Eurobike 2012: Schwalbe’s New Rubber

Schwalbe always has a huge stand at Eurobike and this year was no different. In fact we had to fight hard to get an appointment, so busy were the rubber reps.

While Schwalbe claimed that there wasn’t anything particularly newsworthy, there was still plenty to see. The Rocket Ron gets a makeover with re-designed, siped knobs, the Hans Dampf tyre gets a ‘Super Gravity’ casing and just about everything will come in the Middle Way 27.5in size too.

The new Rocket Ron. Race and trail tyre beloved of many fast folk gets a makeover.

 

It's not all skinny XC stuff either.

 

The Super Gravity tyre technology is a (patent pending) way of adding pinch flat protection without make thing tyre stupidly heavy. The sidewalls get extra beef, but the contact patch rubber is kept single ply for trail feel and suppleness.

 

We've just got a set of 26in (with Super Gravity) and (regular) 29in Hans Dampfs in that we're looking forward to riding.

Here's a regular DH Muddy Mary section.

And here's the new Super Gravity sidewall. You can see that the carcass wraps around the bead and heads back up the sidewall for strength.

 

Looks like Middle Way riders will be well served by Schwalbe. It'll even do 27.5in inner tubes.

 

Here's the 27.5in selection - in 2.25 and 2.35 widths.

 

And here's the 26in Rocket Ron tread in real life.

 

 

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