2009/07/13

Rocket who?



Nothing but praise for Ralph, he's a happy going type of guy that likes to play and have fun pretty much everywhere, whatever the situation but he doesn't like to get too wet. The kiddie pool is fine but he's not a swimmer, a surfer or a mud wrestler.

Mud, rain and bad weather and riding conditions has been a popular topic lately but it's just bad to the point you can't avoid talking about it. And the Raid Vélo Mag when wet is a real mess apparently and has scared more than a few. Rain, rain and more rain means the course is going to be a muddy hell and Ralph is getting a bit nervous. So I called in some reinforcement: Ron, Rocket Ron.

The Schwalbe Rocket Ron features the same type of knobs and quality rubber as the Racing Ralph, still fast but a much more opened thread that cleans itself well and can handle the conditions we have this summer better. They are not dedicated mud tires but they should be much better and of more use than full on mudders. As a bonus, they are among the lightest knobbies out there. Hopefully, they'll get to me in time for the weekend, might be tight...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not to happy with them Dan. I've been trying them as from april, in various set-ups. Rocket R front, Racing R rear in the dry, Nobby N front, Rocket R rear for the wets, but eather way, they're not giving the expected grip. In the dry set up, they're simply to slippery on the wet rocks, not giving the full traction. If you're on sandy roads, they'll work just fine. But in the wets, I prefer the NN in front. Plenty of confidence, all the time ...

BigJay said...

...and if needed, i have 2 sets of Nobby NIC 2.25 UST... i could sell you a pair...

Dan Gerous said...

Anonymous: the Raid Vélo Mag has long sections of sandy soil. I might use a Nobby Nic up front if the Rons don't show up in time.

BigJay: Not sure a 2.25 fits the rear end of my Scalpel with enough clearance for mud...

Jason said...

I ran the 2.25 UST Rocket Ron today on my '09 Scalpel for the first time and was getting some rub, but not terrible. Have you stuck with this tire? I like them, even put the 2.4 with a tube up front and my Scalpel is now VERY moto!

Dan Gerous said...

I actually only used a Rocket Ron once, front only, 2.1 UST for a race following some rain, there were a few greasy sections, some wet roots... I thought it was pretty good. Cornered well and securely, not feeling too slow either.

If it's the same with the Rocket Rons as the Racing Ralphs, the UST are bigger than the same size in non-UST, the 2.1 RR tubed are noticably skinnier and lower volume than the 2.1 UST...

jason said...

Re-dished the rear wheel and now the 2.25 UST Rocket doesn't rub anymore. The combo of the 2.4 Rocket Ron front, 2.25 UST RR in the back is stellar! Maybe a little overkill for racing but for everyday riding I can't imagine a better setup on the Scalpel.

Anonymous said...

I have experimented the same results : Schwalbe Rocket Ron and Racing Ralph are very good in traction, even if the knobs are small. Also, I stopped using them because of their reaction on wet on dry conditions on the front wheel. They slip and in a way that I feel not secured. Specialized tires are much better in this way. The Schwalbe are also sensible to puncture are are used very fast. Light weight ok, but only for competition and manufacturers of bike that use them to announce the lightest weight. I look elsewhere now.