The second Schwalbe tire in our test is negligibly slower rolling, offers the same puncture resistance and is supposed to offer significantly more traction off-road. Is the Bite the better all-rounder in the Schwalbe G-One portfolio?
The two-sided, directional tread of the G-One Bite features ramped tread blocks that are designed to better suit the requirements of the front and rear wheel respectively. Our testing confirmed the results of the lab: the G-One Bite rolls almost as fast as the G-One Allround while offering significantly more grip and security through corners. The smooth profile means there’s no defined transition between centre and shoulder tread, so the tire always provides edges to generate grip across a wide range of lean angles. The grip limit is reached much later than with the G-One Bite, meaning that gravel newbies can trust it in the corners without slipping out too quickly. However, comfort is on a similarly low level to the G-One Allround. It seems that grip isn’t generated due to a supple casing but thanks to the good rubber compound and tread design. Schwalbe know a bit about braking and that’s clear with the G-One Bite: drop the anchor and done. This gravel tire brings you to a standstill quickly and safely.
In the in-house Schwalbe race, the G-One Bite comes out on top of the G-One Allround as the better all-round gravel tire. With similar rolling resistance, it offers a significant boost in grip and security in every corner. However, comfort is too limited for it to take the overall group win.
- solid puncture protection
- great braking performance
- lots of cornering grip
- limited comfort
Made in Indonesia | Tested size 40-622 | Tire width in mm¹ 39.7 | Tire height in mm¹ 35.4 | Tire height + test rim in mm² 59.4 | Weight 496 g | Price € 59.90
1 messured dimension with 2.5 bar. 2 Test rim: Stan’s NOTUBES Grail 622 x 20.3 C (Rim height 24.5 mm)
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In our introduction of the best gravel tire on test you can’t just find our most interesting findings and our overall conclusion, but a good view on all tires tested.
All tires on review: Continental Terra Speed (click for review) | Continental Terra Trail (click for review) | MAXXIS Rambler SilkShield TR (click for review) | Panaracer GravelKing SK (click for review) | Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (click for review) | Schwalbe G-One Allround Evolution (click for review) | Schwalbe G-One Bite Evolution (click for review) | Specialized Pathfinder Pro (click for review) | Teravail Cannonball Light & Supple (click for review) | Vittoria Terreno Dry (click for review) | WTB Riddler TCS Light/Fast Rolling (click for review) | WTB Venture Road TCS (click for review)
Words & Photos: Benjamin Topf, Philipp Schwab