Schwalbe’s Tyre Tread Cutter

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This is probably only going to interest those of you who don’t pay full price for tyres – the idea of getting a new tyre and then chopping off half of the knobs won’t make sense to most people, but if you’re a World Cup racer racing to the limits, sometimes stock tyres don’t fit the terrain as much as you’d like – in cases where there’s fast rolling sections with damp corners, you might want a lower centre tread, but full height cornering knobs. So unless you have a set of those with you (or your tyre sponsor makes one) then many race mechanics will resort to clipping off tyre knobs with wire cutters. Anyone who’s done this will tell you just how much of a pain it is – which is why Schwalbe has come out with a tyre tread cutting tool for the job.

lIt’s €26 or so. And it’s probably something that you’re not going to want, but now you know it’s out there, right?

And away with those nasty tyre knobs!

“Although we offer a suitable tread for every type of terrain, sometimes unpredictable trail conditions require a unique tread to find the perfect balance of rolling and grip”, says Michael Kull from Schwalbe Marketing and Race Support. “With the tread cutter, riders can adapt the tire tread even more perfectly to the respective situation.” For example, the sturdy center lugs of our mud-terrain tire, Dirty Dan, can be shortened for easier rolling. Or, as with Hans Dampf, the transition lugs in the shoulder area can be trimmed, giving more free space, and making the tread more aggressive. Lugs that have been worn “round” can have a straight edge again. Kull: “This is the first tread cutter developed specifically for MTB tires. With it, you can cut the lugs off with a smooth edge and – thanks to the cutting-height adjustment – to your exact required height.”

Whether you need one or not, it’s a purposeful looking tool


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 (4)

    You need them for Schwalbes Hans Dampfs when the shoulder nobs start peeling off… you cut them off and the tyres handle better as the nobs can’t start folding as soon as they are under load!

    ^^^ only did it on the rears when I was in the Alps and couldn’t get a new tyre.

    Got a fat albert in the rear of a ti if frame great tyre but when stomping on the pedals in ss mode frame flex = tyre rub so this tool would be good,tried a stanley knife but nearly lost a thumb

    You can clip knobs with a pair of decent snips or wire cutters, but it’s a pretty long-winded task…

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