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Schwalbe Double Defence

grenwgrenw Posts: 794
edited April 2015 in MTB buying advice
Anyone know how the Double Defence tyres ride?

Recently switched over to a Racing Ralph on the rear (from the NN I use in winter) and am picking up punctures every 50 miles or so. Always amongst the tread so snakeskin wouldn't help and now have a couple of nice 2-3mm slices in it so am looking at putting a DD Ralph on.

Wondered whether they grip as well or are as comfortable. Happy to take the weight penalty if it means I get the tyre levers out less often

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  • Very little difference IMO.
    Used Racing Ralph's for a while. New trails led to lots of punctures so switched to DDs.
    Slightly heavier, but not so much to put me off.
    Better to spend time riding than waste time fixing punctures.
    2007 Felt Q720 (the ratbike)
    2012 Cube Ltd SL (the hardtail XC 26er)
    2014 Lapierre Zesty TR 329 (the full-sus 29er)
  • grenwgrenw Posts: 794
    Thanks.

    So they've stopped the punctures altogether or just reduced them?
  • bartimaeusbartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    DD NNs tubeless for me - very good indeed. I've had one slashed by a Flint but even that is still OK and didn't flat... In fact the only tube I've used in a couple of years was when I let the sealant run dry. As to how they ride, they have stiffer sidewalls so they feel more stable at lower pressures.
    Vitus Sentier VR+ (2018) GT Grade AL 105 (2016)
    Giant Anthem X4 (2010) GT Avalanche 1.0 (2010)
    Kingley Vale and QECP Trail Collective - QECP Trail Building
  • grenwgrenw Posts: 794
    Thanks both good to know. I think I'll give them one last chance as they've only got a summer's worth of riding in them and then get a set of DDs. Wiggle have them at £35 at the moment as well
  • POAHPOAH Posts: 3,369
  • grenwgrenw Posts: 794
    I did as I normally buy my tyres from there but for once when you add on the fiver for delivery they are a couple of quid dearer than wiggle
  • GrenW wrote:
    Thanks.
    So they've stopped the punctures altogether or just reduced them?

    Noticeably reduced - from a couple a month to once in 4 months.
    2007 Felt Q720 (the ratbike)
    2012 Cube Ltd SL (the hardtail XC 26er)
    2014 Lapierre Zesty TR 329 (the full-sus 29er)
  • grenwgrenw Posts: 794
    Good enough for me. Cheers
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