This dual discipline tire is lightweight and light running to give you a perfect racing tires. The unique qualifier compound has extremely low rolling resistance and the yielding shape offers excellent grip.
Strengths: Amazing fast tyre, low rolling resistance, surprising grip in muck for such a low tread profile (but need to be seated, otherwise wheel spins)
Weaknesses: Low tread profile means you need balls going corners! Tend to slide out.
I love these tyres, and would definitely buy again. Don't forget they are racing tyres and although meant for dry use I do use them in wet but racing Ralph are much better for wet use. I also ride on the road for a while to and from my off road place, so these tyres are excellent compromise since they roll really fast on the road. Going around corners is something else, I do ride seriously fast on these tyres regardless of sliding out around corners due to lack of grip, but that's what you pay for if you want to go fast! Excellent tyres if you want to ride recklessly fast off road and I could see many races being won with them. Not for the faint hearted!
Strengths: Low rolling resistance, excellent hardpack performance.
Weaknesses: None for it's intended purpose.
Read a bunch of the other reviews and can't belive that people would rate these tires anything other than excellent. These are hardpack racing tires, should not perform well in mud or wet conditions, sidewalls are thin to reduce weight, they are race tires.
Similar Products Used: Schwable Racing Ralphs, Michelin Comp S, XCR2 Dry, Pythons, Kenda Klimax
Bike Setup: Giant Anthem 0,stock except tire for different conditions.
a Cross Country Rider
from Ktown, TN, USA
Date Reviewed: January 13, 2008
Strengths: Weight Weight Weight @ 347 grams a piece! Very fast rolling.
Weaknesses: Strictly a dry, hardpack tire. No grip in the corners, not even on pavement when its moist or loose over hardpack.
Great if your riding in a straight line. Thought they would be good for road riding as well since they are as close to a slick tire... nope. I wiped out in a turn doing about 15 mph. Front end washed on a wet spot.
On the positive side, I definitely noticed a decrease in rolling resistance and is very comparible to MTB slicks.
Similar Products Used: schwalbe racing ralph,nobby nic,ritchey zed race,ritchey innovader,irc's.
Bike Setup: b1 + manitou black + xt 770 + avid j5's etc..
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2006
Strengths: Fantastic all round performance, very light, exceptional road holdind - even in icy conditions, very fast rolling
Weaknesses: punctures relatively easily without an anti-puncture bandage.
The tire compound is by far the best quality I'v had the pleasure of cycling on. With such fantastic road holding I am amazed at the long length of the tires durability. On some icy road stretches it sounds like you are riding on glass splinters. The design pattern and shape of the noblies litterally bite into the ice. I am extremely impressed. All this and very low rolling resistance.
Similar Products Used: IRC backcountry 2.25": light (620gram),wide 52mm, very grippy, low rolling resistance for a full-knobby tire!!!
Scwalbe king jim 2.35'": The ultimate front tire ever!! It's light 620grams, high volume, wide 54mm, good spaced knobby's, carve through sandy corners. Don't use as back tire because the small and high knobby will bend under heavy pedalling and therefore ask more pedalpower.
Hutchinson musquito 2.00": high volume, 50mm wide, extreme light 480gram, Hughe power loose because of the flexibel knobby's, dangerous when cornering at high speed.
Bike Setup: 7000 Alloy fullsuspension, single pivot (a bit oldschool).
2004 Magura albert plus rear airdamper with 100mm rear travel (Fully hydraulic tunable with separate high and lowspeed + rebound adjustment).
Front fork: Marzocchi mx comp 105mm ETA. (Reboud Internal adjustable)
Shimano LX drivetrain (4years old)
Avid mechanical disk brakes (can survive overheating, because there is now (boiling) hydraulic fluid!!!)
Wheels: hand spoked, by my self.
Tires: At the moment i ride the big Schwalbes
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2005
Strengths: Light, low rolling resistance.
Weaknesses: Some people complain about puncture resistance, but I've never flatted on these tires. Not an allround tire.
I really like these tires for racing on hardpack terrain. I've never flatted on these tires and have done about a dozen races on them. They are really light and have low rolling resistance. They don't provide any grip, but there are other tires out there that do if the track is muddy.
I did almost regret using them once, the 100km Meirhaeghe Marathon in Vielsam! I was affraid of punctures on the rocky downhill sections but didn't flat despite using only 2 bar front and 2.1 rear. They didn't inspire a lot of confidence grip wise either, but I managed to get 23th place out of 290 people finishing the race, so I guess that they performed well after all.
If you know when to use them, they are an excellent choice. Compared to it's competitors (like the Jet S), it is lighter and still has enough puncture resistance.
Strengths: very light. very low rolling resistance.
Weaknesses: washes out too easily as a front tire. fell apart.
the fast fred light is just that.. light. i did not like using this as a front tire. i found myslef going slower because i had no confidence in its ability to bite in corners. as a rear tire, it works much better. it provides enough traction for me and did i mention that it is light? the problem is, it didn't last very long. after about 70 or so miles, one of the knobs broke of revealing the threads.
i might consider using one of these as a back tire in a race-only kind of role, but only if my everyday tire had a similar tread pattern
from Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2004
Strengths: Simply fastest tire on the market
Weaknesses: Loses traction almost completely in wet and sandy conditions
First time I rode'em I thought my computer went crazy. 35 km/h (about 22 mph) is simply easy. The feeling is awesome. Acceleration and speeding are the things they scream to do with'em. Good handling and cornering on hard surfaces and average braking. I thought I found the best babies. Not really. They totally suck in mud and sandy conditions. I would say there isn't even poor handling. For me it doesn't exist. During one race I found myself the only one person walking on quite flat muddy uphills as I was the one whose tires didn't keep the grip. Sad but true. On difficult xc races and demanding downhills disadvantages in handling are bigger than the profits from acceleration. I was told after 300-500 miles they will be worn out. Well, after that distance I can barely see the difference, so I think they will last much longer. Really resistant to punctures with MB Belt (now it's sth new) Who should take a closer look at them? Anyone switching tires due to race or marathon conditions. On hard, dry surfaces they are unbeatable and their puncture resistance makes them probably the toughest super lite tires on the market. Definitely not allround or one-year tire. Highlt specific stuff for specific conditions. Well made, rubber is still in good condition after several years (that's right) of hanging in the garage.
Going to Europe in a short while, and ordering some pieces here and there for my SC Superlight project.
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