lose its air slowly and uniformly, thus giving the driver ample time to slow the vehicle down.
Other advantages also lie in tubeless tyres like; its resistance when driving is much lower, the car feels lighter and has less friction, making it more economical. Apart from that, it has lesser components, generates low heat while on the move and causes minimal vibration.
One of the most important difference is that they last longer than tubes. So there you have it. With the advantages it holds over a tube tyre, tubeless is surely the option you should consider. Safety, fuel efficiency and an overall better driving experience.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Tubeless Tyres
1. No Silly Punctures
As it sounds, one of the major reasons that tube tyres get a puncture is because the tube gets pinched between the tyre and the rim. It may sound like a very silly reason, but a puncture is a puncture, which is not a happy sight.
2. Ability to Run at Lower Pressure
Air does change its pressure inside the tube or the tyre, and it is common for tyres to run at lower pressures. Again, a tube will get pinched when the pressure is low, leading to a puncture. This is not the case with tubeless tyres.
3. Liquid Sealant
Tubeless tyres have the advantage to be filled with liquid sealants. If a sharp object does put a hole in a tubeless tyre, the liquid sealant immediately oozes out and dries up, sealing the hole. This enables you to travel longer, without having to stop to fix a puncture.
4. Air Escapes Slowly
In case you do encounter a puncture and the air leaks, it will leak very slowly in a tubeless tyre, which gives you enough time to pull safely over on the side of the road. A tube will let out air immediately, which might be dangerous on a highway or at high speeds.
5. Light Weight
Tubeless tyres are lighter compared to tube type tyres, which in turn affects the mileage of the vehicle. Heavy components on the vehicle will demand more power from the engine, and this requires more fuel to burn.
6. No Unwanted Friction
While driving at high speeds, a tube type tyre will have friction with the tyre, which increases the temperature of the tube and there are chances of the tube exploding. A tyre/ tube explosion at high speeds calls for disaster. Tubeless tyres do not have this risk.
Since air is contained in the tubeless tyre itself, and not in the tube, driving at high speeds will be stable as the air in the tyre is also stable. With a tube, there are chances of uneven pressure, which will make the car wobble at high speeds. Also, since a tube type tyre has more components (tyre, tube, rim) compared to a tubeless tyre (tyre and rim), performance and efficiency are better with a tubeless tyre.
1. Difficult to fit
Tubeless tyres are difficult to fit on the rim. It takes longer to fit a tubeless tyre since it has to be airtight against the rim or it will not hold air. Tubeless tyres have to be fit by an expert so that the rims do not get damaged.
If at all you have had a puncture and the tyre is flat, not everybody will fix it. Fixing punctures in a tubeless tyre needs special equipment, which not many will have.
3. Sidewall puncture
The sidewall of the tyre is a dangerous place to have a puncture. In a tube type tyre, you can change the tube and carry on, but a tubeless tyre will need to be changed if damagedor even discarded depending on situations.
4. Not cheap
Tubeless tyres are not cheap, compared to tube type tyres, since components used are different.