Schwalbe Big Ben wire, RaceGuard Performance line, HS439 - 700c x 50 (50-622, 28x2.00) - 10129tben-10129
700c x 50, 50-622 - 795g, 35-70 psi. Get the 700c x 50 Big Ben in GREY here.
We have so far (summer 2014) put a few hundred miles on these here Big Bens (55mm size.) They ride smooth, unexpectedly fast, and cushy on the road, with just enough off-road grip on my favorite East Bay trails -- if the conditions are right and the PSI is sensibly low (30-35 PSI.) It's too early to say definitively, but they also seem to be wearing as well as tough Schwalbes usually do. Maybe don't expect them to grip like a full knobby if the trails are too muddy or too dusty. Otherwise, Big Ben seems like a winner.
It’s a Schwalbe, so you know it’s stout and good, and it comes in the widths we like. But the main thing is the tread. It’s a roughier version of the Big Apple tread, with deeper lugs with grainier tops. When we got the samples, we were all agog, because we all had the same ridiculous reaction: This tire is Perfect. It’s obviously the Perfect tire. Why do we even sell anything else?
We sell other tires because we got ‘em. Certain tires are better for certain things. It is hard to beat a Jack Brown for an all-around road-only tire (and Mark rides it off-road, too). Plus, the Big Ben isn’t available in all sizes. There’s no 650B, which is a killer bummer, but maybe that’ll change. Update: 650B Big Ben coming November 2013 woo hoo! We expect there to be a shortage, not because everybody’s going to start buying these all of a sudden, but because Schwalbe sometimes runs out of the tires we stock.
The 700c x 40 is called a Little Ben. Same tire, diff size.
Your choice of either 700c x 50, 700c x 55 or 26" x 2.15". Wire bead, RaceGuard puncture protection.
The 700c x 55 and 26" x 2.15" actually measure about 52.5 mm on a 21mm rim (see pic below). The real measurement of 700c x 50 BB is about 45 mm.
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