Schwalbe Fat Albert Tire

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DESCRIPTION

The Fat Albert EVO Snakeskin UST Tire uses a race-developed Evolution carcass to place it on the lighter end of the tubeless-tire spectrum. And does so without compromising the tire's structural integrity because it uses Schwalbe's Snakeskin technology. This means the sidewalls are reinforced...

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 15, 2016]
Uriah Nazario
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

When 100-75% tread life, these tires are confidence boosting. They grip loose dirt and small rocks with ease and seem to be a great purchase, but soon the honeymoon ends and you find yourself quickly losing interest and confidence.

Weakness:

These tires are cartoonish and comically bad and semi-slick rock and roots. I have actually never witnessed anything like it until these tires, so much so that I want to walk any rooted and rocky parts of the trail that I use to simply glide through. I rode about 100 miles on these tires before the sidewall got cut to ribbons. Plus the tires I tried to go tubeless with 1 failed to seat properly.

Oh how I wish these tires would not fall apart on me faster than a mail order bride. They seemed so sweet and inspiring before I placed my order and now I have to go through the whole divorce process and find my next mail order brides. Just like marriage, its costing me money.

[Mar 26, 2014]
dirtrider76
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Looks good, seals up awesome tubeless, sidewall strength seems improved, true to size.

Weakness:

None yet.... Read my summary, this is a warranty tire...

I reviewed this tire once before before I changed my SN from 94krawler. I contacted Schwalbe after my last tire was coming apart and got this one as a warranty. So far its been flawless and has held up well. No shedding knob's, casing feel's good, I'm tubless now so no thorns but it sealed up right away and inflated easily on my Blunt35's. I run 28psi in it on the front of my bike and have no issue's. Grip's well, ride decent and doesnt roll over. Honestly its what I expected when I bought this tire the first time.

I give them credit though. I followed their warranty claim instructions and got a answer back in less than 24hour's. I was going to just flip the tire and make cover my lose but I'm glad I tried it, its been working great for me now. I have probly 200 miles of wet and winter riding on it and its been rock solid.

Similar Products Used:

Minion, Trailking, HR2

[Oct 20, 2013]
94krawler

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

It looks good?

Weakness:

Weak casing, knob's tearing, poor grip in loose wet dirt.

This is a review for a 2.4 Fat Albert front with snake skin in trailstar compound. I really thought this tire was going to be great, 3 ride so far and I was wrong. I either have bad luck or this tire is not very good. 1st ride flat from a thorn, 2nd ride flat from a thorn, 3rd ride no flats but the large side lugs are starting to tear already!

I previously rode a Maxxis Minion 2.5Exo and never had a thorn flat in 2 years! This tire did make me realize I should have gotten a new Minion instead. I dont know what the hype is with Schwalbe tires. If the tire gripped awesome maybe I would deal with it being a weak casing and lugs tearing but it doesnt. I couldnt trust it to work in moist condition's I sure wouldnt trust it when its wet out.

[Oct 30, 2012]
andrew Brooks

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Easy to Fit.

Weakness:

Sidewall tears!

FLAT ALBERT!. This is the last straw for my relationship with schwalbe. my Yeti SB66 came with racing ralphs on the back, and they got an unrepairable sidewall tear on the 4th ride. I forgave them, and fitted Fat Albert. Guess what, 10km into my FIRST ride with them ..... another unrepairable sidewall tear when riding in a lightly gravelled fireroad !. seriously these things arent even fit to be called a tyre.
SCHWALBE are SCHIT !

[Jul 24, 2012]
Gemz6

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Roll well

Weakness:

No grip especially in the rain. Tyres slide on roots, rocks and mud far too easily.

I thought these tyres were suppose to be a good allrounders and they came as standard my cube. I do a mixture of DH and xc and found these tyres to give no confidence what so ever !! In the slightest bit of wet they start to slip around and it does not take too much for bike to slide out. The smallest of roots
And I could be a gonna. In the dry they do not give the confidence going into berms that they will hold. They do however roll well for a fairly big tyre if doing xc on them. Have changed to a mm and bb now and it is a whole new ball game. Awesome in comparison.

[May 26, 2012]
frank.lang
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

True all-round tire. Good grip in all conditions, dry and wet. Fantastic wear resistance.

Weakness:

Rolling resistance

I've been using this tire for almost three years, and they are my overall favorites for trail riding. I didn't have a single puncture with that tire, and they have lasted longer than any other MTB tire I've used. Grip is good and consistent in all conditions, without any particularly strong or weak spots.
I have to ride some distance on asphalt to get to the local trails, and rolling resistance is a little high in these conditions, but at least the asphalt doesn't seem to wear them out.
If you're racing, there are a few faster tires for specific conditions, but you have to pick the right one for each race. If you basically want to have fun on the trails, Fat Albert handles equally well in all conditions, making it the best all-round tire I've used so far.

Similar Products Used:

Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Conti X-King, Maxxis Ardent

[Jul 04, 2011]
Kaminarimon
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Really I cannot come up with single strongpoint except perhaps that they have not worn out.

Weakness:

The rolling resistance is something to be dealt with and in the rain pray really hard not to slam yourself to the ground simply pulling though a rocky or rooty section.

I am a fairly new to mountain biking so at the beginning I thought I was just handling the bike poorly. The tires was skidding left and right, the rolling resistance was something to deal with and in the rain I had to pray really hard not to slam myself to the ground simply pulling though a rocky or rooty section.
As the time went by and I gained confidence I realized that I really couldn't trust the tyres. Cornering was like playing russian roulette, the tier never tells you that is losing traction until...it's late!
On gravel a nightmare, on loose over hardpack really bad, when is wet I wouldn't ride it.
They came stock with the bike and now I am trying to find a better replacement. Shouldn't be hard.

Similar Products Used:

Onza Canis.

[Jun 30, 2011]
Varaxis
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Fun to slide slowly in corners, sometimes fun to slide unexpectedly

Weakness:

Terrible in deep sand, not confidence inspiring in bumpy/rocky sections, prone to flats, rear wears very fast

These came stock on my Yeti ASR7. They have good climbing traction, are relatively fast, and do alright in general. They are really fun in corners... they're a bit like High Rollers in that regard, but have a slow drift that gives you a great rush. Hitting that sweet spot takes a bit of practice though, but makes you love corners.

Pointing it downhill on a tight rough section proves to be kind of scary. It's just too sketchy to rely on. Braking performance is kind of bad, cornering isn't sharp enough for sudden corrections, and it likes to bounce more than other tires I've tried.

Overall, not so bad that I'd replace them, since they're fun to ride on, but I won't be replacing them with the same.

Similar Products Used:

High Roller, Nevegal

[May 20, 2011]
cesalec
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Schalbe, light, fast rolling

Weakness:

price, no good traction, poor grip over roots, rocks, and wet.

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 Minion 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 front tire. the minion following closely. If the BB 2.4 would fit my rear it would an all BB combo.

Similar Products Used:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Big Betty; Maxxi Minion DHF; Kenda nevegals sitck-e

[Oct 19, 2010]
freshtracks
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Sticks like glue. Lightweight for its size.

Weakness:

Expensive.

I bought a 2.4 Fat Albert snakeskin for the front. My bike came spec'd with Nobby Nics, which I thought were the most amazing tires I had ever used. I wanted something plump and aggressive up front, so I bought the 2.4 Fat Albert and it's also amazing. Kung Fu grip. A huge difference maker. Schwalbe really does make some incredible bike tires, and although I have only had this one for a month so I can't yet comment on its durability, my NNs lasted a lot longer than expected. In fact the rear one, when worn down to near nothing, was still climbing better than the Maxxis High Roller I replaced it with.

Similar Products Used:

Nobby Nic

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