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Item # SCH001C

Choose your rocket.

Whether you prefer more speed or more puncture resistance, both the LiteSkin and SnakeSkin versions of Schwalbe's Rocket Ron Tire are designed to take advantage of a 27.5-inch wheel's hybrid pedigree. The Rocket Ron's PaceStar Triple Compound maximizes rolling resistance for straight-on, cross-country mashing and grippy cornering for navigating technical courses — all while keeping overall weight in a climber-friendly range.

Depending on your choice, you'll get a faster, lower weight race tire or a tire that can train and race with more puncture resistance. The LiteSkin option is, well, lighter. It's also faster rolling and weighs a claimed 60 grams fewer per tire. The SnakeSkin option is admittedly heavier, but it gives much better puncture resistance, especially in the monofilament sidewalls, and the Tubeless Easy SnakeSkin makes for a smooth, hassle-free conversion to a tubeless setup.

Please note that Schwalbe's recommended maximum load is 243lbs (110kg).

Tech Specs

Compound:
PaceStar triple compound
Size:
27.5 in x 2.25 in
Casing:
Evo
TPI:
127
PSI:
26 - 54
Foldable:
yes
Claimed Weight:
Evo, Liteskin 490 g, Snakeskin, Tubeless Easy 550 g
Recommended Use:
cross-country
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have thousands of miles on this as a rear tire (Nobby Nic front). I had just over 2,000 miles on one, and 1,800 miles on another -- no patches. I punctured another directly through the center of the tread after 20, but that's not specific to this tire, given other experiences. Given the light weight nature of these tires, I've been extremely happy with that track record.

Prior to using the Rocket Ron tread pattern, I used the Racing Ralph -- I found that the Rocket Ron offered a more pronounced tread with more predictable traction points, yet not too much knob which would prevent intentionally sliding a corner at speed. As Goldilocks said,

Great grip, questionable durability

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I run the Rocket Ron as the rear tire on my Santa Cruz 5010 for riding on the mostly-dirt trails around Park City. First and foremost, they have incredible traction. I previously rode Saguaros on a 29" bike, and there was a marked improvement, especially on slightly loose, steep switchbacks.

The drawback is that I only made it through half the summer before needing a new tire. Some of the knobs had broken off, and I found I was getting a fair number of flats.

But when it came time to get a new rear tire, I still went back to the Rocket Ron 'cause the grip was so good!