First Impressions by Francis Cebedo:
A box of tires showed up at the office and we opened it with curiosity and skepticism. Tire testing after all has its downsides as the penalties of a bad cornering tire means the rider may crash. We’ve never heard of this brand and we’ve never used any bike products from the Czech Republic, Rubena’s country of origin.
But the tires passed the ‘smell’ test as I sniffed the rubber, pinched the tread and examined the sidewalls. It seemed like a really well constructed tire. A little research on the interweb and we found a lot of chatter about this tire on that mtbr website http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-components/rubena-scylla-tires-748224.html. It sounded like a lot of people were sharing good experiences with this tire since they established a US Distributor in 2012.
Also, the great GuitarTed of Twentynineinches.com reviewed it at length and had very good things to say about it. In a nutshell, Ted likes the speed of the tire, specially as the trails have dried for the summer. He says the cornering is impressive, the sidewalls have a very supple quality and the tires feel bigger than they are as they absorb trail shock quite well. Read all about it here: http://twentynineinches.com/2012/05/23/rubena-scylla-kratos-29er-tires-mid-term/
Well, we have four rides on the tires and here’s our first impressions:
- The rubber quality and construction seems excellent as the tires spin round and true.
- The tire is smaller than its 2.25 width claims.
- 656 gram weight is heavier than claimed but that is actually pretty darn light for a tubeless 29er tire with decent knobs and good sidewall.
- It rolls fast and it corners very well. This tire seems to strike an amazing balance of speed and cornering ability.
- It sealed up tubeless with no problem at all. We put sealant in but there seemed to be no leaks whatsover for the sealant to seal.
- The sidewalls seem really supple and we had to recheck our air pressures several times. 25 psi on this tire felt like 20 when you press the sidewall. This translated to a smooth feel on the trail that was noticeable.
It’s great to be surprised every once in a while. This is a new brand for us and new country to explore products from. We’re excited to test this some more and the 26er tires the sent over.
With knobs a little less aggressive than the Kratos, the Scylla is perfect for hardpack singletrack but it retains the nicely sized side knobs for optimal hook up while cornering. This is one of Rubena’s lightest and fastest tires. This tire should be on every race bike and every bike looking to hit the high plains. It may be the perfect XC tire. 540g for the 29” Racing Pro and 595g the 29” Tubeless.
|57 – 622||29 x 2.25″||127||Folding||Standard||Black||$59.99|
|57 – 622||29 x 2.25″||127||Folding||SDX||Grey/Black||$63.99|
|57 – 622||29 x 2.25″||127||Folding||LC||Black||$67.99|
|57 – 622||29 x 2.25″||127||Folding||SDX +TS+ LC||Grey/Black||$69.99|
Rubena tires are constructed with state-of-the-art tire technology to extend tire life, improve safety, and increase performance. The video below explains their technologies.
SE-Dual Extreme Light Compound (SDX): Combination of two compounds – soft adhesive compound (SSC – Grey Line) on sides with well-proven CRX compound both in tread center and base. Combination of these two compounds makes this a great racing tire with low drag for fast riding and excellent grip and control in curves and traverse.
Tubeless Supra (TS): Rubena Tubeless Supra technology provides three standard ways of usage together with a special assembly set (see 1 for 3 diagram). Tubeless Supra usage provides higher riding comfort, low drag, high inflating range, and low weight of the set (tire + tube + rim tape) and elimination of tube puncture.
Liquid Compound (LC): Special blue liquid latex based sealant creates tubeless system.