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Aug. 3, 2022, 11:05 a.m. -  Andrew Major

Schwalbe had some AWFUL OE versions of their tires over the years. Sidewalls made of paper and rubber so hard it would last forever but sadly with the same model names. I know a number of riders who will never touch their products again after buying a Trek or Ghost (lots of bikes came with the tires but there are two specific friends/bikes I'm thinking of).  They're now much better about downcycling model names and tread patterns and using those for cheaper OE rubber.  Still, like Maxxis, you can buy an okay or really good tire in most models depending on rubber so it's good to know what you're getting.

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