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Schwalbe Albert Tire

Average User Rating: (Good)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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“Rear Fat Albert 2.40 Pacestar Review”

The Good: Climbing grip and reasonable rolling resistance, can be picked up cheaply online, big volume, easy setup tubeless and matches up with Hans Dampf.

The Bad: Hideous cornering feel, wobble central on road or hardpack or even anything remotely not soft, even if soft very average. 'It's more expensive therefore it's better' marketing.

Overall Review:

Seems like Schwalbe Albert is a prototype for Fat Albert, and Fat Albert front and rear are simply the prototype for Hans Dampf. I have a Hans Dampf Pacestar on the front and had a Rock Razor on the rear. The Razor and Hans Dampf are great tires but the side knobs ripped off the Pacestar version of the IMHO too weak Rock Razor sadly, the Hans Dampf had plenty of life left in it, and I wasn't ready to quit on Schwalbe (for a 2nd time) yet so I picked up the Fat Albert rear specific tire online for a nice little discount ($30). Wish I hadn't and I'd waited for a 'performance' single ply HD. Put simply, although there are many of the redeeming features offered by Schwalbe off-road tires, such as easy tubeless setup and high volume, this tire fails on corners and is a hideous bag of jello on any kind of corner remotely not soft, scary and confidence damaging. Hans Dampf is a great tire, for trail riding even aggressively and I'd much rather have it on the back than this mediocre thing.

When you physically manipulate the side knobs on the Fat Albert they seem like some kind of gummi candy, and it's not a surprise that they handle the same way!

Avoid this tire, stay with Hans Dampf, Rock Razor (if you can stomach the short lifespan or wait for a 'performance' version) or run Maxxis, or Continental.

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“Schwalbe fat albert 2.40”

The Good: Lot of grip on soft terrains like wet soil, mud or grass. Easy to turn into the corners. Good durability.

The Bad: Too much resistance to roll. Specially tiring in long enduro trails.

Overall Review:

Lot of grip on soft terrains like wet soil, mud or grass. Easy to turn into the corners. Good durability.

Too much resistance to roll. Specially tiring in long enduro trails.

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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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Miscellaneous S-Skin. 3 star trail triple compound Enduro & Freeride Compound Easy rolling base layer (base) Grippy center (medium soft) Extra-grippy shoulders (soft) Triple Star Compound. We have taken the development of Triple Compound a step further. In the co ....
Price $14.50
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry