The Hans Dampf tire made its debut at the Sea Otter Classic last year and critics raved that it set new standards in rubber. The Hans Dampf has strong lugs and sidewalls, as well as grippy TrailStar compound tread. The TrailStar compound is unique in that Schwalbe combined three different rubber mixtures to create a grippy tread center, and even gripper shoulders. Tubeless ready, add latex fluid to the Hans Dampf and enjoy the benefits of high puncture protection, low rolling resistance, and the ability to run lower pressures.
Strengths: Does ALMOST everything well. Light and strong for it's size. Love the Snakeskin sidewall. Tubeless is simple and not a P-I-A.
Weaknesses: Cornering, especially in high speed corners where you have to dig in. It just doesn't want to dig in as well as say a directional tire like Bonty 29-4. Price is just insane, but it seems to be holding up.
Overall a good tire. I think it'll be replace in the front with a Minion once it starts to hit the market. Hopefully Maxxis can get the weight down close to the HD.
Weaknesses: None...you get what you pay for with the Hans Dampf
All around outstanding tire! Riding these front and rear on my Niner RIP9 and absolutely love them! I ride lots of different conditions: hardpack, muddy, slippery rock, loose rock, etc. I have tried several different tires in the past and these are my favorite by a long shot. I don't really ride loose soil, so unfortunately I can't comment there, but my cornering has vastly improved since purchasing these tires. I bought them on sale for $65/each so the deal was unbeatable, but after riding them for 4 months now, I would have no problem paying full price next time. Great durability so far...great tire!
I'm riding the Pacestar compound on a 29er muni, going on three months of constant use, two to three rides a week. I ride in the Southeast, so lots of wet, rooty, rocky, so far nothing has slowed this tire down. I have ridden every high volume 29er tire, my previous favorite was the Ardent 2.4, a good tire for sure, but the Hans is a much better tire. Hans is durable, smooth riding, bi directional tread works well, sticky enough without wearing out too fast, fairly light considering size and design, high volume like the RR 2.4. Like other posters stated, it's the best far 29er tire to date!
Strengths: Very sticky; excellent consistency on the trail; great control under hard braking, cornering, and steep descents; TL ready and a floor pump are a snap with SunRingle Expert or Stan's ArchEX wheels.
I bought these for trail riding - I found that my Racing Ralph's and Nobby Nic's wore pretty fast under regular use on the trails I like, so I wanted tires that were more durable and would give me more traction on climbs and descents.
These are fantastic tires for trail riding - period. They roll pretty well - they are not RR's or NN's though; so don't be surprised on flats. But, they really hold the trail when you are flying past your comfort zone.
Climbing was surprisingly good, I was able to clear a steep lose sandstone sections that I struggle with on my RR's.
Schwalbe makes great tires - they precision in manufacturing is the only reason I'll pay $75/tire - hence the 4 chili for value (I really want to give it a three chili for value - but, these tires are bad a**; so I will buy them again).
Similar Products Used: Nevagal; Captain Control; Racing King
Bike Setup: Niner EMD9; all XT; Stan's ArchEX 29er
Yeti 575; all XO; Mavic CrossMax ST (floor pump does not work well with these - I use CO2)
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2012
Weaknesses: None for me
Great tire so far! More cornering grip than the 29-4 Bontragers that they replaced. I'm not a racer so I can't say much about the rolling resistance. They seem to roll fine to me. I also appreciate the heavy sidewalls for protection from damage.
Strengths: Grip is INCREDIBLE. 850g is pretty good for a tubeless 29er tire this big with sidewall snakeskin protection. I can push them SCREAMIN' FAST on the DH with tons of confidence!!! FUN ...........
Weaknesses: Ran both front and rear but felt sluggish on the flats and climbing. (ONLY reason I gave 4 chilis for Overall Rating)
Just went Niner with my RIP9. I've been running Nobby Nic tires on my Mavericks for several years and LOVE them. The shop only had one Nobby Nic 29 in stock and the guys RAVED over the Hans Dampf ... they were a few bucks less so I bought 2 for front and rear. They felt a bit sluggish on the flats - the road in particular - and livened up on the dirt flats. Ran them for about a month. I wasn't satisfied so bought 2 Nobby Nics when they came in. Expensive, but gotta get the right feel, ya know? The Nics felt much better with rolling, but I really noticed a looser front end on the faster DH loose turns ... So, put a Hans on the front and kept the Nic on the rear .... WHAT A COMBO! The Nobby Nic rolling resistance is MUCH less so it pedals much easier, it breaks loose a tiny bit in the back very predictably to help set up the turns, while the Hans Dampf keeps the front in perfect form!
Strengths: These tires are ridiculously sticky and grippy (there's a difference). The most important thing to me is that they don't rip on the terrain I'm riding since everything else does (Nevegals, Maxxis, etc). So far, these tires have held up without issue. They are super chubby at about 2.35 and offer a ton of confidence in turns.
Weaknesses: Not a race tire. The knobs are good for traction but clear speed limiters.
These are great all-around, all-you-can-throw-at-em tires. With the cost of tires easily over $50 a pop, I know these are a good investment.