Product DescriptionThe fast-rolling Rocket Ron and tenacious Knobby Nic established Schwalbe's reputation for producing lightweight, high-volume tires. While these tires bridged cross country speed with all-mountain reliability, they suffered when the terrain got seriously aggressive. Hearing the cries, Schwalbe...
The all condition’s mountain-bike tire, are tubeless ready with a non-directional tread pattern, and uses their tough SnakeSkin sidewalls, and was designed for dry and loose or wet and rooty and rocky terrain. The tires use their Triple Star rubber compound design, specifically the TrailStar version (High Performance Trail Ride Compound). I have been thrashing a set of Hans Dampf’s, which roughly translates to “jack-of-all-trades”, on and off for six months, and they’re a good all around tire with excellent durability. Continue reading →
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Date Reviewed: March 15, 2014
Strengths: Unbelievable combination of weight, sidewall strength, fast rolling, unbelievable traction.
Duration Product Used: 3 weeks
Similar Products Used: Specialized Ground Control, Eskar, Maxxis high roller II, Ardent, small block 8, minion DHR, DHF.
Bike Setup: 2010 Spec. Enduro Comp. Lyrik rc2l, Enve AM wheels, bars and stem, XO cranks, Spec. Command post black lite, stock everything else.
Date Reviewed: December 24, 2013
Strengths: Traction. Omni-directional. Easy to mount.
Weaknesses: a little slow
Bike Setup: I
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2013
Strengths: They climb well. For me, THATS IT.
Weaknesses: The faster you ride the less they hold. Dump them down in PSI to grip and pinch-flat-city! Nightmare to change on the trail. Ripped the nobs off the rear if a few rides and for what you pay for them.......... Worst tire I have ever had on my FSR EVO. :(
Weekend Warrior from SB County.
Duration Product Used: 5 months (dumped them a month ago)
Price Paid: $70.00
Purchased At: Interbet
Similar Products Used: Nevegal, Specialized, Excavator, High Roller II
Bike Setup: 2011 Stumpy Evo, reworked Fox 150's, grips and seat. Been a fantastic bike!
Date Reviewed: September 27, 2013
Strengths: Easy to setup tubeless, adds to plushness of ride as they are big
Weaknesses: Grip, Cornering confidence, price
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz XC Carbon Blur, 120 Fox RLC 15 thru, 142 thru on the back
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2013
Strengths: Good traction in the wet, easy Tubless set up, great cornering, good center traction, predictable, high volume, stable, reasonable weight for a 2.35
Weaknesses: Wear out quickly. I rotated mine from front to back and got 370 miles here riding in Colorado and Utah. Once the knobbies wore down the casing began to get punctured. If you get the pressure too low they will squirm below 24psi IMO.
Duration Product Used: 5 months
Price Paid: $45.00
Purchased At: HiBike
Similar Products Used: Nevegal, Specialized Eskar and Control, Nobby Nic, Trail King, Mountain King 2, Albert Marathon
Bike Setup: Nomad C, XT, KS, Easton Havoc's Lyrik
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2013
Strengths: Grip, durability, cut/puncture/snakebite resistant, performance on wet rocks
Weaknesses: Weight, rolling performance, nothing too much, but I needed to put some more energy into pedaling than my friends on Nobby Nic
Now I have bought new pair, mounted TL system (Performance non-TL version + Fulcrum Red Metal 3) and it works like a charm. They are really great on this rocky terrain and mountains, especially with possibility of running lower pressure. Also, I have been riding them on wet and muddy terrain, covered with leafs and roots. Great grip that gives you confidence. Maybe it's because I don't know for better tires, but I'm really satisfied with them.
Duration Product Used: 1 year
Purchased At: FahrradFrank, Berlin
Similar Products Used: Bontrager XR4, Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Bike Setup: 2012 Trek FuelEX7 w/ Fox Float RP2
Fox Float RL 120mm w/ Kashima coat
Rock Shox Reverb 125mm
Fulcrum Red Metal 3 w/ Hans Dampf
SLX/XT group set
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2013
Strengths: Tread pattern, width 2.35
Weaknesses: Wareout fast, really fast.
Duration Product Used: 2 moths
Bike Setup: Sana Cruz Nomad
Date Reviewed: June 16, 2013
Strengths: Looks good
Weaknesses: Slow, fast wearing, dosnt flick mud, and bad grip in wet
I have the snakskin tripple compound version. In the mud allthough it has large tread
It dosnt flick the mud and results in being very slipperly and can be hard to control
It also slips going up dry hills. I have tryed low presures and it makes no difference. I have replaced
Them with a nobby nic on the front and a rocket ron on the rear this is so much better they both flick mud great
And are awesome in the dry to. They are so much faster up and down hill and never slip.
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2013
Strengths: Good grip when run below 30 PSI. Nice looking tire.
Weaknesses: Poor wearing. Throws alot of rocks up.
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2013
Strengths: grip, hold, confidence inspiring. beastly meaty tires that make everything else look like they came off a toys-r-us bike
Weaknesses: slow roll, not terrible though, rear tire wears FAST. although worth it.
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2013
Strengths: It's a tractor. It rolls over everything, even at high pressure. Climbs great.
Weaknesses: Its cornering is horrible. Washing out leaning the bike because I'm used to Specialized Butchers and Maxxis Minions and even the Kenda Small Block 8s. None of those tires wash out like this does. Found it climbs better than descends. Since I ride a 160mm travel bike to go downhill, not really ideal.
Oh yeah, and of course it's expensive.
This tire was not confidence inspiring. It's great if you're not going to corner at speed and lean the bike, at least in the sand and hardpack. It just slides out, even on uphill switchbacks. Played with various air pressure settings, but nothing particularly made me keep this tire on my bike and put the Butcher back on the front.
Similar Products Used: Minions, High Rollers, Butchers, Ardents
Bike Setup: 160mm travel
Date Reviewed: January 16, 2013
Strengths: Great traction in many conditions. Side knobs are well supported by the sidewall and give superior cornering performance. Rolling resistance is pretty good for such a capable tire and the rounded profile has no gaps or vague areas when transitioning from center to side knobs. Rubber compound is soft and grippy, oh so grippy.
Weaknesses: Knobs undercut fairly quickly (Trail Star Compound) so I am going to try running the Pace Star version on the rear this season to see if I can get a bit longer life out of a pair. And since they're Schwalbes they're costly. It's hard to give a quick-wearing expensive tire 5 Chilis.
Bike Setup: Niner W.F.O. 9
Date Reviewed: October 26, 2012
Strengths: Super Grip in all conditions, strong sidewall, great braking power and after 2 1/2 month still a lot of rubber left.
Weaknesses: so far none
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2012
Strengths: trail star Version grips really really well on just about every trail surface that exists in Utah regardless of the lean angle (that was before 90% of the outside cornering knobs started to tear off at the base), the pace star version rolls extremely well but does not have any where near the same grip as the slower rolling trail star compound
Weaknesses: Expensive, EXTREMELY LOW Durability (trail star version was toast as 90% of the outside cornering knobs were tearing off after only 2-3 months on front, and I noticed that the pace star version I bought to replace it has a lot of chunks missing from various knobs after about 1 month of use in the front),
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Price Paid: $80.00
Purchased At: LBS
Similar Products Used: kenda nevegal (2.35, 2.1 dtc), kenda excavator(2.34 dtc), maxis high roller (2.35 60a), specalized enduro (2.4 ust), specalized escar (2.3 controol), continental trailking (2.2 black chili ust), wtb weirwolf (2.1 comp)
Bike Setup: 160mm trail bike
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2012
Strengths: Great tracking and stability, great grip in both dry, muddy, and wet condition. Do'nt understad some reviewers who says that the tyre wet abilities are bad. I absolutely love this tyre.
Handles really well all of what i encounter on local trails such as slick rocks, sharp rocks, loamy ground, rock gardens, rock stairs, wooden foot bridges, roots.
One big difference from previous fron tire (Nobby Nick) is that i can decend steep technical parts just by braking my way down, this on parts were i earlier had to climb off my bike and walk, even in wet conditions i just point and shoot.
For my kind of riding these are the best iv'e tried so far..
Weaknesses: Some mention rolling resistance but i don't know.
Okay they are a bit hevier at 765g, and don't roll as easy as the Nobby's but they on the other hand offered no traction at all so i praise grip more over light rolling so i really do not see this as negative. My guess is if you had a grippy mounted before the you would not notice any difference switching to HD's
Tried a Nobby Nick PaceStar 2.25" as front before and that was more or less dange
Used this tire for almost two months now doing some +200km riding in all from dust dry to flowing wet and muddy conditions and it never let me down so far.
Some people talk a bout premature wear and knobs falling of leaving only the casing but i se no signs of wear so far.
Used my Nevegal as front for a short time and it never felt good/safe. A bit unpredictable, how ever (strangely) the Nevegal is crazy good as rear tyre, can climb almost all i ever give a try.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal Stick-E 2.5"
Schwalbe Nobby Nick 2.25" PaceStar
Maxxis Larsen TT 2.35"
Bike Setup: Ibis Mojo Carbon 140mm travel front/rear. 75kg rider weight and about 11.5-12kg bike weight
Hans Dampf 2.35" TrailStar 23-25 PSI (1.6-1.8 Bar) up in front
Kenda Nevegal Stick-E 2.5 on rear wheel at 26-28 PSI
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