Schwalbe X-One Bite review

Highly predictable grip is great for both cyclocross and winter gravel riding

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Schwalbe X-One Bite might be marketed as a cyclocross tyre, but the large amounts of predictable grip transfers excellently into UK winter gravel riding, when the trails turn to slop. The narrow 33mm width – although spot on for cyclocross racing – does mean you have to take a little more care on rocks and roots so as not to hit your rims.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy tubeless setup

Reasons to avoid
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    Only comes in 33c

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Although the Schwalbe X-One Bite is ostensibly a thoroughbred cyclocross mud tyre, it can make a great addition to a gravel bike, broadening the trails that can be ridden over winter, until the slop starts to firm up again around April.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg