Schwalbe has updated it's venerable Hans Dampf trail and all-mountain tyre with a new tread pattern that gets larger blocks for extra bite. It's available in the new Addix compounds and a staggering numbers of widths and wheel sizes.
The tyre is designed to be used on the front or rear and sits in between the trail and cross-country Nobby Nic and the more aggressive Magic Mary in the Schwalbe range. The tread blocks are now 50% larger with a shoulder that's been beefed up to provide more cornering grip.
Junior MTB product manager Carl Kämper has this to say: “It’s the knobs that save me when things get tough. They dig down a bit later but are so effective – even in loose and loamy soil. They provide constant grip, a sensation that extends across the entire tread, right to its outer edges.”
Large centre blocks are said to improve drive and braking traction and there are transition blocks to provide a predictable feel when turning. The overall pattern is also more open to clear mud more effectively and it's not directional either so mounting should be easy.
You can get the tyre in the faster-rolling Addix Speedgrip or sticky Addix Soft compound and there's the option of Apex casing protection or the burlier Supergravity casing.
The tyre is available in 29 x 2.35, 29 x 2.6, 27.5 x 2.35, 27.5 x 2.6, 27.5 x 28, 26 x 2.35 as well as 24 x 2.35 for kids mountain bikes. We're waiting on UK pricing.
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