Schwalbe Little Albert 29 29er Tire

Little Albert 29

Aggressive, medium to loose conditions XC tire for front or rear.

  • Size: 29 x 2.1, Kevlar
  • Fast rolling and lightweight
  • Reinforced SnakeSkin heavy duty sidewalls
  • Narrow profile--fast rolling
  • Designed to work front or rear
  • 67 tpi
  • 590 grams for the 29" and 535 grams for the 26"

  • User Reviews (5)

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    Troy   Cross Country Rider [Jul 08, 2010]
    Strength:

    Light, fast

    Weakness:

    Very low volumn, deflects easily, harsh ride, no torsional stiffness, needs to be run at high psi, and very expensive.

    Truly the worst 29er tire that I've ever ridden. Very weak for a rear tire and worthless in the front. Maybe they work well for 145 lb. racers on groomed courses, but for a 190 lb. all mountain/XC rider, they are truly worthless. I'm actually glad they wore out quickly.

    Similar Products Used: Ignitor, Rampage, Navigal, Weirwolf LT, Crossmark
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    RATING
    2
    VALUE
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    1
    RiverCliff   Cross Country Rider [Aug 04, 2007]
    Strength:

    Strong sidewalls - pretty good grip - easy on and off the rim

    Weakness:

    Did not like the feel - knobs came off really quick - other knobs wore down quick.

    Replaced the nanoraptor because I badly tore the side wall in 2 places - Did not want that to happen again, so bought the Little Albert. As I expected, the LA felt stiff - I was OK with that as the side walls are stiff and intact. I was not OK with my $50 tire losing knobs (no, I do not drag my rear brake) and the tread wearing down so quick - maybe 20 rides. I ride all rocky single track, and it is hard on tires/tread, but this was the most I have paid for a tire, and the least amount of miles put on one before needing replaced.

    Similar Products Used: numerous 26" NanoRaptor and Jones ACX in 29er
    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Ryan Fell   Cross Country Rider [Dec 21, 2006]
    Strength:

    Fast rolling, dry grip, "light feel"

    Weakness:

    On the narrower side, but then, see strengths...

    A great tire for fast rides, not so much float when compared with the most recent 2.2+ additions to the arsenal. Great grip with little extra effort (but then again, it's a 29er...)

    A fun tire that gets little love.

    Similar Products Used: Specialized Fastrack, Nevegal, Exiwolf, Rampage, Resolution
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    xtrsmith   Cross Country Rider [Apr 02, 2007]
    Strength:

    Rolls like a road tire, super fast. It's skinny, but rolls like its 2.2" wide. Very sticky. I ride it both front and rear.

    Weakness:

    It might be hard to find at your local shop.

    I was in Palm Springs where conditions are rocky, sharp and technical. I thought I would have problems, but the thing hooked up as well as any other time I've ridden it. This is my favorite 29er tire, as good as advertised.

    Similar Products Used: Panaracer Fire, Specialized, Mythos IRC, Geax tires
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Jaxson   Racer [Mar 13, 2008]
    Strength:

    Tough sidewalls. Lots of knobs for great traction, yet seems to have low rolling resistance. Skinny tire that does'nt take much effort to get up to speed. Very light-weight, too.

    Weakness:

    Maybe too skinny for some riders who like more volume in a tire. Might not be the best tire for very muddy climbs due to it's narrow profile. Expensive.

    This tire is on both geared and single speed bikes. I use these tires year round, and they seem to hook up well in just about any condition. They're light-weight, and the narrow profile make it a great race tire for me (165 pound rider.

    No issue with knobs wearing off here: I do a lot of gravel/township road riding on my mountain bikes and I'd have to say that the majority of the tread is still there after 1200 miles (each set) of riding.
    That said, I definately would'nt use these tires for habitual pavement riding.

    Though they're somewhat expensive, I imagine I will continue to use this tire as long as they are being made.

    Similar Products Used: Kenda Klaws, Bontrager Jones & ACX's.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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