Schwalbe Little Albert 29 29er Tire

4/5 (5 Reviews)
Weight : 590 grams

Product Description

Aggressive, medium to loose conditions XC tire for front or rear.
  • Size: 29 x 2.1, Kevlar
  • Fast rolling and lightweight
  • Reinforced SnakeSkin heavy duty sidewalls
  • Narrow profile--fast rolling
  • Designed to work front or rear
  • 67 tpi
  • 590 grams for the 29" and 535 grams for the 26"

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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Troy a Cross Country Rider from Aspen, CO, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 8, 2010

    Strengths:    Light, fast

    Weaknesses:    Very low volumn, deflects easily, harsh ride, no torsional stiffness, needs to be run at high psi, and very expensive.

    Bottom Line:   
    Truly the worst 29er tire that I've ever ridden. Very weak for a rear tire and worthless in the front. Maybe they work well for 145 lb. racers on groomed courses, but for a 190 lb. all mountain/XC rider, they are truly worthless. I'm actually glad they wore out quickly.

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    Favorite Trail:   Government

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   Ute City Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Ignitor, Rampage, Navigal, Weirwolf LT, Crossmark

    Bike Setup:   Turner Sultan, Industry Nine XC wheelset

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jaxson a Racer from Thurston

    Date Reviewed: March 13, 2008

    Strengths:    Tough sidewalls. Lots of knobs for great traction, yet seems to have low rolling resistance. Skinny tire that does'nt take much effort to get up to speed. Very light-weight, too.

    Weaknesses:    Maybe too skinny for some riders who like more volume in a tire. Might not be the best tire for very muddy climbs due to it's narrow profile. Expensive.

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire is on both geared and single speed bikes. I use these tires year round, and they seem to hook up well in just about any condition. They're light-weight, and the narrow profile make it a great race tire for me (165 pound rider.

    No issue with knobs wearing off here: I do a lot of gravel/township road riding on my mountain bikes and I'd have to say that the majority of the tread is still there after 1200 miles (each set) of riding.
    That said, I definately would'nt use these tires for habitual pavement riding.

    Though they're somewhat expensive, I imagine I will continue to use this tire as long as they are being made.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mohican State Park

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Cyclist Connection

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Klaws, Bontrager Jones & ACX's.

    Bike Setup:   Fisher Xcaliber & Rig with upgrades.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by RiverCliff a Cross Country Rider from Mountain Home, AR

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2007

    Strengths:    Strong sidewalls - pretty good grip - easy on and off the rim

    Weaknesses:    Did not like the feel - knobs came off really quick - other knobs wore down quick.

    Bottom Line:   
    Replaced the nanoraptor because I badly tore the side wall in 2 places - Did not want that to happen again, so bought the Little Albert. As I expected, the LA felt stiff - I was OK with that as the side walls are stiff and intact. I was not OK with my $50 tire losing knobs (no, I do not drag my rear brake) and the tread wearing down so quick - maybe 20 rides. I ride all rocky single track, and it is hard on tires/tread, but this was the most I have paid for a tire, and the least amount of miles put on one before needing replaced.

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    Favorite Trail:   Syllamo

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $49.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   numerous 26" NanoRaptor and Jones ACX in 29er

    Bike Setup:   SS 29er

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by xtrsmith a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

    Date Reviewed: April 2, 2007

    Strengths:    Rolls like a road tire, super fast. It's skinny, but rolls like its 2.2" wide. Very sticky. I ride it both front and rear.

    Weaknesses:    It might be hard to find at your local shop.

    Bottom Line:   
    I was in Palm Springs where conditions are rocky, sharp and technical. I thought I would have problems, but the thing hooked up as well as any other time I've ridden it. This is my favorite 29er tire, as good as advertised.

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    Favorite Trail:   Doctor's Park Crested Butte, CO

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $38.00

    Purchased At:   Cycles Unlimited Springfield, MO

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire, Specialized, Mythos IRC, Geax tires

    Bike Setup:   Ti 29er, cross country riding

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan Fell a Cross Country Rider from San Carlos, CA

    Date Reviewed: December 21, 2006

    Strengths:    Fast rolling, dry grip, "light feel"

    Weaknesses:    On the narrower side, but then, see strengths...

    Bottom Line:   
    A great tire for fast rides, not so much float when compared with the most recent 2.2+ additions to the arsenal. Great grip with little extra effort (but then again, it's a 29er...)

    A fun tire that gets little love.

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    Favorite Trail:   Middle Ridge, Coe

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Speedgoat

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Fastrack, Nevegal, Exiwolf, Rampage, Resolution

    Bike Setup:   Soulcraft Holy Roller, geared, Reba

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