Strengths: The Schwalbe Rapid Rob is a great entry level bike tire at a reasonable price. It is a low resistance, fast rolling tire that serves light to medium trail riding needs very well, with a decent amount of grip and a reasonable amount of durability. The sidewalls of the tire also appear to be pretty durable as I have ridden several rock gardens with rocks slipping and hitting the tire with zero sidewall tears. As a front tire the Rapid Rob has served me well, and is more than suitable for the average weekend warrior that likes to get out on the trails once or twice per week. As for the speed, well, on my hardtail lets just say going down hill on these things was scary. Not because it did not grip or was not responsive, but because they roll so bloody fast I cannot really keep up. Rapid indeed Schwalbe, Rapid indeed. I ran the tire as a tubed tire at about 50 PSI and found it was versatile on all conditions, be they road or trail. All in all, good value for the price to performance range. They came stock on my Giant Talon 29er and served me well while they lasted.
Weaknesses: The Rapid Rob is durable for the price, but not durable if you are the kind of person that rides trails almost everyday (like myself). I am also a heavy rider so this may have contributed to this, but I absolutely destroyed the center treads on my Rapid Robs on my rear tire within 3 months, and ransacked the center treads on my front tire in an additional 4 months. I got the feeling that my riding habits may be a bit too intense for them after they lost their ability to shed mud (due to a lack of knobs in the center), and began to crack, letting in rocks and resulting in two rear flats (grrrrrrrr). Thus, although the Rapid Rob performs very well for the price new, its performance and reliability take a nose dive the longer and more intensely you use them. Since I ride my bike almost every day the sun comes out, the lack of long term longevity has had me looking elsewhere to a tire that has better durability.
Oh and another thing, NEVER ride this product on thick sand...talk about a slide show. On mud new, it performs pretty well though.
Ultimately, the Rapid Rob is best suited for casual and beginner mountain bikers (and perhaps lighter mountain bikers hehe), due to its low entry price and its relatively good performance (good grip, good acceleration, good speed). However, for more intensive riding the Rapid Rob simply will not hold out for long, due to relatively quick wearing tread compounds. This is by no means a knock on the product however, since in order for me to get better durability and longer lasting tires, I have had to much much more than the Rapid Rob costs. Thus, the Schwalbe Rapid Rob has a place in the market: it is a do it all XC tire, just not a do it all again and again XC tire.
3 Chillis overall because the product is good but not outstanding while facing the test of time.
4 Chillis for value because this tire is set at a very good price and will make an excellent budget or beginners tire.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Small Block 8
Kenda Slant 6
Bike Setup: 2013 Giant Talon 29er 0 - Kenda Nevegal on Front, Kenda Small Block 8 in Back
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2013
Strengths: Cornering, grip well on road. generally awesome on front
Weaknesses: Lock up and you continue at the same speed, on the rear these are terrible for grip, wear down quite fast. terrible on rear
these tires came with my bike and well i've done about 400ks and the rear started showing the kevlar on some of the nobs so i rotated the tires and well alot better now, grip like crap on wet clay and any mud. the rear when braking just locks up and you continue at the same speed. on the rear these tires are terrible, on the front well i think im gonna keep them on the front and put a maxxis crossmark on the rear. cheap enough to rip up but i need something a bit more durable.
Strengths: For the price, these tires are an incredible performer. They roll great and I have very little issues with loosing traction up hill. As far as cornering grip goes, I don't corner super fast so I can't vouche for that. They are a higher volume tire and I run about 30psi and have yet to fell the rim.
Side walls also seem pretty tough. I have about 200km on them and mostly pavement as I ride to work and back and they are not showing a lot of wear. And for the price of these I don't mind ($30 ea)
Weaknesses: They are heavy. Just shy of 800g
Steel bead and low TPI may not work well for tubeless
That's all I can think of
Basicly I think it's the best tire going for the price. And when they are worn off I will probably buy another set.
You get the old racing Ralph tread pattern in a ceased case.
The old Racing Ralph tread on a new mission. With 50 EPI carcass and LiteSkin sidewall
Non-folding so I don't know if you will be able to seal-tubeless.
Size: ETRTO 57-584 (27.5 x 2.25)
Pressure: 26-54 psi
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Im thinking of getting a set of 29er rapid robs for training this year since they are so cheap. But I was wondering if I will be able to air them up tubeless? I noticed they are wire bead, so that has me a little worried.Read More »
good news from the eurobike:
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Anyone have any information on this new Schwalbe tire?
I've noticed this tire in the 2011 Scott catalogue the other day as a CX tire on some models of bikes.
Also looks like its OEM on some Cube bikes as a MTB tire as well.
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