SCHWALBE’S EDDY CURRENT
THE BEST EBIKE TIRE AVAILABLE?
Words by Drew Rohde | Photos by Dusten Ryen & Schwalbe Tires
Video by Brian Niles/Treeline Cinematics
A couple of months ago, before we started testing for our huge ebike shootout, we spent a lot of time working to ensure an even playing field and platform to grade each bike. Some of the most important factors that affect a bike’s performance are its traction and compliance on the trail. For that reason, we opted to find a tire sponsor to help give all our bikes a constant. We were thrilled that Schwalbe said yes.
Not many brands have taken the time to create dedicated eMTB tires, but after doing some research on the new Schwalbe Eddy Current, they seemed like a great fit. We couldn’t wait to equip all of our 2020 eMTB Roundup test bikes with these new tires. By supplying enough rubber for our 16 test bikes, and some extras just in case, we were able to give each bike the same platform on which to perform. It also gave our testers a constant in terms of judging a bike’s handling, traction and suspension performance, as we knew each bike had the same casing, compound, tread pattern, and PSI.
During our ten days of testing in the loose and rocky Palm Springs, California desert, our testers were blown away with the Eddy Current’s performance. In the months since returning to our home trails in Oregon and SoCal, we’ve continued to test them in a variety of conditions with equal admiration. Our long-term review will be coming out soon, as we’d love to see how many miles we can get out of these tires. In the meantime, we wanted to Dissect Schwalbe’s kick-ass eMTB tires, as they’re among the best we’ve ever ridden.