Up to this point, the options for plus sized tires have been pretty limited. Sea Otter has been the launch pad for a significant part of the Plus sized wave, and with that comes a number of new products meant for the bigger bikes. Even with the momentum of the concept, we were still pretty surprised to stop by the Schwable tent and see not one, but two new Plus sized tires.
Rather than design a completely new tire around the size, Schwalbe has grown two of their most popular tires. Don’t tell them, but the Nobby Nic and the Rocket Ron have put on a little weight…
Other than the bulbous casings and enlarged tread blocks, the plus sized options are just as advanced as the other tires in the Schwalbe catalog. Available this fall, currently Schwalbe will be offering both the Nic and the Ron in 27.5X 2.8 and 3.0 sizes, though 29″ plus tires are planned for the future. Given the nature of the tread designs, the Nic uses a tougher 67 tpi casing while the Ron gets a more supple 127 tpi. Nobby Nics will be available both Pace Star and Trail Star rubber compounds and the Rocket Ron is Pace Star across the board.
Tubeless ready, folding bead, and available in both Evo and Performance models, the tires will be found on complete bikes coming this fall. Pricing is TBD, but will include multiple price points based on the different models. According to Schwalbe, the tread patterns are the same but have been optimized for a better contact patch and the tires are best suited for a 45mm rim for the 2.8″ and a 50mm rim for the 3.0″