Goldentyre launches tubeless FTS system

Italian motorcycle tyre company Goldentyre has introduced a tubeless motorcycle tyre suitable for off-road use. Company boss Marco Caribotti has invested heavily in the concept over the past few years; the resultant product is the Flite Tubeless System, or FTS, a product that Goldentyre believes “marks a turning point in the off-road world.”

FTS can be fitted to a standard spoked rim. The air is contained within a thick inner tube that is permanently attached to the tyre, creating a single unit. The tyre can be used at various air pressures – according to Goldentyre, an FTS tyre can be run at pressures as low as 10.2 psi/0.7 bar without the risk of ‘snake bite’ punctures from the rim. And if a sharp object penetrates the tread, FTS tyres can be plugged and re-inflated just like a tubeless tyre. Anti-puncture sealants can also be used.

Another stated advantage is weight. Goldentyre says the weight of an FTS tyre is comparable to a tyre with a 3mm inner tube, and it is notably lighter than a tyre filled with mousse. Furthermore, FTS avoids the heat build-up generated by friction between a tyre and inner tube.

Goldentyre launched its FTS system in March, and FTS versions of the GT723 Rallye Raid and Adventure tyres are exclusively available in the UK through Adventure Spec Distribution. Prices start at £150 per tyre.                  sg


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