I am riding the 700x50, Not an inexpensive tire, but super light (for its dimensions).
It came on a new Niner RLT e9 RDO and I am amazed how well it rolls with no assist. It simply coasts faster) compared to other bikes and riders, (a good comparison for a light rider like me) and pedaling it on the flats unassisted it simply rolls amazingly well. All of my road and gravel bikes have smaller dimension tires, and as an old road racer I was always thinking smaller/lighter tires were faster. Now I have a really quick, almost fat, 2bless wheelset. One word of caution, I am accustomed to riding 2.6-3.0 Rocket Rons on my carbon stump jumper at really low pressure, 12 psi rear/11 psi front as example in the woods.
This tire does not like to be squishy low when riding on pavement or hard gravel which is almost exclusively where I ride it. When tire pressure is low, it moves laterally, a LOT with uneven surfaces. It is not a tread designed for woods, so I have ridden it there, but the tire is really not made for slippery roots, rocks, etc.
On road it has very good traction, I can lay it over in a turn (with good tire pressure) and it tracks and holds like one of my good road bikes with much smaller dimension tires.
A good tire, I bought a couple of spares because one review I read mentioned low tread life. I have 1200 miles on this set in just a couple of months, and in spite of it being an e-bike, tire wear is not noticeable at this time.
I don't use boost much, occasionally on hills at the end of the ride and I am tired. So I may not be typical of the e-bike boost blaster mentality which could chew up tires I suppose. 71 years old will do that to ya after 60-70 miles of hilly northwest riding.... then I dial in some help!
700x30 (BTW) I'd hoped these would be the magic, no trade offs, perfect-blend-of-traction-and-roll tire that everyone has talked about. Alas, they don't roll nearly as well as supple road tires. Oh well, they are the widest tires I can run on my road bike and they stick to everything - rough gravel, loose gravel, rocks, roots - almost everything I've run them on. I'll keep them around, on a set of rims that I use for rough roads. I'll stick to my beloved Vittora Corsa for smooth roads and days that I want to feel my tires to roll effortlessly.
The first thing you'll notice about these tires is the weight. They're on the heavy side. But once you handle the rubber, it's completely evident that the weight is added by the quality. These tires are thick and juicy. Lots of good gripping rubber on the ground. They soak up vibrations very well and keep good purchase on the asphalt. I'm pleased with these tires and would do it again. These tires are badass despite the extra weight. Recommended!
I use these tires on my Sage Titanium Barlow gravel bike in a mix of road, fire road, and single track. The set-up really nicely on a pair of Enve 4.5 AR rims and can run low pressures for days when one might be inclined to ride something a bit more technical. I ran them on Lolo Pass with no issues last month and use them regularly on fire roads throughout the Portland Metro area. I've previously run the 32mm version (which lasted all winter and well into the summer in really nasty conditions). Now, I'm running the 35mm version.
These were my first set of tubeless tires. I originally mounted them on some DT Swiss aluminum rims with 20mm of internal width. Mounting the tires wasn't all that hard. It seemed to help to wear some rubberized work gloves to pull the bead over then rim (dry) with just a little bit of final help with a plastic tire lever. The mounted tires measured exactly 30mm as labeled.
These rode much smoother than the tubed tires I had previously ridden with, but I don't have other tubeless tires experience to compare them too. They seem fast and corner nicely. I've only ridden them on pavement (but rough in places). With 600 miles on them now, no flats at all and wear is very minimal.
I just mounted the same tires on some Zipp carbon rims with a 25mm internal width. Mounted tires now measure 32mm. Just one ride in so far on this setup at 52/56 psi. (I weigh 173 lbs.) and they felt smooth and awesome, even on some pretty rough Seattle roads.
Mounting on these rims was a bit more work. I still did it dry, but had to crank on the tire levers pretty hard. I expect my installation technique could improve (only my second tubeless mounting), but I do question whether I would be able to mange a repair in the field if I had to install a tube to get me home.
My first tubuless set, really easy to set up, unfortunately they wear really fast, barely 500 miles in and need to replace the rear tire already, very disappointed for the price. This is on mostly road riding and occasionally a light gravel path. Got Rene Herse tires last year on my gravel bike and they here fine even after 2500 miles!
Running 35mm tubeless the tire feels almost as fast as a 28 road tire. Good grip on and off pavement despite the teeny knobs. I ride 90% paved and this tire is no compromise on dirt or gravel sections. Loving it for a rear tire on gravel rides.
I do not have anything to dislike with the product. It is fast. 35 mm tubeless keeps up with any of the narrower tires and in many situations it is simply faster. I use this on my new Specialized Creo. I put them on so I could use the bike on a gravel ride friends were doing, but I liked them so much I haven't gone back to the 28 mm tires. I rode them today on some pretty gnarly dirt roads(?) and they worked fine.
This is the second set of these tires I have mounted on my Scott Addict Gravel bike. Love how easy they Mount and seal as Tubeless tires and the ride is everything you expect from Schwalbe. I got a larger width this go around. And I havent been disappointed.
I mounted these tubeless and have to ride on my gravel bike. I was surprised how light they are and how durable.
We rode them on two bikes down the Rallarvegen in Norway that is 30
Miles with, seemingly, 20 miles of rock gardens. Not a single problem and they worked great.
Also, when riding them on my normal road bike routes, I was surprised at how fast they were - did not feel at all like a gravel tire. Theyre very supple and five a plush ride.
So Im a big fan of these tires. Do set them up tubeless (which is what they were designed for). Riding them with tubes covers up much of what makes these such a great tire.
All that said, I would not say they are a tire you should expect to excel at durability over distance. The compounds that make them corner so well and be supple also mean they are not going to be the longest wearing. For me, thats a trade off Im willing to make every day and twice on Sunday.
I love the way these tires ride. Some of the best I have ridden on my mostly pavement commute. My only complaint is that the rear tire wore out quicker than many tires I have used in the past.
I love how light and smooth these tires are on pavement, and they were pretty good on steep big-rock gravel roads in the Hell's Canyon area. No flats, which was amazing. In spite of biggish rocks, did not bottom out or hit rock to rim even once in about 30-40 miles.Tread material is soft and not too durable - with only 500 miles, little bumps were gone from rear tire and center of front tire. After gravel experience, several visible cord spots (12-dime size) lead me to believe this tire really isn't made for gravel. Bike Marin Gestalt3, wheels Mercury G1 wide 30-mm carbon, rider 6 feet 170 lbs, psi 50 rear, 40 front.
While expensive, I love these tires. I put them on a super stiff cross bike I have that I want to use for credit card touring. I set them up tubeless. Imagine my surprise when the ride was uber plush, my average speed was right up there with my road bike, and they gripped and carved their way though turns.
If you look at these tires, they are really light for the size - not much different than a tubular tire. Set up tubeless they are supple and comfortable and handle well. Set up with tubes in them, they feel like they have sidewalls made of hard plastic and the ride is truck-like.
So far, I have about 700 miles on them and the center slight knobs are worn down (I'm not a light rider). So I think they will last a little bit less than other tires might. But the ride quality is worth it if that's the price I have to pay for what I get out of these tires.
I think Schwalbe has done some good work here. They seem to hold up and I haven't had any punctures despite riding over some nasty stuff. I'm happy to recommend these, but set them up tubeless.
3-Star Disclaimer I attempted to run these on a winter commuter (adventure) bike. They are NOT suited for commuting on the terribly maintained shoulders in the Portland metro area. In 800 miles I had 9 flats, both tires have several significant cuts (two that require a boot), and the tread on the rear tire is already squaring off. I would have some doubts about these as gravel tires seeing as how poorly they fared, but it could just be that they don't get along with glass at all. And that I've had a run of really bad luck too.
They are very comfortable, grippy and predictable (wet and dry), surprisingly lightweight, and roll fast. I think if you just want a fast comfy tire that you could take on trailsunpaved roads they'd be pretty dang good. But if you're looking for something tough and long-lasting, I'd look elsewhere.