Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin 2.25in tyre review£44.99

Good all-round rubber

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Nobby Nic was the pioneer of big grippy tyes that were light enough to race. It’s been tweaked to be tougher and grippier, while losing weight.

The knobs have been moved slightly to clump them together and increased in height for more bite on loose or damp trails. The bigger blocks are less prone to squirming when you really work the tyre hard.

Both tyres are now fitted ‘front way round’, which most Nic users do anyway. The result of these changes is a slightly slower feel but overall traction is noticeably better, and acceleration and agility is still excellent.

While all versions get tougher sidewalls, the Snakeskin version is extra protected so you can tackle rocky trails with confidence rather than tiptoeing through them. Its increased longevity also offsets its high price.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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