Review - Schwalbe G-One Bite Tyres

Review - Schwalbe G-One Bite Tyres
I first tested the Schwalbe G-One gravel tyres when they were released in 2016 – the original version was 700x35C in profile, and performed well on light gravel paths and hard-pack trails.

The new Schwalbe G-One Bite tyres are 700x40C and feature the micro-dot tread pattern 'pumped up'; they sit at the top of a three tier Schwalbe G-One range; promising a tyre suitable for more challenging trails and 'Gravel'.

I have been testing the new Schwalbe G-One Bite tyres on my Kona cyclocross bike; set up tubeless on tubeless specific rims. They mounted up easily using a compressor pump (I use the Lezyne Pressure Overdrive Pump).

Out on the trails, I have been pushing the Schwalbe G-One Bite to their limit – seeking out trails strewn with drops, fist-sized rocks, and tight berms. I was keen to see if the new larger volume G-One model was more resilient to pinch-flats caused by sudden impacts, as well as keen to test their capability on corners and off-camber descents.

My finding was that the G-One Bite is indeed a 'Gnarly-capable' gravel bike tyre. The added volume significantly improves comfort, and significantly reduces the incidence of punctures (no punctures to date in testing). The larger lugs offer improved grip too; keeping traction on slippery autumn trails, and shedding mud far better than the finer micro-dot pattern on the original G-One (now re-branded the Schwalbe G-One All-Round).

Overall, the Schwalbe G-One Bite is a great gravel bike tyre. The original G-One felt fast on road and hard-pack trails, but struggled on rougher terrain and in slippery conditions; the G-One Bite in this 40c version still feels fast on the road, but is significantly more capable on real off-road rides.

These will be staying on my Kona as we head into the winter months, and I will be interested to see how long they last, and how far I can push their performance in the harder riding conditions.

Review - Schwalbe G-One Bite Tyres

Review - Schwalbe G-One Bite Tyres

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