Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29er Tire

2.83/5 (12 Reviews)


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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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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JIMSLICK

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2014

Strengths:    Light weight, good traction, low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    A bit pricey

Bottom Line:   
I really can't understand people having so much trouble with this tire and giving it such bad reviews. Although I have the snakeskin tubeless ones and I don't know if the other reviewers have this exact tire or not and also I never use anything but my hands to mount or dismount aramid bead tires as I think it is real important to use the drop center of the rim to your full advantage so as not to over stretch the bead. Mine are tubeless on velocity blunt rims and I really like them.

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:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Festusjrf a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2014

Strengths:    Light, fast acceleration, straight line grip on hardpack

Weaknesses:    Very difficult to seat and keep in place, cornering traction is poor (side knobs fold over.)
very flexible side walls
does not run true wobbles


Bottom Line:   
I have been riding tubeless for 10 years now and have to say this is the worst tire yet.
These came on my Air9 Carbon on Mavic Cross Max ST.I have to slow way down to corner as the side knobs fold and dont maintain traction. I tried to like them but on the first ride the tire (at 28 PSI) released air and I had to pump it up again. Back home I took it off cleaned rim and tire and tried to reinstall, several attempts with pump failed despite soapy water and cleaning. Gas station compressor did not work I ended up using a CO2 cartridge to seat it. Changed pressure to 32 one ride and the tire wobbles again and runs untrue with a bounce.
Long story short I tried to like it but the ride quality is poor due to low cornering grip and the constant reseating.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Month

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Air9 Carbon Crossmax ST

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by cnb a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2013

Strengths:    very light, incredible grip

Weaknesses:    will not stay on the rims; sidewalls very thin and porous

Bottom Line:   
I got two tires with a new 29er (Trek with Mustang rims). After a couple weeks of leaking Bontrager Super Juice like crazy, the rear tire would not stay on the rim even at 10 psi when set up tubeless (don't know if they would have stayed on the rims with tubes); even after a couple weeks of feeding them with Super Juice, they would still leak fluid out of dozens of tiny pores on the sidewalls; the sidewall cords were not completely covered with rubber - VERY thin. All in all a very scary tire. I replaced both. I think they stretched so that the beads were much bigger in diameter than the rims. When I first converted them to tubeless, they were reasonably hard to mount on the rims - like normal tires. But after a couple weeks they could be pulled off the rims with my index finger alone - no lever necessary. When I inflated them, they would blow off the rim at 10 psi, even when the wheels were off the bike. Two bike shops had no better luck when they tried to mount/inflate them. I've since used both Bontrager and Specialized tubeless ready tires on the rims with no problems whatsoever.

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe Donner trails

Duration Product Used:   one month

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Trek Paragon 29er hardtail, Mustang rims, Bontrager tubeless ready strips and Super Juice sealant

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bquick

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2013

Strengths:    light weight

Weaknesses:    Used them with tubes. I don't think that it has stopped a single puncture vine yet. Riding them on rocky trails wore the tread down way too quickly.

Bottom Line:   
Expensive tire that wears out quickly. Not resistant to punctures.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mtb_bkr

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012

Strengths:    grippy on hardpack

Weaknesses:    Everything else.... Weak sidewall, sketchy on rocks, expensive

Bottom Line:   
I blew the sidewalls off 2 of these tires out last year within in 6 rides. This year, I bought a 29er and they came on it. My first ride, slowly riding uphill on a double track, the sidewall blew again!

I've replaced them with the Maxxis ikon, and I am loving those tires..

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:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mark McClanahan

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2012

Strengths:    Lightweight, low rolling resistant, way better than Ralph for cornering and grip. Setup tubeless easily with Edge carbon wheels.

Weaknesses:    Very thin and delicate. Good for light trails in Michigan. Would not last 2 rides in Colorado.. I have lived both places.

Bottom Line:   
Would only use for Dirt road riding and some light XC course racing.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mellicent a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2012

Strengths:    Lightweight but note the weaknesses

Weaknesses:    Paper thin sidewalls, soft knobbies, extremely hard to seal tubeless, constantly burps sealant

Bottom Line:   
These tires are dangerous. The paper thin sidewalls are not durable and cause the tire to burp air and sealant in hard cornering and on roots and rocks. I bought them to replace a set of Hutchison Pythons that I had zero problems with but were worn out. The last straw was bunny hopping a log and when I landed, the front tire rolled and lost nearly all air. I went down hard due to the loss of front end stability. Luckily my shop is giving me a credit for these overpriced ($90 a piece????) thin dangerous tires. Buyer beware. BTW - I installed Tubeless Ready Maxxis Ardent and Cross Mark tires and they have been fantastic.

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Favorite Trail:   Syllamo

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Hutchison Python, Maxxis Ardent and Cross Mark

Bike Setup:   Lynskey Pro 29er

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
Traction
Low rolling resistance


Weaknesses:    Light, thin construction
Price


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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Rocket Ron tire rotation?

I am replacing my Rocket Ron's 29x2.25 with a new set of Rocket Ron's 29x2.25 On my old tires it has directional signals which show the following: Pretty obvious. On the new set however it only reads: Rotation--> There is no Front/Rear anymore. Does this mean they changed their ... Read More »

Nobby Nic Front & Rocket Ron Rear - Am I going to regret doing this?

I've just built a new frame up and am trying to get it dialed in. I had a Hans Dampf up front and a Nobby Nic in the rear, but the bike felt a bit sluggish. I've now moved the NN forward and put a Rocket Ron snakeskin TL on the rear. The total weight savings is over 300 grams. Will this featherw ... Read More »

rocket Ron or racing Ralph for rear?

For my 650b converted Mojo SL. Can not use tall tire because it will not fit. My rear tire is now conti xking 2.2 protection, been over 6 mths, not much thread left. Front is NN 2.35, still has good life. I don't have experience with both Roro or Rara. I'm planning to get the snakeskin version 2 ... Read More »

Racing Ralph vs Rocket Ron vs..... Spec Fast Trak - my experience

This is just my experience and opinion with these 29er tires, so YMMV of course, but I wanted to start this thread because people (including myself) are always debating between the Racing Ralph and Rocket Ron as a front tire for XC racing. I like them both, but have found a new favorite - the Speci ... Read More »

Specialized Ground Control Vs Schwalbe Rocket Ron

This is for the front of a dirt jumper. The place I ride has deep powder at the end of the summer. Currently the front has Nobby Nic soft compound that is toast, the side knobs are shredded. This tire saved me a few times loosing the front at high speed in the powder, where smaller knob tires before ... Read More »

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