One thing is certain: The Sea Otter Festival 2015 is all about the new plus-size tires. Yesterday we wrote about the all-new Rocky Mountain Sherpa and presented you our first riding impressions of the Specialized Enduro with 6Fattie 27.5+ tires. Today Schwalbe has some exciting news: Both their Nobby Nic and their Rocket Ron lineup will be available in two plus-sizes.

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Both the Rocket Ron and the Nobby Nic will be availabe in 27.5×2.8″ and 27,5×3.0″. Schwalbe choose to offer more than one Plus size to fullfill the needs of sportive (2.8″) but also more comfort-oriented (3.0″) riders. Schwalbe recommends a minimum inner rim width of 40mm.

While you still recognize the well-known profile patterns at the plus tires, Schwalbe did more than just “blowing up” the regular tires. Knobs were sized down and their positions changed slightly to adapt to the immense area of contact the plus tires offer.

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5+

  • available in 27.5″x2.8″ und 27.5″x3.0″
  • proven tread with wide range of applications
  • optional in PaceStar & TrailStar Compound
  • optional in SnakeSkin/TL-Easy & Performance version
  • Available in Fall 2015 (Eurobike)
  • Weight: 820 g (27.5×2.8, EVO, SnakeSkin / TL-Easy, PaceStar) / 870 g ((27.5×3.0, EVO, SnakeSkin / TL-Easy, PaceStar)
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Schwalbe Rocket Ron 27.5+

  • Available in 27.5″x2.8″ und 27.5″x3.0″
  • incredible grip with low weight and rolling resistance
  • Pace Star Triple Compound
  • optional in SnakeSkin/TL-Easy, LiteSkin & Performance version
  • Available in Fall 2015 (Eurobike)
  • weight: 695g (27.5×2.8, EVO, LiteSkin, PaceStar) / 785g ((27.5×2,8, EVO, SnakeSkin / TL-Easy, PaceStar), add around 40 g per tire for the 3.0″ version
Schwalbe Rocket Ron 27.5+
Schwalbe Rocket Ron 27.5+

Words: Aaron Steinke Photos: Robin Schmitt

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Aaron was our first employee and actively helped make our company what it is today, significantly shaping the look and direction of our various magazines. Aaron has been pursuing his own projects since mid-2020 but he continues to advise and support us on issues of marketing and technology. For many years, you would usually have found Aaron at casual enduro races, but increasingly you'll find him riding his road bike – long live freedom on two wheels!