With the increasing challenges and variability of modern XC courses, Schwalbe wants to create a balance between “cornering, acceleration, grip, rolling resistance and braking performance”.
Schwalbe claims to have designed specific treads for the front and rear tyre, providing the riding characteristics required at each end.
We saw them in the flesh while riding the new Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD. Sadly, the riding conditions were so claggy that the tyres felt too overwhelmed in the mud to draw any real first ride conclusions. However, our resident XC bad man Joe will be getting a pair in for testing, so keep your eyes peeled for a review soon.
New Schwalbe Racing Ray
The new Racing Ray is for the frontSchwalbe
Aggressive tread with pronounced, stable side blocks for reliable cornering
Relatively closed centre tread for good rolling characteristics
Designed with edges facing along the length of tyre for cornering grip
Only available with Addix Speedgrip compound
Schwalbe Racing Ralph
The updated Racing Ralph is for the backSchwalbe
Intended for use at the back, though can be used at the front in dry conditions
Updated tread pattern from the old version
Large blocks in the middle for good traction
Lots of square edges for propulsion and grip
Good rolling with an even bearing surface
Available with Addix Speed compound
The new tyres are tubeless-ready and will be available from July priced €57.90 each (international pricing TBC).