Schwalbe Kojak 26" Wire Bead Tire (HS 385)
The Schwalbe Kojak's home is the road. Although the fast, sporty, tread-less slick weighs just 295 g (35-559) it still has a RaceGuard protection belt and reflective labels.
The Schwalbe Kojak 26" Wire Bead Tire (HS 385) is available in 26 x 1.35 inch and 26 x 2.0 Inch widths.
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Threads Per Inch: 67
Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead
Wheel Size: 26
Tire Tread Color: Black
Tire Sidewall Color: Reflective
Tire Color: Reflective
RimSize: 559 mm
26 x 1.35 - Reflective
Weight: 395 grams
Tire Width: 35mm (1.4in)
Mfg PartNum: 11100062.02
26 x 2.0 - Reflective
Weight: 570 grams
Tire Width: 50mm (2.0in)
Mfg PartNum: 11100159.02
Love this tire.
Running a 26"/1.35" Kojak on the rear of my old MTB (dual susp) converted to a road/gravel/workout/town/everything/whatever bike. 25-50 miles/wk on this bike, 85% road, 15% hardpack/gravel.
After about a year it's suffered only one flat even though prior to this tire I'd typically get 5 or so flats/year on this bike with other slicks. The external rubber has numerous small cuts, but the tire is holding strong nevertheless. Very resistant to flats, very reliable! Despite being a slick, it's totally rideable on hardpack and gravel. Doesn't rain here much, but when it does, I haven't noticed any traction issues when ridden sanely. Also it lasts a long time, does not wear out too quickly. My tire is pretty squared off at this point but I'll keep riding it for the time being. Good job, Schwalbe.
I believe that only way to become familiar with anything is to try it for yourself. I can leave a positive review about the Schwalbe Kodak's, but ultimately you'll just have to pull the trigger and buy the set. I bought a pair of the 26x2.0 for a converted electric MTB commuter, and so far it grips, it rolls smooth and absorbs the irregularities of the broken surface streets where I live. I'm happy with the tires and will look at buying them again, sometime down the road, pun intended. So get yourself a pair of these Schwalbes and try them out.
I wanted something that rolled smooth on pavement and soaked up bumps.in the road...check and check! My expectations for tire wear were low, but after ~500mi, these things still look NEW! Side note: while all tire beads SHOULD be the same size, invariably some are a tight fit and hard to install while others go on pretty easy. This Schwalbe was a delightfully easy install. This was my first Schwalbe tire, but will not be my last!
This really is a fantastic tire. It is easy to mount, rolls really smoothly, and can run at high pressure for an affordable price. It is however not reflective. I have other Schwalbe tires that are reflective and they show up white bright when I point a flashlight into my dark garage. Not the Kojak. For me this is not a dealbreaker as my bicycle has enough other reflected properties. I hope this helps somebody.
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