Product DescriptionSurprisingly lightweight, the Schwalbe Racing Ralph TL Ready 29 is made for exactly what it's name says -- racing. It's Schwalbe's most successful race tire ever, and it's fast enough that you'll wonder if you're on Furious Freds, though it's far more durable. In comparison to the Rocket Ron, this tread pattern that's designed for flat-out speed means that its ultimate grip is less, but not by much. When you lay into the turns, an increase of open space through the transition knobs allows them to dig in and grip the trail. The secret to optimizing the Racing Ralph's performance wherever possible with regards to grip, durability, and rolling resistance is Schwalbe's Pacestar Triple Compound rubber. Its cornering is outstanding thanks in part to the soft rubber compound and to the U-shaped tread blocks on the shoulders. They're angled 20 degrees or so towards the outside of the tire, with siping that doesn't quite divide the block, creating the "U". These siped U-Blocks can deform easily and mold over the trail surface, working to counteract the lateral forces when you're cornering hard.The tire is designed to be tubeless ready (TL), which means you can say goodbye to pinch flats. A tubeless system allows you to run less air pressure, again enhancing the grip of the tire's tread. Better traction, less vibration, and no flats lead to a great ride. It's necessary to use a liquid sealant within the tire to seal the bead seat and to quickly seal thorn or debris punctures on the trail. The Schwalbe Racing Ralph TL Ready 29 is available in 29 x 2.25" or 29 x 2.4" widths.Tubeless 101: The Why and the How Explained.
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Date Reviewed: September 6, 2014
Strengths: Incredible cornering and climbing traction for such a fast rolling tire
Superior lack of rolling resistance
Weaknesses: Sidewalls are a bit thin and may be prone to flats. (But if you want a very lightweight tire, then this shouldn't matter to you)
I ride in SoCal where loose gravel over hardpack is common in all the trails around here. Having a front tire that grips well in the corners is essential here, if you want to prevent a wash out. Of all the tires I have tried the Racing Ralphs by no doubt deliver the best cornering capabilities. It is a very confidence inspiring tires for when your going fast down the trails and encounter a sharp flat corner without a berm. These tires literally bite down on the dirt.
It gets better! These tires hardly have any rolling resistance!!! Of all the tires I have tested out again these were the fastest ones. It almost feels like a smooth and fast road bike tire made for the mountains! It's also very lightweight (which may not be practical if you're riding rough trails where you can encounter jagged rocks). However if you're a climber that wants to go as fast as possible with minimal rolling resistance and need superior cornering traction at the same time the Racing Ralphs will not disappoint you! I am shocked to see that such a lightweight and fast rolling tire can also provide such amazing cornering traction.
I am a dedicated XC racer and have won many races using these tires. I refuse to ride with any other tire!
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2014
Grip in hardpack
Weaknesses: Grip in loose
a bit fragile on rocky condition
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2013
Strengths: light and cornering, good for rocks and roots
Weaknesses: not to fast, weak material
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2013
Strengths: Relatively light, decent all-around tire for different conditions.
Weaknesses: Two flats during an important race! :(
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2013
Strengths: Good grip, light?
Weaknesses: Tire is vulnerable to punctures and sidewall tears
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2013
Strengths: Low rolling resistance, light and fast.
Weaknesses: Very dangerous tyre. I had the tyre roll off the rim at 40kph and was lucky to be alive.
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2013
Strengths: Lightweight, great grip, no tear issues so far!
Weaknesses: None yet- after reading reviews just waiting for a ripped sidewall...
Recently rode with too little pressure in the snow. Felt great, although I also felt the rims touch a few obstacles. Still have not had a burping issue, although my pressure in front is sometimes in the low 20s by the end of a longer ride when I haven't added Stans in a while.
These tires leave me feeling fast, confident, and in control climbing, cornering, and braking. Only tire I've ever preferred was a Continental Mountain King 2.2, which saved me from pinchflats in Moab. Also really liked the panaracer XC Fire Pro (2.1?), but with less stiff sidewalls and a tube, they were a pain to deal with- pinches too frequent and very hard to get on and off rim. Tubeless is so great!
Duration Product Used: ~250 hours
Purchased At: Keswick Cycle
Similar Products Used: S-works renegade (no fun) Conti Mountain King 2.2 (great, used with tube) Panaracer XC Fire Pro (good, glad not to have it anymore)
Bike Setup: 2011 Carbon Flash 29er, These guys are tubeless
Date Reviewed: February 26, 2013
Strengths: Grip and speed and light?? You get what you pay for. And tubeless ready.
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2013
Strengths: lite tires
Weaknesses: I tore the front tire on my second ride with these. The replacement has been better so far.
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2012
Strengths: Light weight
Weaknesses: Not so good on hard pack
Wear very quickly
Sidewalls thin and cut easily
Date Reviewed: September 27, 2012
Strengths: very lightweight tire, grips well, very high rolling resistance++++, and converts to tubeless easily. the price at amazon is good for the quality. I think with s&h you get it for 45 -50 bucks
i road this tire front and rear. I think its a good rear tire and decent front.
Weaknesses: sidewalls will be destroyed if you ride it throw any rock garden. I ride fair hill, md and this place does not have much to offer for rock gardens and the side walls were torn by rocks there on both tires on two different occasions.
lightweight tires also wear down fast. consider these tires for 4-6months of riding if you ride 3x a week and thats their life span.
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2012
Strengths: This tire is fast, and though the knobs aren't big it grips well in most situations I encounter in the desert Southwest. These came on a new 29er I bought to replace my old bike that broke a top tube in a fall I took. I had Kenda Nevegal in the front and really liked that, and this new bike is so much faster downhill and I don't know if it's the bike, the tires, or the combination.
Weaknesses: The grip is not good on hard pack with some sand, as is the case where I ride, especially after rain. The front wheel wants to slide out in broad turns I'm taking fast. This didn't happen with the Nevegal. Also, for small knobs, it picks up rocks a lot more than before, either hitting the down tube, and this morning, a small rock landed in my helmet, a first for me. Rocks seem to get picked up and hit the rims also.
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2012
Strengths: dont no side blow out 3rd ride on a fire road climbing [ 80$ tire ]
Weaknesses: same as strength
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2012
Strengths: Predictable and sure footed traction
OME on my new bike
Weaknesses: Paper thin
Similar Products Used: Hutchison Pythons
Bike Setup: stock 2012 Cannondale Scalpel 29er carbon 1
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2012
Strengths: Light weight, EASY tubeless set up (seat and seal well on sun Black Flag Pros..even with hand pump).
Weaknesses: Puncture resistance poor. I have the snakeskin version, no sidewall problems, but I have gashed the tops of the tires twice (Comfort TX, McCallister Park San Antonio) on loose rock. One gash 1/8" wide, the other 3/8".....Stan's will NOT seal these. If you run these, keep one of these in your tool box (I got at O'reilly auto for $2 and some change):
I have successfully patched my rear tire twice. Get the rubber clean and dry (towel and spit worked to get Stan's residue off....alcohol wipes would be better), don't abrade the rubber much b4 applying rubber glue as you get to the threadcasing immediately (tires are THIN).
A FOLDING bead Saguaro is only a 60g penalty over this tire........cheaper, tread pattern better IMO, and more durable(based on 750 miles on Sagauros....which are barely showing wear on the R tire I might add).
I'd hate to be in a race and have my tire slashed like I have on these....been riding the same trails for years....never had a tire slash like this, at least they are patchable and not a complete wa$te.
I am impressed with TUBELESS ride in general(less bounce=more control=momentum)......I bet if this tire were set up tubed you'd find out how "average" the tread pattern really is(when you remove the tubless grip/control factors). At least the lugs don't rip off like my Conti X-Kings did (every ride pieces missing).
Decent tire overall, wouldn't race them on a course with loose/sharp shale or limestone....or equip failure might F u.
Make SURE you add this to your tool box:
Good tire, but not good enough for me to not try the Saguaro or AKA folding tubeless....or maybe the IKON........
Price Paid: $80.00
Purchased At: Action Bikes San Ant
Similar Products Used: Conti XKings, Moto Raptors, Mutano Raptors, SB8s, Wolverines, Saguaros, Schwalbe RRs
Bike Setup: Raleigh XXIX+G, Sun Black Flag Pros, TimeClipless, EC90bars....I weigh 195, bike weighs 27lb12oz
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