The lightweight 650B (27.5 x 2.25) Rocket Ron gets a major facelift this year, in what they like to call ‘The Next Generation’ version. They have reduced the rolling resistance by 15% due to redesigned center knobs, added stronger side knobs for less squirm, and all the knobs get three micro V-grooves each, for increased grip, control and wet adhesion, while retaining good strength. In addition, the tread pattern has been subtlety tweaked, and the knob height has been decreased. The sidewalls are lightly textured, thicker and have a uniform surface for increased toughness of their 127tip casing, and to assist with tubeless ready mounting.
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I'm 150 lbs, and am an aggressive XC rider (some AM, but no down hill tendencies).
I recently lightened up my wheelset. Went from ZTR Arch w/ moderately beefy bontrager tire (don't recall specific one), to ZTR Gold with Scwhalbe Rocket Rons. REALLY ENJOYING the weight savings on the ascents, b ... Read More »
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Has anyone tried the 2013 edition of the Rocket Ron in 2.25? Can you compare it to 2012 (older one). I like the volume and tread pattern on mid and transition knobs, but I always felt the outmost - side knobs are weak and squirmy. Apparently in marketing material Schwalbe said "added stro ... Read More »
So I just installed a rocket ron tubeless on a arch ex rim, was super tough to get on rim, sealed up fine with floor pump, did the stans shake, next day I noticed that the tire was flat, stans fluid on the wall!! Also noticed a deformity in the bead. Anyone ever have this happen, did it blow off the ... Read More »