They say you can’t teach an old Nic new tricks, but try telling that to Schwalbe, which has updated the Classic Nobby Nice 27.5in Tire to make it faster, grippier, burlier, and just plain better-er. Angled knobs on the edges let you lay your bike over and corner like you’re on rails, and the smaller center knobs keep things turning over fast when you’re on flatter, straighter trails.
The Nic comes with two rubber compounds as well. More XC-oriented riders will dig the fast-rolling PaceStar rubber, while gnar hunters should take a look at the softer, stickier TrailStar compound—though both rubbers will handle pretty much whatever you throw at them, extreme cases aside. SnakeSkin is Schwalbe’s standard (and plenty tough) casing, but if you ride over lots of sharp rocks or tend to otherwise put your tires through hell, the extra-burly Double Defense might be your best friend. Schwalbe also updated its tubeless system, turning “TL” into “TL Easy” to emphasize just how simple it makes ditching tubes.