Schwalbe Table Top Tires - Review

Oct 27, 2008
by Jordan Holmes  
Schwalbe, along with Timo Pritzel have produced one heck of a nice street tire. The Table Top tire is an extremely light, street designed tire that features a simple, yet highly effective tread pattern. The Table Top tire is a functional tire, that does what it's supposed to, and it does it well.

Pics and video inside.Schwalbe is known for making a wide variety of tires that are functional for all types of riding. Having ties in the Road, Mountain, and BMX tire industries Schwalbe has the resources to produce tires that are functional in all aspects of riding. A few months ago we got a pair of the Schwalbe Table Top tires, and they are definitely hardtail worthy.






Weighing in at 572 grams per tire, the Table Top is only slightly heavier than a medium slushy from the gas station. The Table Top was basically designed as a 24" or 26" BMX tire. It features close knobs that are small, and evenly placed for traction at any angle. They come in a folding version to keep the weight down, and are rated up to 65 PSI. This pressure rating not only helps the tires stay mounted on the rim, but it allows you to keep them rock solid for ultimate traction, and limited tread roll over. By limiting tire movement on the rim you basically eliminate any losses you may have from this, for example loss of pop when bunny hopping due to the tread folding. The rubber compound Schwalbe used does not lean to much, however under hard impacts it does move over a bit, simply just to grab traction.

Compared to the stock tires I removed from the bike to make space for the Table Top tires, there are very noticeable differences. First off, the construction is noticeably stronger. Even at a solid 60 PSI the stock tires felt as if they gave away when cornering hard. The rubber compound must be slightly softer, as the knobs were more prone to rolling over. The Table Top tires feel a noticeable amount stiffer and reliable during general riding practice.

The Table Top tire must be made with a hard rubber compound (I was unable to get an answer on the durometer), because I have been riding these tires for about 3 months now, and they are showing little to no signs of wear. With the flat and small tread pattern they don't produce a lot of rolling noise or resistance, so they produce a very nice commuting tire when they are not at the park, or out hitting the streets. Compared to the stock tires they roll noticeably faster, and longer. This is probably mostly effected by the much shorter, slimmer knobs, making less rubber contact on the road at any given time.


The Table Top tire would be a great addition to anyone's street or dirt jump bike due to its folding bead, rubber compound, light weight, and PSI rating. You should be able to get a hold of some Table Tops through your local shop, or through Schwalbe.com.


55 Comments

  • 8 4
 I ride with exactly the same tires and the first thing i noticed on a foggy street, they have no grip. When you pull a 180 and you want to turn back, you will slide a bit. But on dry streets, tons of grip! Unfortunatly I have not test them out on dry dirts, but i hope they will give me lots of grip. The nicest thing of this tire is the weight, love it. My bike is way more lighter with the tabletops than with the holyroller.
  • 3 7
flag poiuytrew190 (Oct 27, 2008 at 9:55) (Below Threshold)
 the holyrollers are only 800g for a 26x2.20 and everyone knows what the holyrollers are capable of...thinkin im gunna be runnin holyrollers on my DJ
  • 1 1
 schwalbe tables are the lgihtest mtb tired i have felt, alot lighter than the tioga Fs100 (skid rows) apart from the KHE... POP. ha
  • 1 1
 thats the 26"
  • 1 2
 PEOPLE I NEED YOUR HELP!!! i really want these tyres and im not sure to spend 28 quid on the folding 1 to save a bit of weight and stuff of to get the wire 1 for 14 quid?? is it worth spending the extra money?? plz message me back????
  • 1 0
 those tires are gold! i ride with them whole season(in dirt jumps mostly) and i haven't found a thing to complain about
  • 9 1
 I love those tires. Big Grin
  • 0 1
 i just like the name
  • 1 1
 I hate Tabletops

Why?:
-no grip @ concrete skateparks
-you will have a lot of snakebites (i even get them with just a simple flat 360 with those tires :S)
-they tear really fast
-tire easily pops out of the rim with spins
  • 6 0
 Pump them up from 1 psi then you noob
  • 7 0
 i run them for both tyres and think they're great
  • 8 0
 ^^^^ wheels even
  • 2 0
 ive been using these for years, awesome tire, the sport line are not as great tho, the compound is to hard. i use them for street, bmx track and 4x. i too use the micro knobblys and they are a very simmilar in proformance to the table tops, tho both in a league of their own in price, compound and tread.
  • 0 0
 which tires do you like the best? the tops?
  • 1 0
 look nice, but I'm not sure about a folding sidewall street tire, and a 65psi rating. I usually rock around 80psi in my arrows (which are also rated for 65psi I believe). I wonder how these would hold up to higher pressure.
Are there any solid street tires that are rated for higher psi?
  • 1 0
 KHE mac 2 go up to 120psi i believe. but they only make them in 24 at the moment i think.
  • 2 0
 ....they have been seeling like hot Pretzels here in GermanyWink They are made for Dirt Jumping, so are a little thin for Street but work fine also...cool that many people like them...tmo
  • 3 0
 Awesome performance! I'm running these for two years now at 4X races as well!
@pattidatti: 572g per 26" tire
  • 2 0
 i have thes tires i love them soo much .there soo good for street i havint had any probles with sliping so far in dirt and there gripy for some of thos slippery skate parks
  • 2 0
 I think i will buy them for my full sus bike which i ride more often in city. Thats exactly what i was lookin for. My nevegals wear out so fast in city ..
  • 0 0
 same with my navegals
  • 0 0
 I use these tires and think they're great - light, silent and smooth. The only disadvantage I see is that sidewalls are very thin and easy to tear - but they're still worth buying
  • 2 0
 I've been using Intense Micro knobbys. They're rated to 80psi and have been great for street.
  • 2 0
 i love schwalbe way under rated here in canada great producers for any discipline
  • 1 2
 I HATE TABLETOPS!!!
Why?:
-no grip @ concrete skateparks
-you will have a lot of snakebites (i even get them with just a simple flat 360 with those tires :S)
-they tear really fast

holyrollers are the way to go for street/park riding! dunno about dirt, i don't ride that, i like to choose my own lines rather than one straight line with some jumps Razz
  • 0 0
 i would have to disagree they are awsome for skateparks i do flat 3's of of anything and i never get snake bites and im like 200 pounds and in 4 nmonths of having them the rear one get a little rip in the side but thats cuz i beat the shit out of them holly rollers have to big of tred and makes you go soooooooo much slower
  • 1 0
 I have a Table Top in the front and a Holy Roller 2.2 in the back. Just slapped the Table Top on so I have to see how they handle the New York City streets. Holla.
  • 3 1
 Is it 572g for the 26 or 24 version ?
  • 0 0
 26 versjonen, han testet folding eller ka det heter, wire veier 605 gram, men koster halvparten Wink
  • 1 0
 so what's that make the 24inch one weigh?!?!
  • 1 0
 24" folding: 560g. 24" wire: 605g.
  • 1 0
 Yeah they are really nice except for the fact that I bust my inner tube twice as often as I used to with my old tires...
  • 1 0
 man im gna put my khe mac2 on the back now and have one of these table tops up front, Smile
  • 0 0
 is it just me or does anybody else have a LOT of probs with holy rollers' beads busting? i still LOVE the tire tho buts seems like i get that a lot...
  • 1 0
 I ride these on my 24 inch dj and I found 30 psi for dirt jumping and 20 for free ride
  • 1 0
 perfect for dry dirt. and they are soo light
  • 0 0
 Ye, these for dirt, but i prefer more slicks to street/park
  • 2 1
 Nice tire, I`m using it and I like it a lot!
  • 0 0
 i had them for neary two years now, they are a mint tyre, soo good for every think
  • 1 0
 The best tires i´ve ever ridden on DJs
  • 2 1
 my favoriet street dj tire is a small block eight
  • 2 1
 holy rollers are way better
  • 1 0
 used those... very nice
  • 4 3
 tyre porn...
  • 4 6
 Sorry, but I'm defenetly unconvinced about Schwalbe tires at all. It's expensive, low rupture protection can't reach to Maxxis.
  • 0 0
 well good tyres wouldnt buy anything else now im running one.
  • 0 0
 I like them. im gunna get some!
  • 0 0
 Just ordered mine today can't wait to get them
  • 1 1
 whare can i buy some of those?????
  • 0 0
 anybody know the lightest bmx tyre? message me Smile
  • 0 0
 i like them alot
  • 0 0
 Exactly, my friend dropped almost a full pound and a half by switching from nokians to tabletops
  • 1 0
 and thats rotational wieght dropped too. makes the bike quicker to accellerate and soo easy to controlon flat and in the air. tabletops are easier too (probably explains the name) because the wheels are less like gyroscopes. real sweet tyres
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