SweetSkinz Rattleback long term review

I always get questions about the tires installed on my Ibex X-ray Cyclocross commuter bike:

They are SweetSkinz Rattleback 700X37c tires. If you don’t know who SweetSkinz is, here’s a little bit about them:

SweetskinZ launched in 1999 with the goal of revolutionizing the tire industry. The company was originally conceived by combining a passion for cycling with a drive to design high-quality, personalized products — the first of which was the world’s premiere bicycle tire featuring a variety of full-color graphics and patterns that are also reflective.

Building on the success and interest from the cycling community, SweetskinZ is working to expand the SkinZ product line with a wide range of industry leaders. In conjunction with new SkinZ Application Partners, SweetskinZ is conducting research and development to bring designs to other products, including a variety of motor vehicle tires, apparel, footwear, golf cart tires and club grips, conveyor belts, and numerous industrial applications.

Our Goal? To not only produce the best quality products on the market, but to infuse a little style along the way so that both consumers and retailers can make a bold, unique statement.

SweetskinZ has evolved from a promising idea, to a company poised to revolutionize and revitalize industries.

OK, so back to the tires… I’ve been riding with these tires for over a year and logged over 700 miles on them.

Thumbs Up: The SweetSkinz rattleback tires have a rattlesnake diamondback pattern (thus the name), I like the design because it is one of their more ‘subtle’ designs, the design is more noticeable when the bike is parked and not when I’m riding it. The tires are meant to go on ‘comfort bikes’, but due to the high tire clearance of the X-ray, they fit rather nicely. How do they ride? The tires are low PSI so they are very plush and they roll with ease.The tires are also puncture resistant, I haven’t had one single puncture with these tires, Here’s what I consider being worth the price of the SweetSkinz tires, their reflectivity:

All SweetSkinz tires have reflective properties embedded on their patterns, a pretty cool safety feature.

Thumbs Down: Weight weenies need not apply, SweetskinZ tires are on the heavy side. Limited 700c sizes, 700X37c is the only available size, unless you have a bike with high tire clearance, tires will not fit. At $39 bucks a piece, tires are not on the cheap side. bikes on SweetSkinZ tires:

Recommendation: We love SweetSkinz tires for various reasons, yes, at $39 bucks a piece they are not cheap, but I believe they are worth it because of their durability, safety features and coolness factor.

SweetskinZ also supports our website by donating their tires for events like the Urban Bike Commuter Expo and the Bicycle Bash by the bay. We also get a small percentage of every sale if you click their banner and buy tires, all of this money goes for operational costs, not to make us rich.


  1. Ghost Rider

    Have you had any problem with sidewall cracking? The pair that I have has developed millions of tiny cracks in the surfaces of the sidewalls (in the color layer) — it doesn’t affect how they ride or hold air, but it is curious. I wonder if others have experienced this?

    What I like best about SweetskinZ is that when I lay down a hard skid, the tires produce bright blue smoke as the color layer vaporizes. SWEET!

  2. Moe (Post author)

    Jack, none of my tires have developed any cracks. Could it be the different climate?

  3. Ghost Rider

    It could very well be the climate…and the fact that I’m forced to store a lot of my bikes outdoors under a tarp.

    There’s a lot of ozone in the air here (smog and regular thunderstorms), and ozone is notorious for attacking rubber.

    In any case, the cracks are merely an aesthetic concern, not structural.

  4. Bob Waldo

    Not sure if you remember me or not, but I was Call_me_Clyde in the forums. I also own a highly customized Ibex B24 RSR (among other custom bikes). Thanks for posting the pics of your rides. I cam across them while I was searching for pics of the Sweetskinz Rattleback (I’ve owned Sweetskinz Scorch and Zoomo for my B24, and a set of Camo’s on mu son’s BMX bike). I plan on buying a set of Rattleback 700c’s for a 2009 Jamis Coad Elite I just ordered. Shoot me an email, and I’ll send you some pics once I have them installed. Thanks again for sharing! Bob

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