Nobby Nic is an old friend to most of us. As one of Schwalbe's most versatile treads, Nic gets lots of action on a wide variety of machines, and the updated version of the Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27. 5 inch Tire takes a few steps to make it even better. Nic gets some revisions to his proven, all terrain tread pattern. And we dig that. This new collection of blocks, not unlike the old one, is equal parts fast rolling and earth grabbing comfortable on varsity level technical terrain but ready to race on a more hard packed course, as well. The proven PaceStar and TrailStar rubber compounds return, too, and you'll revel in their shared ability to crawl their way up or around damn near anything. As far as changes go, this year, Nic's tubeless readiness has changed names, from TL to TL Easy, emphasizing what Schwalbe wants its customers to know is one of the easiest tires to install and set up tubeless. The tough SnakeSkin carcass returns, but this year it's also joined by an even tougher Double Defense casing version, armoring you against punctures like no Schwalbe ever has before.