The Big Apple began the Balloonbike trend back in 2001. Comfortable cycling without the need for expensive technology. At the time it was a revolutionary idea. Today it is a growing trend and there are now a large selection of Balloonbikes with everything designed around the Big Apple.
- All around high volume balloon tire
- Kevlar flat protection
- 30 to 70psi
- Bead: Steel
- Weight: 885
Summary of Your Review*
Posted by Rabulioni on Nov 12th 2012
I have the 26" Schwalbe Big Apple. My 26" and this 29"are basically the same tire, with the 29" obviously being slightly larger. Most of the riding I do is on the beat up streets in New York, with some muni whenever I get the chance. Two things immediately stood out when I hopped on this tire. Primarily, the absorption. With so much rubber under you, it is a much smoother ride than any other tire I've ever tried. Secondly, the rolling resistance. I initially thought that with such a large tire there would be more surface area on the pavement, but that is not necessarily the case. I keep my tube inflated at around 55 - 60 psi, on the firm side, so the tire surface contact area with the pavement is minimal, translating into very low rolling resistance. This low rolling resistance is not a problem when doing muni. Granted I'm not an extreme muni rider, sticking to some easily navigable trails, but I'm just as pleased off road as I am on pavement with this tire. Lastly I wanted to mention durability. I ride every other day, with weekends racking up about 30 - 40 miles. Time will tell how long this tire can go before replacing, but so far the wear seems to be minimal. Additionally I have to deal with scumbags throwing glass bottles in the street, besides other hazardous obstacles, and the tick layer of rubber saves me from punctured tubes. If you're on the fence for a good tire, especially for urban riding, I strongly recommend this one. I'm building a 29" wheel right now and have already ordered my 29" Schwalbe Big Apple tire.
This is an excellent street tire
Posted by j.cope on Feb 20th 2012
Low rolling resistance, but absorbs obstacles without the bounce of a hi-pressure tire. Consider this an excellent upgrade for a trainer unicycle. Add the KH air saddle and you've got a comfortable ride.