Product Comparison: Schwalbe Big Ben (11100557) vs Schwalbe Big Apple (11100302)

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General Specifications
About the Product
Big Apple got a brother. The comfort is the same, but the profile and the optics are clearly focused. The design was so good that we have also made it in a “normal” tire size. Because a 40 mm tire width is not so “big”, it is called Little Big Ben.
Air suspension built-in. The Big Apple started off the Balloonbike trend more than ten years ago: Comfortable cycling without using complicated technology! Air cushion tires are used as natural suspension. Inflated to around 2 Bar a Balloonbike rolls really easily and with a full suspension effect. A normal tire with a width of 37 mm must be inflated to a rock-hard 4 bar, in order to roll similarly well.
Big Ben (11100557)
Big Apple (11100302)
Key Specs
Wheel Size
26 in.
24 in.
Tyre width
2.15 in.
2.0 in.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Schwalbe Big Ben (11100557) Race Guard Wired Tire
  • I'm really happy with these tires. Tough, quiet, smooth. Met all of my criteria.
  • These wheels provided less rolling resistance than my old mtb tires and are really comfortable.
  • Shockingly good offroad grip and useful balloon suspension for a rigid bike.
  • These new tires are much quieter and have less rolling resistance.
  • I run these on my Townie ebike conversion. No flats or issues yet. Super cushy ride and speed rated.
Schwalbe Big Apple (11100302) HS 430 Performance RaceGuard Cruiser Bicycle Tire - Wire Bead
  • In point of speed and comfort, it is the ideal tire for either of the two categories.
  • I have roughly 400 miles on these and they are still like new. Awesome tires.
  • Another advantage is the solid construction of these tires.
  • Good rolling speed, very comfortable, can be inflated to a wide range of pressure.
  • The only real downside is limited adherence in wet and / or cold temperatures.
Size & Weight
9.2 in.
9 in.
1.68 lbs.
1.41 lbs.
5.1 in.
5.5 in.
4 in.
3 in.
Type Of Protector
Endurance Compound
Endurance Compound
Double layer of Nylon
Folding Bead
KevlarGuard technology, RaceGuard, Air suspension built-in
What customers say about "Features"
Schwalbe Big Ben (11100557) Race Guard Wired Tire
  • I am very please with these tires. They ride fast and are comfortable. Has totally transformed my ride.
  • Easy to install took me 10 minutes for both tires.
  • The grip is excellent in all conditions so far; it is stable and docile, even on wet roads; they're quiet and very comfortable.
  • 3,500 miles in and the front tire has had no flats, ever.
  • They had good grip, nice size for city streets and looked cool, but I do a lot of urban riding and end up with a fair amount of sharp stops and I was down to cords within 300 miles.
Schwalbe Big Apple (11100302) HS 430 Performance RaceGuard Cruiser Bicycle Tire - Wire Bead
  • Cobbles and potholes cease to matter, while the bike isn’t burdened with heavy energy-sapping springs.
  • Good contact patch for street use. Smooth ride and very predictable in most weather conditions.
  • For a street tire i think you wont find a much better tire.
  • I bloody love them, have done about 500 miles on them and only suffered one puncture, and that was on hedge cutting day.
  • When inflated to minimum pressure (2 BAR) they are comfortable but sooo slooow.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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