ReTyre bike tires feature interchangeable skins!
At the heart of the Norwegian-designed system
is a set of 568-gram smooth-tread, base tires that mount on the rims in the usual way, and
stay on the bike full-time they’re not tubeless, although a tubeless version is in the works. These can be used on their own, for commuting
or touring. There are also, however, a variety of rubber
“skins” that can be zippered on over top of the tires, each skin featuring a different
type of tread. These can reportedly be installed or removed
within seconds, they won’t slide back and forth against the underlying base tire, and
the zipper’s tab gets locked in place once it’s done up, so you won’t have anyone saying
” buddy, your tire’s undone.” The tires and skins are presently being made
to fit 700/29-inch rims, although 26-inch versions are also planned. Retail prices should range from US$36 for
the standard version of the base tire to $70 for the premium, with the skins selling for
$55 (all-terrain) and $70 (winter studded). According to the makers, the system ought
to be available in select European stores as of July, with a roll-out to the rest of
Europe and North America planned for next year.