New Schwalbe – Interbike 2011

Radical change for Racing Ralph

Since this was my tire of choice last race season, I’m pretty excited to try the new version!

A faster and grippier Racing Ralph: At this year’s show Schwalbe presented a completely new Racing Ralph for Cross Country and Marathon.  Says Schwalbe, the U-block shoulder lugs are revolutionary: They are positioned against the direction of travel in order to provide more cornering control. Together with other Schwalbe tires Nobby Nic and Furious Fred it is the basis for a 3-Tire-Race-System, from which riders can select the ideal tire combination for any track.

“The thing that was still missing, was side grip”, reported Schwalbe technician Markus Hachmeyer on the forerunner of the Racing Ralph. The new version grips curves more surely – and is now the perfect all-rounder for competition racing.

The U-shape of the lugs and the newly conceived lay-out arrangement provides even more grip in curves. Reason: Every tire wants to move outward in a curve, but with their forward facing, half-open serrations U-blocks fight against it. The surprising effect: Less under-steer, more stability – restraint of curve forces.

Ultremo ZX


The Ultremo is the pinnacle of Schwalbe’s ambition. They strived relentlessly to increase its speed and installed the ZX with HD Speed Guard and RaceStar Triple Compound. Both components are perfectly tuned to the requirements of an outstanding competition tire.

The result: Significant reduction in rolling resistance. Even so they used additional material to reinforce the tire shoulders and to ensure a considerable increase in mileage.

And… check out the new colours!

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