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: November 18, 2014
Strengths: Braking grip, roll-over capability, fairly fast rolling, light for size of tire, high volume, width as advertised
Weaknesses: Terrible durability on rear, price, scrubby and sketchy on some loose-over terrain, doesn't rail but reasonable if ridden road moto style
You'll notice that most of the reviews praising this tire are from people who have recently fitted them, long term reviews are much lower scores..
I've run the evo and the performance models of this tire and honestly this tire like most of Schwalbes current offerings as a rear tire is an absolute disaster especially in any kind of rocky conditions. Wears through very quickly the knobs can get torn off, often times it can happen on the trail and it get ripped through to the carcase with hiss and fountain of Stans fluid over everything, so you'll need to bring tubes. The performance version is better in terms of the side-knobs not ripping off, but still not particularly good in terms of wear.
However on the front the tire is simply a much better candidate, but quite what to pair it with is a struggle, although a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.3 TR EXO works very well. HD has an addictive volume and width and yet quite light, braking traction is great and the tire runs well on hardpack but can get very scubby on gravelly loose over (with an understeery feel). But braking is great down very steep terrain where other tires just slip.It's quite thin and IMHO it should only be run tubeless, as it is very likely to puncture with a tube in the slightest thorn-like conditions.
To sum up on the rear this tire is only good for racing, useless for training. The Performance version is much cheaper and offers 98% of the performance, try that if you want to check out these tires, especially on the rear. If you want to do training rides with this tire then simply be prepared to run it as front only unless the terrain allows.
For me the wear of this tire on the rear is just unaccptable, yet on the front it's perfectly workable, just a tad short. If I was a manufacturer I'd try to make tire compounds front and rear specific so that instead of the rear lasting 3 weeks and the front lasting 3 months they wore out at the same rate, meaning you could sell tires bundled as sets. This changing the rear every 3 weeks game is just too expensive for me, maybe its my terrain or that I ride very often, but other manufacturers make tires that grip very and last much longer.
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2014
Strengths: Traction. Roll well. Easy to set up on tubeless.
Weaknesses: Wear too fast
While the tire sets up easily with Stan's, I found that with puncture I did not get the flat protection you expect. Relatively small holes have left me putting in a tube to finish a ride on more than one occasion. These tires are not cheap on sale I have never been able to crack the $70 level. So they are like the BMW of tires, awesome brand new and fool you to thinking money well spent. But wear too easily. I have gone thru 2 sets on both bikes in a year. I am going to give a different tire a try.
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2014
Strengths: None. I spent 4 hours trying to get these tires to seat on a tubeless rim with no luck.
Weaknesses: Will not work as a Tubeless
Trying to send the tire back to Schwalb for replacement. But I don't expect that to go well. Put the Maxxis back on the rim and it seated and inflated with a hand pump.
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2014
Strengths: Traction in sand, loose shale, dry and light dusty surface
Weaknesses: I little slow but I am comparing it to my Rocket Rons; )
Duration Product Used: 1 yr
Price Paid: $39.00
Purchased At: Wheel World
Similar Products Used: Rocket Rons, WTB Weirwolf , The Weirwolfs were my favorites for all around wet dry durability, wear. but they were a little heavy.
Bike Setup: Yeti 575 Race XT drive train and brakes. Thompson Elite post, stem. Easton carbon bars. DT Swiss 1600 wheel sets. Hans Dampff 2.35 Trail Star front, Rocket Ron 2.2 rears
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
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