Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Under the Downunder
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog
I am in the market to get new MTB tires size 2.4 for my hard tail....I heard good things about schwalbe tires any on eever use them...
The Schwalbes are extremely expensive over here but I just had to try it cuz they look so cool!! I got the foldable 2.4 triple compound Big Bettys and they each came in a very expensive looking box too (over packaged I felt).
I tried them because I've been looking for a light weight
"big tire" substitute for the Maxxis HighRollers which I used for freeriding in pine-tree forest terrain. The soil is a mixture of sandy river bed, yellow clay, dark reddy-brown topsoil, loose gravel, exposed roots, and pine needle coverings. Hardpack and powdery loose in summer, slippery-slimey and loamy in the rain.
The one I've got on the bike now is Geax Sturdy 2.25 but it looks and feels more like a 2.4 and causes swingarm clearance problems on my other bike (Giant AC). It has a similar-ish tread pattern to the BigBetty but has a narrower foot print.
The BigBetty shines and is great when dry over medium to hard pack top-soil, but clogs up with muddy clay and pine needles more than the Geax Sturdy in the wet. You can also feel the rolling resistance slow the bike down a lot more on the BigBetty than the Geax... but the Betty corners better.
Neither of them come close to the low rolling resistance, zero-clog, and cornering ability of the 2.5 super-tacky compound HighRollers - as a jack-of-all trades tire for mixed terrain. But they're just too darn heavy for "all-mountain" use... and they wear out real fast. I have only used the 2-ply, but heard that a lighter single-ply is apparently available.
I now ride mostly urban and easy trail, so I took Schwalbe Big Bettys off... they're just too expensive to wear out on semi-pavement (where they excel).
Last edited by Pocko; 12-28-08 at 09:06 PM.