Schwalbe Big Apples 2.35 Tire Review - Intro
I have been very pleased with by 2.0" schwalbe big apple tires (old tread design), so when we needed a new set of tires for the bike stable . . well the choice was an obvious one.
I had always fancied a pair of 2.35 inch big apple tires so I went large on this occasion, after carefully measuring my frame to make sure they would fit.
Schwalbe Big Apples 2.35 Tire Review - Mudguards / Fenders
In the past I have not bought these larger 60mm / 2.35 big apples because I was fairly convinced I would need 65mm mud guards. You can in fact get away with 60mm provided they are perfectly aligned. The front mudguard did not pose any problems and was easy to adjust.
|60mm Mudguards / Fenders on Big Apple 2.35|
However the rear mudguard was right on the line, clearance wise. The seat stay cross member was mounted quite close to the tire, and the mudguard is butted right up against the underside to allow for enough clearance. I had to make a custom bracket and rivet it directly to the mudguard to achieve this.
So the main issue may not be the width of your mudguards / fenders I had had long suspected but the limitation of the the mudguard anchor points.
If you are buying mudguards then you wouldn't go far wrong with a pair of SKS Bluemels B65.
Schwalbe Big Apples 2.35 Tire Review - The New Tread
Schwalbe have changed the tread pattern since I purchased my last set of big apples around 3 years ago.It looks a bit more trendy, and I think I still prefer the old tread.
|Big Apple - New Tread 1|
|Big Apple - New Tread 2|
|Big Apple - New Tread 3|
Schwalbe Big Apples 2.35 Tire Review - Punctures
The single number 1 reason why I liked my old big apples soooo much was because they never got punctures, apart from that time with the flint. The older tires had Kevlar guard whilst these newer tread pattern tires come with "race guard". I had an unlucky puncture on my first ride out (sharp flint again), but now after 10 no. rides still no punctures. So the boat is not in on the puncture resistance levels. (UPDATE: 2 months no punctures)
If I can report back a year from now with no punctures then will be happy.
Schwalbe Big Apples 2.35 Tire Review - Feel / Rolling
I wanted larger tires becuase I wanted to increase my tire circumference. My old tires were 2075 mm circumference, these larger ones are 2160 mm. So I gain 8.5cm per revolution.
2160mm is a larger circumference than most race bike tires. I know this is only part of the storey.
On the road they role well at there max pressure of 4 bar or 55 psi. They feel harder than my old 2.0" tires even at this lower pressure. This would suggest that if you want to enjoy the "balloon" tire affect, then pressures of 30 - 40 psi would be required.
|Large Tread Blocks - Big Apple 2.35|
|Big Apple 2.35 - Mudguard / Fender Clearance|
Schwalbe Big Apples 2.35 Tire Review - Conclusion
I think I would still rather be riding a tire with kevlar guard rather than race guard, but aprt from that the quality and finish I expect from Schwalbe was delivered yet again.
To conclude: This is my fourth set of schwalbe tires. . . need I say more.