Owned by the Bohle family since its establishment in 1922, tyre manufacturer Schwalbe has a range of bike tyres designed for all off-road disciplines, including all-mountain, enduro and gravity. Its headquarters is in Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany, with subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and USA/Canada, and distributors in over forty countries around the world.
Among the latest additions to its range are a cross-country competition tyre specifically suited to dry terrain called the Thunder Burt, and the gravity/enduro-focused Rock Razor, an option for the rear wheel and on very fast, dry trails. Particularly exciting is the new-for-2014 sidewall-stable and snake-bite resistant Magic Mary, which was winning downhill World Cups and World Championships even in its prototype stage.
Schwalbe is the tyre of choice for the British Cycling MTB Downhill Series, where the Hans Dampf, Wicked Will, Dirty Dan, Big Betty or Magic Mary are used depending on conditions. The company also sponsors the prestigious Pro-Elite Female and Male categories in the series, offering prize money of over £10,000.
Schwalbe also provides tyres to many of the world’s top downhill and enduro racers, including 15-time German national DH champion Marcus Klausmann, Nico Lau, 2013 World Cup downhill series winner Stevie Smith, Brendan Fairclough and Loic Bruni, as well as XC, triathlon and road athletes. It also supplies tyres to the CRC/Nukeproof World Cup downhill team.