Rock it, whether or not you're Ron.
Deftly walking the line between Racing Ralph's high-speed tread and Nobby Nic's semi-chunky profile, the Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29-inch Tire is a do-it-all bit of rubber that can also fly when you need it to.
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.Ron's EVO casing is the Schwalbe's light and tough carcass for racing or fast XC/Trail riding, while the SnakeSkin version is reinforced (and slightly heavier) for additional puncture protection. We recommend the SnakeSkin version if you plan on running the tire tubeless.
- XC or trail tire
- PaceStar Triple Compound
- Option of Evo Liteskin or SnakeSkin casings
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Reviews & Community
Impressed so far
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I like to try out different tires when possible. This tire looks like it will be a fun tire to try out. Will report back after i've put some miles on it.
Not my jam
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am sure there are worse products out there, but I really did not like these tires. I have run Racing Ralphs and get along with them pretty well so no Schwable hate here, I just couldn't get comfortable with the Rons. My big issue was extremely sketchy cornering from the rear tire on a pretty wide variety of surfaces from firm to wet and loose.
I replaced mine with Maxxis Ikons the difference was immediately noticeable. The traction and cornering with the Ikons is on a different level.
I gave up on the Rons before durability became an issue, but I did flat on my second ride ever...
Like the ex you can't quit
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These tires fall apart left and right on you. The knobblies just shred apart, they get slashed easily, and they generally have "mystery leaks". Not to mention they cost $92. I wouldn't recommend to most people looking for a new tire given they can't hold a tread on for a full season.
All this being said, I immediately purchased another one after I threw my old one in the recycle bin. What does that say about me? I'm overly picky about my tires and my tire traction and the Schwalbe rubber compound really is that good. Thing grips to anything and you can lay the bike over 4dayz. Buyer beware - you will be purchasing the best performing tire with the worst longevity. It pains me every time I re-purchase one of these but good lord, they are fun to ride on. I like the Continental Race King as well but...it just doesn't do it quite like the Schwalbe.
A side note - if you are putting these on a set of 29" ENVE wheels, they will be brutal to get on and off. There is a trick to doing it that I figured out the hard way - make sure you really push the bead down into the middle of the rim when putting on or pulling off. That gives you a little more latitude to work with and you won't be reaching for vice grips or anything.