Schwalbe Big Apple  3600 m~5800 km review

I’d like to review the Schwalbe Big
Apple and you can see on this this is a brand new one which I’ve just fitted to
this bike which is my Dahon Cadenza folding bike which is my main sort of exercise
fun bike for riding roads and off-road basically it’s a go anywhere bike these
tires allow me to roll very very quickly on the road and also perform beautifully
cornering going off-road gravelling and I tend to ride dry tracks and the like I
don’t ride during the winter or when it’s extremely muddy mainly because I don’t
particularly like cleaning the bike all the time it takes to clean the bike the
tyre that you see there as I said is a brand new one the original tire it came
with is this one here and this is the front tire the original front tire it
is identical it’s a 559 50 which is a two inch
twenty six wheel and the tread pattern is identical there there is a kind of
lip here which is one of the sort of points which is being released from the
mould as you can see you can just make it out on this it’s not quite so clear but the
interesting thing is that this this has done about 3,600 miles or 5700 roughly
kilometres if you’re into kilometres as opposed to miles the tread depth on this
is about 0.8 mm the tread depth on this is at the centre is
about 0.6 mm so it’s worn about 0.2 mm in 3600 miles which is
pretty good going it’s deeper at the centre than it is at the side which is I think
is 0.65 mm right down back here on
both of those so the wear I’ve had on the front tyre is it’s pretty minimal I
usually run these about 3 bar or 3.5 bar the harder you have
it pumped up the more jarred the performance and as you can see with this
particular bike there’s a suspension the suspension itself comes from
the tyre being aluminium forks it does seem to vibrate quite a lot and where
I’ve gone over rough ground it can be so bad
it does actually hurt hands/wrists so they does mean I tend to sit back
further than the seat so I can unweight my hands on the handlebars as on I’m
just pushing the handlebars as opposed to resting on them but anyway let’s take
a look at the back tire on the back tyre is a little bit more squared off but
still after 3,600 miles or 5700 kilometres it’s still pretty
good nick you can see all the tread all be it, this is a lot shallower now and can’t
remember how deep it is but it’s slightly squared off although I don’t
know if it actually shows in the video because it’s quite subtle because even
though I pump these up to 4.5 between 4 and 4.5 bar as opposed to 3 and 3.5 bar for the front which works – I
think it’s about 60 psi for the back and about 40 psi for the front so anyway
the reason why I’ve put a new set onto this bike as opposed to leaving the old
set on was because I wanted to fit these onto another bike I have which is a
mountain bike which I’ve recently got that I found that the tyre that it has
is quite slow so these are have inverted tread and I don’t know if I pointed out
that the the new ones have a stripe that goes around which is
reflective which I think is a really nice thing the old ones didn’t have that
reflective strip the writing itself is a reflective either the sidewalls on this
feel quite thin but having said that I’ve ridden probably about 600 miles
roughly a 1000 kilometres of really quite rough road, gravel tracks and also
flint tracks I’ve never got a puncture on these this is the tyre that these
will be replacing and one of the things that you can say about the tread is
there’s an awful lot more tread on this that actually meets the ground
especially on when you’re riding on road then say for instance on this one of the
things that is true fresh air offers no grip so the spaces in between here
don’t add anything to the performance of the tyre and because it’s the
combination with pressure and the surface contact area the deformation that
you have on this sort of tyre even though it’s kind of wider because of the knobbly bits mean that it’s slower because it’s deforming the tyre more than
these so you can get away with these sort of wide tyres these are 2 inch
wide tyres and this is about the same really except the knobbly bits make it
look even wider I’m not entirely sure I haven’t really is this in a sort of
mountain bike type way whilst I have used this this particular bike across
country as I say I use it as a go anywhere bike I’ve ridden the Ridgeway several
times, Barbary Castle, (uffington) White horse and so forth, which is relatively rough track
and you wouldn’t generally tackle that on a bike which wasn’t capable of riding
in fairly soft or rough ground these tyres perform beautifully I’ve got no
complaints at all on the way these performed there has been times where
I’ve ridden over rocks and the rocks have pinged out from underneath
in such a way you can feel the bike move as it falls off this stone anything
that’s a guaranteed puncture and I hasn’t it just hasn’t punctured and if
you were, and I have checked if you were look of closely at these there’s no
divots there’s no cuts there’s nothing to indicate that these have been cycle
on anything but the nicest of tarmac roads which quite definitely they
haven’t been I’ve taken them on some really really rough tarmacked roads these
are much lower pressure than say for instance a road tyre would be a much
smaller road tyre they’re still fairly high pressured when compared to say for
instance the mountain bike tire if I now going off-road for a long time then I
usually will drop these slightly because is just more comfortable as I said that
the punishment that you have to your wrist is just something else when these
are pumped on hard the rear seems to be okay the the legs seem to absorb a lot
of the vibration from the back a lot of people that have these tend to run them
a lot lower pressure but I just like the fact that it’s fast
and I can cycle quite quickly on it so these aren’t quite comfortable at
cycling about 19, 20 mph they can hold this and if the winds behind me I can do 25 mph quite happily
because the gearing on this particular bike which is an eight speed so it
does mean that I pedal out at about 31, 32 mph. My feet again round so fast at
that point that I can’t really pedal anymore so uh yeah I hope that kind of
describes the the Big Apple or Schwalbe it’s a fantastic tyre it corners
beautifully it goes off road I think fantastically although the
reviews I’ve read people say that it’s not particularly good off-road
tyre I’m not an off-roader I’m not someone who regularly rides a
mounted bike in in a kind of sort of competitive manner so I don’t really
know but for what I’ve done I think it’s fantastic you know it hasn’t let me down
on any situation having a fairly high pressure on this ground you can feel a
slight side to side that you you sometimes get when you’re going over say
for instance stones and they’re sort of forming either side and and your you
know your your tyres sinking in as it sinks in it goes to one side or other and
you get back that sort of general movement but for some people but I suppose
it could be considered disconcerting but to me it’s fine because it doesn’t
affect the cycling all the balance at all it’s just something that you feel
and you you know you really can feel everything when you when you’ve got it
pumped up and the kevlar guard which you get with this gives me confidence that I
can cycle so this is the schwalbe information saying it’s got Kevlar guard
that’s this particular being say a fifty that’s 50 mm and 559 is the actual bead so it is this bead and the 26″ is the outside diameter
and the 2″ really as the the 50 mm that it’s talking about in that so
yeah these go alot wider but because I’m running mud guards on this oh that’s
another thing the mud guards that I have are almost just as wide as the tyre
itself because the tyre is slick and it’s just the sort of nice curve you don’t
need mud guards wider than the tyre in fact you can probably have them narrower
than the tyre quite considerably because the water
tends to track up and bend and sort of thrown up at an angle and this side it’s thrown up at that angle and they kind of like meet and depending on how fast you
go depends on really how high up it it gets thrown before it some meets you
have the mud guards fairly close like so then yeah you don’t have a problem and
similarly so, if they’re much narrower but where you have say for instance a knobbly
ttre like this the water tracks up into say for instance one of these these
knobbly bits and it can’t go anywhere so it gets flicked up at this point and
with this sort of tyre you must have mud guards minimum the width of the actual
tyre itself otherwise it will flick past it whilest this won’t so all
in all I really like these tires and I only recommend them

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