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Make no bones about it, the Schawalbe Racing Ron 27.5 is a serious, no-compromises race tire. PaceStar Triple compound, low-profile center lugs, and prominent side lugs come together to make a lightweight, fast-rolling tire that grips like crazy, especially in the corners. Designed to go head-to-head with the very fastest in the world, this tire won't let you down when your name is on the line.

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 Ready is available in 27.5 x 2.1 and 2.25. Please note: because Schwalbe has optimized this tire to be lightweight, patching in the event of puncture is not recommended.

Tech Specs

XC race
PaceStar Triple Compound
27.5 x 2.1, 27.5 x 2.25
Claimed Weight:
(2.1) 460 g, (2.25) 490 g
Recommended Use:
XC race
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Great tire but only XC oriented.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rocket Ron is a fast rolling tire, really light tire that has decent grip but definitely has weaknesses. It has a hard time fitting into a category of riding but much better suited for XC riding. The aggressive looking tread makes you think that it may be a good option for Enduro riding but the durability and grip is an issue when really pushed in rough terrain. If you stick with putting it on to a hardtail or low travel XC bike then it will perform pretty good.

Love this tire!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was surprised at the negative reviews, as I really, really love this tire. It grips roots so much better than my old setup.

Two important things to note:

1) I only use it as my rear tire.

2) Stan's is not enough! You have to put in the Orange Seal. Once I did that it holds air like nobody's business.

3) I weigh about 115 lbs so maybe it's just a tire for lighter riders. I ride a Yeti 575 and have no wear issues as noted below.

hope that helps!

Not MTB tires

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered two Ibis Mojo HDR's this summer and I love everything about them with one exception... The Rocket Ron tires are worse than useless for riding anything rougher than a paved parking lot. Of the 4 tires that came on the two bikes three have had complete sidewall failure with less than 200 miles on them! These were not catastrophic events, these sidewalls just wore out and then ripped under pressure. Fortunately after the first blowout I made sure to carry a tube so that I could at least get some air in the tire after putting some duct tape on the side wall and limped home. I suggest that Competitive consider using better tires on the bikes they build and sell, the Rocket Ron's are a disservice to an otherwise great bike. The photo shows what happens when you try to make the tire tubeless after riding with tubes 50 miles. that's a lot of Stan's oozing out the sidewall!

Not MTB tires

Just one spot of many

Showing the wear in one particular spot but I have many spots like this on my tire after only 4 weeks of riding.

Just one spot of many

Wow, I've never seen a Ron do that. But then again, I am in the midwest.

Eh not my fave

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had two of these tires on my back rim and should stopped after one. I ride bout 4 times a week and have gone through two in the matter of 2 months, in my experience with this tire I've seen a significant loss of tread within two weeks of riding and the result ends up being a ton of deflection when riding, I wouldn't recommend this tire to anyone I do however love the tread pattern and when it's new it's a great XC tire but the durability isn't worth the cost.

Weak sidewalls

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had both this tire, and a nobby nic on my front wheel blow out in the same ride. Less than 100 miles on these tires and they're trash due to multiple sidewall tears. Read the reviews on the snakeskin versions, and went to the local bike store and picked up some today to try - they seem to be a little less paper thin on the sidewalls.

Avg. ride time: 8h 35m per week
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Not satisfied

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for a lightweight but durable tire to ride at Leadville this year. I tried Rocket Ron. Maybe it's because I weigh 210 pounds or maybe it's because I got some dud tires, but each of the four Rocket Rons I tried flatted -- they flatted early and often. I was running Stans, etc., but it hardly helped. I was tearing the sidewall. Not sure what the deal is. I've since gone to Maxxis. Guess what? No flats! Therefore, unfortunately, I have to pan the Rocket Ron.

Different From Last Year's Rocket Ron

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Last year's Rocket Ron had more aggressive corner knobs. This new version has much lower profile corner knobs. I used last generation's tires as a front but this new one is better suited as a rear. I put a Nobby Nic up front and I am very happy with the balance of speed and traction.