The strongest named team in the WorldTour 2012 rides Schwalbe Ultremo. Newly formed team Radioshack-Nissan-Trek has emerged from Team Radioshack and Leopard Trek, which was sponsored by Schwalbe in 2011.
Schwalbe will equip the team with its Ultremo HT tubular tires. The hand-sewn, professional tire is fondly recalled by former Leopard Trek riders Fränk and Andy Schleck (Luxembourg), Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), Jens Voigt and Linus Gerdemann (Germany). Radio-Shack riders around ‘Routinier’ Chris Horner (USA) and German ‘Tour’ specialist Andreas Klöden continue to strengthen the already powerful squad – and hopes are high for successes in the major tours as well as the spring classic races. „We expect a lot from this commitment and we are delighted to continue as a supplier with such a strong, international team.“, says Doris Klytta, Schwalbe PR and Sponsorship manager. In the first week of January Christian Lademan, Schwalbe Race support and Product Manager, already traveled to the first team training camp in Mallorca and tested different prototypes in the Palma velodrome. Schwalbe’s philosophy for many years has been to develop tires actively with the riders. Klytta: „This close co-operation is quite unusual and not natural in the industry. “
The Ultremo HT provides riders with the ideal mix of speed, puncture protection and extraordinary grip, which gives them supreme confidence in steep and difficult alpine descents containing many sharp bends. The strength of Schwalbe tubular tires lies in the combination of classical, Italian style manufacturing with a latex tube in combination with high-end materials like the new RaceStar Triple Compound. Doris Klytta: „At present this compound is the benchmark in tire technology. No other bicycle tire manufacturer can combine rubber mixtures so purposefully in series production. Only the combination of the compounds makes maximum powers possible”. In the meantime triple compound rubber mixtures have become a Schwalbe hallmark.