Tire Review: Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” Tire

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Tire Review: Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” Cyclocross Tire Review

Racing and Riding Impressions: Schwalbe’s CX Pro Sport is one of the few ’cross tires available for 26 inch wheels, making it a great choice for mountain bikers looking to try out cyclocross, or for a 26” wheeled ’cross bike. While it has a similar tread pattern to the CX Pro Light, the 26” version has a more versatile 32mm width (measured on a Mavic 230 mountain bike rim), and is UCI legal. This width gives the tire far better traction, comfort, and handling on any surface than the 700c “Light” version. We only wish this came in a folding version to save a few grams, but that shouldn’t be a big concern for anyone looking for a cheap way to try ’cross on a mountain bike.

Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

Width (listed / measured): 1.35” – 35mm / 32 mm
Weight (listed / measured): 405g / 404g
MSRP: $26.95
TPI: 50

 

 

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8 comments
Phil Avery
Phil Avery

1998 Trek 9.9 with a rigid 29er fork. Very race oriented frameset, very little clearance at the bridge of the seatstays. Only the worst Portland mud slowed it down and by that point I was happy to have a reason to jump off the bike for a second.

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

Phil, what's your ride? Did you have a rigid or front suspension fork? Usually the bridge creates tire clearance issues on front forks.

Phil Avery
Phil Avery

Just try a 29er wheelset, worked on my ride.

Jen Turner
Jen Turner

Schwalbe tires are my favorite...so I'm sure these rock...but years ago many choices for skinny knobbies for 26"...

Jen Turner
Jen Turner

Rare? Not...ride funny...a little...

Masae Otsuka
Masae Otsuka

Hmm, maybe I should put them on my Giant?

periwinklekog
periwinklekog

I've been racing cross on Conti Cross Country (26 x 1.5 version, no longer made).

I've thought of switching to the Schwalbe but how much narrower is it? And would it require a narrower/specialty rim? Anyone?

cyclocross
cyclocross moderator

@periwinklekog periwinklekog, the width listed above is both the listed width and our measured width on a narrow cross country mtb rim (something like a mavic 230 or similar).

it's quite a bit narrower than the old conti cross-country, and a faster-rolling, grifo like tread. still, it's pretty much the only option we know of now for a true cyclocross tread and width for 26" wheels. A number of companies had nice options (I remember a Hutchinson) but many have disappeared.

good luck!

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