Schwalbie Racing Ralph and Nobbie Nic Tires
Low-resistance, high performance, durable meats. ( 0 of 5 )
Product: The Racing Ralph and Nobby Nic knobbie tire offerings from Schwalbie offer low rolling resistance, high-speed tires for the racer and trail riders who want the grip of a meaty tire with the speed of a low-rolling resistance tread. While you have to sacrifice something in each tire to find the right blend, the results are two well constructed tires that will give you the bite you need without too much tread that might hinder mach speeds.
MSRP: From $52.55
Pitch: Racing Ralph - Real racers always want to improve by getting better and faster. Result: We radically revised Racing Ralph for the second time - with PaceStar Compound and a completely modified profile.
Tech: Racing Ralph HS 42
Also the hard numbers show how ambitious we were:
In addition the modified profile and PaceStar compound provide even better control.
1. Phase shifted blocks. A variation in the interblock space has resulted in a profile cluster, which very positively affects grip.
2. U-Blocks. The center blocks are non-directional. The tire is fitted to the rear wheel in same direction as the front wheel. So the U-blocks can act optimally against the cornering forces on both wheels.
3. Cut resistance. The rubber tread compound migrates into the sidewalls. The shoulder area is thus better protected against cuts.
4. Durability. Larger blocks increase the lifespan.
5. Triple Nano-Compound. Naturally with our best rubber mixture for top performance grip and rolling resistance.
Many detailed optimizations add up to a big difference:
15% less rolling resistance than the former Nobby Nic.
30 g weight saving. With its unbelievable power the new Nobby Nic is the true Allgrounder.
Gut Feeling: Nobby Nic From RT: The Nic Also didn't like slickrock. Didn't really do anything that blew me away. I rode this as a rear tire. Might be a knobbier front tire option. Seems to be a competitor to the Kenda Nevegal (similar tread). Good choice for trail bike riders who aren't concerned about really low rolling resistance tires. Impressed by the sidewalls of both of these tires. No evidence of slashes, cuts, or rock damage.
From Cakes: I rode the Nic up front with the Ralph in back and found this to be a desirable combination. I also prefer a meatier tread as a rule of thumb, but enjoyed the bite of the Nobby Nic. The durometer of the rubber is grippier on the Colorado dirt than in the slickrock of Arizona’s Verde Valley, but that is going to be true with almost any combination of tire. The Nobby Nic has enough meat to keep me feeling covered in the rough stuff but still rolls fast when its time to open up.
Web: Nobby Nic http://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/off-road_tires/nobby_ni c_hs411