The 650B is becoming the hot item, and all the bike manufacturers are jumping on its bandwagon, so new frames, tires, wheels and forks are all popping onto the horizon. For the 2013 product year, Schwalbe has the complete model range in 29er sizes, and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Rapid Rob and Rocket Ron. I enjoyed my time on the 650B Nobby Nic, and found them to be an excellent all around tire, with great traction and cornering characteristics.
The Schwalbe mountain bike product suite is divided into three quality groups: Active, Performance and Evolution.
- Evolution Line. The very best possible. Highest grade materials. Latest technology.
- Performance Line. Excellent quality for intensive use. Best deal for your money. Now with dual compound for even better performance.
- Active Line. Reliable brand quality. Now with KevlarGuard as standard protection belt.
Schwalbe Nobby Nic
The Evolution series Nobby Nic 650B in the 2.35 x 27.5-650B size that will be rolled out this summer for $90, and it’s tubeless ready and has the tough Schwalbe Snakeskin sidewall protection, and uses their XC oriented PaceStar rubber compound. Schwalbe has designed the 26, 27.5 and 29-inch tires to have the proper contact area, and instead of just bloating each tire outwards; they have shrunken the footprint slightly in width as you move up the diameters, because the corresponding length is increased.
The tire utilizes a nylon fabric casing, and is constructed with three plies of 67 tpi under the tread, and two plies on the sidewalls. The sidewall has an additional Snakeskin protection layer, to guard against cuts and abrasions, which greatly increase their abuse quotient. The PaceStar is comprised of a base layer, which provides knob stability and good rolling properties, and then a medium rubber running down the center knobs for fast center and acceleration performance, and finally, a medium soft rubber on the side knobs for grip in corners and riding over adverse and rocky terrain. In addition, the knobs have sipes/grooves (small micro cuts) for better flexibility, braking and grip. The center blocks are non-directional and the side U-Block knobs offer additional control when loaded. Their Tubeless Ready system uses a specially shaped and coated tire bead, which offers air tightness, safety and strength at the bead lock when combined with the synergy of a sealant.
Nobby Nic Specs:
- MSRP: PaceStar $90
- Size: 27.5 x 2.35
- Weight: 700 grams
- Casing: 67 EPI, Snakeskin Sidewall
- Compound: TrailStar, Evolution Line
- Tire Bead: Folding
- Tubeless Ready
Schwalbe also is changing their information on the tire, so it’s easier and more legible to read. On each side of the tire is a section of icons and text, which gives detailed information of the tire’s construction and compound (Pace Star 3), product line (Evolution), and variants (Tubeless ready and Snakeskin sidewall), etc.