Schwalbe Black shark SX Tire

4.75/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $41.00


Product Description

New tread designed for optimal braking stability. Strong shoulder blocks for good cornering. Available in with blue sidewall (LBL-SK) or with bronze colored sidewall (BRZ-SK) Recommended use as front tire. Folding bead.


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon a Cross Country Rider from Enschede, The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2006

Strengths:    Good Grips, doesnt weare fast.

Weaknesses:    Dont look so cool but I dont think there is any all round tire which does especially not when its small. Also not as superfast on the road as i expected.

Bottom Line:   
This tyre is awesome, it has better grip in light muddy corners than most mudtires i used do. I bought this tire because of the high rating it received on this site and it was the right choice for sure. When it gets REALLY muddy it isnt so good though, but it isnt made for that anyway. On the road it isnt as fast as I expected it to be so 4 out of 5 for overall rating 5 out of 5 for value, definately worth your cash.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jekyll 800 standard european setup

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bert Hendriks a Weekend Warrior from berg en terblijt

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2005

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance,very good grip.

Weaknesses:    weight ??

Bottom Line:   
very good tires for use on the road and offroad

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Wild gripper,klein deadgrip

Bike Setup:   klein attitude 2003

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Simeon a Cross Country Rider from Veria, Greece

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2004

Strengths:    Great for all round use and for xc riding. Not bad for a jump.

Weaknesses:    Note so good at mud or wet

Bottom Line:   
I use this tires for all round use (work) mostly. But twice a week I ride XC and a little jumping and these tires never let me down. Never had a flat tire for a year now!!! It's a little heavy though... BUY THEM.

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Favorite Trail:   XC

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   shop in Thessaloniki

Similar Products Used:   specialized sport

Bike Setup:   Specialized hardrock, lx/xtr, marzocchi DJ3, easton bar/stem.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2003

Strengths:    Reasonable traction, durable tread, can run high pressure, I like the tread pattern

Weaknesses:    Price, weight, sidewall looks brittle after 4 months of hard riding

Bottom Line:   
I like this tire. It gives pretty good traction in a wide variety of conditions and has been very puncture resistant. I've been riding in some pretty rocky terrain and noticed today that I have two bulges in the sidewall where I can see some rock damage. Because the sidewall appears brittle I suspect some of this is related to the tire, not just my errant navigating.

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Favorite Trail:   Palmer Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Schwalbe

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Wildgripper, Panaracer Fire XCpro, Specialized Ground Control.

Bike Setup:   FSR XC PRO

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by martijn a Cross Country Rider from H.I.Ambacht, Holland

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2002

Strengths:    Durable, fast rolling, super grippy, low noise on the road and overall quality.

Weaknesses:    Some say weight, but that's not much iff you look at how these tyres perform.

Bottom Line:   
Verry good tyres for CC use, super fast on hardpack and not to bad in the mud.
They almost don't wear on the road, and I also do a lot of road riding on them.
Verry puncture resitant and not to heavy.
I like these tyres verry much and rode them almost everywhere from Port du Soleil(france) to the dutch trails and never had something to complair about.
I can realy recommend these tires to anyone who doesn't ride sticky mud or downhill.
The way I see it they are the best CC tires for allround use!

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Favorite Trail:   Schoorl, Noord-Holland

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Bike Scene Dordrecht

Similar Products Used:   Conti Explorer Supersonic and normal, Conti Twister Pro, Specialized ground-control , WTB Velociraptor and Ritchey Z-max HDK and WCS.

Bike Setup:   Cube Airwing Blackline Custom, Super-fly front and SID rear, XTR drivertrain, HS33 brakes, Thomson seat and post, Tune bits and King/X618ceramic/X-Ray wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2002

Strengths:    Very low rolling resistance, really good cornering, very good traction. Made in Germany

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These tires are great. I was riding in loose dirt an the tread scoops it so well it was flinging it on my back! The tread pattern is supper effective in all terrain, in hard pack rolling resistance is nill. The shoulders make cornering very good. I love these tires. When they wear out I'm goin to try the Schwalbe Black Jacks just because they look sweet.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   schwalbetires.com

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Pro

Bike Setup:   2002 Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gabriel a Cross Country Rider from Switzerland

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

Strengths:    Grippy profile. Schwalbe Black Jack rule!

Weaknesses:    Actually is a general weakness for all knobby tires... don't use abrupt braking doing curves on asphalted roads.

Bottom Line:   
Schwalbe gives homework to do for the original Spec Master Pro's and Controls I originally had on.
I was not happy at all with the cornering and grip on natural roads (pretty muddy/rocky) for the original Spec tires.
For half the price, you'll get super-duper Black Jacks!
On asphalted roads, they're silent (I was amazed by that).
On mud and woods singletrails they're grippy and good, cornering gives confident feelings. I can only recommend this tire for mostly natural roads with various conditions (mud, dust, rocks, snow) and tricky climbings, DH.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Control Master Pro(rear), Specialized Team Master Pro(front)

Bike Setup:   Specialized StumpJumper Pro Disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zaskie a Cross Country Rider from Eisden (Be)

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2001

Strengths:    Handling, grip, cornering, weight (approx. 520grams in 2.1 version), low rolling resistance, durable, quality, distintive bronze/black coloring

Weaknesses:    Price, sometimes hard to get, otherwise none so far

Bottom Line:   
This is a review for the Black Shark 2.1 front/rear combo.
I've been using these XC specific tires for about 18 months now. So far no complaints.
These are great tires for XC riding/racing. Great handling, very predictive in normal (dry and wet) conditions. Only when it starts to get very muddy the Black Shark shows some weaknesses: grip and cornering, but still predictive. But hey this is not a specific mud tire, therefor Schwalbe designed the Black Shark Mud.
Only downside is the price (if you have to pay full price) and sometimes they are hard get. But then again Germany is just a blink away from where I live.

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Favorite Trail:   Houffalize & Belgian Ardennes

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   My favourite dealer

Similar Products Used:   Michilin, Hutchinson, Ritchey, Panaracer

Bike Setup:   Zaskar Le, Zocchi Z2 Atom Race, SRAM 9.0 SL/XT rear/front mech, Truvativ Stylo Team crankset, Mag's HS33, Mavic X-517/Hugi 240 wheelset, Ritchey WCS parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Thomson a Cross Country Rider from Gorinchem,Holland

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2001

Strengths:    qaulity of constuction,confidence inspiring.

Weaknesses:    Nothing really except in realy muddy conditions.

Bottom Line:   
These are realy great tires, they give so mutch confidence in them, they don't wear to bad , i've only had one puncture since i fitted them 6 months ago.
I would recommend these tires to anyone,only when the mud gets realy thick and sticky do they start to show a weakness,the price is also good,
try them,you won't be dissapointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Druinen

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Mammoet ,Den haag

Similar Products Used:   Mitchelin

Bike Setup:   Scott g-zero world cup custom,pace evo 3,crossmax disc,hope xc4's,complete xtr,chris king headset,raceface xy post,kore elite stem,profile carbon bars& ends,858 spd's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MrCrud a Weekend Warrior from Montreal

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2000

Strengths:    very stable, very grippy and lasts long

Weaknesses:    a bit on the heavy side, but only weight weenies will really complain about this.

Bottom Line:   
Great tire. I have yet to flat on these, although i did destroy a few rims on some big hits. These things just dont let go of the trail and they're very stable.

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Favorite Trail:   there are soooo many!!!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   got'em that cheap cuz i bought them from a sponsored guy i know

Similar Products Used:   Panaracers, Specialized, Michelin......

Bike Setup:   GT LTS Team with a Judy XL 98

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by quentin chetcuti from malta

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2000

Strengths:    Shwalbe Black Shark Double defnese has a very good protection against punctures. It is puncture less

Weaknesses:    The only thing that makes it not perfect is that it comes only in 26 x 2.10 series only.

Bottom Line:   
Shwalbe Black Shark Double defnese has a very good protection against punctures, especially when you are racing in competitions. It has also got a speciallty in it that by time, lets sya about 1 1/2 years the tyre remains good even if used on road. It is foldable and takes a presssure of 65 PSI which is equal to about 4.5 bar. Another thing is that it a very good rubber and it deos not crack by time

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Favorite Trail:   un

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   When compared to Michelin, Schwalbe also wins, becuase of the rubber quality they use. Michelin have a very good grip but have a veryb soft compund that makes the tire crack by time.

Bike Setup:   tires

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by lester shaw a Weekend Warrior from london

Date Reviewed: September 25, 1999

Strengths:    
great grip in downhill and cross country. front never washes out, always feels safe. good protection for my rims, i am 225lbs!


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
These tyres are great, how come no one else has reviewed them, has any one else got them?

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Favorite Trail:   
broxbourne woods

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
wtb velociraptor
irc mythos xc


Bike Setup:   
muddy fox DH

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