Schwalbe spends $1.5 million on new Addix tire compounds

Four new MTB compounds and a high-tech process

For 2017 Schwalbe did not release a new, world-conquering tread pattern — instead the German brand reformulated the rubber compounds that make up its mountain bike tires. Four new Addix compounds cover the gamut from cross-country speed to full-on downhill durability.   

Similar to a motorcycle tire, the tread features a colored band indicating which Addix compound
Similar to a motorcycle tire, the tread features a colored band indicating which Addix compound

Million-dollar tires

Schwalbe invested $1.5 million in new machinery claimed to be the most advanced and provide the most precise mixing process in the bicycle tire industry. With technology typically used only for automotive tires, Schwalbe's new hardware allows it to precisely control all the variables of rubber making, including speed and temperature, whereas most bike tire makers simply control just time, Schwalbe claims. 

Addix Ultra Soft is the enduro and downhill compound found in the Magic Mary and Dirty Dan
Addix Ultra Soft is the enduro and downhill compound found in the Magic Mary and Dirty Dan

Four new Addix compounds make up the Schwalbe line of mountain bike tires:

Addix Speed is for cross-country racing, and Schwalbe says it's the fastest-rolling compound the company has ever created. Tires using this compound include Rocket Ron, Racing Ralph, Thunder Burt and Furious Fred.

The Addix Speedgrip compound falls in the all mountain/trail category. Speedgrip replaces the Pacestar compound, and can found on Magic Mary, Hans Dampf, Rock Razor, Fat Albert, Nobby Nic, Rocket Ron, Racing Ralph, Dirty Dan XC and Jumbo Jim tires. 

The Addix Soft compound is for enduro and downhill tires, and replaces Schwalbe's Trailstar compound. In addition to claiming decreased rolling resistance and improved cold weather performance, durability is reported to have been improved by 50%. Tires featuring the Soft compound include Magic Mary, Hans Dampf, Rock Razor and Fat Albert front. 

Addix Ultra Soft is a super tacky rubber compound that takes over the Vertstar spot. This gravity-focused compound is said to be ideal as a front tire for enduro and as a front and rear for downhill. 

Availability

The tires are available now in the US, and will be June 1 in Europe. No Australian dates were given.
Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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