Schwalbe’s Nobby Nic Tire is a perennial favorite, and for good reason. Its versatile tread makes it keen to tackle a wide variety of terrain types, and now the newest Nic is making it even better, even for the 26-inch mountain bike wheel. For the third generation, Nic’s proven, all-condition tread pattern gets mildly revised, with new slits in the blocks along the center and shoulders. The pattern is equal parts fast-rolling and earth-grabbing, comfortable on varsity-level technical terrain but ready to race on a more hardpacked course, as well. Also new this year, Nic’s tubeless-readiness has changed names, from TL to TL Easy, emphasizing what Schwalbe wants its customers to know it’s one of the easiest tires to install and set up tubeless. The tough SnakeSkin carcass returns, but this year it’s also joined by an even tougher Double Defense casing version, armoring you against punctures like no Schwalbe ever has before.
Execution : Evolution Line
Rim Compatibility : 29″ Clincher or Tubeless
Width : 2.25″