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Schwalbe Rick XC is that new In-Between Race Tire

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Designed to sit between the semi-slick Thunder Burt and oblong-treaded Racing Ralph, the new Schwalbe Rick XC serves as a dry conditions race tire that works front and rear.

But it’s more than just a new tread pattern for the brand, it’s also their first 2.4″ width in a cross country-specific tire. As such, it looks like a great rear tire to pair with something a little grabbier on the front for mixed conditions, but at the moment their other fastest tires top out at 2.25″ and 2.3″. For now, anyway.

L to R: Thunder Burt, Rick XC, and Racing Ralph. All photos c. Schwalbe.

Small, low-profile center knobs provide more climbing and braking traction than the barely-there nubs on the Thunder Burt, but roll faster than the Racing Ralph’s paddle-like tread. Rectangular transition knobs with files between them lead to taller shoulder cornering knobs.

Combined, they say it “combines grip and low rolling resistance like no other Schwalbe XC tire”. It’s also E-25 e-bike rated, and comes in two versions and two sizes:

  • 29 x 2.25 Super Race I Addix Speed
  • 29 x 2.25 Super Ground I Addix Speedgrip
  • 29 x 2.40 Super Race I Addix Speed
  • 29 x 2.40 Super Ground I Addix Speedgrip
Schwalbe rick xc mountain bike tire tread closeup.

The tan-wall Addix Speed models have a higher durometer rubber that rolls faster but has slightly less grip. The black wall Addix Speedgrip models are a bit softer and gripper, but with slightly more rolling resistance. Weights are the same between them by size – 29×2.25″ are 680g, and 29×2.4″ are 760g.

Available now, MSRP €68.90 (about $90 USD).


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10 days ago

This tire looks nice. Just Schwalbe has some issues these days with the addix compared to the older compounds:


  • Their side knobs finally last more than 3 rides. The whole tire last much longer.
  • Seem to be a bit more puncture proof.


  • No longer supple like the previous generations
  • heavier
  • They do not blow up that big on wide rims. Their older 2.3 racing ralphs blow up huge on wide rims. Their current 2.35/2.4 barely get to that on wide IW rims.
  • price

We’ll test these at the shop soon.

2.25?? They going after the gravel market? 🙂

9 days ago
Reply to  tech9

The first thing I thought was gravel bike.

9 days ago
Reply to  tech9

2.25 is for older XC bikes without the clearance. They’d need to do a 2 or 2.1″ to fit many gravel bikes.

Big Mike
Big Mike
9 days ago

Looks like a great tire but, it’s time for more of the bike industry to evolve beyond toxic racing culture.

luis raventos
9 days ago

It´s a Specialized Renegade

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