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Item # SCH0118

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Put a rocket on your rims.

It took a few years for the cycling community to come together on this one, but 29 inch wheels have definitely become a very real part of the XC race community. Several companies are making serious, high-performance 29 inch XC race tires. Schwalbe's offering, the Rocket Ron, is a no-holds-barred speed demon. With low-profile center lugs, prominent u-block side lugs for railing corners, and PaceStar Triple Compound construction, the Rocket Ron is a force to be reckoned with on the way to the podium.

The Rocket Ron uses Schwalbe's PaceStar Triple Compound, their 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 low-profile tread of the Rocket Ron is fast, and it's still an excellent cornering tire thanks to the U-Block shoulder tread. These tread blocks are angled at 20 degrees or so towards 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.

This tire is designed to be tubeless ready (TL), which means you can say goodbye to pinch flats. A tubeless system allows you to run less air pressure, again enhancing the grip of the tire's tread. Better traction, less vibration, and no flats lead to a great ride. It's necessary to use a liquid sealant within the tire to seal the bead seat and to quickly seal thorn or debris punctures on the trail.

The Schwalbe Rocket Ron TL is available in 29 x 2.1 and 2.25in. Please note: because Schwalbe has optimized this tire to be lightweight, patching in the event of puncture is not recommended.

Tech Specs

Type:
XC race
Material:
PaceStar Triple Compound
Size:
29 x 2.1, 29 x 2.25
Bead:
folding
Foldable:
yes
Actual Weight:
Black, 29x2.25: 534g
Recommended Use:
XC race
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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4 5

Fast!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Rocket Ron is a great tire, with the usual problems of running a race tire like a Schwalbe. I used a 2.25 and really liked the way it handled in predominantly hardpack conditions, with some loose over hardpack and sand. I feel it corners well, slightly better than the Racing Ralph, and is a good choice for my usual riding. If I were to ride a lot of rocks I would go with the Snakeskin version for sure.

1 5

bad choice

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

bad cornering, rode them for maybe a month. 6 punctures 1 sidewall rip. threw em in the garbage. racing ralphs way better.. we ride fast rocky terrain in the n/e. when its wet nobby nicks

3 5

Great race tire. Beware the durability!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires came stock on my Scott Scale Pro 29er. They handle great and were an easy tubeless conversion. I have had two sidewall tears on these tires though, riding on trails that were predominantly buffed out. One was salvageable with an inner patch but I am super paranoid riding around any rocks/talus. Probably will go with Schwalbe's snakeskin sidewalls going forward.

4 5

Fast

I have this as my back paired with the Nobby Nic on front. I think it is a great combination. Definetely not as knobby as the Nic, but rolls much faster. I also have this in the snakeskin version as Schwalbes are very light and thin tires. I thoguht the extra weight would be worht it. It should noted the width on these seem more narrow than others. Overall, I am happy with my purchase