Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29in $85.00
Faster than you can alliterate.
It's OK if your name's not Ron; you can still rock the Rocket. And believe us, you'll want to. The Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29-inch tire is devastatingly fast and efficient, yet it's no slouch over the rough stuff. Indeed, the company makes tires more for pure XC speed (Racing Ralph) and others for looser, more technical terrain (Nobby Nic), but the Rocket Ron strikes the balance — a race-ready XC tire that likes to get down and dirty, too.
The Rocket Ron uses Schwalbe's PaceStar Triple Compound, which is its fastest. Schwalbe engineers recognize that it's not possible for one compound to do it all, so they've combined three to optimize the tire's performance. The relatively low-profile tread of the Rocket Ron is fast, but it's also an excellent cornering tire thanks to the U-Block shoulder tread. These tread blocks are angled at 20 degrees or so toward the outside of the tire. Compared to the Racing Ralph, the slightly more prominent blocks have been spaced a bit further apart to achieve more void space. This is part of the reason that it self-cleans in mucky stuff so you can continue to have traction to drive down the trail and keep the bike upright. A small sipe doesn't quite divide the block, creating the "U" shape. They work to counteract the lateral forces endured when cornering to maintain traction and to keep the bike stable.
The Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29-inch Tire is available in a 29 x 2.10-inch size and comes in the color Black. Please note: Because Schwalbe has optimized this tire to be lightweight, patching the casing or sidewall in the event of a severe puncture is not recommended.