Schwalbe Introduces New Tires - Sea Otter 2010

Apr 16, 2010
by Mike Levy  
Schwalbe had some new tires on display today, including a very limited edition white version. Have a look inside to see what's new from Schwalbe!

Read on...Schwalbe is a major tire player in Europe and they are beginning to put a big push on in North America as well. With new exciting rubber for the downhill crowd, as well as a number of light high volume tires perfect for AM type shredding, we'll start to see the German tire company on more and more bikes soon. Schwalbe's latest additions to their lineup includ 29" versions of both the Rocket Ron and Nobby Nic, as well as a very limited edition white version of the Rocket Ron.


2011 Schwalbe 29
2011 Schwalbe 29" Rocket Ron

29" Rocket Ron details

• New 29" version in addition to existing 26" models
• Fast rolling tire for 29" wheels
• 2.25" tread width
• Tread is comprised of three different compounds for optimum rolling, grip, and wear resistance
• Uses Schwalbe's SnakeSkin casing
• 127 TPI casing
• 530 grams
• MSRP of $85 USD




2010 Schwalbe 29
2010 Schwalbe 29" Nobby Nic

29" Nobby Nic details

• New 29" version in addition to existing 26" models
• Prominent tread pattern for more aggressive 29" riders
• 2.25" tread width
• Uses three different tread compounds for optimum rolling, grip, and wear resistance
• SnakeSkin tire casing
• 127 TPI
• MSRP $85 USD




Limited Edition White Rocket Ron
Limited Edition White Rocket Ron

Limited Edition White Rocket Ron details

• 26" x 2.25" only
• Limited edition white color
• Only 2000 made in total with only 200 in North America
• MSRP $95 USD


Visit Schwalbetires.com to see their entire lineup


53 Comments

  • + 21
 Dude Really $95 per tire? Ridiculous. I can buy a car tire for that.
  • + 3
 a car tire is cheaper
  • + 3
 That is msrp. Minions msrp for $110.
  • + 2
 $95 gets you a top end bike tyre. $95 gets you a low end (well, pretty average) car tyre.
  • + 1
 Minions are $70 in NZ, and with the conversion rate it should be even cheaper for US??
  • + 1
 Msrp, not what they sell them for.
  • + 6
 Schwalbe make the best tyres around, moving from maxxis to schwalbe was like moving from being a crackwhore to the town mayor, so good.
  • + 5
 The last tire post had people bitchin about how everybody was talking about Maxxis this and MAxxis that and we should try other tire companies. Look at those prices!!
  • + 1
 so true
  • + 3
 the Racing Ralph/Nobby Nic combo is one of the best for xc/ds/4x. Only other tires that are up there in quality are Contis. The Mountain King for AM and the Der Kaiser for dh.

the Schable Wicked Will is just so darn heavy in dh casing
  • + 3
 Price aside the Schwalbes are incredible tires. They are well designed, innovative and work. Theres alot of good stuff coming down the pipe for DH/FR as well and the 2010 stuff wicked will and dirty dan are incredible tires I have rode the line up and Muddy Marys are my go to tire for 80% of terrain.
There XC stuff has won TONS of awards as well as you see the XC/AM on ALOT of bikes here in the NW and in Socal... They area a go to tire not a fanboy tire. Ive ridden maxxis, Kenda, Tioga, IRC, Continental, Intense, Michelin etc over the last 6 years and Ive settled on the Schwalbes...

Either way they are a good tire and worth trying if possible... Good for them.
  • + 2
 Schwalbe tires are by far the best I've ever used. I ride the Fat Albert on my Heckler, Nobby Nic on my XC bike, Ultremo on my road bike, Ice Spiker in winter and Snow Stud on my commuter in winter. I've got nothing but excellent things to say about them. Plus, almost every tire has a tubeless option. Price is up there...but you get what you pay for. I've used lots of other brands with varying levels of success, but rarely have they ever been better than Schwalbe.
  • + 1
 Word!
  • + 1
 My Fat Albert 2.4" tires which came with my Yeti 7 are too heavy and have too much drag, if they were more ramped in the entrance on the knobs will be good, but now I switch to a pair of 2.35" High Rollers and the bike is a complete different. Hope in the future they made a good AM tire more ramped. They are good, but maybe need dome inputs from field.
  • + 2
 take a boxcutter to the knobs then it works
  • + 1
 I prefer to keep the tires as they are and install them in my Transition Dirtbag, it,s my FR bike, doesn't care about drag pedaling as long all the time is pointing downhill jejeje. Thanks Bro!
  • + 1
 Whats with all the friggen white tires!?!? Dont these companies realize that we ride on DIRT and that DIRT is DIRTY and that white is a f*cking stupid colour to make something that is guaranteed to get DIRTY?
  • + 6
 apparently not, but what youre SUPPOSED to realize is that you will be COOL riding around with white tires so you look COOL and RAD and AWESOME and TRENDWHORE-TARD
  • + 2
 Dude. That made me laugh out loud. TRENDWHORE-TARD. Funny.
  • + 5
 white = not as grippy.
  • + 4
 schwalbe is the best tire company
  • + 2
 Continental is up there also
  • + 2
 $95 for a bike tire?? I can get
2 of Kenda Nevagals or
2 of Maxxis High Rollers or
2 of Kenda SB8's for XCountry and still have change for 6-pack beer.
  • + 1
 agreed Beer
  • + 3
 limited edition tyres? plain stupid
  • + 3
 you wouldnt want to put the nobby nic's on the new sam hill saddle
  • + 0
 I'm perfectly happy with my Kenda Excavators. Something just worries me about mtb tires being 85-95 a tire con sidering if you also ride road, you can get a good tubular tire for $30 less.
  • + 1
 Schwables are not that expensive if you look around. I also use Ultremos now R.1s on my road bike and Marathon Plus on my comuter . Great tires and great company to deal with.
  • + 1
 those white ones look pretty nice in real life,not the best rubber compound tho
  • + 0
 Hmm... a bit expensive, look awesome, but expensive indeed. I would stick with Maxxis, superb performance at a smaller price.
  • + 2
 That is msrp, not what you can buy them for.
  • + 1
 $95 = 70 euro not so much more expensive than the high end schwalbe tires that aren't limeted edition
  • + 2
 Schwalbe ftw!!!
  • + 1
 will you keep the tyre cos its limited or use it?
  • + 2
 Nice! look Sweet!
  • + 13
 maxxis is still better and cheaper
  • + 6
 They look like they would perform pretty good, will have to read into it when the reviews start rolling in
  • + 2
 white one looks kool
  • + 25
 lets see how cool is white after 2 rides
  • + 13
 95$ EXPENSIVE
  • + 16
 Especially for ugly white tires.
  • + 4
 maxxis can't even begin to touch schwalbe for quality. the table tops are easily one of the best tires out for skate park and DJ riding..... switching to a set saved me over a pound vs. holy rollers.
  • + 14
 thats interesting because they are only .1 pound in difference per tire...you running 10 tires on your DJ?
  • + 6
 Pavement eater. schwable tires are usualy under claimed wight. My boss uses the rocket rons they came in 390g lighter then claimed! Also remember rock ron and nobby nick are XC race tires. The wicked will is their dh option.
  • + 1
 Gsnickets, since when does ONE tire from a whole series make one company better then the other lol?

I bought 2 fat alberts. The one had a defective sidewall and would explode off of my rim when put past 10 PSI (tubeless). They do have good customer service and sent me 2 new ones for free... But they wear EXTREMELY fast. Sideknobs also rip off extremely easy. I bought them thinking I could save some weight, but am switching back to maxxis this year
  • + 0
 Sorry, but table tops are no good tires. Nothing can match my smallblock8 for DJ.
  • + 4
 I haven't ridden a set of the fat albert's, but judging the entire line-up; I would always pick schwalbe first. I've had the same problem you describe with maxxis tires before as well. and as for the bad bead,you'll get a bad tire from anyone once in awhile.


holy roller- 825grams
table top- 590grams that's a total savings of 470grams(for two tires).... for your info
pavementeater, there are only 453grams per pound.... good try, come back when you're done pulling shit out of your ass.
  • - 1
 Judging by the entire line-up? What is your judging based on? Looks? Weight?

That weight saving comes at a cost. The rubber they use wears extremely fast and the knobs rip under hard breaking. I was once like you after seeing how much I could save by switching from a maxxis/high roller setup to a 2.4/2.25 fat albert setup. After actually riding the tires for a season (not by "judging" them from pictures), I'm going back to the minion/high roller setup
  • + 1
 judging the line-up by using several of the tires from it.... table tops on the DJ bike, ultremos on the road bike, and racing ralphs on the 29'er. working at a shop, I switch out tires constantly so i can give solid advice to someone, schwalbes are consistently the best.... don't assume you are the king shit, and everyone else is simply judging products by pictures.
  • + 0
 I judge from experience. And in my experience, I believe maxxis produces better quality freeride tires compared to schwalbe. If you'd like to be a weight weeny and have money to throw around on numerous replacement tires a year, go with the schwalbes. Few side knobs ripping off here and there and switching out tires as much as you change your underwear is no big deal right? That may not be the case with all of their tires, but after reading reviews on some other schwalbe tires and experiencing it myself, I think otherwise now. Personally, I'll take the extra weight of the minion/high roller setup anyday.

But then again, you work at a bike shop and have used 3 of their tires. Reviews on the internet by hundreds of people are wrong. You ARE king shit
  • + 0
 Table Top - 590 grams
Small Block 8s - 451 ± 24g (1.95), 519 ± 27g (2.10)

Also other tires that compare to the table tops in terms of weight. But it is all preference
  • + 1
 you're talking about a tire that's .4 of inch narrower, not even a close comparison.... 2.35 to 2.4 is a close comparison.
  • - 1
 And you should know that all tires run different. A 2.35 kenda is a 2.5 maxxis. Schwalbe runs small. Kendas 2.1 small block 8 is the same as schwalbe so called 2.4

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