MTB Tire Test: Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip

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  • Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip
Performance compared to all other MTB tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Schwalbe Racing Ray is optimized for front tire use and looks to be somewhat similar to the Schwalbe Rocket Ron that has been around for several years. Schwalbe suggests to pair the Racing Ray with the new from 2019 Racing Ralph (read review) that is optimized for use on the rear wheel. Using front/rear optimized tires seems to make sense for off-road riding as the loads applied to the front and rear tires differ greatly in most off-road use cases.


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The Racing Ray is only available with the Addix SpeedGrip compound that rolls slightly slower than the Addix Speed compound but offers more grip in return. It's also only available with the stronger SnakeSkin/TLE casing. If you want more choices in compounds and casings, the Rocket Ron still seems to be the way to go as it's available in several LiteSkin/SnakeSkin casings and Speed/SpeedGrip compounds.


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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand Schwalbe
Model Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip
Year 2019
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number 11601100
TPI 67
Compound Addix SpeedGrip
Bead Folding
ETRTO 57-622
Size Inch 28"
Width Inch 2.25
Specified Weight 625 grams
Max Pressure 54
Made In Indonesia
Available Sizes 26x2.25
27.5x2.25
29x2.10
29x2.25

Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip Test Results

Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622-17C, Pressure: 35 psi / 2.4 bar)
Specified Weight 625 grams
Measured Weight 615 grams
Measured Width Carcass 53 mm
Measured Width Tread 56 mm
Measured Height 51 mm
Measured Knob Height Center 2.6 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 4.3 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall 1.00 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 1.60 mm

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Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph / 8 m/s, Load: 42.5 kg / 417 N)
Inner Tube Conti MTB 29 (225 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance 55 psi / 3,8 Bar 22.1Watts
CRR: 0.00662
Rolling Resistance 45 psi / 3,1 Bar 23.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00689
Rolling Resistance 35 psi / 2,4 Bar 25.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00749
Rolling Resistance 25 psi / 1,7 Bar 28.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00848
Use the formula: RR (watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load

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Puncture Resistance Test Results

Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Result (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 6 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 5 Points

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Conclusion


  • Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip
Performance compared to all other MTB tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

When we compare the Racing Ray to the Rocket Ron with the same casing and compound, both tires perform very close to each other in our tests. We do see a difference between high and low air pressures with the Rocket Ron being slightly faster at lower air pressures because of its more open tread pattern. At higher air pressures the Racing Ray is slightly faster because of the center blocks being closer together.


When we look at the suggested Racing Ralph/Racing Ray front/rear pairing, we see there aren't that big of differences between these tires. The Addix SpeedGrip compound on the Racing Ralph (read review) seems to be only slightly slower rolling. When rolling resistance between these tires is so close, we also have to wonder if the difference in grip can truly be noticed in real-life.


Feel free to leave a message about your experiences with the Addix Speed and SpeedGrip compounds as they have been around for almost 2 years now. We're very curious about real-life users that have used the older PaceStar and new Addix Speed and SpeedGrip compounds.


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RATING: 4 / 5
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