Eurobike 2013: Schwalbe Tyres

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Schwalbe was one of the first companies to start offering tyres in the new 27.5in size. Not surprisingly, it seems to have had its tyres specced on the majority of bikes of the Third Way. Needless to say, it was showing all of its current treads in the new size. However, hiding among them was some new tread for people with 26in and 29in wheels.

The ultimate Thetford racing tyre?

 

The tread on the left is the new (and named in a Facebook competition as you can probably tell) ‘Thunder Burt’ tyre. It’s a super, super low tread tyre for quickness. Nick Craig is going to love it for all conditions.

The middle tyre is far more interesting to many people. It’s the Dirty Dan (a tread that Danny Hart was rather successful on a couple of years ago) and it’s now available in a 29in x 2.0 with a triple compound. Great news for 29er riders, who’ve had a limited choice of properly aggressive winter tyres up until now.

It’s all there for 27.5in riders. Now, where are you all?

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    Have they expanded their MTB tubular range at all?

    That thunder bert would make a cracking cross tyre, hopefully next year.

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