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cookerq RichardCunningham's article
May 22, 2013 at 20:112 days
Reviewed: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B Tire
The Dampfs are great for technical rock filled hard pack. While the Nics are more suited to off camber, rooty, and loose terrain. Dampfs are like Racing Ralphs and the Nics are like Rocket Rons, but on steroids. The Dampfs roll faster, are more durable, heavier and pack up with mud. The Nics shed mud like crazy, lighter, eat up loose soil, they tend to fold on hard pack and fall apart on rocks. These are two completely different tires. The Dampfs blast through nasty technical rocky sections and don't slow you down on the buff parts. They never seem to get hung up on anything, stay off the breaks and on the pedals and they do the rest. The Nics have this great characteristic where they don't stall when they start to slide, they actually accelerate. So when the front starts to wash out the wheel seems to start spinning faster rather than pack up and stall. Both are great tires but they have their place. With schwalbe tires you get what you pay for. If you buy the super light race day tires you'll shred them. If you get snakeskin hard compound you'll get plenty of fast rolling miles from them but they will be a hand full in the wet. If you get the soft compound you'll have no troubles with wet roots or moss covered rocks but if you run them in the hot dry summer they will roll slow and fall apart.
cookerq mikelevy's article
Nov 28, 2012 at 20:42Nov 28, 2012
The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion
I get a huge kick out of blowing by group of guys on DH bikes with Go Pro mounts and full body armor riding my XC hartail then riding up the sections they have to walk. Better yet is flying up on a guy on an FS 29er riding my CX bike and clearing a section he had to walk. Alot of riders have more dollars than sense. I have been demoralized by 60 year olds on early 90's rigids and have been dropped on the road by AARP members on hybrids.