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    Schwalbe Tire Combination Comparison

    Hey Guys,

    I know tire opinions are all over the place, but looking for a consensus if this makes any sense:

    Currently have a Rocket Ron/Racing Ralph (HS425) combo on my FS. Works great, no issues. Probably have 500-700 miles on them.

    Prepping for the Iceman race next month, I was looking at putting on the Racing Ray on the front, with the Racing Ralph (HS490) on the rear OR, just going with the Racing Ralph both front and rear.

    Question - any major differences doing that, 1) between the Ron and the Ray, and 2) between the two different Ralph compounds?

    I'm looking for something that will roll a little better. I thought the Ray over the Ron would do that, but I haven't been able to find any info that would back that up.

    As for the 425 -> 490 Ralph, it looks like a faster tire - at least from the PR material.

    Thanks.

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    Most the studies show that the casing affects the rolling resistance more than the tread does and here's a list of lab tested results for a lot of tires.
    https://www.bicyclerollingresistance...ution-tlr-2014

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    Thanks. This might lend itself to trying a Ralph/Ralph combo.

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    I find the RR to be one of the best rolling tire combos out there.
    EXODUX Jeff

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    Yes, the Ralphs are crazy fast. I prefer the 27.5x2.6 Rocket Ron's as I like the volume. But, I tried the RoRo in a 29x2.25 and was really disappointed - not available in a 2.6.

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    Just throw a 2.25 ThunderBurt on the rear if you want a fast rolling tire with the Racing Ralph on the front. Heck, a cyclocross bike was ridden to victory last year, right?

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    if the course is mostly gravel road then thunderburt front and rear

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