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26" X 2.0: Schwalbe Big Apple or Almotion?

Old 10-13-20, 04:37 PM
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26" X 2.0: Schwalbe Big Apple or Almotion?

I've been riding and loving my Schwalbe Big Apple 26" X 2.35" tires for quite a while now, but thanks to a new set of cantilevers that won't open wide enough to pass a 2.35" tire through, I need to look for something a little more narrow. Please do not question my reason. This is what I need to do.

Because the more popular Schwalbe tires are almost impossible to find in 26" right now, the only decent option available to me immediately is the Almotion, which is on sale for $59 through Schwalbe. If I want to wait until November, they say the 26" X 2.0" version of the Big Apple may be back in stock by then.

I commute to work by bicycle on Long Island, NY from April through the end of October, and my ride is a vintage 1996 GT Outpost mountain bike. My commute is all on the road, but it's only a few miles each way, so I have no need to "fly" over the road. I also do a lot of recreational riding on bike paths, some of which are dirt and gravel; most of which are paved. And in the summer, I take one or two multi-day road rides that take in both pavement and dirt.

Here are my two questions:

1. Given that I like the cushy comfort of the 2.35" Big Apples, I'm leaning toward waiting for the 2.0" to become available. To anyone who has ridden both (or something close to them), do you think the narrower Big Apples will provide the same soft ride as the fatter ones?
2. The Almotions, according to Schwalbe, are also "soft" like the Big Apples. Has anybody ridden them, and what can you say about them?

Thank you, everyone.

(PS: The Marathon Supremes, Supreme Tours, et al are all out of stock in 26" X 2.0" right now, and the rep at Schwalbe advised that, despite being tougher and more flat-resistant, the Marathons would not give me the ride I want.)
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Old 10-14-20, 10:53 PM
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My personal preference would be Almotion for better flat protection and more grippy rubber. It is similar to my M. Supreme which I really like on my commuter. Great traction wet and dry and very good puncture protection. I've only had flats from nails, screws, stanley knife blades, and crap that went through the hole made by those things.

I think my 700x40 M Supremes ride comfortably, but it definitely isn't soft like 26x2.35 fat franks on my friend's bike. I would say my bike rides like a Camry or Accord where as the Fat Franks are like a 70s Caddy if that makes sense.
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Old 10-18-20, 08:01 AM
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Can you not just deflate the 2.35 tire until it fits past the brake pads? I do this on my bike and it's not that big of a deal.
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Old 10-18-20, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by jetta_mike View Post
Can you not just deflate the 2.35 tire until it fits past the brake pads? I do this on my bike and it's not that big of a deal.
As noted in my original post, this decision is not up for debate.

During the seasons that I ride with my wife, we very often drive to a starting point, unload the bikes, ride a bit, then pack them up and maybe ride to another starting point. Each time, given the way our bikes are transported in the car, I need to deflate/inflate/deflate/inflate. At first, it seemed like not such a big deal (and I respect that it's not a big deal to you), but I'm finding that it's sometimes "just enough" to convince me not to make that extra whimsical stop to ride somewhere on our way home.

End of conversation, as an invigorating, memorable ride should never be passed over due to laziness about pumping a tire or ANY other seemingly minute issue.
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Old 10-25-20, 07:24 PM
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Follow-Up: I bought the Schwalbe Big Apples in 26" X 2.0". In the end, it came down to what the bike store had available. I'm not at all sorry. They fit through my Tektron cantilevers fully inflated, and I don't feel that much of a difference in the ride between these and the 2.35".

Thanks for your input, everyone.
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