Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2008 Tire

3.71/5 (7 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Size: 2.1 2.25 2.4
  • Performance: EVO, EVO Snakeskin, EVO DoubleDefence
  • Compound: Triple
  • Weight: 460g-570g

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    Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Benuki a Cross Country Rider from Triangle, NC, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2010

    Strengths:    Weight, rolling resistance, grip, large volume (2.4)

    Weaknesses:    Expensive

    Bottom Line:   
    Great traction considering the low rolling resistance, and the high volume of the 2.4s provide a lot of small bump absorption. I haven't had any issues with sidewall tears/cuts - I consistently take these through rock gardens without issue, but the local trails aren't uber rocky. Bottom line for me is that I really love these tires, and its gonna take a very special tire to come along for me to switch.

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    Favorite Trail:   Little River

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $64.00

    Purchased At:

    Similar Products Used:   Conti Mountain King, Race King; WTB Wolverine

    Bike Setup:   BLT2 built for agressive XC/trail with RR EVO 2.4s front and back

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Mark pie a Racer from Johannesburg

    Date Reviewed: November 28, 2009

    Strengths:    They roll really well through sand & hardpack, are grippy on gravel,grassy climbs

    Weaknesses:    Seem to washout on sandy corners.

    Bottom Line:   
    They are a fast tyre, much better than the old model,could possibley be okay in not to wet conditions.

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   westdene

    Similar Products Used:   Old Racing ralphs, Race king

    Bike Setup:   Scalpel 3 2008, Avid juicy 7,SRAM X9, xt cranks,RP23

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Wahid a Cross Country Rider from Orange County, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: April 18, 2009

    Strengths:    Light weight, seals up fast with Stans, very good grip in all kinds of conditions considering the low knobs.

    Weaknesses:    Slow, the slowest tire I have ever used. I used a tube tire setup with Stan's latex so I can't say what the performance is with a tube. I used this only on the back. No matter what the ground composition or condition it felt like I was peeling velco, good for traction, bad if you exepect to go fast.

    Bottom Line:   
    Slow, Slow, Slow. Once again the disclaimer, I used thes Racing Ralph tube tires with Stans. I cannot explain the joy I felt when I replaced the Racing Ralph after 4 months (with a Mono Rail) and found that my bike was not a slug.
    Other than failing to be a fast tire it did not give any problems.

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    Favorite Trail:   Laguna Wilderness

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $57.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   sSpecialized FastTraks- good, WTB Mutano Raptor- good, Nevegals- good, Maxis Mono Rail- good

    Bike Setup:   5.5 Fox Float fork and RP3 shock

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by juehoe a Weekend Warrior from Germany

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2009

    Strengths:    generally good grip under most conditions

    Weaknesses:    got a 1 cm long tyre cut on a forrest trail. Never had that before.

    Bottom Line:   
    good looking and light tyre with disappointing puncture resistence. Was just expecting more from a "triple compound evo nanotech" new tyre.

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    Favorite Trail:   hometrail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Smart Sam seems to be much more robust

    Bike Setup:   Hardtail Cube LTD Pro

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by conpoo a Weekend Warrior from devizes

    Date Reviewed: January 15, 2009

    Strengths:    not quote sure how the review below stated they have bad rolling resistance! these are the best rolling tyres on the market and grip hasnt been compromised, look great and i have fond them not too bad in the wet as well!

    Weaknesses:    price, wear quickly

    Bottom Line:   
    really great tyre, you get what you pay for as with anyting in mtb, grips great super low rolling resistance, look awsome! just dont do too much road cycling in them, also i havnt had a flat yet.

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    Favorite Trail:   Salisbury Plain

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.

    Similar Products Used:   maxxis high rollers

    Bike Setup:   giant xtc

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Johnny Hair Boy a Cross Country Rider from Canada

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2008

    Strengths:    They were easily converted to tubeless

    Weaknesses:    They are the slowest rolling tires I have ever used. They feel sluggish and slow. I have yet to find a surface they actually grip to.

    Bottom Line:   
    My Furious Freds are excellent tires and grip much better than these ( that surprised me). I was expecting a fast tire and these are slow way slower than any tire I have ever used. I was impressed at how easily they sealed up when converted to tubeless but that is the only good thing I can say about these tires. They slip off roots wet and dry. wont grip rocks worth crap and slide out in loamy soil. they even feel sketchy on hard pack. I will put some Small block 8's on my bike this week and be done with these for good.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Furious Fred's, Lots of Kenda's, Roll x, Conti, Just about everything else.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Primoz Jeroncic a Cross Country Rider from Kranj, Slovenia

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

    Strengths:    grip and speed

    Weaknesses:    still not great on wet, price

    Bottom Line:   
    After about 1000km of use, it feels it has even a bit more grip on hardpack as old, pre-2008 Racing Ralph. It works a little bit better on wet, but still far from perfect. But considering type of tire, it's expected.
    Speed is on pair with old RR, and it's too early for me to say anything about wear. Only "problem" is pretty high price, but in my opinion, they are worth this price.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $55.00

    Purchased At:   LBS in Slovenia

    Similar Products Used:   all sorts of xc tires, including pre-2008 RR

    Bike Setup:   Alu 7005 hardtail, Manitou R7 Super, Deore LX

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