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    Schwalbe: 29er 2013 Rocket Ron or 2012 Racing Ralph

    Well I need a new set of tires, currently on 2.4F/2.25R Racing Ralph's but I'm looking for a replacement but this time I don't think I need to go that wide so my options are

    2013 Rocket Ron 29 x 2.1
    2012 Racing Ralph 29 x 2.1

    I need a fast rolling tire and looks like new Rocket Ron's are pretty amazing, also they are a tad less than 500grs according to Schwalbe's specs

    On the other side Racing Ralph's are pretty amazing and I'm already used to them so, what should I do?

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    2013 Rocket Ron 29x2.25". Awesome tires! It has a bit more grip, rolls allmost as fast and is as light as the Ralphs. A more versatile tire without any noteworthy penalty: Why not?

    Really, take the wider ones. Right now you think you do not need to go that wide, but wide has hardly a penalty, except a little more weight. They roll faster over anything except smooth hardpack or tarmac. Tiny tires only feel fast because they beat the cr*p out of you, because you have to run them at higher pressures to save grip and rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevocastro View Post
    Well I need a new set of tires, currently on 2.4F/2.25R Racing Ralph's but I'm looking for a replacement but this time I don't think I need to go that wide so my options are

    2013 Rocket Ron 29 x 2.1
    2012 Racing Ralph 29 x 2.1

    I need a fast rolling tire and looks like new Rocket Ron's are pretty amazing, also they are a tad less than 500grs according to Schwalbe's specs

    On the other side Racing Ralph's are pretty amazing and I'm already used to them so, what should I do?
    Get both Run the Rocket Ron on the front and the Racing Ralph on the rear. That was the tip from a German colleague who is going to XTerra world championship this year, he's no slouch for giving tips. I got me a set and this is what I'm going to run next. And yes, they were about 500g on a kitchen scale.

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    Anybody know where to find 2013 Rocket Ron's yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew-FSR View Post
    Anybody know where to find 2013 Rocket Ron's yet?
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    Just noticed that the 2013 Rocket Ron will be available in a 29x2.25 Snakeskin. That's pretty exciting. Now I can finally have the same Ron/Ralph combo for both rocky and non-rocky races.
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    What I'd like is a 2.35x29 Ron for the front.
    I used to use a 2.35 or 2.4 Ralph but prefer Rons more aggressive pattern on the side knobs, so I settle for 2.25 front and rear Ro/Ra.

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    Check out the Nobby Nic.

    Also, did Schwalbe actually raise their prices? They sell the most expensive tires already. $90 for one bicycle tire.


    Quote Originally Posted by Noclutch View Post
    What I'd like is a 2.35x29 Ron for the front.
    I used to use a 2.35 or 2.4 Ralph but prefer Rons more aggressive pattern on the side knobs, so I settle for 2.25 front and rear Ro/Ra.

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    I'm looking forward to hearing some ride reports of the new for 2013 Rocket Ron. I am not that impressed with the 2012 variety, but the preview here on MTBR looked like Schwalbe tried to address all the stuff I didn't like. (Squirmy, fragile shoulder knobs, poor cornering grip on loose-over-hardpack.)

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    Rocket Ron 29" 2.25

    Well, my experience with rons, BUT 2011, (Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29 x 2.25
    67EPI Kevlar bead / Performance Serie) is, that through the 150 KM I've done on them, I have already twice had a flat tire. Mostly city rides, bit in some mud, but nothing, that should cause the defects I mentioned so often. Some other users report the same problems with Rons, but as I mentioned: mine were the 2011 and performance series - a bit lighter in weight, but therefore with thinner side walls. I also find them not so good for the back wheel, as the side knobs are a bit small and bend in some tight curves, causing the back wheel to wash out a bit. But that is all my own personal opinion. Personally I would opt for tires with bigger knobs and some bit tougher, even if a bit heavier, maybe maxxis ardent or so. The relatively high prices of Schwalbe are also to consider. Happy trails, Fil

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