Schwalbe reduced rolling resistance on the super lightweight Rocket Ron by 15% and the Tubeless ready design is easy to set up.
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*Note: this review is for the Snakeskin version* Cons: Wears fast Side knobs can tear off in rough terrain Thin rubber can tear in rough conditions Okay, so sounds bad, right? Starting off with the cons? Well here's the thing: this is a race tire. There is a reason it is so light. So while the cons certainly stay the cons, in a way they can't really be used to evaluate the performance of the tire, because of its specific purpose. I use this tire as my 'every rider'. So I ride them all the time. Mainly as a rear tire, but I have used it as a front as well. The conditions in NM range from sandy/loamy to rock gardens. Loose dirt and rock abound. Many of the trails are simply tire-destroying nightmares in places. In the face of this, the Ron holds up quite well. It is incredibly fast to spin up and rolls very, very fast (as a racing tire should). Grip is actually surprisingly good, and even holds its own on steep inclines with loose dirt/sand. As a front tire, it is still good, but I would say less so. I prefer to run a 2.35 Nobby Nic up front. Still quite light. However as a race day setup, I'd be fine going with the Rocket on both. As far as sidewalls go, yes, they are thin. However with the Snakeskin version, while I've had one rip out, over the course of a couple of years, in this type of terrain, I call it a win. I'd rather enjoy a fast rolling ride and deal with a tear once in a blue moon. Overall the Snakeskin version does a pretty decent job in the conditions I ride. Were this tire meant as an every day rider, I'd be giving more credence to the cons. But as it has a specific purpose as a racing tire, and Schwalbe even has warnings about this on their site, I can't really knock it for the fast wear and tears that I've seen. For its purpose, this is a fantastically fast tire that will certainly be a boon to anyone trying to gain some extra speed in races or on those tough Strava KOM's.
Came on my Scott scale. Ripped out a sidewall literally 20 feet from my car on a dirt/gravel road. Couldn't believe it. The one pervious ride I had on them before that was on smooth single track was fine although I think the side knobs are too soft for aggressive cornering. My thought is 500g tires are just a gamble I'm not willing to live with.
Went from Geax AKA 2.2's to these. Lost 500 grams (over a pound) just by switching tires and that's not including converting to tubeless as well. A little difficult to set the bead for tubeless with a pump. I had to use the neighbors compressor.
This is a fast, light tire it accelerates well and provides good climbing grip. My problem is with cornering the side nobs fold over and I loose grip. If you are looking for a fast racing tire with some compromise on cornering this is it.
Best front tire I've used for Florida's loose over hardpack and sometimes very sandy conditions. I was a big fan of the Maxxis Ikon but this tire is lighter and has more grip without a noticeable rolling resistance penalty.