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Find a trail and rock it.
The PaceStar Triple Compound that Schwalbe puts on the 29in Rocket Ron Tire is actually three compounds combined. Schwalbe recognizes that one compound isn't sufficient for all applications, so it gave the Rocket Ron different properties at different parts of the tire for a fast-rolling center strip, tacky shoulders for grabbing corners and trail furniture, and durable sidewalls. Whatever your XC or trail needs, the Rocket Ron is ready to rock.
The tread profile falls between the crass lumpiness of Schwalbe's Nobby Nic and the speed-focused Racing Ralph, hitting the sweet spot of traction, debris clearance, and low rolling resistance. Rock the Evo casing when you're gunning for the podium, or pop on the SnakeSkin for extra armor on an enduro assault.
- XC or trail tire
- PaceStar Triple Compound
- Option of Evo Liteskin or SnakeSkin casings
- Item #SCH001H
- Q & A
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.