Rubena Gripper A strong tyre with a low rolling resistance designed for touring and trekking.
700x40cc Size on review hereI came across a vast selection of Rubena tyres, at the Press day of the London Bike Show earlier this year, I got chatting to the lads on the stand, about Company Rubena and where and how they started out, and it appears there is a long line of tyre inventions from Rubena dating back along time!
The History of Rubina, I feel it is a important link to share with you all as it tells you a bit of how long the name has been around and the changes the company has gone through over the years.
The Review I am doing is on a set tyres that goes by the name of "Gripper" and with a name like that you would expect some sort of muscle tyre, well basically it is a tyre for a 29'er!
That is right! you have read that correctly a tyre with a "Low Rolling Resistance Designed for Touring and Trekking"on a 29'er!
There are a lot of 29'er riders out there and they love the ride and roll of the 29'er, the handling, the steering and the chunkiness of the MTB tyres fitted, the look of the hard tail designed by the man himself Gary Fisher (in the case of Trek) the list could go on and on, but I have found that when fitting a new set of off road tyres my speed on the road decreases vastly, which is all down to the rolling resistance of the MTB tyre, I feel there are a lot of people out there that could utilize their 29'er as a kind of training bike, simply by changing the chunky off road tyres and fitting a tyre with a Low Rolling Resistance Designed for Touring and Trekking, and this will increase the speed on longer rides, so we have just that tyre on review for you today!
I liked it so much just had to photograph it!
come in wrapping as seen here.
along with grip for the rain on the road
"Tough Tyre TT"section for what goes into the Gripper
How easy to fit to your 29'er ?
I used the same inner tube that had been fitted into the tyre that I had replaced
Rear tyre removal and replacement
to see how well the Gripper will handle the trails we ride on out here.
For the longer rides put on the Grippers, when you need to play in the mud swap them back, best of both worlds!
The Gripper performed well over all types of track, well worth considering for your 29er training tyre!
Ride Out to Woods
Did not need to worry about the handling of the Gripper tyres from Rubena they went over everything I came across!
If you have a 29er, treat your self to a set of Grippers !
Bike on the left normal tyres, bike on the right fitted with the Grabber.
These Grabbers still have not had a puncture, and I have been treating these to harsh rides !
UPDATE 14/06/2015I have come to the conclusion theses Gripper tyres are Bullet Proof!
(Taken from Rubena Cycles UK Website)
For City, Touring, and Trekking. With high antipuncture defense, and Optional APS (Anti-Puncture System) and RS (Reflective Stripe with 3M technology. The Rubena V84 Gripper is designed for all around use. The medium profile tread has plenty of grip to handle well on gravel or wet pavement but not so much that it slows you down. And, with above average puncture resistance, the Gripper will keep you on the urban trails for miles.
The Gripper comes in 700x40c as well as the size I have here, and believe me when I say "If you ride your Hybrid on Tow Path, Gravel Tracks,you wont find a better Puncture resistant tyre than The Gripper"
If you do need to change or the Gripper make sure you have a "Good Quality" set of tyre levers, that is how tough the Gripper side wall are on theses tyres, dont mess about with a cheap set!
(See my review on Tyre Levers)
Thank You Rubena UK for the chance to really test theses Gripper Tyres out!