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  1. #1
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    Schwalbe Big Apple vs. Specialized Armadillo Hemisphere

    Can you experienced users please help with a few points? Thanks!

    People mentioned these two tires when I posted before about wanting practical city tires for my 26" f/s mb. I'll tire-switch, keeping my knobbies for the dirt and using city tires to cope with paved streets, glass, curb-hopping and general urban hazards. I've checked all the threads and reviews, but have a few question areas I wish I knew more about before I place an order. Also, there's not much info out there on the Big Apples.

    BIG APPLE (2.0 size):

    - do they corner well on wet streets?
    - how is the puncture resistance?
    - how difficult are they to get on and off?
    - how do the tires perform on city conservation area-type dirt trails?

    HEMISPHERE (1.95 size)

    - general cornering?
    - wet street cornering?
    - difficult to get on and off?

    If there's anything else you'd like to say about the tires, please do!

  2. #2
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    I've been running the Big Apple 2.0 on my commuter for the past 2 years (alternating with studded Nokians during the icy months). No problems with mounting/dismounting. No problems with non-technical dirt. No flats yet. I would run the 2.35 or their new SuperMoto if they would fit under my fenders.

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