Schwalbe Addix – New MTB Tire Compounds

Apr 19, 2017 at 11:11
Apr 19, 2017
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Press Release

Schwalbe Addix tire compound

Schwalbe is launching all of its legendary MTB tires in the Evo line with a new compound that has been developed from scratch. The compound, which goes by the name of Addix, solves the typical trade-off between grip, rolling resistance and wear across a much wider range than before.

Improving grip and rolling resistance, durability and damping, are the standard conflicting aims of tire technology and where enhancement of one property always comes at the expense of another. So ultimately, it’s all about making intelligent compromises aimed at edging that little bit closer to perfection.

Schwalbe Addix tire compound

Schwalbe Addix tire compound
Schwalbe Addix tire compound


With Addix, Schwalbe offers significantly improved solutions, particularly with regard to the lifetime of its tires, and marks a new level of performance, not only in competitive use but for all MTB disciplines and their very different requirements.
For the Addix compound, Schwalbe uses a state-of-the-art and extremely precise mixing technology which is not generally used in the bicycle tire industry. The mixing process allows for an almost infinite number of parameter variations and, with the new production hardware set up especially for Addix, this gives rise to entirely new formulas.

Schwalbe Addix tire compound
Schwalbe Addix tire compound

bigquotesNever before have we at Schwalbe taken such an ambitious step with the compound. With a new team and a new mixer, we haven’t left a single stone unturned, not with the formula and even less with the process. The result, quite simply, is that with Addix we’ve got even better. To mention but two striking advances: in terms of durability, our tires have become much more impressive across the board, and the low-temperature properties are now excellent, not only in the soft compounds.Markus Hachmeyer, Senior Product Manager at Schwalbe



Four Addix Compound Versions


Addix Speed (red identifier)

The new compound for XC Race specialists rolls even better than the previous PaceStar compound and has a considerably extended service life.

Schwalbe Addix tire compound

Schwalbe Addix tire compound
Schwalbe Addix tire compound



Addix Speedgrip (blue identifier)

The compound with by far the widest range of use, almost a universal compound. Ideal for cross-country, all-mountain, and trail. Durability is 62% higher compared to its predecessor, PaceStar, with grip up by 35%.

Schwalbe Addix tire compound

Schwalbe Addix tire compound
Schwalbe Addix tire compound



Addix Soft (orange identifier)

The compound is used just as often in demanding all-mountain and trail riding as in the enduro and downhill world. It has impressively good rolling characteristics and at the same time outstanding damping, both of which are also evident at low temperatures. It’s also ideal for e-MTBs.

Schwalbe Addix tire compound

Schwalbe Addix tire compound
Schwalbe Addix tire compound



Addix Ultrasoft (purple identifier)

The new compound with maximum damping is perfect for hardcore use in enduro and downhill. Seriously improved low-temperature properties in terms of grip and damping, compared to the previous VertStar compound, make it eminently suitable for year-round use.

Schwalbe Addix tire compound

Schwalbe Addix tire compound
Schwalbe Addix tire compound



New Addix Compounds Across the Schwalbe Tire Range

The chart below shows how the new compounds will be spread throughout the current range of Schwalbe's Evolution series tires, with a number of popular tread patterns being made available in a range of compounds.

Schwalbe Addix tire compound


Schwalbe Evolution tires with the Addix compound will be available at specialist bicycle retailers from June 2017.



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194 Comments

  • + 248
 Rolls so fast, the knobs actually fly off.
  • + 53
 And the side walls tear themselves to pieces!
  • + 43
 I've never actually worn out a pair of Hans Dampfs, just torn them...
  • + 51
 @Scotj009: New Muddy-f*cking-Marry "Tubeless Easy-my-ass" is pissing itself through the sidewalls even when using their new DOT BLUE shit! This unbelievable scene started even before ever using the tire. WTF! Their tires used to be good. Now, the knobs just shear off in no time flat. They f*ck-ed-er-up and now they want to make this seem to be intentional with pink and purple ribbons on their tires. Maxxis is-da-shit. You mount 'em and slay as the tread wears down and doesn't rip off on the first-f*cking-run of the season.

Cordially,

A thoroughly pissed off former Schwalbe customer.
  • + 15
 @lenmerderdenfer: Bontrager is where it's at, their tires are shit hot and a third of the price of most these days Salute
  • + 32
 Michelins for sidewalls and grip. Maxxis just because. Schwalbe? I don't like polluting the trail. Leave no knobs behind.
  • + 9
 I've had 5 Hans Dampf tires over the last 3 years or so and never knew there were knob issues. Til I went out Saturday on a tire that has probably 50 miles on it and 30 minutes into the ride I hear that heart wrenching sound of air screaming out of my back tire. Hop off and look at the tire and see a knob about 50% separated from the tire with Stan's sealant bubbling out. Now I know about the knob issues.
  • + 1
 @korev: Muddy Mary the same. Started shedding knobs right away and they were slippery and wobbly because of too much volume. Bad tiredesign and faulty chemistry. Never went back.
  • + 14
 Used to be a Schwalbe rider until I tried some Maxxis and was embarrassed by how good they are. Rode some Bontragers today and they were also brilliant, definitely worth a look. Sorry Schwalbe but a little colour band isn't gonna do it.
  • + 1
 @ThomDawson: I've used all of the aforementioned brands. The Schwalbe's on my bike, do piss fluid through the sidewalls and the rear knobs are literally about to fall off. The only tyres I've not tried and my mate who's pretty swift says are the best are specialised rubber. Think I'll try some out and report back!
  • + 10
 @cunning-linguist: I have been using the Specialized Butchers for the last 2 years. It was a recommendation from a friend and they have been super reliable. Long-lasting, grippy and never had a bead or sidewall issue. Make sure you get the GRID sidewall.
  • + 1
 @bentown: cheers boss, I'll order me some with those walls! Much appreciated.
  • + 6
 @lenmerderdenfer: And for me out of all the tires the schwalbe magic marry's have been the best. I had a set of 3c maxxis highroller 2's, Put a 1" slice not through the side wall but on the Tread itself. Kenda's, Tore a sidewall within the first 10 ride's, Magic marry's have lasted the longest. Yeah back tire was fairly worn, But no knob's fell off.
I am going to be trying the continental der Kaiser's next. But to each their own. Everyone has a specific tire, and half of it just has to go with whether or not you have had bad luck with the brand.
  • + 4
 @lenmerderdenfer: Warranty that shit mate, that's literally what warranties are for
  • + 7
 @Nyson098: I have only had good experiences with TLE Snake skin MM & SG MM like you & SG Rock Razor is brilliant as well, i have never had sealant leak through the side walls and never torn one. I did tear a standard NN once but replaced it with. DD casing and that's still in use. I came from Maxxis Last set being HR2 TR and sealant pissed through the side walls and grip was rubbish compared to the Schwalbes, also used MaXxis DHF DH casings and hard to seal weight a ton but otherwise ok, not as much grip and don't clear mud like MM's though. Have on my winter XC wheels Specialised Purgatory GRIDs and they are very under rated, great cheap winter tyre but low on volume for hard summer ground. Overall I don't get the schwalbe hate.
  • + 3
 @StevieJB: It really Depends on luck of the draw. Not every tire can be made identical, and Warranties are there for That reason.
  • + 2
 @lenmerderdenfer: This guy.....is mad.
  • + 1
 HEHEHE I almost choked .
  • + 1
 @mnorris122: Yeah, You're right? I'm a bit too busy at the moment. Plus, I don't want an exchange as I'm through with them.
  • + 5
 @lenmerderdenfer: it's kinda funny how people have so many problems with schwalbe tires, i ride 2-3 times a week during the season and i have no reason to complain about my magic mary (light version) as front tire. Maybe you all ride as fast as world cup racers... or you use the wrong version of the tyre, for the wrong kind of trails? I know people like the look of tyres with big knobs, but if you ride on dry trails with sharp rocks, just don't use tyres made for soft soil and wet roots
  • + 3
 @zede: I didn't have too many problems with my Schwalbes and Im not sure everyone who hates on em has seen the issues first hand but I'm a light, non-aggressive rider. And whether or not you've seen them self destruct you'll have a hard time persuading anyone to go Schwalbe once they've tried some Maxxis. You might get close with the MM based on its shear grip but the Mary's I've ridden still pale in comparison to a DHF or Shorty for quality and longevity.
  • + 2
 Yes, but the new Addix compound then regenerates the knobs as you slow down.
  • + 2
 @ThomDawson: im also quite light, but i wouldnt know how to qualify my riding. But regarding the minion, I have the oposite feeling, I had the DHF as a front tyre and first, it sizes small but weight as much as a MM, second it happened very often that I was losing grip even on soft soil (i could lock the front tire without going OTB very easily) and I always felt that even a HR had a better grip in corner. That being said, I should probably try again with a 2.50 instead of the small 2.35.
  • + 3
 For XC nothing compares to the first ride on a Racing Ralph. Fast, grippy, actual side-knobs. If the durability is resolved, and cost stays competitive, this is actually a pretty big deal.
  • + 3
 @sevensixtwo: Agreed entirely. I've been chasing that 1st ride Racing Ralph feel with Ikons, Wild Rac'rs, Fast Trak Sworks, Renegade (old Sworks and new Gription), etc. The old Fast Trak Sworks were pretty close for me, and durability was greatly improved, they were just a bit skinny at 2.05-2.1 when rated at 2.2. Currently I'm running the new pattern Renegade 2.3's and they roll great, not quite as predictable as a Racing Ralph but close. Ikons were junk for me, unpredictable, rolled like HR2's.

I'll add to your list of requirements that I hope the weight stays competitive with this new Schwalbe compound.
  • + 2
 @cunning-linguist: although I'm running maxxis at the moment, I can vouch for the speshy tyres with the grid sidewalls they are super tough and reliable, I'll probably go back to them once I wear the maxxis out
  • + 1
 @zede: WTF dude! You're telling me I don't know how to buy tires? DH tires for DH duh!
  • + 1
 @davidccoleman: Renegade 2.3 looks perfect for my race HT. Thanks man. Def looks better than Ikon or race king.

For my trail bike, I'm looking at the Vittoria Gato. Ever run it?
  • - 1
 Worst side walls in the industry
  • + 1
 @sevensixtwo: Never ran Vittorias except on my CX bike. When you're shopping Renegades, make sure you get the new pattern not the old Sworks/Control versions. They're a bit heavier but much more predictable & grippy with bigger blocks of tread and wider casing. Old ones were just about useless except as a rear tire on fire roads etc , but damn were they light and fast there. Some dealers have the old ones sitting on the shelves, new ones come in a box. Specialized has done a pretty poor job of advertising the changes to their tire line over the last few months considering the changes are pretty major for the Renegade, Fast Trak and Ground Control.

Old:
www.specialized.com/us/en/components/renegade-control-2bliss-ready/105833

New:
www.specialized.com/us/en/components/tires/renegade-2bliss-ready/128531
  • + 94
 "Hey how do we make these tires better?"

"add dix"
-Schwalbe
  • + 10
 toss em in a big bag and call it güt
  • + 2
 John Wayne Bobbit was Head engineer.
  • + 2
 I want to up vote you more! haha
  • + 2
 Throw them in the trash and by Bontrager team issue tires
  • + 61
 Will the red stripe keep the knobs from ripping off my Racing Ralphs on both sides or just the side with the stripe?
  • + 1
 Do Ralphs actually have things worthy of the title Knobs?
  • + 2
 @headshot: for XC and Marathon, yeah. Way more than the Renegades I'm currently running.
  • + 56
 Can match the tyres to those TLD bars and decals from the other day
  • + 26
 So we're going to F1 tire standards? How many laps do you have to do on the red before you can switch to the purple compound?
  • + 2
 was watching a replay of bahrain and flicked over to pinkbike stright after... literally the first thing i thought!!
  • + 22
 Longer lasting. Does that mean they will go two weeks before the tread is worn out? As a clyde, I made it 3 days on my last set of Hans Dampf tires before the knobs were tearing off. They seem to hold up better under lighter riders.
  • + 2
 I had some issues with the Hans Dampfs too. Never full on knobs tearing completely off but they would start to separate pretty quickly. Maybe it's just that tire though? Or certain tires in their line are better than others? I've had a magic mary on the front of my bike for about 9 months know and it's just starting to look like it needs to be replaced. That includes several months of riding around BC as well as lots of Utah miles.
  • + 6
 My GF @ 120lbs ripped the side knobs off of a set a HDs in under 10 days of riding. She's a middle of the pack chil rider.
  • + 14
 Don't lump the same name tyres in with each other.

Met a kid the other day on "Performance" MM and HD on his DH bike. They felt like paper, but it must've been his bike manufacturer cutting corners.

I've been running a MM Trailstar Evo on the front and a HD Trailstar Evo Gravity (gold letters) for the best part of a year.

Riding 3-4 times a week, all seasons, 90kg geared up.
  • + 1
 lighter riders? would 140lb be light enough?
  • + 3
 My Hans Dampf has cracks on the inner side of every knob. Profile is still fine, i believe it comes from cornering hardpack Bikepark Trails.
  • + 1
 My bikes stock Schwalbe Nobby Nics lasted over 1000 miles before I had to replace them.
  • + 4
 I just never use them on the rear... MM SG front is hard to beat..
  • + 4
 I've been running magic Mary/RR combo and get really good durability (two riding buddies run HD F/R with no issues as well) I've heard the durability stuff was mostly fixed a few years back, and schwalbe seemed to own up to the issue.
  • + 2
 HD's are probably the worst tyre Schwalbe have made IMO. They promise a lot and I loved mine SG version when I first put it on the front, but it faded fast. Side knobs are squishy and weak. I tried it as a back tyre but it had worse grip and "feel" than a Rock Razor or a very worn out DHR2. Its an emergency spare now.
  • + 0
 @headshot: HDs work for super hard or sandy dried out places where Magic Mary sized knobs are useless. That is like 1% of MTB population. It is a bit better working Nobby Nic which is the one useless tyre made for German holidays at lake Garda, if you want to feel a bit more extreme than your buddies on 29ers with 1998 geometry and Furious Freds. I am pretty sure the Maxxis Aggressor will kill the HD.
  • + 13
 I love the Schwalbe tyres for the exceptional grip. This is where my love ends... durability used to be terrible, sidewalls on EVO (1ply) were easy to puncture and knobs got easily torn out on EVO and Super Gravity causing flats that were hard to fix. I did try to like Schwalbe but I needed to use spare tube way too many times. I can consider giving them a try since Maxxis fails to deliver Minions SS Double Down to Europe, but I don't want to be a guinea pig yet again. @schwalbe, throw a working pair of Magic Mary/ Rock Razor in 1,5ply at me, and I may consider paying for the deal and stop being an official Maxxis fanboi.
  • + 4
 The thing with the flats and sidewall punctures are totally the opposite that is happening to me. I like the Maxxis grip and everything, but what does it matter if I need to throw the tire after one ride :/
  • - 2
 @Mitsuoka: I made one puncture through a maxxis EXO tyre and ride mostly these. And it was fully understandable as I rode onto an edge of a sharp rock while braking and the tyre grinded along this edge for a good meter. I tore a knob off a Schwalbe tyre while climbing TWICE. Schwalbes are by default 100-150g lighter than Maxxis/Michelin/Conti in similar or even smaller size, it's a no brainer: they use less rubber or less threads. Same with Spec - low weight for weight weenies and tyres warp and get holes in them.
  • - 3
 What you need, my friend, is B+ tires on 40mm inner width rims. All that volume, and all that width means you don't need large blocky knobs for ultimate grip, a nice rounded tyre with tiny micro knobs that won't rip off sounds perfect for you!
  • + 0
 My experiment with Schwalbe tires was a futile waste of money, never again.
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: this is also a loooong conversation here. Our trails are one continuos rock garden and my squad mainly got Maxxis to try them tubeless some years ago - me too. Almost everybody tore them or warp them. In my closet I have 4+ warped or torn new Maxxis Minion DHF, DHR II and HRII. From Schwalbe I rode mostly Hans - it got a good lasting life on these rocky trails, first in Performance version and later in Pace, Trailstar compounds. The same with most of my squad with some of them on MM's and NN's.
But there are these few guys that are riding Maxxis and don't have problems at all, same EXO tires - who knows how. And than this one guy bought Schwalbe and tore them in a ride or two...

Riding style, bad rubber, something else.... who knows, but now I am settled on WTB's and they are long lasting and bombproof Smile
  • + 1
 i understand wanting to save a little weight but at the risk of tearing a sidewall it hardly seems worth it to me, ive had great results with the maxxis dh casing setup tubeless, yes they are heavier, no i dont care Smile
  • + 2
 No under 1k weight weenie homo, bro.
(Being serious now) I don't even bother with tires less than 1,000g for 275. They shred too easily making me feel like I contribute too much to the petroleum industry. Yes my 1,050g Michelins do require more rubber, but they have lasted 3 times longer than the 850-900g EXO's.
  • + 5
 @whitebullit: As much as I hear what you are saying I don't fancy climbing 2-ply tyres for an hour or more, nor I like their sluggish acceleration for XC. Give me a shuttling bus or a lift and I'll "wear" just DH casing and tubes.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: i guess so but im still young Smile
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns, give the Aggressor DD a try. I came off the Minion SS and notice very little difference in rolling resistance, but much more grip and the casing and sidewalls are noticeably thicker.
  • - 1
 @dirtnapped: mhm, why not. It's available on bike components. The only thing that worries me is butcher like side knobs. Or maybe I should just get the finger out of my arse and run DHF front and back...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: you really can't go won't either way. I've found the side knobs to be much better than the smaller size appears. We'll see how they hold up, but it seems like a good SS/DHF middle ground.
  • + 0
 @dirtnapped: theeen I hold you responsible for spending 56€. I'm telling my wife right now... thanks for recommendation Wink
  • + 5
 @dirtnapped: Love my aggressor. Best rear tire ever.
  • + 0
 Come on maxxis sort it out we need double down tyres in the U.K.
  • + 3
 I've found that the "knobs falling off" issue to be a thing of the past. My schwalbe tires from the last 2 years have been great. I love their grip, knob pattern and their procore! Maxxis sidewalls even in DH are too weak in comparison. I only wish they made 26+ tires.
  • - 2
 @SintraFreeride: which Schwalbe tyres are we talking about? I bought a Rocket Ron after their rep said they improved that. I bought it instead of Bont XR2 I was considering. I ripped a knob off on the first ride in dry. Just like in the old days.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I use Magic Mary tires. I have had them in super gravity casing and in normal singleply casing without any problems in the last 2 years. Both in vertstar and trailstar. In both 2.35 and 2.5 sizes. Am currently using a Magic Mary 2.35 trailstar singleply front tire for over a year with little wear. I also run magic mary tires on my work bike with no problems at all and I take less care of those tires!
  • + 0
 Something I actually agree with you on pathetic underperforming sidewalls. Their side walls on their tires are so pathetic they even tear out riding in Florida beach sand.
  • + 2
 @SintraFreeride: Same here - MM SG TS are still great after nearly a year.
  • + 11
 Can see my self of 10 years ago being skeptical but... rubber tech has come a long way in the last few years. Could be automotive tech has trickled into mtb tires?

I got some new performance tires for my car and the grip is amazing and so is their longevity. Used to get 8-10k miles from soft tires and these new grippier ones are still looking/feeling great at 15k.

I'm mostly hoping the old pathetic obsolete tires will be dumped at amazing closeout prices.
  • + 7
 8-10k miles on your car tires? you drive on sandpaper?
  • + 2
 Same I run mostly max performance summer tires and I just replaced a set of Bridgestone S04s that lasted 24k miles (and 2 track days!). Couldn't believe it as in the past all my summer tires were begging for mercy by the 10k mile mark.

Which tires did you go with on your car?
  • + 2
 @kbonesddeuce: Depend how and where you drive, I used to go through a set of 195/40/15 AD08 Yokohamas in 500 miles or R888's in 300miles no problem on a track in a car that was 850kg with 260bhp 230lbs torque :-) )
  • + 1
 @SoDiezl350: Bridgestone RE11. Long wearing, stiff sidewalls and they're fantastic in the rain.
  • + 1
 @kbonesddeuce:

It's normal for some cars
  • + 15
 Everyone should have a Mary in their lives! Awesome tyre!
  • + 15
 What if the stripes don't match my fashion oriented get-up? 0/10
  • + 12
 So, Schwalbe sponsored riders who love to run Maxxis DHFs will need to sharpie off the side logo and paint on a stripe?
  • - 1
 If they were smart! ! !
  • + 5
 Quite the opposite. Magic Mary is the leading tire used in DH and Enduro, even with being sponsored by other brands including Maxxis.
  • + 4
 @dualsuspensiondave: At races sometimes PB will do bike checks and show dozens of bikes. Maxxis always outnumber Schwalbe. I've posted comments with the counts to each brand.
  • + 7
 Round 2, 2017 NZ DH series: Maxxis 22, Schwalbe 3.
  • + 2
 @iamamodel: "There's a very good reason why the Magic Mary is quickly becoming the number one choice of privateer racers in both downhill and enduro. Today they have the dubious privelage of having their logo blacked out by more racers who are unhappy with the tyres that they are supposed to be using more than any other tyre. These are the new benchmark for aggressive tyres." --Matt Wragg, Pinkbike
  • + 1
 "Take one look at the starting line of a top enduro race and it's easily one of the popular choices. The ultimate endorsement being that some riders even run Magic Mary's with the logos blacked out, despite being sponsored by other brands." --MBR
  • + 1
 PB article 'Bikes of the 2017 NZ enduro': front tyres Magic Mary 3, HRII 3, DHF 5, others 4. Blacked out 2 are possibly MM, but that would make equal to DHF.
  • + 1
 Enduro mtb magazine.com, bikes of EWS Finale Ligure 2016: front tires DHF 5, MM 4, others 12.
  • + 7
 that's an odd baseline to demonstrate the improvement achievable from the new compounds. How about comparing vertstar and trailstar to Addix ultra soft and soft respectively, Schwalbe?
  • + 1
 Yeah I was wondering if that was a mistake or not. Doesn't make any sense.
  • + 6
 These comments are confusing the hell out of me. I just switched over to the supergrav magic marys (dh bike) and love them in every way over maxxis. They dont leak sealant out the sidewalls, and they have soooooo much grip. wear seems to be similar if not slightly better than maxxis. am i missing something?
  • + 4
 Same here - I don't get it. I don't hear of or see the issues people bring up except on PB comments. Not saying it's BS, it's just weird.
  • + 6
 I'm currently running the Magic Mary in the Ultra Soft compound. They are amazing.

Honestly, I've never been a Schwalbe fan. I've had bad experiences with flats, weak sidewalls and lack of grip, and thus I was a Maxxis die-hard for several years.

These tires changed that. They are (seriously) that good. Incredible grip, really good sidewall feel, and they've lasted incredibly well over the month that I've had them (about 70 hours riding time). Granted, many of those have been on wet trails, but still... impressive lifespan for a sticky rubber tire.

If you can get over the price and the coloured stripe, your bike will benefit from these tires for sure.
  • + 3
 Agree, the MM is in another league entirely. And at least the stated width is actually correct.
  • + 5
 schwalbe for a back tire, i can see some problems with durabilit, but everyone complaining, have you had a magic mary on the front? I heard about durability issues but ive gone all over california and even into oregon for a whole year now and all my knobs are perfectly there, just some rubber taken out but thats normal fro cornering. also, ive warped a maxxis tire, never a schwalbe, ill stay with shcwalbe for a front tire forever
  • + 6
 Tried Bontrager, Kenda, Schwalbe, Continental, then Maxxis. I have no reason to ever buy a tire other than a Maxxis. Superior casings, compounds, treads, and price. That is all.
  • + 4
 Ive just snapped a maxxis DHF dual tubeless tire on a berm, never ever happened anything bad with MM supergravity.

And since i am heavier rider, i really appreciate the supergravity sidewall which is extremely resistant. I know there is a maxxis doubledown line, but i think it ads about 200g over magicmary supergravity (gold)..

Really looking forward to upgraded compounds.
  • + 3
 they don't compare to the previous trailstar compound? I always run trailstar on the front and pacestar on the rear. Which tire is now the replacement for the trailstar compound? Also I hope the colour stripes are just on the web images not the actual tires!

Magic mary and rockrazor are my fav tire set. No issues with durability, I wouldn't touch a Hans dampf though.

Personally I find their tires light, roll fast and grip well. Durability on the above set has been excellent. Also they are pretty cheap in comparison to maxxis tires - in the U.K. anyway.
  • + 3
 i could see some people switching just because of the stripe, if it's actually on the tires & not just for marketing pics. It's a cool look. Edit: media from other outlets confirms the production tires do have the stripes.
  • + 7
 Well the stripe will be dashes after painted knobs(tops) are worn.
  • + 0
 @jrocksdh: I don't believe it's painted, it's colored rubber. but since color can affect a rubber's properties(this is why most tires are black) it's possible it will react different, or even separate from the black rubber.
  • + 6
 I don't care fro the stripe at all aesthetically to be honest. Wouldn't stop me from running them but It really bothers my eye haha
  • + 25
 If you buy a tire because it has a stripe painted on it, you are officially a twat.
  • + 6
 I really like the idea! Makes me think about Formula 1 etc. Now we'll be abble to geek about compoud choices on the paddock! Damn...
  • + 1
 @McNubbin: buying a tire because of a stripe/=picking a specific brand because it's more aesthetically pleasing.
  • + 3
 @McNubbin: Im a twat,then
  • + 4
 @McNubbin: I'm not sure what a twat is where you come from, but in Australia everyone's trying to as much twat as possible.
  • + 2
 @smuggly: u can be one, some may have one, and many would love some.
  • + 3
 Never torn a super grav in the lakes UK on some of the most rocky trails around. Magic mary up front. Rock razor in back. The lighter evo snakeskin tyres I have ripped first ride out but theyre too light for rocky trails. Had some cracks appear on side knobs of a half used SG rock razor, replaced without a return no questions I can't fault Schwalbe tyres.. or Maxxis but ride the light versions of either brand and unless you weigh same as a bag of crisps you're gonna tear the bloody sidewalls!!!
  • + 6
 Somebody has been watching F1..
  • + 5
 @schwalbe what about your aerothan evo tube? Will they finally be re-released?
  • + 4
 Maxxis gets wider and schwalbe gets more durable. What's the world coming to.
  • + 1
 They're both copying WTB? Smile
  • + 4
 Maybe it's because someone watched F1 and thought it'd be cool to have a similar Color scheme? Wink
  • + 1
 I've been riding Schwalbe tires for the last two years. I've never had a puncture, I've also had surprisingly good longevity. I'm only 145lbs (65kg) though. I do ride aggressively, and often. My normal trails have no rocks though. For XC riding they offer the best range of fast rolling tires available. Especially, if you actually race. If this new compound range really delivers more grip AND even the slightest longevity improvement, fantastic. The interesting note for me is a softer compound XC race tire. This is a first in XC race tires. This means you can run a fast rolling RR in the back and a stickier RoRo in the front. Seems like a great option for wet races.
  • + 2
 F* two nobby nic in 3 months riding. Side walls and tread. Luck they were cheap. Specialized butcher 2blis. Maxxis advantage. Klein death grip. IRC piranha pro. Michelin transalp. All great tyres. Oh and Panaracer smoke.
  • + 1
 The variety of experiences reflected in the comments leads me to believe Schwalbe has considerable variation in their manufacturing processes. I like light tires with lots of traction. My current tires are HD/NN, both in TrailStar. I am a Clyde riding (sometimes wet) roots and rocks in MO, and western-style trails in CO. My current tires have performed and worn well. Snakeskin sidewall seem to me a true improvement. Over the years, many manufacturers, including Schwalbe, have failed me in many ways. In my experience, actual wearing out of the tread due to high mileage rarely happens rarely, particularly in front. I think my current tires are "good ones," with good adherence between knob and casing. Other supposedly identical tires fare poorly. When my current tires must be replaced, I may try the same combo with one of the soft Addix compounds. Maybe I'll get lucky again...
  • + 1
 love a good tyre debate... once I FINALLY went tubeless.. I kinda had to finally decide on a tyre. Conti.. .trail stars.. whatever they are called.. with the kevlar side walls. and black chilli. cost a bomb. 4000 km later.. no flats and just starting to wear on the rear only..... just sayin..
  • + 1
 riding MM SG front and HD SS rear on my enduro bike. MM still fine after a full saison, HD got changed to a new one 1 week ago, best combo on the market IMO. i ride 3-4 times a week, trails, bike park, lots of roots and rocks, never had a flat since changing to tubeless. running 1,7 bar front and 1,9 bar rear.
  • + 5
 still no SG tire in speedgrip, or a nobby nic in SG
  • + 1
 Nobby nic is my favorite all around tire for trail riding.. Front and back. Would like to have a SG version as well. Heavier trails - Magic Mary up front and a nobby nick or Mary out back.
  • + 4
 At least you always got the claimed width with Schwalbe, if not more. Its not the lenghth that counts but the girth.
  • + 1
 It might be a region thing, but here in Belgium Schwalbe is pretty good price-wise.
I've been putting 250km+/week on my rocket rons for the last 7 months and only punctured once.
I'd love to see all threads available in all compounds though, a super tacky xc tyre would be awesome to use when racing.
  • + 1
 I've ridden pretty much every major brand of tire with the exception of Vittoria - hopefully soon. Maxxis is a nice middle of the road tire - offers good grip, reasonable durability but slow rolling speed. Micheline are about the same as Maxxis in my experience but slightly less durable and a touch faster. Specialized tires have amazing speed but wear out super fast but come in at a slightly lower price. Bontrager (haven't used in prob 10 years) were good - I found them to be very comparable to Specialized rubber but at a much lower price point so it was better value. Kenda is probably the most value priced for a quality tire you can buy - it does a fair job across the board for a really fair price. I'm now running Continentals and I have to say that they are by far my favourite tires (aside from the price being higher) - excellent speed, great traction and the weight is reasonable. Schwalbe is complete garbage - I've had two sets and both were nightmares. I've never had tires start to disintegrate after only a few rides - knobs were flying all over which contributed to poor traction....You couldn't give me a free set of Schwalbe's.
  • + 3
 I'd really like to try either of the Addix Speedgrip TLE APEX on the Nobby Nic or the Rock Razor! I bet they'd be damn near perfect for my trail/all mountain style of riding!
  • + 1
 Just threw Magic Mary front & NN rear on new build. Had Maxxis Ardents then HR2 both EXO and both had tubeless issues (lbs fitted)
Grip on Schwalbe is a different class I don't care if they wear out quicker as all high performance tyres do you can't have both.
Pal of mine swears by Spech tyres and he's a top rider.
  • + 1
 I love Schwalbe, but these graphs make really no sense to me. How can the super soft made for DH offer 106% grip and the Speed made for XC offer 115%Grip. Much like most advertisement, this seems made up.
  • + 2
 Hey @santiagomo87 - this is always in relation to the former equal compound, like Addix U-Soft vs- VertStar Compound or Speed vs. PaceStar.
  • + 3
 schwalbe has needed this for a long time, as all their compound names are awkward as frick to remember.
  • + 8
 Pace - Trail - Vert. Made more sense than these new ones.
  • + 0
 I keep buying Schwalbe tires because of the ridiculous cheap prices I can get them for online ($10-$30) but after riding a whole season on one set of Maxxis, I'm gonna quit buying Schwalbe altogether. My Maxxis are still going strong after a full season. I've had multiple sets of Schwalbe (snakeskin and DH versions) all shit out on me. Punctures, sealant seeping, side wall slashes, etc.
  • + 1
 Oh, and also thanks so much for the very convincing photo of several Erlenmeyer flasks lit up by some nice lights. That must mean these were thought about.
  • + 1
 I too think the stripe visually complicate things. I wanna know what the weights will be like as they are a big reason I dig Schwalbe.
  • + 1
 The only thing I'll praise from Schwalbe is their tubes. They're strong. I use the Performance compound Hans Dampf and Nobby Nic. Seems fine, but short life
  • + 1
 Great - now there compounds might be somewhere close to Maxxis durability. I got 1500 klms out of a 3c dhf. I just fitted an evo MM to replace it......see how it goes
  • + 2
 so glad mtb riders are not my market base for my business and livelihood....... damn they are squirrely
  • + 1
 I love my Rock Razor for my rear tire, it's fast and I haven't punched a hole through them yet, BUT!!! The damn knobs are starting to come off!!! What The Freak!
  • + 2
 I am totally addicted to rubber as a "tire compound" and loove the smell, touch and grip of rubber.
  • + 1
 Easy there buddy - you'll burp some sealant.
  • + 3
 Schwalbe makes great tires so this new stuff could be good.
  • + 3
 Too expensive, even after claimed improvements. I'll stick with Maxxis.
  • + 1
 If they last longer than the previous ones, and stop weeping sealant constantly, I may consider buying another Schwalbe tire.
  • + 2
 Racing Ralphs are crap. Maxxis Ikons last so much longer. Bontragers are good too. Sorry Schwalbe.
  • + 1
 After seeing sooooo many slashed tyres MTV and road from Schwalbe I'll NEVER use their products
  • + 1
 Sounds like they're trying to match Vittoria and their use of graphene.....except graphene actually works.
  • + 1
 Soooo much marketing hype here, not any technical information to back this up. "ITS JUST BETTER!!"
  • + 2
 Being riding Schwalbe for 12 years, great tires!
  • + 1
 Schwalbe at just so expensive versus say maxxis. In fact I think only Continental cost more.
  • + 2
 Admittedly not looked in much detail recently but Schwalbe were always a fair amount cheaper than all other major brands if you bought them from places like bike-discount. The fact that they were cheaper was the only reason to buy them as it just about justified their super short lifespan.
  • + 1
 @el-nombre:

That's odd because I've never found Schwalbe tires that cost less than Maxxis. And Maxxis far outlast any Schwalbe tire. I liked the performance of a new Schwalbe tire, but man, they're toast in literally weeks.

So now that they've got a new compound, they still prob won't last as long as Maxxis and will still cost $10-$20 more.

I've had sidewall durability issues with any tire from both Conti and Schwalbe. Maxxis has yet to end a ride for me with sidewall issues.
  • + 2
 @MasterSlater: Yeah, I've heard the pricing is different in the US but as clarky appears to be Europe based, I'm surprised to see him claiming schwalbe are more expensive.
  • + 2
 @MasterSlater: German online stores are the cheapest for tyres in Europe and Schwalbes tend to go for 40€ a piece or 70€ for a set. Maxxis in tripple compounds go for 50€ or more a piece. I am waiting for Maxxis to bring 2.8 Minions DHF and SS in DD casings to Europe, which I assume will be in a year or more. We always have to wait a year after they release their new tyres in US. And I'm not paying for shipping from E-bay as this will cost me around 120$ per tyre.

@Maxxis - please sort it out. It's been max 2 months since we got first DDcasings for Hr2, DHF and DHR2. No sign of WT tyres, no sign of Minion SS in DD. Last year I bought Spec tyres because there were no 2.5" maxxis in Exo. Send tyres or at least wait a year with press release Big Grin
  • + 1
 they were running a deal on jenson for $9.99 for most models in snakeskin/evo compound a little while back. at that price they're nearly disposable.
  • + 2
 @MasterSlater: Indeed, if you buy Schwalbe tires from German online shops like bike-discount or hibike, they sell for quite a lot less than their Maxxis equivalent. I've been riding Schwalbes (mainly Nobby Nics, but also Racing Ralphs and Hans Dampfs) for the last 10 years and the new gen. (TLE) is quite good for the price (about USD 40 shipped). I've tried other brands like Specialized (pretty good too, but the range is not as wide as Schwalbe), Kenda (did not like them) and Maxxis and keep going back to Schwalbe for the overall performance (weight x grip). They may wear a bit faster than others but this is a tradeoff I can live with considering the above.
  • + 0
 @cool3: every Schwalbe tire we tryed either flatted (sidewall), lost knobs or was so poorly designed you had to slow down and they cost more then every other tire ! ! ! No thanks!
  • + 1
 @cool3: totally get it if you're comfortable with the trade off. If it's worth it to you personally as a rider, then yeah, makes sense.

It's a lot like carbon vs. aluminum. A lot of people would never pony up for it, while for others it makes perfect sense.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: well I just did a quick comparison at bikediscount DHF V Hans Dampf and surely the Schwalbe is a bit cheaper with there discount. But they buy in such bulk I guess that huge discount is available. I work in a shop, and the buy in price for Schwalbe totally ruled them out against other brands. We had a few but no one ever bought them. In fact even at clearance prices (which is less than cost) they cost the same as bikediscount.
  • + 0
 @clarky78: same story for shops in Sweden. My friend was selling out HDampf in 26", no mark up what so ever. 5€ more expensive than bike components... grabbed one for my wife anyways.
  • + 1
 @clarky78: Here, in Qc (Canada), the Maxxis DHF/DHR sell for 100 CAD vs about 90 CAD for a Schwalbe HD or Magic Mary. Then, you can get a Specialized Butcher for a lot less (like 60 CAD), but the Specialized distribution is tightly controlled and their products are only available through their official dealers.
  • + 2
 Are those coloured stripes really going to be on the tires?
  • + 1
 i guess its better than "low skim mozzarella," which is what the other evo lines are made from
  • + 2
 To make our tires better, we need to addix.
  • + 1
 Time to colour code! and to hell with the compound, it's all about the looks when you're rolling round on the floor anyway.
  • + 1
 I can get michelin tire for my vito cheaper than schwalbe for my 26" dh bike
  • + 1
 Try Germany. They're selling for cheap other there.
  • + 2
 I'm afraid for the price.
  • + 2
 Ya I think thats where the addix name comes from
  • + 1
 Why do the pictures always look like I'm reading them on a potato...
  • + 1
 Looking for Schwalbe volume and Maxxis durability? WTB all the way.
  • + 1
 Well I bought the Blues Rock Razor, hope they last -Stay tuned...
  • + 1
 Colour idea from FROMULA 1 [F1] Super soft , Soft , GO GO GO
  • + 1
 18 days late for the April Fools gag color stripes!
  • + 1
 Your naming scheme is starting to sound like names for condoms.
  • + 1
 German Tech with colabs Indonesian Factory and SDA
PT Hung A Cikarang Big Grin
  • + 2
 Wow. Marketing.
  • + 1
 And these tires will wholesale for $99.99
  • + 1
 Now is ze time on Sprockets vhen ve dance
  • + 1
 Dieter?
  • + 1
 Touch my monkey.
  • + 1
 I could be matching on a whole new level!
  • + 1
 Twat did you just say? New rubber? Hmmmmmm............
  • + 1
 My wife is still riding on Nokian gozos
  • + 1
 Schwalbe for Schwabbles
  • + 0
 Schwalbe, the Crank Brothers of tires
  • + 0
 Same tires, different marketing.
  • + 0
 The orange stripe is going to compliment my 36, sold!
  • + 1
 LOVE this blue theme
  • - 1
 Does the color still allow for pinch-flatting the sidewall on a marble sized rock?
  • - 2
 Cool. I will buy one for millions of dollars on to rip one on a nice small Texas rock.

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