When we returned from our trip we reached out to Schwalbe and asked them a few questions about the tires and gave our initial feedback to try and learn more. Here are a couple of the questions we didn’t already address above:
TLW: WHAT IS THE REASON CUSTOMERS SHOULDN’T JUST STICK TO THEIR PREFERRED SCHWALBE TREAD PATTERN WITH A DH OR SG CASING ON THEIR NEW EMTB?
Schwalbe: The Eddy Current has been specifically designed from the ground up to handle the additional forces the ebike motor puts on a tire while also addressing the extra weight and mileage ebikes put on a tire. Our other tires are designed to find a balance between rolling resistance and grip while being mindful of weight. With larger blocks a more robust casing and higher volume, the Eddy Current offers the best solution for delivering power from the motor to the ground while also still offering incredible cornering grip and braking properties.
TLW: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EDDY CURRENT AND YOUR OTHER SUPER GRAVITY CASING-EQUIPPED TIRES?
Schwalbe: The casing is built identical to our standard SG tires, but we do not traditionally offer that casing in tires larger than 2.35 due to weight. With the additional power of a motor, the weight is less of an issue, therefore we created the Eddy Current SG tires in sizes up to 2.8” wide.
TLW: AFTER MOUNTING OVER 30 OF THESE TIRES, WE COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE THAT THE TIRES ARE NON-DIRECTIONAL. IS THERE A REASON FOR THAT?
Schwalbe: Well, ease of mounting, as you hopefully found, is much easier when the tires are non-directional. Also, after examining forces exerted on ebike tires, we found that braking and acceleration forces are similar, so we designed a tire to work equally well under power and braking.
In a time when clever marketing hype seems to be the norm, Schawlbe has opted to let the tires and their performance speak. Yes, they’ve got a hilariously funny retro branding, but the Eddy Current website isn’t plastered with acronyms and e-minded marketing. Instead the Germans rely heavily on their scientific approach to creating and delivering an incredibly versatile eMTB tire. Over the last three months we’ve had nothing but great experiences with the Eddy Current and we look forward to putting as many miles on them as possible until we release our long-term review. We’re going to keep documenting miles until these tires show significant signs of wear so we can better inform you of what you can expect from these high performance ebike tires.
If you’re in the market for a new set of rubber for your eMTB before that time comes, we’d highly suggest you get yourself a pair of Schwalbe’s Eddy Current tire and see the benefit that comes from riding e-specific products.
Weight: 1,350g – 1,415g ;
A NOTE FROM SCHWALBE
Support Your Local Bike Shop!
If you’ve ever enjoyed a local organized ride, trail work party, or the quick fix to keep you on the road and you want to continue to do so, now is the time to support your local shop. There’s never been a better time to pick up that set of tires you’ve been wanting, schedule the maintenance you’ve been delaying, or get that commuter you’ve been yearning for. Your local shop can use some love and Schwalbe North America wants to help all of the shops across the country that are working hard to keep the doors open and their customers riding. To help with this, Schwalbe is launching a “Support Your Local Bike Shop” program to ensure that local shops are getting the lending hand they deserve.
Schwalbe will be offering a unique Promo Code to every shop in the US that they can share with their customers. If you use that promo code on the schwalbetires.com website you will receive a 15% discount and free shipping direct to you. Your local shop will receive credit for the sale of those tires.
So, contact your local shop, check their social feeds, sign-up for their newsletters to get the discount code. And better yet, when you get those tires, schedule an appointment with your local bike shop to have them installed and get that annual maintenance done, so you’re all set to go when we are finally free to roam again.
If you’re shop doesn’t have a code, have them call Schwalbe North America at 888.700.5860 or email email@example.com to get a code