How did the individual tires rate on Roadways…anyone Know?
I have now ordered a new 29" and have a day or two to confirm my tire choice.
The Schwalbe Big Apple (700c x 2.35) concerns me since it reacts strongly to road crown - which I have here on local streets. I don’t necessarily want to “Get Used” to a challenging tire if there are better options,
The Nano Raptor is mainly a light trail tire. I know it has it’s drawback on hard surfaces if pressure isn’t right. But, that aside, anyone using one of these on the street?
Also, any of the riders from U-Turn’s study want to chime in?
Actually the study is still under way, and the riders have committed to not comment until all the riders have finished and I have had time to develop a summary from their responses. This approach gives all riders equal weight and incentive to finish.
Well the 2.3 is, IMHO, a great tire for unicycling. There are few of them, and this is one of them. It handles bumps well, turns like a dream (more smoothly than any other tire, I think), has a mini-Cokerish feel, but still climbs nicely. It reacts to crowns better than most, including the Coker tire, but one does have to fight it some.
The 2.0 does not turn real well and has no mini-Cokerish feel. However, it climbs extremely well, is light and responsive, and has plenty of padding for bumps and things. And it absolutely ignores road crown, in my experience. I would say this tire is as “great” as the 2.0, but for specialty road use (lots of hills, crowned roads).
Their cross-sectional profiles are similar, but the internal construction apparently does not scale in a way that their performance is similar.
If you are riding around town, doing lots of turns, get the 2.3. If you are doing distance and climbing lots of hills, get the 2.0.
U-turn and Roadkill-- I’m really looking forward to learning the
results of the 29er tire study. Personally, I prefer the the 2.1
Nanoraptor (NR) for general purpose riding on all surfaces. Granted,
the Nanoraptor is not as Cokerishly smooth as the 2.35 Schwalbe Big
Apple (BA), but I like the performance of the NR (over the BA) on
crowned, sloped, or slanted surfaces. Most of the residential roads
and bike paths in my area are crowned or banked. I find that it’s a
much more of a struggle for me to control the BA on these surfaces,
particularly on banked, twisty bike paths. This is not a problem with
the NR. I love the feel of the BA, but the NR gives me much less
anxiety. --carl (Grand Forks, North Dakota)
Actually your original request was for “on the street”. I’d only use the BA on light, hard surfaced paths with few or no obstructions. It likes a higher pressure which is not conducive to riding rougher trails.
The Nanos are a great all round tyre- it works fine on the road, whereas something more aggressive will probably get all the knobs rubbed off in a couple of rides. Off road the Nanos work fine too.
On our Queen Charlotte Ride three of the four unicyclists were on Nanos, which hooked up well on the clay singletrack. It was a little slippery in the mud, not quite as good as the Motoraptor I was using. But then the Motos are really only an off-road tyre.
I haven’t tried the Big Apple, but from what I’ve heard it works well as a road only tyre.