Schwalbe Wicked Will Ultimate edition trail mountain bike tire 29 x 2-4 actual weight review_-7 It’s been a while since we’ve seen Wicked Will . So long in fact, that 26″ tires were still the size of choice for the world of downhill. A lot has changed since then. Most 26″ tires have been pushed out in favor of 27.5 or 29″, mountain bikes perform better than ever, and new categories like “downcountry” have gained in popularity.
Much like “groad bikes”, we’re not a big fan of the downcountry name, but we absolutely love the bikes. There’s just something so satisfying about a bike that is XC-fast, but doesn’t hold you back when the trail points down. With the right set of tires, the potential of these bikes can seem to be almost… unlimited. Which is where the all new Schwalbe Wicked Will comes in. Reborn as an all purpose Trail tire, the new Wicked Will isn’t quite XC, and it’s not full-on Enduro. Which is exactly the point.
According to Schwalbe, the new Wicked Will slots in between the Racing Ralph and the Nobby Nic. Combining the tread depth of an XC tire with the block shaping, siping, and proportions of a more aggressive tire, you end up with the Goldilocks of trail tires – fast enough for XC use, but enough grip for more aggressive riding. Semi-Ramped Tread Design
How did they do it? Schwalbe says the secret is in the “semi-ramp” knobs. The center tread blocks are ramped, […]