Schwalbe’s Wicked Will makes a comeback as a 29 x 2.40 Downcountry specific option (for now) available in 3 casings to deal with fast XC riding, light trail rallies or Enduro. Dig into their press release for all the details and stay tuned for a full review from our new contributor, an industry giant, Thomas Rood.
Wicked Will: A tire with no limits
It is Schwalbe’s most versatile MTB tire so far: The new Wicked Will is easy to ride uphill and easy to control downhill, even on tricky descents. It is suitable for all trails from downhill to cross country – in short: made for down-country.
It covers a broad spectrum of use, which is perfect for many riders – from lunchtime rides, to crossing big mountains, and everything in between. Many down-country bikes are rolling onto the market, they are mostly light-weight, downhill oriented cross country full-suspension bikes, with around 100mm to 130mm of travel. “Our down-country tire is fast, but not as fast as a classic cross-country tire. It is aggressive, but not as aggressive as a trail tire”, explains Schwalbe Product Manager Carl Kämper. “Wicked Will is for riders who rely on grip and traction on the downhill, but who want a fast tire with good rolling characteristics for climbing. Exactly like when you cross big mountains with a lot of elevation where you would not want to struggle with rolling resistance, but where you just want to enjoy the downhills.”
Tread pattern – makes use of every millimeter
The tread pattern of Wicked Will combines the grip of a trail or downhill tire with the low tread pattern depth of a cross-country tire. It is as low as possible in order to improve rolling properties and to save on weight. Center knobs ensure easy rolling with small ramps along the front edges. The ramps are aligned with gaps to allow simultaneous and sufficient propulsive action. Extensive siping – small slits on every surface – makes use of every millimeter for grip. Shoulder knobs from the downhill sector provide long gripping edges and provide extremely good support in corners. Despite such good traction, the tire rolls with very little vibration and is also quiet. “Wicked Will combines speed and grip in one tire and is the new multi-purpose talent between Nobby Nic and Racing Ralph”, explains Carl Kämper.
Wicked Will enters the market in three different carcass constructions: Super Race for high speed and low weight, Super Ground for the ideal mix of weight and puncture protection, as well as Super Trail for great lateral stability and strong puncture protection. This is a 29″ x 2.40 size, in the Addix Speed Compound with the following weights: Super Race casing (820g), Super Ground casing (830g) and Super Trail casing (920g). Tip: The tire is also perfect in combination with other models. To focus on downhill, choose a more aggressive tread such as Nobby Nic or Magic Mary for the front. Alternatively, for a fast XC-combination, ride it with Racing Ralph on the rear.