Schwalbe Nobby Nic Tire - 27.5in
SchwalbeNobby Nic Tire - 27.5in

The nobbler.

They say you can’t teach an old Nic new tricks, but try telling that to Schwalbe, which has updated the Classic Nobby Nice 27.5in Tire to make it faster, grippier, burlier, and just plain better-er. Angled knobs on the edges let you lay your bike over and corner like you’re on rails, and the smaller center knobs keep things turning over fast when you’re on flatter, straighter trails.

The Nic comes with two rubber compounds as well. More XC-oriented riders will dig the fast-rolling PaceStar rubber, while gnar hunters should take a look at the softer, stickier TrailStar compound—though both rubbers will handle pretty much whatever you throw at them, extreme cases aside. SnakeSkin is Schwalbe’s standard (and plenty tough) casing, but if you ride over lots of sharp rocks or tend to otherwise put your tires through hell, the extra-burly Double Defense might be your best friend. Schwalbe also updated its tubeless system, turning “TL” into “TL Easy” to emphasize just how simple it makes ditching tubes.

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2,35, in ibis HD3 and R. Slayer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use as rear tire, is fast uphill, downhill is faster than H. Dampf, brake less, but corner better, the relation grip / rolling resistance is great, maybe the best, but not the grippiest, the puncture resistance is ok, but i would be great if they make a SG version, they wear fast, like 2 moths (riding 4 times / week, 1-2 hrs, with rocky terrain), fast agresive rear tire, in front i dont know, maybe for a trail bike

Huge confidence booster...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Was referred by an Enduro racer to these, and although we don't hit that circuit we find ourselves in those situations often. He said they were great on trails, fireroads and any dirt you could throw at it.
These were for my son, who is getting really aggressive on climbs and speedy on downhills, but was lacking confidence with his old tires. First ride out on these and he smoked his Strava times both uphill and downhill. When I asked him what felt different, he said there were some corners that he was literally thinking he was over the edge and was about to launch, only to find himself on the trail past the turn heading in the right direction instead. HUGE GRIN!!

I have the 29" on my bike and find it the same. Great sticky tires. Not too much drag when not hammering, and major confidence boost in the corners.

Getting to the mud season and have hear they shed mud really well.

NOT Tubeless Easy!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered these tires on deep sale because they're phasing to new rubber compounds. $90 is outrageous for even an exceptional tire (Maxxis and Specialized tires all day for $50-$60 online or in a shop) so I was happy to pay $40 each. I've been looking at swapping out my Maxxis Minion DHF/DHRII tires for something lighter and a little faster rolling because I rarely ride terrain which demands such aggressive tires anymore. I had a set of the old nobby nics and was disappointed with their durability, but I've heard that the redesign is much better. The knobs are on the small side, but are square, and well spaced so they should grip and clear soft soil pretty well.
I was hoping for an easy time installing these tires, however, these tires proved to be the most difficult tire I've tried to set up tubeless. Despite having set up 2 sets of different tires with no fuss on my Specialized Roval Traverse SL wheels (Maxxis Minion DHF/DHRII and Specialized Butcher/Purgatory) I could not get these tires to seat with my floor pump and had to resort to a blast from a shop compressor. Even with a compressor, I had to manipulate the bead by hand to coax the bead up into the rim to seat. I know that the interface of the tire's bead to the rim can vary a lot from wheel to wheel, so YMMV. Once seated the tires are holding air with no visible pin holes or weeping sidewalls, so that's good. The tires were pretty close to claimed weight and width at 40PSI (Tire 1: 694g, 2.35" wide, Tire 2: 759g, 2.34" at widest point). However, I noticed the tread on both tires was only about 2.15" wide. I don't know if this is important for handling or not, but the tread on the tires I was running previously was closer to the same width as the sidewall.
With all that said, unless these tires blow me away with their performance on the trail I doubt I'll buy another set of Schwalbes at retail price: they're too difficult to set up tubeless on my wheels, and they're too expensive at full price.

* I'm updating my initial impressions now that I've had a chance to ride the tires a handfull of times. After the annoyance of getting the tires mounted subsided and I had a chance to go for a ride my feelings about the tires changed. I was running Maxxis DHF/DHR2 tires previously which are massively grippy but weigh close to 1kg each and feel like churning through peanut butter even on hardpack. I noticed the significant reduction in weight (about 500g or about a pound) before I even hit the dirt while lifting my bike onto the bike rack. On trail, unsurprisingly, my Stumpjumper felt like a different bike; acceleration was easier, and maintaining momentum was easier due to the light weight and low rolling resistance. The "Pace-Star" compound was softer than I expected (feels close to Maxxis Maxterra compound). Traction was quite good on hardpack, gravel, soft soil and even wet roots. Drifting was easy and predictable (just unweight the suspension to drift, push down or catch a berm when you want to stop), and the round profile made initiating turns intuitive. Slaloming from edge to edge a blast. This is a fun tire in the right conditions, which leads to the things I don't like about this tire. Due to the light, flexible casing I was forced to increase my tire pressure to avoid rim strikes. At close to 30psi the tire feels firm but compliant, however I had increased vibration through the bars and pedals. Additionally, when riding over rocks, roots and square edge hits the tire makes this loud pinging sound which I can't tell if it's the tire rebounding, or knobs snapping around or if I'm actually pinging the rim. I haven't seen any visible dents in my rim after 5 rides, but the sound is disconcerting. As a result, I can't recommend this tire if you ride in rough terrain. However, as an all-around, all conditions XC tire the Nobby Nic is great.

No complaints

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When racing I run Racing Ralph's front and rear but I keep a Nobby Nic mounted on the front of my spare wheels. I typically run it early and late season when conditions are looser or wetter. Mounts tubeless with no fuss. Durable enough to keep me happy. I've used the 2.25" and 2.35" versions. Pros and cons to each.

No complaints

Great tire

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I had to replace my wife's back tire, these were the tires that were originally on the bike. She has loved them so we decided to replace it with the same thing. Great tractions for her and her cross-country riding.

Good tires but don't last super long!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am super happy with the performance of these tires but not as happy with how long they have lasted. I think that they wore out relatively quickly in comparison with the price of the tire. I expected them to last a bit longer. I would buy again though due to the great feeling they provided on the trail. I guess I'll sacrifice durability for ride quality.

So fast, so grip

    Awesome rolling resistance and great grip, a great all mountain option.

    Trailstar for the win

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Shwalbe is notorious for producing excellent performing tires without weighing your bike down too much. The revised tread pattern and compound of the Nobby Nic offer the same great traction as the previous version with an increased longevity.

    Plenty o' traction!

      I have used the Nobby Nic on 27.5 and 29er builds, as both a front and rear tire. Up front the Nobby Nic provides great traction and tracking in both hard pack and loose dirt and rock. Also for a tire that has such an aggressive tread pattern, overall weight is really respectable. Durability is good and I usually get more than a full season off of a pair.

      Plenty o' traction!


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These tire are a pain in the..... to setup tubeless. They have a very stiff bead and getting these puppies to seat is nearly impossible. Once you get them installed and aired up the performance is great; fast rolling and great cornering traction.

      ***Will need air compressor with mega pressure to get these set up tubeless

      You must be mistaken. After all, these are "Tubeless Easy" tires. JK. I just bought one of these in 26" for my bike but haven't mounted it yet. Hopefully I have better luck than you. I stopped buying Continentals because I was getting so frustrated mounting them. I'll post a review on the 26" version when I mount (or fail to mount) it.

      I have found if I air them up with a tube first and let them set overnight it is a breeze getting them to seat tubeless the next day.

      Bison Escapers

      Bison Escapers

      Versatile tire

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I chose the Nobby Nic to put on my oh-so versatile Santa Cruz 5010. I have mainly been riding hardpack rocky trail with short sandy sections and I love the grip. Looking forward to seeing how they do on slick rock trails in Moab and southern UT. This is an all-around great tire for a cross-country, all-mountain or Enduro bike. I went with the 2.35in. Give me a shout if you want to talk shop.

      Versatile tire

      hi Eric did you put these on the front and back?? also do you know how much they weigh? Thanks!

      All around grip

        So I was not a fan of the last Nobby Nic. However, the updated tread pattern on this tire is much improved, and not only rolls better but also provides much more cornering grip.

        If you are in the market for a tire that works well in hard conditions, but can still hold it's own in sandy, muddy, or rocky conditions this is a great option. It may not excel at any one specific thing, but it does most everything well. So if you are constantly riding in differing conditions this might just be the best option for you.

        In general this is a great tire. It is super lightweight for a tire that has this knobby of a tread pattern, and comes with a fairly protected sidewall. I am happy with these tires.

        Horrible tire

          Had these equipped front and back. I ride a lot of loose rock/ sandy down hills. These tires slide out way to easy.

          Good tire

            This is a trailstar tire, not pacestar as is mentioned in the description. I had to return it since I wanted the pacestar compound. Fix your info....