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The top 8 best lightweight road bike tires in 2023

With this article I’m going to give you a number of some of the best lightweight road bike tires.

Before I can do so I need to establish a benchmark weight to compare against. I’ve taken a list of 270 tires with a tire width up to 28mm, which is the widest tire that’s generally compatible with any road bike frame, and won’t get you into trouble with respect with respect to frame clearance.

The average weight was 280 grams, so anything reasonably below 280 grams can be considered lightweight. I’ve listed tires up to 225 grams.

The last couple of years there’s been a trend of moving away from very skinny tires. That means that tire manufacturers almost never include sub-23mm tires in their road bike tire lineup anymore. In turn sub-200 gram tires are becoming more rare with wider tires obviously weighing more.

But you will definitely find them on this list, and not all of them are strictly for time trial purposes. I’ve added a table overview at the end of this article for you to gain more insight in weight, puncture protection, and compounds.

With that out of the way, let’s head over to my list of the very best and very lightweight road bike tires.

Panaracer Agilest Light

What do you get when you take one of the lightest road bike tire available, and decide you want to make it even lighter? You get the Panaracer Agilest Light.

I know of only one tire which is lighter than the 160 grams 23mm version (or 170 grams 25mm). That tire specifically states it’s meant for either the track or a time trial.

This one does not. And, on the other hand, still offers the same 120 TPI casing, and breaker as the clincher version. It only comes with less rubber, but obviously something had to go to get into the weight class this tire sits in, which is quite frankly, anorexic. And I don’t mean that in a derogatory way.

Sure, it might be less durable, but who cares? This tire is a weight weenies’ dream come true.

Panaracer Agilest Light Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Light, lighter, Panaracer Agilest light.
Reasons to avoid
None

Panaracer Agilest

The Panaracer Agilest is the newest addition to the Japanese tire manufacturer’s road bike tire lineup.

The standard clincher variant is one of the lightest tires available, with the “wide” 28mm version sitting at just 210 grams per tire.

They’ve achieved this weight with the new and much lighter ZSG Agile compound, which is a combination of a single 120 TPI ply with a puncture resistant breaker.

Coming in a variety of color combinations, including a gorgeous amber one, and being a long-time fan of Panaracer, I can do very little but intantly count this road bike tire among my favorites.

Panaracer Agilest Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Light as a feather, with multiple colors. Another hit with Japanese build quality.
Reasons to avoid
None

Panaracer Agilest Duro

The Panaracer Agilest Duro is without a doubt, the most puncture-resistant, yet lightweight road bike tire on the market.

The puncture resistance differs markedly by including the ProTite Belt, a breaker Panaracer also uses in their touring tires. On top of that an extra bead-to-bead breaker covers the entire casing.

By adding the extra breaker, they’ve bumped up the weight just a bit, but the 220 grams for a 25mm version is incredibly impressive.

Panaracer Agilest Duro Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
The most puncture-resistant, yet lightweight road bike tire on the market
Reasons to avoid
None

Continental Podium TT

Another Time Trial entry, the Continental Podium TT sits at 195 grams for a 19 mm width version.

It’s extremely similar to the Continental Competition. Same weight, both are tubulars, same TPI of 180, same vectran breaker. Only the tread pattern looks slightly different, almost turning the tire into a slick, which might be the reason Continental puts this tire into the time trial section.

Continental Podium TT Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Extremely light, meant for racing and TT
Reasons to avoid
Race tire

Continental Grand Prix 5000

The Continental Grand Prix 5000 is a clincher tire and dubbed as the best allrounder in the field.

And on paper at least the numbers are very impressive. A 330 TPI tire (very supple) at a claimed weight of 200 grams for a 23 mm width version. It has the exact same Vectran breaker as the other ones on this list, so as far as puncture protection is concerned, this tire performs equally impressive.

And this tire comes in a tan wall version or transparent as Continental calles it. But if you want the lightest version of this tire, you’ll have to stick to black.

Continental Grand Prix 5000 Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Best allround road bike tire on the market, supple, light, good puncture protection, tan wall option available
Reasons to avoid
None

Michelin Power Time Trial

The Michelin Power Time Trial is, as the name suggests, another time trial entry to this list. It sacrifices durability and puncture resistance for pure speed.

The two sizes of 23 and 25 mm tip the scales at 180 and 190 grams respectively, so considering their widths, this is truly one of the lightest tires on the planet.

You’d expect from a time trial tire that it performs well in the rolling resistance department, and the Michelin Power Time Trial does indeed. Together with the Continental Grand Prix 5000, the tire has one of the lowest ones.

Michelin Power Time Trial Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Blisteringly fast-rolling tire
Reasons to avoid
Meant for race day

Schwalbe Pro One Tube Type

The Schwalbe Pro One is a top-tier tire from the German brand, which can also be used for time trials.

It’s very light and has one of the best low rolling-resistance numbers. Like many super-fast tires it’s still a clincher tire.

The 23 mm version weighs 215 grams and the 25 mm version 235 grams. The 25 mm version also comes as a tan wall.

Schwalbe Pro One Tube Type Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Super fast, lightweight, tan wall option available, one of the very best race tires on the market
Reasons to avoid
None

Vittoria Corsa Speed

The Vittoria Corsa Speed is basically Vittoria’s time trial version of its regular Corsa. A tubular tire where a considerable amount of rubber has been shaved of to create a 23 mm width 200 gram tire in either black or tan.

All that reduction in weight does of course come with a penalty, so this tire is best reserved when you really want to go really fast. Or else the 140 dollar price tag for a tire that isn’t all that durable might not be the best option for the average rider.

But if you do decide to go for this tire, just to experience what it feels like, you can rest assured that the 320 TPI count will provide both a very smooth and very fast ride, which will hopefully make you forget how much money you spent for that ride.

Vittoria Corsa Speed Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Very fast, lots of grip
Reasons to avoid
Meant for race day, very pricey

Specifications lightweight road bike tires

Name
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Compound
Puncture protection
Tire bead
TPI
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Continental Grand Prix 5000
700Cx23
23-622
200
Black
Black
BlackChili
Vectran Breaker
foldable
3/330
Continental Grand Prix 5000
700Cx25
25-622
225
Black
Black
BlackChili
Vectran Breaker
foldable
3/330
Continental Podium TT
700Cx22
22-622
225
Black
Black
BlackChili
Vectran Breaker
tubular
3/180
Michelin Power Time Trial
700Cx23
23-622
180
Black
Black
Gum-X
 
foldable
3/180
Michelin Power Time Trial
700Cx25
25-622
190
Black
Black
Gum-X
 
foldable
3/180
Panaracer Agilest
700×23
23-622
180
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×23
23-622
180
Black
Amber
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Amber
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Blue
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Red
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×28
28-622
210
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×28
28-622
210
Black
Amber
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest Duro
700×23
23-622
210
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
TF Super Outer Shield / ProTite belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest Duro
700×25
25-622
220
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
TF Super Outer Shield / ProTite belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest Light
700×23
23-622
160
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest Light
700×25
25-622
170
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Closer Plus
700Cx25
25-622
220
Black
Black
ZSG
 
foldable
120
Schwalbe Pro One Tube Type
700Cx23
23-622
215
Black
Black
ADDIX Race
V-Guard
foldable
2/127
Vittoria Corsa Speed
700Cx23
23-622
200
Black
Tan
Corespun T
Protection Belt
tubular
320
Vittoria Corsa Speed
700Cx25
25-622
205
Black
Black
Corespun T
Protection Belt
tubular
320
Vittoria Corsa Speed
700Cx25
25-622
205
Black
Tan
Corespun T
Protection Belt
tubular
320

Bicycle tire puncture resistance

EXO, GreenGuard, AGC, AEC, ATC, do you ever get confused with all the jargon related to puncture protection. I know I did? That’s why I’ve written a separate article about puncture resistance technologies. That way, you’ll be able to better understand what’s out there and if it’s worth your money.

Johan van Seijen

FoundeR Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.

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