Schwalbe's 2.6-inch Nobby Nic for 29ers - Review

Nov 24, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2.6 EVO TLE


This week, we review Schwalbe's reinvented Nobby Nic in the 2.6 by 29-inch size, with their "Snakeskin" reinforced Evo TLE casing. Pinkbike has thoroughly tested the Nobby Nic before, and at first glance, it may appear to be the same tire, but recent improvements, especially Schwalbe's new Addix Speedgrip rubber compound, have breathed new life into it. I've been riding the 2.6-inch version on my 29er for a while and continue to be impressed with its performance - especially in the durability department. Schwalbe's new rubber formula has transformed its reputation for durability, from tread that wore through like dollar-store pencil erasers, to a level of toughness that rivals popular Maxxis tires.

The 2.6-inch Nobby Nic Evo TLE weighs 840 grams and measures 2.55 inches (64.7 mm) at its widest point when mounted to 30-millimeter inner-width rims at 22 psi. In case you were wondering, the tire's outer diameter is 29.5 inches, and they retail for around $90 USD.


Nobby Nic 29 x 2.6" Details:

• Purpose: all-condition, mixed-terrain AM/trail tire
• High-performance, tubeless-ready, "Evolution" casing, folding bead
• Tough, long-wearing Addix Speedgrip rubber
• Nylon "Snakeskin" sidewall protection layer
• Actual dimensions: 2.55"/64.7mm width, 29.5"/749mm diameter
• Weight: 840 grams (actual)
• MSRP: $92 USD
• Contact: Schwalbe USA, Schwalbe Germany
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Features and Performance

Schwalbe switched to the present Nobby Nic tread pattern back in 2014 when we first reviewed it in the 27.5-inch size. Since then, a number of successful tires have appeared with similar designs: a supple casing topped with pointy, well-separated tread blocks, arranged in a rounded profile. The best aspect of this configuration is that the pointy tread blocks can reach through soft or dusty soil and find traction below the surface like hundreds of little goat feet, while the supple casing reduces the rolling resistance of an otherwise aggressive tread pattern.

For trail riders, the Nobby Nic provides a lot of climbing grip, along with a sensitive feel that helps top tricky climbs, especially when you have to scratch up and over dusty boulders or root masses. As mentioned, the Achilles Heel of the Nobby Nic has been accelerated wear and a shortage of high-speed cornering grip, but Schwalbe's switch to their new Addix Speedgrip rubber compound put those negatives to rest.

The new compound has shrugged off a number of high-speed runs down embedded rocks without a single cut. The edging blocks are wearing very well and hold their shape under pressure. Overall, the grip is noticeably better too and together those improvements give the impression that I am riding a different tire. I keep waiting for the Nobby Nic to break and slide when I push it into a turn, but most often, I am left wishing I'd gone after it a lot harder.
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2.6 EVO TLE
The 29 x 2.6" Nobby Nic stands 0.5" taller (12.7mm) and its casing is 0.25" wider (6.4mm) than a 29 x 2.3" Maxxis Minion.


Perfect for 29ers?

Before I get too far in, I'd like to state that the motivation for this report is the Nobby Nic in the 2.6-inch size seems to be ideally suited for 29-inch wheels. At 840 grams, it's still lightweight enough to accelerate without lagging, and the tire's wide carcass and rounded tread pattern pair well with the larger-diameter wheel's elongated contact patch. Specifically, the tread grips consistently at any lean angle, which seems to play well with the smoother arcs that big-wheel bikes scribe around corners.
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2.6 EVO TLE
Schwalbe's "Snakeskin" reinforcement is coarse-woven Nylon layer bonded to the sidewall.

Those unfamiliar with large-volume tires may balk at the look of 2.6-inch rubber on a big-wheel bike, but in spite of the fact that the media seems to be grappling to categorize it separately, 2.6 feels and responds more like an evolutionary step. All-mountain riders are coming to terms with wider rims, which have in turn, created the opportunity to experiment with larger width tires. As evidence: mounted to 30-millimeter-inner-width rims, the 2.6-inch Nobby Nic delivers the lateral support one would expect from stiffer, smaller-volume casing, but without a hint of the harshness. It's not going to fit every bike, but if you have the chance to try one, you may find it hard to return to a conventional width, 2.35-inch tire.

Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2.6 EVO TLE
Schwalbe Addix tire compound
The blue line indicates Schwalbe's tough-wearing Addix Speedgrip mixed-condition compound.

I ran the same tires on both ends, and after some experimenting, I found that pressures near 20 to 24 psi (front/rear) worked best overall, in rocky conditions that ranged from tacky, moist soil to blown-out dust on top of cement-hard dirt. (PB editor Mike Kazimer reports that they also grip well in wet conditions.) At those numbers, straight-line traction was such that I easily topped loose technical climbs - pitches I had struggled with using the well proven Maxxis Minion tires, and braking traction was equally dependable. A better comparison may be that, in the 29-inch size, the new Nobby Nic sacrifices some of the class-leading grip of Schwalbe's Magic Mary, but in return, you get the same versatility in a much faster rolling and quicker accelerating tire.


Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesWhy make the distinction between 27.5 and 29-inch wheels for Schwalbe's new Addix-powered Nobby Nic? I think time has proven that a tire with a defined row of well-supported edging blocks works best with 27.5-inch wheels. I was surprised, however, by how much better suited the Nobby Nic's more rounded, staggered edging tread is to the 29-inch format, and especially so in the larger, 2.6-inch casing. If you shuttle gravity trails all day or race enduro, stick with the tires you know best. If you are searching for a go-anywhere, ride-anything trail tire for big wheel bikes, the new and improved Nobby Nic 2.6-inch EVO TLE is going to be hard to beat.RC



147 Comments

  • + 97
 Schwalbe, please up your sidewall game and get over the weight penalty. Lightweight flats are consistently slower than heavier inflated tires. I have a spreadsheet on it.

Also for clarification. Refering to flat tires not flat pedals. Thanks for changing your business model based entirely on this post. You’re the best!
  • + 5
 Thats some funny s*** ,right there.
  • + 7
 Last 2 rides on Schwalbe = 3 flats, 2 dinged rims that will not hold air = kinda bummed
  • + 3
 IMO single ply tyres aren’t fit for purpose. We all need to get over the weight ‘penalty’ of the tyres that really should be the #1 option. They are a little heavier but excel in every single aspect besides climbing. Our bikes climb easier than ever before, so why not use a better tyre. There are people at this very minute riding around on 160/170mm DH bikes in disguise but have paper thin tyres on there. Crazy.
As well as being more resilient, more damped, more supportive, more stable; they’re also often cheaper than the single ply xc tyres.
But yeah especially you, Schwalbe.
  • + 36
 They do make burliest/heavier casings though right? Last I checked you could get snakeskin/supergravity/dh, in the Mary at least.

Make a bunch of sidewalls and let people choose, seems fair enough to me!
  • - 15
flag mhoshal (Nov 25, 2017 at 6:00) (Below Threshold)
 @mikeyb76: and thats why Im ol skool and still use tubes!!!
  • - 2
 These tyres have great grip and feel, but they are just not fun to ride, flat after flat after flat, shit is what they are ultimately
  • + 10
 Supergravity or bust! Zero sidewall problems ever riding in Phoenix 365.
  • + 7
 they need to bring the NN with supergravity casing and in addix soft (orange)!
  • + 4
 Always used to ride dh casings on my xc hardtail, never understood how anyone else gets from a to b without, maxxis double down casing is now my go to, holds up tubeless and doesn't burp even after I've dented my rims a few times. Having Butyl inserts seems to be the go, dd casing is 2x 120tpi as opposed to the 2x 60 dh. Have only ever tried schwalbe stock tyres and they were awful enough for me never to give the brand a moments thought ever again. I think a brand shoots itself in the foot when it goes overly crap with its oem range as now I judge the whole brand of their evo casing and compound tyres, sidewalls literally thinner than toilet paper.
  • + 4
 @ctd07: I like the DD casing but they’re a bit pricey here so I still prefer the muscle of the DH casing. There has been so many changes in our bikes in the name of adding confidence and yet on the whole there is still a reluctance to use a heavier tyre even though they also add a shit tonne of confidence. No angle set or anything else for that matter has added the same level of confidence as proper tyres for me. So much so that I sacked off the big ass long and slack bikes and now just ride a trail bike with some tough rubber on it. Maybe that’s all we really needed all along, not limo wheelbases, just better tyres.
  • + 5
 @Grosey
@ThomDawson

On a budget and trying to lighten the 14.5kg 2008 covert of my girlfriend (heavy bike when you weigh 55kg) she invested in good wheels and 2.25 nobby nics. Bought the Liteskin version partly because of ignorance.

It's a true 2.25", weighs 550g, and has reasonable knobs for general riding. Low pressures, and not even a pinch flat in Hafjell/Åre, and no visible wear after a year.
Yes she doesn't charge hard, but this tire has been perfect for her (now tried SS MM at 800g, great too).

Thanks Schwalbe for making grippy, big, light weight tires for those who need them !
  • + 2
 @Uuno: yeah fair enough dude, I was talking to the large majority of PB who’re (I think) gravity orientated. I absolutely accept that there are horses for courses and always advocate for choice so I don’t really have a problem with these or any lightweight tyres. I do take slight issue that DH casings are the exception rather than the rule and think there should be more emphasis on making good tyres than making light tyres.
I’m only 60KG myself and have appreciated light tyres in the past but if you’re going to the lengths of 65° HA and 160mm of travel and haven’t even considered using DH tyres I think there’s something wrong. The tyre companies push these lightweight tyres with 17 acronyms on the sidewall but I think for a lot of us ‘DH Casing’ is all that’s needed. But I take your point - Thats not to say all of us ;-)
  • + 1
 Well noted @Grosey - what have you been running? We know a lot of rider suffering flats or slice sidewalls are not running proper tires for the terrain they are riding in. Always use SnakeSkin sidewall tires (TLE version) and if you´re riding in rough terrain, better use APX or Super Gravity carcass.
  • + 1
 @Altron: You´ve got it!

All plus tires are only available in APX casing as this is a trail-tire.
www.schwalbe.com/en/offroad-reader/nobby-nic.html

If you need a tire for Enduro usage, you can also use our EWS & DH Worldcup winning SuperGravity carcass option.
  • + 1
 @Uuno: You´re welcome! However, better pick TLE next time to avoid trouble with the missed! ;-)
  • + 1
 @raschaa: Same thought yesterday. That would be a really good package of a tire!
  • + 1
 I realize I’m late to the party here, but I wonder if these tires would benefit from something like the Cush Core where some of the downsides of the light weight would be negated.
  • + 0
 @schwalbe: just saw this. Snakeskin is really flimsy; they do not last long at all. I tore one on a wooden bridge made of round branchees.

If you could put an insert in the sidewall for support and flat protection it would be great. We need to see a dh casing or close to it with lower rolling resistance. Currently running a dhf dh front and aggressor dd rear w/ cushcore. Thats about = to a 1400g rear tire.

Run the same setup everywhere (enduro bike)

WTB casings would be good starting point to copy for trail tires. Heard e13 are goodbut no experience.

A 29 rock razor and nic in dh casing would be great to combo w/ mary up front.

I just wont risk tge flats; SG is stilla bit thin for TX rocks, plus tge rubber just flies off.

Really good to see you guys are open to feedback.
  • + 1
 @Grosey: Thanks for your feedback. The general market does noch accept a Trailtire like Nobby Nic with DH casing and 1250-1400 gramm of weight. This is why we made Super Gravity that rolls as light as a EVO tire, but als offers almost the puncture protection of a DH tire. Our EWS and DH Worldcup athletes ride Super Gravity on trails such as Finale Ligure (EWS) or Lourdes (DH). They also won several tests in independent MTB mags. We are confident, this is the strongest rideable set-up you can find of this kind of usage.
  • + 0
 So, threw some Minion 2.8s on my ride--- outa this world grip and can mash through rocks again????????
  • + 29
 RC loves everything, no shock these were a winner. I just got off them and pushing them hard in corners was downright scary.
  • + 93
 840g for a 2.6” 29er. That casing has to be thinner than airport toilet paper.
  • + 2
 @g123: I rode the 27.5 version in 2.35 that was heavier than this, and it was the biggest piece of garbage I've ever ridden. On 30mm rim, I had to ride the rear at over 34psi so it wouldn't burp, yet it still pinched and died. Defeats the purpose of riding tubeless having a rock-hard rear tire. Total waste of money. Take reviews with a grain of salt.
  • + 5
 Vid shows intended conditions of use & ride duration. Should pair well with Aston's Pole Machine.
  • + 2
 They are going to have a hard time convincing anyone who's ever used NN before to buy them....why risk your neck, money and time running these things?
At that weight they may well be fine on some slow non-technical XC but who's going to be mad enough to charge a rough line on these?
  • + 5
 we need 27.5 2.35 SG nobby nic as rear tire...
  • + 2
 @g123: Ha! Think 27.5 x 2.8 Rocket Ron at under 650g (lite skin version). Tracing paper thin but in certain terrain they work and hold well.
  • + 2
 Maxis DHR2 29 front and rear. Killer
  • + 4
 @graeme187: Just tell the world why don't ya.
  • + 1
 Yes, not enough traction for me in the front on tight high speed corners, but it is tough enough imo.
I have been running a set for a few months now. My first set of schwalbe's cause i don't like flats either. I have to say this tire is plenty strong, i haven't flatted ( it can burp) and it feels good generally. Its fine for the back, but for my aggressive style i need more grip upfront so i have a minion 2.5 on order. I'm tired of sliding out, ill deal with the resistance.
still searching/waiting for that perfect 2.5 29r front tire.
WTBs - good strength but unpredictable at the limit.
bontrager se4 - same as this NN. good all-round but not enough traction at the limit.
  • + 1
 @panaphonic: They're so good, I'm running 2.3's but have you seen the 2.4 WT ones!!! @DDoc you've got to try these. (Then shorties in the winter. Simples).
  • + 13
 I sure do love my Schwalabe tires. I’ve ridden many other brands and keep coming back to them.
  • + 2
 I know what you mean, they always seem...Just right.
  • + 5
 Which other brands? Vee? Kenda?
  • + 4
 @Boardlife69: Maxxis, Kenda, Continental, CST(in a pinch), Bontrager and Goodyear.
Still love my Schwalbe’s!
  • + 1
 @jdsusmc: Goodyear makes mtb tires?
  • + 2
 @labiker9: yes, as a matter of fact, they do.
  • + 14
 Did I really read $92 ?
  • + 23
 I’m getting tired of these fast rolling price increases.
  • + 58
 Must be inflation.
  • + 17
 the manufacturers are a bunch of knobs.
  • - 11
flag JesseE (Nov 24, 2017 at 13:13) (Below Threshold)
 @cunning-linguist: I need to widen my income to support prices like voluminous.
  • - 6
flag Jgallegos335 (Nov 24, 2017 at 16:17) (Below Threshold)
 these prices make me gripped with rage. surely they won't have any traction.
  • - 4
flag schofell84 (Nov 25, 2017 at 12:10) (Below Threshold)
 They're really feeding us the rubber with these prices eh?
  • + 0
 @schofell84: They will deflate your wallet.
  • + 25
 $92!? Schwalbe, eat a bag addix.
  • + 3
 @jimmyconnors: well done sir, well done indeed
  • + 2
 Only a Trailstar can afford these!
  • + 9
 I'm glad to hear they've improved it. The speed of wear and side wall flimsiness ( even on the snakeskin version) of the old 27.5 x 2.35 tyres was shyte. Hans Dampf/Magic Mary is my preferred Schwalbe combination, until all the shoulder knobs get ripped off the Hans that is.
  • + 4
 So on Mr H Damp thats about one week, good grip but shit durability, I have Butchers same grip and they last a season.
  • + 6
 nics in 29x2.6 are my fave tires ive had on my bike! surprised at all the hate. experimented with lots of wheels and these are my faves for grippinesss. running a rock razor in the back to ease rolling resistance for long rides on pavement to the trailhead but 2.6 NN on dirt works great for me on dirt
  • + 4
 Agreed. Ran them on my wreckoning all summer on 30mm id hoops at about 18/19 psi. Just incredible traction. For point of reference, i was on magic Mary/Hans damf for a year before that.
  • + 5
 I've been using these tires for around 9 months of all around riding.
No bike parks or shuttle though.

To be precise mine are older non addix varieties with pace/trail star compound.

They've been excellent. The volume allows them to float over rocks we have here and I've been running them at 1.1-1.3 BAR F/R.

They really allow you to ride everywhere and I've used them from recreational XC racing to (again recreational) enduro tracks.

Never in around 3-4k km did I have a flat and the rear didn't wear out quickly either and it's now at around 40-50%.

Note that I'm mostly riding in dry and rocky area.

The funny thing is that I punctured 2.3x27.5 Minion when I took my friend's bike for a test twice (second was a slash that left me walking) in the same trails I ride NNs without a single puncture over 9 months.

My theory is that the bigger tires with more volume float over obstacles much easier (as noted with these 2.6 that are very fast and probably a lot faster than narrower tires in loose terrain as long as you can keep the power up) and as the surface of the tire conforms to the ground, there's more surface area to spread over meaning it's less likely for sharp stone to cut through the tire.
It's also less that the tire will slide into a crevice and rip the sidewall in the process.

Don't knock on these tires, they're an excellent all around tire to beat for real world riders.
  • + 9
 Hans dampf (front) and nobby nic (rear) are one of my favorite combos.
  • + 4
 @zokinjo: what tires have you been running? I am close to 215lbs ride weight and the only tire I have ever ridden that was susceptible to torn off lugs was a Conti X King Protection. That tire was fun for speed, but garbage otherwise. I’ve run Bontrager, Tioga and most recently, Specialized Ground Control (the latter for the better part of a year) through what I consider to be some harsh Central Texas rock gardens and never lost a lug. I recently found a used Schwalbe Rock Razor lying abandoned trailside, collected and mounted it as a rear and have still not had any problems with lug loss.

BTW, I am not trying to call you out. I am simply looking to get some new tires and want to avoid whatever tires you have had such problems with.

Also BTW, until the Rock Razor, I have never ridden a Schwalbe because I have seen so many friends have their’s fail. The Rock Razor I found is super fun and super fast, but you would think it took a shotgun blast from all of the sealant leaking out.
  • + 7
 I would like to see a Mary 2.6 in Super Gravity and the ultra soft/ soft compound
  • + 4
 I find these the Nobby Nic to be downright scary as a front tire. These came stock on a Giant Trance and I can't tell you how many times I completely lost the front end before I took them off. I refuse to even sell them used to someone. I'd free responsible.
  • + 11
 Last year's Trance came with 27.5 x 2.35 tires (and Schwalbe's low end crap Pacestar in the rear) which are comoletely different tires than these and RC makes it very clear that the NN never worked well in smaller wheeels, thinner tires or without their new high end rubber compound.
  • + 5
 there is a massive difference between the shitty base model hard as nails compound tyres that come as part of many spec builds and the quality compounds that come on high end tyres. They shouldn't be compared at all, and writing off a model because of there bost basic concrete hard oem tyre is bonkers.
  • + 3
 Just weighed my old 26" wheels and tyres. They come in at 650g lighter than my 27.5 boost 2.6 tyre equipped wheels... so far I'm struggling to see why I need all that shit. 2.6 tyres are so pressure sensitive I can see myself messing with tyre pressure for each riding venue or even trail. Meh!
  • + 3
 I've tried WTB, Maxxis, and continental tires and I always come back to using Schwalbe. Not saying the others are bad but I do enjoy running Schwalbe tires. They are in my experience predictable and if using the right tire for the specific terrain and conditions I find they kick ass. Local trails I run Nobby Nics up front with Rocket Rons on the back. Light, but super quick with enough grip. For the big all mountain rides I run the Hans Dampf up front paired with the Nobby Nics on the rear. That beefier Hans up front allows for more cornering control with the Nobby Nics on the rear j still have braking and corner control yet keeping the weight considerably light. Park days I'll run front and rear the Hans Dampf or rock razors on the rear. I just enjoy Schwalbe tires. It's not for everyone but that's why we have so many choices to choose from.
  • + 2
 They're definitely not for everyone, especially those of us that like our tires to actually hold air.
  • + 4
 I know every product is good for someone out there. However Schwalbe you will never fool me again no matter how much you’ve addressed the durability of your cornering blocks.
  • + 3
 Rode these on my Stumpy for the drier part of the season including a lot of DH days. Found them surprisingly durable. Loved the volume up front but didn't like the tall feeling of the 2.6 on the rear. I'd often switch out the rear for a 2.3 Minion DHF DD. On trail days, I'd run a 2.6 NN up front and a 2.3 NN in the rear. That combo was screaming fast in hard to medium conditions. It gives something away to the DHF when things get wet in the corners though. Also, mounting them up is a bit of a challenge compared to Maxxis. Overall, solid option for a larger volume 29" rubber.
  • + 3
 These are really fun, confidence inspiring tires. I've ridden these at Winter Park, Snowmass, Fruita, and many other rides across Colorado. Most of the riding was in dry, rocky conditions. Maybe it's the large tire volume, or maybe the Addix compound, but in my experience these specific tires perform much better than the general reputation for Nobby Nics.
  • + 3
 Someone else mentioned they're cheaper at Bike24.com I just ordered two for $110 including shipping and VAT. It's probably going to take three weeks to arrive but I'll wait for $55 a tire shipped.
  • + 2
 I think its great for its use. Ive been running NN in the rear of my cube Stereo shpc 160 for over a year. 2 flats thats all. And those came after landing jumps on sharp rocks, and puncture the topp off the tire. Not sidewall. And i got a couple KOMs and not far on other.. In my near ridingarea. So im not that slow, but dont say im a the fastest either. So i guess its also about how you ride that bike. I also ride Hans damps and Magic Mary, and change between them all.. And i think the downhillcasing i totaly overkill for trailriding. If i would ride more gravity oriented i would take it of and get a Hans Damps with downhillcasing to trow on the back instead. Becourse the NN is not made to bash into rocks in 70 Km/h.. I atleast love Schwalbe!!
  • + 1
 I have a set on my Canfield EPO hardtail with 35mm internal width rims for a few weeks now. The added volume of the tire takes the hard hits you expect from a hardtail away. I would not use it as a full DH tire, but it is great for some CX and climbing. The plus is it is a large volume tire with grip. No flats yet...
  • + 1
 For reviews of the new compounds that aren’t so heavy on the ‘feels’ check out bicyclerollingresistance.com. Sounds like Schwalbe missed the mark with the new compounds.
If you do like Schwalbe though, best prices are at bike24.com. Less than half of the prices we pay in NA.
  • + 1
 I don't know where you pulled 840gr.
I got myself a set of Addix Speedgrip NN 29x2.6 APEX Reinforced and they're 940-950gr, just as Schwalbe states on their web.
The review is bit misleading with the weights.

I reckon my older ones on the last bike (pace&trail star) were around 850gr but they weren't APEX reinforced, just Snakeskin.

Anyhow, I'm really pleased with the construction and I've replaced Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 WT and DHR2 2.4 WT with these.
These new ties seem very similar to Minions as far as the "beefiness" is concerned - really stout.

Hopefully, they roll as well as old NNs, Minions feel like I'm dragging an anchor behind me.
  • + 1
 I rode 3 sets of 2.6 29er Nob Nic’s on 2 hard tails and a Canfield riot this summer, loved the stability and traction. A great tire for climbing and descending with confidence. 20 to 24 lbs is spot on for my 210lbs. Finally a high volume 29er tire! Rode minions 2.5 in rocky gnar when the going got rough!

Looking forward to larger 29er tires!!
  • + 1
 I'm gonna try these on my hardtail but in 27.5. The 2.35 Nobby Nic was decent for hardpack stuff, but not as good as dampfs which give minimal rolling resistance increase but way better cornering grip. I'm hoping the 2.6 run softer is more grippy until they get some 2.6 dampfs to go with the 2.6 marys that are available (so stupid).
  • + 1
 2.6" x 275 tires are great for trail/AM riding and doubt I'd buy a bike that couldn't take them. I was a Minion 2.3 holdout but with Maxxis going to 2.6 in a 275 I wont go back. Would love to try the 2.6 in a 29.

Nobbys are a funny tire. When I ran them in a 275, in a Pacestar they were super fast but horrible on wet rock. Slid right out on turns. Felt like I was riding on a recycled plastic bottle. The Trailstar out back was very soft and grippy, but wore fast and was slow as heck - but good up front. Not sure the Addix will be any different.

800-900g for a 2.6 x 29 just sounds way too flimsy.


I think I'll wait until Maxxis comes out with a 2.6" in a 29 in the DHF and Forekaster. Besides not many frames can handle a 29 x 2.6 out back.
  • + 2
 You can't ride the super cheap pacestar (or the middle of the road trailstar) and say their $90 top of the line Addix must suck too. RC says this new Addix is a whole new ballgame. Besides he also says NN didnt work in smaller tire sizes but do work in 29 super wide format.
  • + 5
 thought i read 2.9 inch 26 tire. my mistake . carry on then.
  • + 3
 I thought Nobby Nic was for first time buyers not knowing if they wanted a hybrid or a pile of shit?
  • + 0
 Put them on my kids bike too! They don't weigh enough to smash through the sidewalls every ride.
  • + 1
 I can get a decent tire for my 2000 Camry for $60...which doesn't make this tire at $90 a very good value. NNs don't work great in our desert terrain but I'm sure they work well in real dirt.
  • - 1
 I recently wasted $160 on a Hans dampf and magic Mary Evo snakeskin. Tires lasted a combined 3 rides and ripped in between the treads not even the sidewalls. I'm sure super gravity would be better but I think schwalbe needs a non super gravity casing that isn't tissue paper. The tires are hellishly expensive too.
  • + 1
 Urgent meeting at Schwalbe headquarter...Topic : Lets introduce the first tire above the 100$ mark and advertise it as suuuper enduro. :/
  • + 2
 Loving this 2.6 Nobby Nic on my bike, and run the 2,6 Rock Razor at the back. Both blue compound Addix.
  • + 2
 Saw 26 and got excited. Saw the decimal and that it was the width and got disappointed.
  • + 0
 I liked the pre 2014 tread pattern better. The photos show typical Schwalbe rubber wear on the side knobs. They can't take much more use or they'll be falling off all over the trail.
  • - 2
 So they improved the wear characteristics and the rolling resistance and as a result you get less grip ... which means they used a harder compound because they couldn´t find another way to solve their durability issues. Great news ...
  • + 1
 Gives us a shot of that tire after two months of heavy riding... I dare you.
  • + 2
 RC, what fork were you running? Think they would fit in a 29” 34 Boost?
  • + 1
 Yes, I run these in a 29" 34 boost with plenty of clearance.
  • + 1
 @mduck: Awesome, thanks for the info. This should be great in the front with a 2.4" same model tire in the back.
  • + 1
 WTF---$92 bucks for a bike tire!!!---- come on!!! hope it comes with a french maid to wash my balls I mean bike
  • + 1
 It's a typing error, isn't it?
Jeez ...when will this crazy price rising stop?
  • + 3
 Puss tire.
  • + 2
 That vid was enriching. Heh. Made me chuckle.
  • + 4
 Edge-of-your-seat cinematography, eh?
  • + 1
 Nasas nickel titanium tyre looks promising. www.facebook.com/mashable/videos/10155831881989705
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 2.8" version that came on my Big Honzo DL is lame, I imagine the 2.6" version is too.
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 2.4 Magic Mary on the front, Minion 3C 2.3 on the back. Job done.
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 I think it’s funny that so many people on this site often comment on the wonders of European free schools, medical care, etc but then complain about the prices of German tires. They pay a huge amount in taxes not to mention all the built in social programs and guaranties they have to pay for their employees even with their tires being made in Indonesia. $92 for an exported quality tire reflects that. Can’t have it both ways.
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 Or, you know, it might be the "exported [sic] quality tire" bit. I'll bet that Schwalbe's cheaper in Germany, like how Campy's so cheap in Italy that folks'll buy grouppos at retail to bring back to the states. No idea what the connection between social programs and tires is here.
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 @Pynchonite: When I was stationed in Germany, it WAS cheaper (especially with my VAT exemption form.) I’m sure it’s a combination of factors. Regardless, my point was that german goods are more expensive to manufacture than other places; they’ve much more to pay for.
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 Schwalbe tires are 1/2 the price in Europe as in the US. That tire is 43€ at Bike-Components. No tax added, plus ~5€ continental shipping
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 Here a Magic Mary is 10€ cheaper than a Minion DHF
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flag JohanG (Nov 25, 2017 at 5:58) (Below Threshold)
 @jeremiahwas, your point is valid. Socialists are people who won't do math.
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 What the hell are you on about?

Paying tax for the provision of health care means the health care isn't 'free'.

You just pay extortionate amounts for 'private' health care so private companies can make billions and the poor can be excluded from care.

Do you think the actual cost of living in Germany is higher than 'the land of the free'?
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 @Racer951: Governmental systems have more inefficiencies. This cannot be avoided and is a property of every governmental vs private market.
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 @JohanG: yea, the 'inneficiencies' you talk about are probably poor people getting health care hey couldn't afford in the USA, I get it.
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 @JohanG: just to back that up with facts - health spend per capita was double that in the USA V Germany in 2012, an example operation cost $13000 in the USA v $3000 in Germany.

Stop burying your head in your countries jerk circle propaganda
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 @JohanG: it's too bad you're wrong. It's a nice fantasy, but the fact is, the free market has raped us in the USA when it comes to healthcare. Single payer health care systems save huge amounts of money and have better health outcomes. It's a fact.
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 @jeremiahwas: The corporate tax rate is less in Germany than in the US, so the only reasonable comparison between the two actually favors the tire being cheaper to manufacture in Germany. I imagine that Schwalbe, like most US companies, doesn't figure in the individual taxes that their workers pay into their pricing. Cuz that would be really weird.
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 @MorganBH: There is no free market in health care in the US. It is extremely heavily regulated and distorted. It is not fair to say the free market has raped us because there is no free market in medical care/insurance. Even if you paid cash you would still be trapped in the same costs structures.
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 @Racer951: You know you are not correct. Enjoy that easy life in America's Hat while we take care of defense? You're welcome.
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 @JohanG: I'm from the UK you uneducated hick, don't let hard facts get in the way of your bigoted team USA circle jerk.
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 I paid less per tire for my car tires
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 Makes sense considering i paid less for my car than i did for my bike
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 over here in Europe SChwalbe are cheap. It is Maxxis that breaks my balls.
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 I WISH I could find car tires for less than that.
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 @WAKIdesigns: they are about the same here in Italy, at least for what I've witnessed as for now. Bloody expensive whatsoever though
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 @jeremiahwas: you're obviously looking in the wrong places, or have a car with 21" 325 section tyres and a 186mph rating and run flats, then you're looking at big money!! Damn rubber!
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 You are buying bargain tires. Is $92 too much.. I think so but You can't compare the highest end bike tire vs tires at Wal Mart. Try looking at some Pirelli p-Zero's or some Goodyear Eagle F1's.
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 @Leethal-1: I paid picked up Continental extreme contacts for under $100 they aren't shitty tires.
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 @WAKIdesigns: agreed, as I run puny 13" wheels on my weekend car even top end tyres aren't loads more money than MTB tyres now, it's getting silly! And I'm talking proper road / track tyres...
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 @poozank:
They wear fast, though. They get half of the wear as a normal conti.

The 235/45r17 pilot sport a/s3s on my car currently are pacing to get 4x the mileage of my conti extreme contacts. They were more expensive initally but are cheaper in the long run, handle better and are much better in the wet.

They were only marginally more expensive than the schwalbe marathon pluses on my commuter bike. I'll never ride schwalbes on anything else, but the marathon supreme is a killer commuter tire.
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 @UtahBikeMike: You are comparing a summer tire to a sport all season. There is no way the sport all season handles better than a performance summer tire, no way in hell. It will last longer and will be quieter and better in the cold and that's about it.
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 @poozank:

They're both sport all seasons
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 @poozank:

I had extreme contact dws's. They're the all season option. I'm comparing apples to apples.

The DWs would be like a pilot sport
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 @UtahBikeMike: did you check the link they are a summer tire. DWS is the all season sport DW is the summer I was saying. I had the DWs plural the summer version.
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 @poozank:

Since I have nothing else to do...


You're missing my point. I had DWSs and they were crap. They're suppose to wear longer than the DWs you linked.

They're not a good deal if I can get a tire that wears twice as long and costs 50% more.
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 Always thought that two vertical lines should run through the first letter of this company.......$
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 These should fit nicely on my soon to be Wreckoningtup
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 #Microplus is here, spread the word
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 Bontrager se4 2.6 review please..
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 Hahaha wtf that video?
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 Mtb Yum Yum on youtube does not like these tires.
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 Can't stand that channel personally. To summarize every single review: "oh man, I like this bike. Oh man this bike is fast. This is a great bike. Nice Parker! It's kind of like my 5010".
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 @johnnygolucky: Hahaha spot on dude! :-)
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 If you like flat tires and crashing then get this tire!
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