Schwalbe G-One RS in review

Schwalbe G-One RS, it doesn’t get any faster. At least that’s how Schwalbe see it. But only real world tests can reveal how the race focused tire fares against the competition in our test field. Is speed enough for a gravel tire, or does it need to be more refined?

Schwalbe G-One RS | 483 g | € 74,90 | Manufacturer’s website

The fast-looking Schwalbe G-One RS also slots into the speed category, following the same principle as the Challenge Gravel Grinder. A smooth central tread and grippy shoulders for extra grip in the corners – that’s the time-tested recipe for fast rolling tires. But Schwalbe take the whole thing to the extreme, making the central tread so slick it would even seem like overkill to some all-road cyclists. But Schwalbe aren’t deterred by this, after all, it’s a tire for racers. Together with the G-One R, this results in a good tire combination. The G-One R provides more traction at the front, while the RS ensures ultimate efficiency and quick acceleration at the rear.
In line with our experience with Schwalbe tires, the G-One RS is easy to fit and seals on the first go.

Pure speed, putting some road tires to shame – Schwalbe G-One RS

The Schwalbe G-One RS is characterised by pure speed, so it’s no wonder that it sets the bar in terms of efficiency with a rolling resistance of just 12 W. To put that into perspective, the RS is a full 2 W more efficient than the next-fastest tires, the Challenge Gravel Grinder and Continental Terra Speed! Unsurprisingly, no other tire can match the feeling of the RS on asphalt. But things look different on gravel, as tires with more pronounced tread like the Challenge and Continental perform better in this terrain, at least subjectively, because the increased grip inspires significantly more confidence.
The RS isn’t the best in terms of agility either. Although the grippy shoulder knobs provide a lot of cornering grip, they also make the tire feel a bit sluggish in the corners. However, the G-One RS delivers in terms of puncture protection and compliance, scoring top marks in both cases.

Tire Characteristics

intended use

  1. asphalt/hard pack
  2. trail

rolling resistance

  1. slow
  2. quick

pinch protection

  1. low
  2. high

puncture protection

  1. low
  2. high

handling in wet conditions

  1. slippery
  2. grippy


Speed was at the top of the list of requirements when Schwalbe developed the G-One RS, and they succeeded in doing just that. The G-One RS is the undisputed speed champion while also offering first-class comfort and puncture protection. However, the RS doesn’t feel at home when going off road, but that’s not what it’s made for. Combining it with the G-One R up front result is an unbeatable gravel duo.


  • unbeatable efficiency
  • pronounced shoulders for cornering grip
  • excellent puncture protection


  • very little grip on forest soil and trails

Made in Indonesia | Tested size 40-622 | Tire width in mm¹ 40,5 | Tire height in mm¹ 35,05 | Tire height + Test rim in mm² 80,37 | Weight 482,9 g | Price € 74,90
1 measured dimensions with 2,5 Bar, 2 Test rim: ZIPP 303s 622 x 20.3C (Rim height 45,32 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: Challenge Getaway (Click for review) | Challenge Gravel Grinder (Click for review) | Continental Terra Speed (Click for review) | Continental Terra Trail (Click for review) | Maxxis Rambler (Click for review) | Maxxis Receptor (Click for review) | Panaracer Gravelking (Click for review) | Panaracer Gravelking Slick Plus+ (Click for review) | Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (Click for review) | Pirelli Cinturato Gravel RC (Click for review) | Schwalbe G-One Allround (Click for review) | Schwalbe G-One R (Click for review) | Schwalbe G-One RS | Schwalbe G-One Ultrabite (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Pathfinder (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Tracer (Click for review) | Vittoria Terreno Dry (Click for review) | Vittoria Terreno Mix (Click for review) | WTB Riddler (Click for review) | WTB Byway (Click for review)

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Words: czajac Photos: Jan Richter