HOW CAN A PUNCTURE BE PREVENTED?
The best and most important protection against punctures is a high-quality tire with a good puncture protection belt.
WHICH IS THE BEST PUNCTURE PROTECTION BELT?
The safest bicycle tire for most purposes is our „flat-less“- tire Marathon Plus. The SmartGuard belt, made out of highly elastic special rubber, is approx. 5 mm thick. The decisive advantage of SmartGuard is its effectiveness against objects that become lodged in the tread, that are rolled over at each turn of the wheel and will eventually penetrate virtually any protection belt. This is where the advantage of SmartGuard comes into effect. A thumbtack, for example, is embedded in the rubber without causing any damage.
HOW SHOULD PUNCTURE PROTECTION LIQUIDS BE USED?
Basically, there are two kinds of puncture protection liquids. The first kind works solely mechanically. The liquid contains small fibers or particles that will close the hole. Advantage: Such liquids can stay in the tube for an unlimited amount of time.Disadvantage: The hole is not really repaired but only plugged and it can open up again e.g. the next time the tire is inflated. The second kind of liquid is latex based. The latex milk hardens in the puncture and provides a lasting repair. Unfortunately, these kinds of liquids can only stay in the tube for a limited amount of time before they cure completely.
Our Doc Blue is also based on latex and is effective in the tube for approx. 2-7 months or approx. 2000 km as a preventative. Additional particles in the liquid ensure that larger holes are also quickly sealed. These particles in the liquid are also the reason that the valve core must be removed for filling. Liquids, which can be filled with the valve installed, are usually extremely thin and therefore only able to seal very small holes.
WHICH PUNCTURE PROTECTION BELTS DOES SCHWALBE OFFER?
TECHNOLOGICALLY, SCHWALBE HAS BEEN SETTING THE BENCHMARKS FOR PUNCTURE PROTECTION ON BICYCLES FOR MANY YEARS.
Two examples of this: Only Schwalbe has the travel and city tires that can call themselves "unplattbar" (Protection 7). For mountain bikes, Tubeless has become the standard for performance-oriented use through the Schwalbe fabric inserts of Tubeless Easy technology - and together with sealing milk for optimal puncture protection (Protection 6).
For fast, light bikes that are in daily use, the DualGuard was developed. The combination of rubber insert and fabric insert is the perfect compromise between everyday and speed-oriented use.