Schwalbe Announces the new Nobby Nic

by Brian Mullin on June 6, 2014

Schwalbe
has just announced the imminent release of the third generation of their popular Nobby Nic tire. The
Nobby Nic can be used for a wide range of applications, from x-country,
All Mountain and even Enduro, and it still retains great riding
performance, low weight and good rolling resistance.

The
updated Nobby Nic is Tubeless Easy, and comes with a new monofilament
SnakeSkin fabric on the sidewall for the ultimate in protection. The
tread has been completely redesigned to be even more versatile and to
work in a variety of conditions and terrain.

They optimized every single
block on the tire, and the size, shape, surface, and position of each
of them have been tweaked for optimal performance. It has stronger outer blocks for better control, optimized center blocks for improved traction and braking and cornering, and siping for additional braking and gripping.

They’re making
the new Nobby Nic in both the upscale Evolution and cheaper Performance
lines. The Evolution has their Triple Star Compound (PaceStar, TrailStar, GateStar), SnakeSkin and Lite sidewalls, and comes in 26″ (2.1, 2.25,
2.35), 27.5″(2.25, 2.35) and 29″ (2.25, 2.35) sizing. The Performance
has their Dual compound, Lite sidewalls, and comes in 26″ (2.1, 2.25,
2.35), 27.5″(2.25, 2.35) and 29″ (2.25, 2.35) sizes.

Markus Hachmeyer, Schwalbe’s chief R&D engineer summed up the Nobby Nic:

“It‘s not the fastest Cross-Country tire, not the toughest Enduro tire and also not the most grippy mud tire, but if you are looking for a tire that works in every situation, a tire that is never the wrong one, when it doesn’t matter what the weather is like, and no matter what kind of terrain is awaiting you, there is no better choice than the new Nobby Nic”.

The new Nobby Nic will be available in the Fall, and prices haven’t been announced as yet.

New SnakeSkin

I
have always liked the Schwalbe’s SnakeSkin sidewall protection, and
over the years, it has kept me from getting many tears from the sharp
rocky terrain that I frequent. This year, Schwalbe has redesigned their
SnakeSkin fabric, and they’re now using a monofilament polyamide fiber,
which is supposed to offer better cut resistance, enhanced Snakebite
protection and easier tubeless conversion. They touted a 18% increase in
cut-resistance over the previous mutifilament fiber design, which should definitely make for an even tougher tire.

Evolution Specs:

SIZE VERSIONS COMPOUND BEAD SIDEWALL WEIGHT
26×2.10 TL Easy PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin 515 g
26×2.25 TL Easy PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin 580 g
26×2.25 TL Easy GateStar Folding SnakeSkin 580 g
26×2.25 Double Defense PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin n.a.
26×2.25 LiteSkin PaceStar Folding Lite 545 g
26×2.35 TL Easy PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin 645 g
26×2.35 TL Easy TrailStar Folding SnakeSkin 645 g
27.5×2.25 TL Easy PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin 610 g
27.5×2.25 LiteSkin PaceStar Folding Lite 575 g
27.5×2.25 Double Defense PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin n.a.
27.5×2.35 TL Easy PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin 685 g
27.5×2.35 TL Easy TrailStar Folding SnakeSkin 685 g
29×2.25 TL Easy PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin 650 g
29×2.25 LiteSkin PaceStar Folding Lite 650 g
29×2.25 Double Defense PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin n.a.
29×2.35 TL Easy PaceStar Folding SnakeSkin 725 g
29×2.35 TL Easy TrailStar Folding SnakeSkin 725 g

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