Tire Types

What are the differences between tube type (TT), Sealant Compatible (SCT), and Tubular tires?


Tube Type is the standard for bicycle tires. It mounts to the rim of bicycle wheel with a steel wire bead or an Aramid folding bead, and is inflated with a tube that is placed inside of the tire. The benefits of tube type tires is that they are the least expensive type of tires as well as offering the largest range of sizes and tread styles.


When used with a liquid sealant and tubeless compatible rims, tubeless ready tires form an air-tight seal. Tubeless ready tires have an additional layer of material built into the casing of the tire that allows it to be compatible with the various chemicals in liquid sealants. Tubeless ready tires, when used with sealant, allow the rider to use lower air pressures as well as take full advantage of the liquid sealant compound when it comes to sealing most punctures or cuts in a tire.


Tubular tires are performance orientated tires in which the tube is sewn into the casing of the tire. The tire is then glued onto a rim. Tubulars are primarily used for road racing because of their higher cost and difficulty in mounting. The benefits of tubulars include the ability to run at significantly higher pressures, some tubulars have a max pressure rating of 200psi or higher. Tubulars also have a more supple feel to their ride compared to a tube type tire; this is due in part to the higher TPI fabric used to build tubular tires.