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Advantages and Disadvantages of Tubeless and Tube-tyres (Pros and cons to help you make the best choice)

By Himanshu Walia | Published: 15 Feb' 22 | Updated: 18 Feb' 22

Advantages and Disadvantages of Tubeless and Tube-tyres

99% of posts online praise tubeless tyres and showcase them as being a lot better than tyres with tubes. Is this actually true or do tube-type tyres have better features that are ignored? 


This post contains every detail about the advantages and disadvantages of tube and tubeless tyres. 


Hopefully, you won’t experience any difficulty making your next Choice.


Before we dive into the details of this post, it’s important to understand the differences that exist between a tube and a tubeless tyre.

Difference between tubeless and tube-type tyres:

What’s a tube-tyre type? 

Tube-type tyres (tubular tyre) also called sew-up tyres, come with an inflatable tube placed on the inside (combination of tyre and tube). The air in this tube doubles up as a cushion and creates a smooth and comfortable riding experience. The tube balances the load of the car and improves dynamic stability.

What’s a tubeless tyre?

The construction of tubeless tyres is very similar to that of tubular tyres. The difference is that they not require a separate air tube inside and are held between the rim of the wheel and the tyre. 

Tubeless Tyre Review

Pros (Advantages) of tubeless tyres 

1. Tubeless tyres are usually considered safer because they don’t lose air suddenly in case of a puncture. Air loss is gradual. 


2. Punctures can be fixed without having to remove the tyre from the rim, by simply plugging the leak.  


3. The tubeless tyres are durable and tend to last longer because no tube is placed in them.


4. The light weight of tubeless tyres make them more fuel efficient when compared to tube-type tyres.

Cons (Disadvantages) of tubeless Tyres

1. The tubeless tyre puncture repair cost is very high, although it can be repaired instantly.


2. Tubeless tyres require more complexity in production than standard tyres hence they are more expensive.


3. The tubeless tyres are not available for all types of vehicles.

Tube-type Tyre Review

Pros (Advantages) of Tube-type (tubular) tyres

1. Tube-type tyres work better when used for spoked rims or for heavy-duty off-road use. Spoked wheels need tube-type tyres to avoid air-loss through the rim. 


Many motorcycles come with spoked wheel rims and use tube-type tyres because it’s difficult to provide an airtight seal over spoke anchor points.


So while tubeless tyres have several advantages, in certain applications, tube-type tyres will continue to prevail.


2. The tube tyres are less expensive and are available in every size for every vehicle.


3. The tube-type tyre puncture repair cost is less when compared to that of the tubeless tyre.

Cons (Disdvantages) of tube-type (tubular) tyres

1. The puncture repairing process of tube-type tyre involves a more complicated process of removing the tyre from the vehicle and removing the tube from the tyre.


2. Tube tyres are less fuel efficient when compared to tubeless tyres.


3. The tube-type tyres are more prone to punctures because of the tubes placed in them.


If you are looking for less costly tyres or your car or bike doesn’t support tubeless tyres, then you could go for tube-type tyres. If your car supports tubeless tyres or you are more interested in safety, tubeless tyres are the best for you.

Frequently asked Questions about Tube and Tubeless Tyres

1. Can I place tubes in my tubeless tyres?

It is NOT recommended to place tubes in tubeless tyres, because of the potential danger of experiencing a sudden loss of pressure due to the tube not being fitted properly or the tyre being punctured. 


Also tyres fashioned for tubes have a smoother inner surface, while tubeless tyres do not. As a result, tubes can chafe and puncture in a tubeless tyre due to the rough nature of the tyre and wheel.

2. How do you repair small holes in tubeless tyres?

It is highly recommended that you always get the services of a professional when fixing tyres. However, the tubless repair kit + sealant works well for most small holes on the main tread of a tubeless tyre but on the sidewall the results are poor. A peice of inner tube superglue can be used on the sidewall instead.