- Talk to me about Schwalbe tyres
They’re normally so expensive I don’t pay them much heed, however they’re being sold cheap somewhere at the moment. As far as I can tell….
Snakeskin is recommended for tubeless
Evolution tyres are tubeless ready, but Stans sealant means this isn’t necessary (ergo plain snakeskin should be fine as opposed to snakeskin AND evo)
Are the Evolution tyres tough enough for tubeless or should I stick with Snakeskin only?
Are the Alberts any good? I mainly ride mixed terrain so know that grip is incredibly subjective but the limited reviews I’ve seen suggest mediocre grip and a short lifespan.
Are RR’s summer only?
Anything else to consider? I’d plump for Nobby Nic’s but they’re only available in standard or evolution and I’ve heard that snakeskin is really important.
And I know there is a search function but it doesn’t return many results.Posted 7 years agoYetimanMember
Until very recently I’d been using 2.4 UST Big Betty’s on both my hardtail and full suss bikes. They come with gooey gluey soft or ORC hard compounds. I had ORC’s and while they were great in the dry and wore really well they were horrible in the wet and would let go without warning on wet roots and rocks. I think the compound is similar to Maxxis 60 or 70a. The gooey gluey version is supposed to be much better but I haven’t tried them.
Previous to the Betty’s I was running 2.35 UST Fat Albert Snakeskins on the hardtail and they were pretty decent. They rolled well, were relatively strong and worked well in the wet as well as the dry. The downside for me was that they were an absolute bitch to get on Mavic 819 UST rims. They were fine on 823’s and Stans Flow rims but the snakeskin sidewalls weren’t strong enough for the type of riding I was doing on the big bike. They were fine on the hardtail though but I gave up using them because of the faff getting them on and off.Posted 7 years agoRoter SternMember
I’ve been using a NN/RR front and back combo in UST for a few years now for racing. I think they are a racing tire which offer reasonable grip rather than a trail tire. They are OK in wet conditions in the summer when the ground under the slop is hard but are pretty awful in full on winter conditions. They do however roll very well and though they are famed for their weak sidewalls it isn’t something I have ever had a problem with and I ride some rocky stuff on occaisions.Posted 7 years agoreggiegasketMember
I run a UST Fat Albert 2.25 on the rear of my hardtail. Currently an Evo tread and before that a non-evo. No real difference I can tell. You need a UST sidewall on the hardtail though.
And a 2.35 or 2.4 non-UST snakeskin FA on the front, running ghetto tubeless. Again, currently an Evo tread and before that a non-evo. The Evo is marginally better I think but not much in it. Front doesn’t need a full UST casing IME, for my riding (and I’ve had them in the Alps).
Big fan of this setup. Not super fast but very grippy and tough. Better than the Maxxis tyres I’ve used.Posted 7 years ago
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