Schwalbe Big Betty Tire

DESCRIPTION

Schwalbe Big Betty 26 x 2.4 Tire: Mid-weight Freeride and All Mountain tire for front or rear. Triple compound: three different rubbers optimize grip, rolling speed and durability. PaceStar: extremely fast XC compound with an easy rolling base...

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[Apr 07, 2014]
Seaxu
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Very versatile. Low weight for this class of tire. Easy to set up tubeless.

Weakness:

Expensive i get them on sale whenever i get the chance.

Great freeride tire.I am only running one on the front. With a fat albert front in the rear. I run in southern oregon everything from wet red clay to dry crushed granite. These tires help me keep up with other friends on Maxxis minions. I feel they are rather predictable on washing out and you can lean them pretty far before they predictably let loose. Nothing leaning in the right direction can't fix though. Lifespan is pretty good I finished my first season with them, rode them through the winter and am going to start the new season with them. I ride at least once a week at least 12 miles DH. Not too bad pedaling uphill either for the class of tire. I would recommend these tires to anyone looking for a good all around freeride tire.

Similar Products Used:

V82 Triton, wtb velociraptor, wtb weirwolf.

[Sep 03, 2012]
yeti4ever
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Has a death grip on the trail; very versatile in terms of different terrain. I ride here in SoCal and terrain can vary greatly, but mostly crushed granite and rocky, and Big Betty's grip on SoCal terrain is tops.

Weakness:

Wears out fast! My tire is practically new (less than 1 yr) and it's all worn out already. Tires can feel like riding in mud when have it at the rear and ran at lower pressures. Expensive for a tire that wears out fast. Maybe heavy in weight to some people.

I run my Big Betty for rear tire duties. It has grip like no other; doesn't break easily when braking hard and if it does, very controllable. Never ran it up front, but I recommend this, from my experience, as a go-to rear tire. Only complaints are: 1) Tire wears out fast, my knobbies in the middle are almost all chewed up, side knobs are still there. This may be because some of my rides include riding paved roads to get to single track or back. 2) Expensive! For the type of wear it exhibits, it's not worth it. 3) It feels like riding in mud, when ran in lower pressures (although even in higher pressures, it does feel slow.) For what it is designed for, free ride/all mountain, the weight is not really all that bad. Although is does weigh more than the rest of the Schwalbe line-up. Overall, I love the grip on these tires; five star performance on rocks, crushed granite, loamy, sandy, hardpack terrain. Main gripe on these is that these tires can wear out fast on rough terrain. I' m gonna be neutral on my ratings for this tire. Grip is awesome, but the price does not justify the fast wear on these tires.

[Jun 04, 2011]
toothoogre
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

hooks up in any terrain. high volume for weight. tall. wears well.

Weakness:

expensive. a real mud pig.

The triple compound (trailstar) is great in dry, rocky, rocky filled riverbeds, slick rock, loose dusty terrain. And wears well too. This is the best freeride tire I've used by far.

Perfect volume (fat and tall). Light. I am #215 with gear and a ride #44 bike. I ride in rough rocky mountainous terrain. so the tires really take a beating. I don't do a lot of big air, so can't speak to that. In over 5 years I've never tore a side wall or had any mfg defects common with other brands. So Schwalbe is expensive, but they have great quality control. Works well with tubeless Stans and med. heavy tubes slimed.

If you find something better, Please let me know (PM me). But until then this is the best tire I know in this category . I replace the rear every other month (ouch $), but ride many miles in that time. (bikebling.com use "hookup" for coupon and get 10% off entire order).

Similar Products Used:

tioga dh 2.3, maxxis, irc and many others.

[May 20, 2011]
cesalec
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

They roll good, dont feel as heavy as they are supposed to be, havent washed out since i got them in any weather, they feel sure planted and very confident

Weakness:

as all schwalbes expensive..

My bike came with Nevegals installed and they felt good riding down, but every single time I had 2 to 3 pinches on my tubes, and they were tooo draggy riding up. Then I tried the Racing Ralph and nobby nic comobo, great light fast roling, until the rain caught me riding and oh boy were they slippery. Then I tried the Fat Albert supposed to be much better, but they werent apart from the poor grip when wet of the RR and NN, the FA never felt confident. Changed to a Minion and well the Miniond have to be in the top5 list of anyone, they are great, but heavy. So I decided to give the Big betty 2.4 a go. They feel lighter than the Minion 2.5 and are much bigger, they roll as well as the minion and feel great, the grip is good, they have never slipped on me yet at the beginning the pressure was makind them lose the line. But once you find the right spot for your weight they feel simply like a fast rolling velcro.

Great tire, definitely so far my best fron tire. the minion following closely.

Similar Products Used:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Fat albert; Maxxi Minion DHF; Kenda nevegals sitck-e

[Mar 05, 2010]
eastongeneral
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light for big tire, rolls well, true to advertised size, strong sidewall

Weakness:

none

I mounted the non-UST version up in the fall as a tubeless tire. They sealed up perfectly, haven't needed air since they were sealed. My winter riding location has a lot of sharp lava rocks and the sidewalls have really been taken a beating and no leaks or flats so far. The same rock shredded the Bonti XDX's that came on my Fisher Roscoe in a matter of days and those were claimed to be tubless tires. Great grip in the loose stuff. They really grip in the corners. Definitely don't "spit you sideways" when you land. Unless, of course, you land sideways. Most confidence inspiring front tire I have ever run. Blows the doors of the Conti mountain king in grip and durability. Rolls and grips better than the Nevi. Rampage is up there but punctures much easier than the BB and is a pain in the ass to seal up tubeless.

Similar Products Used:

Owned Conti Mnt. King, Pana Rampage, Nevegal, Bont XDX. Maxxis Ignitor. Demoed many more

[Jan 06, 2010]
eruizela
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great grip for cornering
Absorbes trail bumpies
Can be used with lower pressures

Weakness:

Heavy
Rolls a little slow

This is a great tire that inspires confidence when trails get technical and tuff. Wide footprint gives ther rider more control especially usefull when turning cornering. Best front tire I have used ever. I hardly ever get flats that is probably due to the heavy side walls.

I was recommended this tire and I can now see the reason people like it so much.

It is heavy and this tire with a Shwalbe Fat Albert in the rear make my bike heavier than desired for enduro/xc trail ridin.

This tire also last very long

Similar Products Used:

Shwalbe Fat Albert
Maxis High Roller

[Oct 20, 2008]
alexandermarin
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is the Big Betty 2.4, Triple Compound, UST

High grip, large volume, size actually meets specification, lighter than they claim (~900g instead of 980g)

Weakness:

Too early to tell. Judging from triple compound Nobby Nics tire may not last all that long. Tire could be cheaper but this is mostly the low $ versus €.

The traction is phenomenal even on snow. You can run these tires at low pressure.

I ran Schwalbe Nobby Nics 2.25 UST for quite some time. Great tires but just a bit too small for really rough riding. Wanted to replace the Nobby Nics with "bigger" Continental Mountain King 2.4 UST. Unfortunately, they turned out to be no bigger at all. Also the Conti compound, while lasting a bit longer than the Nobby Nics, did not track well. And, on top of that, I got ALL of my Conti USTs to pinch flat. In contrast, I never pinched a Nobby Nic UST.

Now I replaced my Conti 2.4 Mountain Kings UST with the Big Betty USTs. Size: no comparison. The Mountain Kings look like puny road tires next to the supposedly same sized Big Bettys. Seriously, the Mountain Kings 2.4 have the same volume as my 2.25 Nobby Nics and they were smaller than 2.25 as well. The BBs really are 2.4" wide and also quite high. If you measure with the side knobs the BB is 2.5"

In the typical Schwalbe way the tires mounted without any challenge or tools (do use the soap) on Mavic UST rims. Floor pump.. no problem. If you want to ride tubeless I recommend the UST tires, UST rims and Stans combination.

Bottom line so far after trying all these other tires: wow!

Similar Products Used:

Continental Mountain King 2.4 UST, Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 UST, Schwalbe Fat Albert (regular and FRO), Continental Vertical Pro, Intense CC 2.3, Panaracer...

[Jul 19, 2008]
cxfahrer
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

good for intended use ;.)
Cheap (in Germany).

I have the FR version (folding bed) with Gooeygluey in front and ORC in the back.

The ORC is AFAIK not produced anymore, which is good, because this compound is really dangerous when wet. You will slip out on a raindrop.

The Gooeygluey compound is good, when it is wet and not too cold. Funny thing, the ORC has better grip on freezing ground. The ORC doesnt wear off, but the Gooeygluey wears off just rolling around wtihout braking. Hmmm....

The profile of the tire first gave me a strange feeling, the tire will follow lines that you didnt see before.

Considering that, this tire is good on very rough downhills, that are wet or on soft ground.
On uphills the tire rolls very good, even compared to CC tire like the Fat Albert or Diesel.
I wouldnt recommend this tire on any kind of hardpack or dry ground.
Wet and muddy bikeparks are what this tire is designed for.

Maybe a Muddy Mary in front and Bigbetty in the back would be better, but there are so many better tires.

Similar Products Used:

Muddy Mary, Conti Diesel

[Jun 11, 2008]
bigfatadder
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Cool name

Weakness:

Doesn't do anything special except look pretty mean.
Certainly can't compare to the Maxxis FR tyres.

As with all Schwalbe tyres, these are much ado about nothing. They are great for timid riders, but if you rid as hard as you can they will let you down. They don't rail and don't hold straight lines, nor do they brake well. Sketchy on jumps and drops- they spit you sideways- danger, danger, danger.
These tyres are fine if you don't push them, however the gooey gluey compound is poor quality compared to the softer Maxxis tyres, with more rolling resistance! Hmmmmmm....

Similar Products Used:

Many

[Sep 01, 2007]
Plamen
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

ultralight (890gr), perfect grip, run em at 1.8atm with no problems, other tires wears in scratches, dents and even holes in walls, but these dont !!

Weakness:

none at all

1 year ORC as rear, 1 year GG as front then went as rear, now for ~6 months triple compound as front.
GG wears fast as rear ! but it's normal for soft compound. Here is snow 4 months, wet 2 months in fall and 2 in spring, and 4 months total dryness, from -15'C to +40'C, those babes fly over all kind of obstructions, except of the good old stripped wet pin wood (of course), but there even michelin slips ^_^

Similar Products Used:

Michelin Comp24S, Schwalbwe Space

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