Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29x2.25 Snake Skin TR Folding Tire
The third generation Racing Ralph is designed for speed. On the 29 inch version the knobs are elongated and arranged to make the most of the longer footprint giving it a performance advantage over the competition.
I purchased this tire at the recommendation of my riding partners who all roll with Schwalbe. I installed this on the front of my 2013 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert. I was somewhat skeptical of all the praise this tire had been given, but after riding on it today I am a believer. The reduced rolling weight from my stock Purgatory was felt instantly. I felt faster and attacked the corners with confidence without the side to side roll I got with my stock tires. I am going to upgrade the rear with the Rocket Ron next. Im glad I made this purchase, worth every penny.
I bought these and mounted on my new Ellsworth Evolution purchased at PP. I mounted them on Mavic Crossmax SLR. I was about to buy a 27.5 bike because of the detectable 'spin-up' difference between a 27.5 and the last several mountain bikes I have had which have been 29ers. I was looking for a light 29 tire, a 2.25-2.3, that was good all around (I don't have a team mechanic), to run tubeless with Stan's. Never used Schwalbes before, and these were quiet a bit more than other candidates (Maxxis and a Conti), but I think I made a good decision. The grip predictably, they roll great, they look great. They spin up much 'lighter' feeling than the last 29er tire i had which was a Maxxis Crossmark. They don't seem quiet as grippy at the Crossmark, but just detectably so. The best 29er tire I have tried for my purposes. Wish they were cheaper!
This tire is very light and fast! The tire is a great for all XC mountain bike trails and light all mountain use.