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Old 04-24-19, 09:45 AM
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My last tubeless tires were Schwalbe. They sucked.
For tubeless I only use Hutchinsons. For tube tires, Vittoria. Bikepacking, only Mezcals.
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Old 04-24-19, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Are you talking about the HS448?
Probably. My Schwalbe One V-Guards came from Jenson, from a bulk pack without individual packaging for each pair. The markings stamped inside the tire don't correspond with anything on the Schwalbe site. But, yeah, probably HS448.

I see them still listed on the Schwalbe site, but a couple of vendor sites say it's no longer available. I assumed the handful still available were unsold old stock.

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The Marathon Racers that I run on two bikes are not racing tires? But they say RACER on the sides of the tires! No wonder I'm not winning any Races.
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Old 04-24-19, 11:34 AM
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I run Schwalbe Marathons on my gravel bike for the puncture resistance. Not as fast as a dedicated gravel tire but I don’t race.
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Old 04-24-19, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I run Schwalbe Marathons on my gravel bike for the puncture resistance. Not as fast as a dedicated gravel tire but I dont race.
Still faster than having to fix a flat!

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Old 04-24-19, 03:55 PM
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Back in the day...

when I actually rode on pavement, I bought a set of their Kojacks for the commuter. I was just delighted. They're light and roll easily. Not many flats, though the tires don't seem to be thick in the tread area (no tread). They rolled better with significantly lower than their max pressure on the tire. Still own them, but don't roll around on pavement much anymore. Did like the reflective lettering on a commuter.

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Old 04-24-19, 04:10 PM
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I don't think they are all that popular. I suspect their US distribution ranks way, way behind Continental.
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Old 04-24-19, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
I don't think anyone considers them "race" tires.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwal...e_manufacturer)
Other than the people racing on them, of course.
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Old 04-25-19, 04:52 AM
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Originally Posted by North Coast Joe View Post
when I actually rode on pavement, I bought a set of their Kojacks for the commuter. I was just delighted. They're light and roll easily. Not many flats, though the tires don't seem to be thick in the tread area (no tread). They rolled better with significantly lower than their max pressure on the tire. Still own them, but don't roll around on pavement much anymore. Did like the reflective lettering on a commuter.

I found the kojak in 24" for my son's hot rock street - tough to find an equivalent tyre in that size. Interesting one, I may get a set for myself someday.

And studded winter tires, schwalbe for the win.
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Old 04-25-19, 06:25 AM
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And studded winter tires, schwalbe for the win.
I live across the Lakes from you, and couldn't do Winter without studs, either. I have to try Schwalbe studded. Right now I've got a couple sets of Innova. Might as well bungy bricks to my spokes. I get so depressed around Thanksgiving when I make the switch. There goes my nimble handling, easy rolling bike for another six months!
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Old 04-25-19, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
I don't think they are all that popular. I suspect their US distribution ranks way, way behind Continental.
I think that for MTB, Schwalbe is probably more popular than Conti.... at least in the aftermarket.

Of course these days Maxxis rules the roost in MTB.

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Old 04-25-19, 07:25 AM
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I have a pair of green guard Marathons which are heavy, hard and feel kind of lifeless. I took them off my touring bike in favor of lighter, more supple tires. I put the Schwalbes on my "foul weather" commuting bike because of their puncture resistant reputation.
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Old 04-25-19, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Rick View Post
I first tried the Schwalbe Marathons on my tandem. Other tires had failed before the tread was worn down on my tandem.
My story, too. Tandem needed tough tires.
So when I wanted a tough tire or fast rides on bad pavement or packed cinder/light gravel = Schwalbe S-One 30mm tire. A sale price in the tubular and I became a happy user. Mine measure true to size, seem durable.


But truth be told I can't slam any tire manufacturer - Conti + Vitorria + Vredstein have been fine in the past. Mostly tubular now and Conti + VeloFlex have been my preferred.

Sale prices are important for me, given many bikes. For a fast road ride quality tires are about the highest priority.
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Old 04-29-19, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Click on the link to get the German speech: https://translate.google.com/#view=h...&text=Schwalbe
Well that was a mouthful.
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Old 04-30-19, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
by the way, how do you even pronounce this brand? Ive always called it Swa-bee.
A teacher at my junior high school was "Mr. Schwab," and after visiting his ancestral home in Germany, he learned that the correct pronunciation of his name was "shwāb" with a long "a." Until then he'd been pronouncing it to rhyme with "swab." The province of Swabia is also pronounced with a long "a." I'm guessing that the correct pronunciation of Schwalbe is "sway-beh."
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Old 04-30-19, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
...race tire...
What led you to choose those words?
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Old 04-30-19, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
... there are faster tires out there, but none of them would be as puncture resistant. Plus, I like the reflective stripe on the side! ...
My thinking exactly. I use them on my main commuter bike because of these reasons.
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Old 04-30-19, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by PDKL45 View Post
Sch-Vaal-Buh
Is there a "c" in there? I'd say Sh-vaal-buh, accent on the Sh, but its been years since I lived in Germany, and the Northern German pronounciation I was exposed to is not hoch Deutsch.

There's always a chance that when you respond to a post about, say, German pronounciation, the poster you are responding to writes back and says "I was born and raised in Munich, and studied German literature at Heidelberg, and now teach German in undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgetown, with a side of teaching Foreign Service Officers for the State Department". If that's the case, shool me! Excuse me, school me!
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Originally Posted by WizardOfBoz View Post
Is there a "c" in there? I'd say Sh-vaal-buh, accent on the Sh, but its been years since I lived in Germany, and the Northern German pronounciation I was exposed to is not hoch Deutsch.

There's always a chance that when you respond to a post about, say, German pronounciation, the poster you are responding to writes back and says "I was born and raised in Munich, and studied German literature at Heidelberg, and now teach German in undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgetown, with a side of teaching Foreign Service Officers for the State Department". If that's the case, shool me! Excuse me, school me!
Around here, it's sometimes better to pronounce them "the ones in the blue packaging."
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Old 05-01-19, 06:05 AM
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Actually, now that I think of it, sh-VAAL-beh
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Old 05-01-19, 06:13 AM
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The real question is when did Schwalbe tires start outselling road bikes.
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The real question is when did Schwalbe tires start outselling road bikes.
For that matter--who sells that many hotcakes?
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
For that matter--who sells that many hotcakes?
Hotcakes. How quant. Like flapjacks. 23 skidoo!
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
by the way, how do you even pronounce this brand? Ive always called it Swa-bee.
the "L" is pronounced and the "E" at the end is not like in Bee but more like a "AI"

You can hear the pronunciation on Forvo (https://forvo.com/search/Schwalbe/de/) (which is a page to hear the pronunciation of a lot of words in different languages)

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