The 2022 Total UCI World Cup Downhill Winner, Amaury Pierron, challenged Schwalbe to provide the quickest ever downhill mountain bike tire. The end result? The Cheesy Chan, an all-new tread sample that has been below growth for nearly three years.
The duty set out by Pierron and his workforce mates, Thibaut Daprela and Myriam Nicole, was truly somewhat extra nuanced than that. They requested for a tire that was faster-rolling, with a extra exact experience really feel than the Magic Mary, with out giving up braking efficiency alongside the way in which.
Schwalbe Cheesy Chan
Within the growth of the Cheesy Chan, Schwalbe took benefit of the massive tread blocks of the Large Betty. No fewer than twelve cuts of its tread sample had been examined back-to-back by the workforce, within the hunt for a tire that exhibited that elevated precision the riders had been after.
The preliminary minimize taken ahead from the twelve choices was comparable, however not equivalent, to the tread sample launched right this moment. Ramps had been added to the center-tread lugs to cut back rolling resistance, and the shoulder lugs had been made 20% extra secure than these seen on the Magic Mary to end in elevated lateral help. Braking edges had been elevated marginally, and the gap between heart lugs was elevated by 10% to be able to permit every to “nibble into the bottom higher” – as Jack Studying places it.
An early prototype of the Cheesy Chan was raced by Thibaut Daprela on the 2021 World Championships in Val di Sole. Regardless of using nicely in his qualification run, Thibaut crashed twice in his finals run. Although it may be exhausting to say precisely what prompted any crash, Schwalbe took an extended exhausting look within the mirror and requested themselves if the tire was at fault.
The suggestions from Thibaut himself was that the tire had potential, but it surely hadn’t reached the end line in his eyes. Additional refinements had been wanted – particularly, the massive edge lugs had been too stiff, too unyielding, and extra cornering management was required.
From there, Schwalbe made the next key adjustments:
- Shoulder lugs had been lowered in quantity, however with the braking edge growing by 1mm
- Further siping was added to present extra lateral flex to the shoulder knobs
Schwalbe Cheesy Chan: First Impressions
On the launch occasion in Leogang, we had been handed a Commencal Meta POWER TR. The 140mm eMTB delivers its rear wheel journey by means of the four-bar Contact System, and is damped by a RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Final Coil. Its 29″ wheels had been house to a set of the two.4″ Schwalbe Cheesy Chan tires within the Tremendous Downhill casing with the Addix Extremely Gentle compound making up the tread cap.
To get a really feel for the tire, we had been handled to a combination of quick, ultra-flattering bike park descents and extra pure, slim sections of singletrack suffering from roots. Path circumstances had been very dry; most surfaces had been hard-packed, with a small dose of loose-over-hard thrown in for good measure.
To be clear; this isn’t a evaluation. To touch upon how the Cheesy Chan compares to some other tires of this style could be disingenuous. I don’t typically experience such flattering bike park circumstances, nor do I typically experience coil-sprung eBikes. A set of Cheesy Chan tires are making their manner house with me, for the needs of back-to-back testing within the Tweed Valley.
With that in thoughts, listed below are my preliminary ideas.
With 17 PSI within the entrance tire and 20 PSI within the rear, I set off down the Steinberg Line by Fox, a mellow observe with easy, quick berms and the occasional alternative to double some rollers. I had a good time, and was tremendous impressed with how simply manageable, and even playful, the Commencal Meta Energy TR was. However, you’re not right here to listen to about eBikes.
The Schwalbe Cheesy Chan wasn’t developed with eBikes in thoughts – although it’s E50 authorized – however my preliminary thought is that it’s definitely not a nasty possibility. It didn’t take too many corners to rise up to a very good pace, and the tires felt constant all through an extended descent of the bike park.
Splatters of tire sealant on the sidewalls counsel the entrance and rear tires had been burping somewhat air in turns, however I can’t say I truly felt these moments whereas using the observe. It’s attainable the tires might have benefited from somewhat extra air. Precision of the tire felt good when pushing for grip to provoke cornering, although I wasn’t but in a spot the place I wished to belief the setup with riskier maneuvers on the loose-over-hard patches of observe.
Extra belief within the bike and tires got here on the second day of using the identical tracks, and I did on a handful of events find yourself at increased lean angles that induced a substantial quantity of pleasure and concern in equal measure. Nonetheless, the Schwalbe Cheesy Chan held the road with out drama, suggesting I used to be nonetheless a manner off discovering the sting of its grip.
On the extra pure trails that featured extra free, much less well-supported corners, I did really feel somewhat vagueness on the entrance tire in conditions the place I used to be maybe not weighting the entrance wheel fairly as a lot as I ought to have been. The entrance wheel by no means washed totally, however warning photographs had been fired, reminding me to load up the entrance tire extra to make sure it may demand grip from the terrain.
Jack Studying, a World Cup Downhill athlete supported by Schwalbe, did say that the Schwalbe Cheesy Chan performs at its greatest when it’s ridden exhausting, and my expertise is definitely in step with that.
By way of put on, the rear tire had begun to lose its braking edges after lower than a day’s price of using within the bike park – the above picture is of the rear tire ridden by a fellow journalist who’s considerably extra aggressive and, he wont thoughts me saying, heavier than I’m.
To be honest, you’re in for a really costly season on the bike park should you’re eager to run Addix Extremely Gentle on the rear for the length. Within the curiosity of sturdiness, you’d in all probability wish to go together with the faster-rolling Addix Gentle compound possibility – however that’s solely obtainable in 27.5″ x 2.4″ within the Tremendous Gravity casing. Certainly, the Cheesy Chan launches with simply six choices, particulars on which may be discovered within the desk beneath.
Again-to-back testing of the Magic Mary versus the Cheesy Chan is booked in for subsequent month. A extra thorough, insightful evaluation shall be supplied thereafter.
Pricing & Availability
|Cheesy Chan Tire Dimension||Addix Compound||Casing||Claimed Weight||Value (EUR)||Value (GBP)||Value (USD)|
|27.5″ x 2.4″||Addix Extremely Gentle||Tremendous Downhill||1,250g||74,90 €||£74.99||$104|
|27.5″ x 2.4″||Addix Gentle||Tremendous Gravity||1,165g||74,90 €||£74.99||$104|
|29″ x 2.4″||Addix Extremely Gentle||Tremendous Downhill||1,320g||74,90 €||£74.99||$104|
|29″ x 2.4″||Addix Extremely Gentle||Tremendous Gravity||1,240g||74,90 €||£74.99||$104|
|29″ x 2.4″||Addix Extremely Gentle||Tremendous Path||1,080g||68,90 €||£68.99||$98|
|29″ x 2.4″||Addix Gentle||Tremendous Path||1,080g||68,90 €||£68.99||$98|