Schwalbe Racing Ralph Tubeless Tire

DESCRIPTION

The name says it all; the Schwalbe Racing Ralph TL Ready is their most successful race tire. It's light enough to satisfy the weight weenies, and it's faster in a straight line than the Rocket Ron due to a greater concentration of knobs in the center of the tread. That the tread pattern is designed for flat-out speed means that it loses a little ground to the Rocket Ron when it comes to ultimate grip, but not by much. When you lay into the turns, an increase of open space through the transition knobs allows them to dig in and grip the trail. The Racing Ralph uses Schwalbe's PaceStar Triple Compound, their fastest. Schwalbe engineers recognize that it's not possible for one compound to do it all, so they've combined three to optimize the tire's performance. The low-profile tread of the Racing Ralph is fast, and it's still an excellent cornering tire thanks to the U-Block shoulder tread. These tread blocks are angled at 20 degrees or so towards the outside of the tire. A small sipe doesn't quite divide the block, creating the "U" shape. They work to counteract the lateral forces endured when cornering to maintain traction and to keep the bike stable.The tire is designed to be tubeless ready (TL), which means you can say goodbye to pinch flats. A tubeless system allows you to run less air pressure, again enhancing the grip of the tire's tread. Better traction, less vibration, and no flats lead to a great ride. It's necessary to use a liquid sealant within the tire to seal the bead seat and to quickly seal thorn or debris punctures on the trail. The Schwalbe Racing Ralph TL Ready is available in 26 x 2.1" or 26 x 2.25" widths.Tubeless 101: The Why and the How Explained.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 06, 2015]
Rafael
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Light, fast

Weakness:

Too soft, hard to seal, thin sidewalls, loose air, not enough grip, expensive.

The new tires were originally very hard to seal. Took the LBS several tries with a compressor. Even then the tires would loose air rapidly for the first month. Could feel them fold in hard corners and small jumps running 30 to 32 psi, eventually causing a kink on my rim. Now I must run a tube on an expensive rim because the rim won't hold air. Talking of expensive...they are very expensive! Too expensive for a tire you can only use on a gravel road.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager XR4

[May 08, 2014]
Jeff

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Lightweight tire
Hooks up well on dry terrain (rear)

Weakness:

Definitely abandoning these tires when going tubeless. In 6 months I have already 2 sidewall failures. They are VERY thin on the sidewalls. I do weigh 200 lbs but really 2 sidewall failures.

In 6 months I have already 2 sidewall failures. They are VERY thin on the sidewalls. I do weigh 200 lbs but really 2 sidewall failures?

[Apr 07, 2014]
jeff smith

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

sealed up nicely on Stans rims, decent traction

Weakness:

like so many others, I experienced sidewall failure all too soon - especially for such a high-dollar tire

Had this mounted tubeless on the rear on a carbon Tallboy and it seemed to do O.K. as far as grip and control but on recent ride I noticed rear tire going flat in spite of ample Stans sealant. On inspection, there was a small sidewall cut that was leaking fluid and the fabric casing of the tire was showing thru on both sides completely around the tire. Granted, I ride on limestone, rocky trails in Texas hill country but having an $80 plus tire breakdown as premature as this tire did is unacceptable (at least for my budget). On the front, I was running a Knobby Knic Evo and it showed absolutely nothing similar to wear on the sidewalls. I like Schwalbe tires and run other mods on other bikes but since this Racing Ralph disappointment I mounted a Kenda Nev Pro and at half the price and equal if not better performance am more than willing to write off this particular Schwalbe as a bad investment.

[Jan 10, 2014]
Fabian

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Lightweight and looks the part

Weakness:

Bad quality control, came with my 2014 giant anthem 27.5 and the sidewall blew out in less than a week.

Went straight back to maxxis and never had issues. Dont waste your time and money

[Sep 15, 2013]
wasabiboi

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

low rolling resistance, good traction, very easy to set up tubless, and very light weight tire

Weakness:

very thin side walls

Great summer and a XC tire, nice grip as both F and R.
not so good with mud and sand (but what tire is good in sand?)
and the side walls are very thin so, a quick scratch from a sharp rock can (and will) end your ride early.

[Jul 24, 2013]
ElNato

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Grippy, excellent cornering

Weakness:

thin sidewall, fails early

Bought these w/ my Santa Cruz Tallboy as a light race tire, and chose them because Schwalbe marketed the sidewalls as being durable. NOT! For the first month or so, they performed beautifully: grippy, light, great cornering on mixed surfaces from slickrock to loose gravel and mud. Then, the woven material on the sidewall started showing more and more. Now, a couple months later, there are multiple areas of failure of the weave, and bulges of the inner rubber pushing through. I'm replacing these w/ Maxxis Ikon EXO's. Unacceptable failure on Schwalbe's part.

[Mar 07, 2013]
fasterthanyourmom

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Extreamly grippy in the conditions its intended for, very light and supple,

Weakness:

None

Annoying that people review this product negatively when they are clearly misusing it in one way or another. This is an XC race tire and an excellent one. Complaining about its use in technical rocky sections and mud, or about how thin the sidewalls are is pointless. Don't buy a sports car then complain how you cant fit 2X4 lumber in the back. If you are using this tire as its intended it pretty much doesn't get better than this. The casing is extreamly supple and the tread pattern provides excellent grip on hard pack dirt trails. It even performs well on slightly looser surfaces, like dust, sand, and fine gravel. Its a very poor mud tire, but again if you ask schwalbe they will tell you this and advise a different tread pattern. Its extreamly fast rolling and there was almost no noticeable difference switching from a near file tread pattern to this tire.

And I want to address those people who have difficulty keeping them inflated. This is because the side wall is so thin, and therefore much more porous. To solve this you just need a little patience. If your racing ralph does this shake the sealant around in the tire until there are no leaks you can hear. If it deflates abnormally soon just inflate it back up to a relatively high pressure and shake the sealant around again. I'm sure most of you already know this, but this tire sometimes does need more atttention to detail in setting up than others like it.

Anyway if you live in areas with hard pack/fast rolling XC trails this tire is incredible. Very fast rolling, supple, light, well made, and extreamly grippy. This tire is worth every penny if you live in an area that makes sense to use it in. If you live in places where rocks can regularly gash your sidewall then look elsewhere.

[Feb 04, 2013]
Morals

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Marketing Department

Weakness:

Price, Overall

I managed to get these tires to bead up for one ride. I used plenty of sealant....an air compressor, the works.

I was mounting them to Mavic C29ssmax rims at the time.

They light and fast, but worthless when they're deflating for no apparent reason. For that kind of money, I expected MUCH more. Not going with these again. I've got them as an emergency tire...hopefully I never need them. If I do, they will be run tubed.

[Oct 10, 2012]
cda mtb
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

low rolling resistance, good traction, light weight tire

Weakness:

price $$

I used this tire on the rear (tubless with 30 lbs of air) with an s-works ground control up front. As a rear tire I was very satisfied with the low rolling resistance, grip and cornering abilities. the tire felt planted at speed and the back end didn't have a nervous feeling even at speeds of 34 mph on loom, rocky and pea gravel trail surfaces.
I would recommend this tire to anyone looking for a great xc tire.

Similar Products Used:

specialized fast trac (junk tire), renegade (pick your trail surface wisely, nervous tire with no cornering ability but very fast!)

[Sep 14, 2012]
Tillers_Rule
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Light

Weakness:

Lack of grip, thin skinned

Ran these with two different tires up front and it didn't matter, no grip in the dry, hard pack Southern California terrain. Just to get some grip I had to lower my tire pressure so much that I was getting flats and dented rims.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda Nevegal, Panaracer Smoke

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