Schwalbe Rocket Ron HS 406 29er Tire

4.2/5 (5 Reviews)

Product Description

Schwalbe Rocket Ron Tubeless Ready Tire Evo 29er: This super light ?Rocket? answers almost every demand at one time: Incredible grip with extremely low weight and fully loaded with all the latest technology ? 127-Evo-carcass, TL-Ready...

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jerry

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2014

Strengths:    Rolling resistance, transient cornering, predictability, weight.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have the Rocket Ron HS 438 this is a great tire for all round riding
It has very good climbing and cornering traction
Cornering transient behavior is also very good. Traction at various lean angles is consistent, and there is no waiting/hoping for the tire to achieve bite with the side knobs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by noot a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012

Strengths:    Great traction on anything but mud.
Very light by any standard. Extremely light considering the great traction.
Fast rolling

Weaknesses:    Weak sidewalls
Expensive... but worth it

Bottom Line:   
First of all, don't give this tire a bad rep because it's weak. It warns you right on Schwalbe's product page:
"This is an out and out competition tire! Puncture protection and durability are limited!"

If you didn't listen, don't blame Schwalbe.

That said, for my trails this tire is fantastic. I use it on the front of my 29er with an Ikon in the back. Most of my trails are rooty dirt, with few rocks. I do a few weekend runs to the rockies where there are significantly more rocks, but still mainly rooty singletrack.

I'm 220lbs, usually run 25psi rear, 20psi front on Flow rims, only tubeless.

I haven't had one flat. My friend was running the 26x2.4's and got a dime-sized hole on his rear tire landing on a pile of sharp rocks. I wouldn't use this as a rear tire.

Traction is great. Weight is great. On the trails where I live, it's perfect for everything except the sticky mud that shows up in low spots a few hours after a long rain has stopped, but most tires clog up in this stuff.

The light weight makes acceleration noticeably easier than a heavier tire (especially on SS). Low rolling resistance. If you haven't had a tire this light and live in an area where you don't have to worry about sharp rocks, I highly recommend picking one of these up for the front. For the rear I'd stick with the Ikon or a Racing Ralph.

Yes they're expensive, but I don't think there's another ~500gram tire on the market with anywhere near this much traction. The low weight spoils you.

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Similar Products Used:   Schwable Hans Dampf, Maxxis Ikon (front and rear), Bontrager crap, Fire XC pro (26), Maxxis Crossmark (26)

Bike Setup:   Singlespeed Kona Honzo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xrodie a Racer

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2012

Strengths:    Excellent grip in all conditions. Light. Roll fast. Superior grip in corners. Easy set up with Stans. I run them between 16 and 24 PSI depending on the course. I weigh 78kg

Weaknesses:    They are sold as a race only tire and they do wear fast, but not unreasonably fast for a race tire. I've had mine on 4 months. Front tire has minimal wear, rear tires side knobs are ok, centre knobs are worn about halfway, but that might be a good thing for rolling on hardpack. Sidewalls on the rear have wear with threads starting to show from scuffing rocks.

Bottom Line:   
The majority of my rides (70 %) have been on very rocky terrain, with the remainder on hardpack and loose over hard.

There are tires that have better grip, but they will weigh 50 to 100% more. My rating considers the lightness of the tire and the race light purpose. For a lightweight race tire these grip almost as a larger knob tire would. If you're rolling over rocks you shouldn't have much trouble for wear, but be careful about scuffing rocks with the sidewalls.. these can take little of that, but not a lot.

I do wish they were cheaper, but you get what you pay for. Race tires are expensive, so compared to other expensive race tires these are a good value because for grip they outperform most other race tires of the same price. I figure I'll get 160 to 180 hours of hard training and racing out of these, not withstanding an odd hard hit that would take out any race tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Falcon Trails

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Woodcock Cycle

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem X 29'er

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Matt a Racer from Dubai

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2012

Strengths:    Light weight, relatively easy to set up with Stan's but some leakage and needed to be pumped up a number of times before they sealed. Seem to roll fast, good grip, lets go predictably.

Weaknesses:    Not suitable for rocky desert riding. 3 flats in 4 rides (Tubeless ready model).

Bottom Line:   
Probably a good tyre for well groomed trails. Not suitable for rough riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Stromlo, ACT, Australia

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Wolfi's Dubai

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Karma

Bike Setup:   Avanti Competitor Team 29. DT Swiss Tricon XM1550

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by timcking a Cross Country Rider from Reno, NV, USA

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2011

Strengths:    Light, light, light, ...
Excellent for Stan's tubeless
EVO construction very durable for weight
Low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    Light, thin construction

Bottom Line:   
The EVO 'Rocket Ron' 29er tire by Schwalbe is surprisingly durable for such a light tire when using Stan's tubeless compound and offers exceptional performance.

Previous experience with 26" 'Rocket Ron' model (without EVO construction) proved it wasn't durable enough for rough terrain (rocks/sagebrush).

When I transitioned to 29er bikes, I was tentative about using the 'Rocket Ron', but with the EVO construction I gave it a try. No problems to date after almost a year of riding in the desert. And, you can forget about 'goat-heads' with Stan's.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Internet

Similar Products Used:   Pre-EVO 'Rocket Ron' model
Kenda Karma

Bike Setup:   SantaCruz Tallboy, 29er GT Peace - both w/ Easton wheelsets

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