The Schwalbe Hans Dampf was designed to take any rider to any and every part of the mountain. The tread pattern was designed as an all condition tire which makes it useful in dry loose terrain to wet rooty and rocky terrain.
The all condition’s mountain-bike tire, are tubeless ready with a non-directional tread pattern, and uses their tough SnakeSkin sidewalls, and was designed for dry and loose or wet and rooty and rocky terrain. The tires use their Triple Star rubber compound design, specifically the TrailStar version (High Performance Trail Ride Compound). I have been thrashing a set of Hans Dampf’s, which roughly translates to “jack-of-all-trades”, on and off for six months, and they’re a good all around tire with excellent durability. Continue reading →
Strengths: grip, hold, confidence inspiring. beastly meaty tires that make everything else look like they came off a toys-r-us bike
Weaknesses: slow roll, not terrible though, rear tire wears FAST. although worth it.
biggest meanest tires that are extremely predictable and basically DH tires on your enduro/trail/xc bike. Ill log a 20 mile ride on these 3-4 times a week so the weight isnt enough to stop me from using these tires. MINI DIRTBIKE TIRES is what I call em.
Strengths: It's a tractor. It rolls over everything, even at high pressure. Climbs great.
Weaknesses: Its cornering is horrible. Washing out leaning the bike because I'm used to Specialized Butchers and Maxxis Minions and even the Kenda Small Block 8s. None of those tires wash out like this does. Found it climbs better than descends. Since I ride a 160mm travel bike to go downhill, not really ideal.
Oh yeah, and of course it's expensive.
One of my riding buddies LOOOOVES this tire. So I picked one up while the shop was having a 10% discount to give it a try.
This tire was not confidence inspiring. It's great if you're not going to corner at speed and lean the bike, at least in the sand and hardpack. It just slides out, even on uphill switchbacks. Played with various air pressure settings, but nothing particularly made me keep this tire on my bike and put the Butcher back on the front.
Strengths: Great traction in many conditions. Side knobs are well supported by the sidewall and give superior cornering performance. Rolling resistance is pretty good for such a capable tire and the rounded profile has no gaps or vague areas when transitioning from center to side knobs. Rubber compound is soft and grippy, oh so grippy.
Weaknesses: Knobs undercut fairly quickly (Trail Star Compound) so I am going to try running the Pace Star version on the rear this season to see if I can get a bit longer life out of a pair. And since they're Schwalbes they're costly. It's hard to give a quick-wearing expensive tire 5 Chilis.
These Dampfs are impressive. I ride the 29er version and they are my current favorite tire. With a beefier-than-normal sidewall they greatly reduce the feel of "pinging" off rocks and roots, the tire stays planted. Grip on all types of terrain is exceptional and confidence-inspiring. Tubeless setup was painless on my wheelsets. Ridden extensively in Utah desert and alpine zones, Whistler and Winter Park bike parks.
Strengths: trail star Version grips really really well on just about every trail surface that exists in Utah regardless of the lean angle (that was before 90% of the outside cornering knobs started to tear off at the base), the pace star version rolls extremely well but does not have any where near the same grip as the slower rolling trail star compound
Weaknesses: Expensive, EXTREMELY LOW Durability (trail star version was toast as 90% of the outside cornering knobs were tearing off after only 2-3 months on front, and I noticed that the pace star version I bought to replace it has a lot of chunks missing from various knobs after about 1 month of use in the front),
I have tried both the PaceStar and TrailStar versions of this tire. The two versions are completely different animals. When new the trail star version was one of my all time favorite front tires grips like crazy every where, but unfortunately after 2-3 months of ridding solely as a front tire I noticed it started to get squirmy when leaned over hard on the outside knobs. I discovered that most of the outside cornering knobs (like 90% of them) were 1/2 torn away from the casting at the base of the knob. I also noticed that some of the intermediate and center knobs were also starting to tear away to a lesser degree. I replaced it with a pace star version of the same tire and while it rolled much better it did not have any where close to the same traction. The only condition where it really hooked up was really loose dusty conditions. On hard pack or a little loose over hard it was pretty sketchy. I also noticed lots of small chunks missing from various knobs after only 1 month of use as a front tire. To sum it up while the trail star version rocked when it was new this is the most expensive and least durable tire that I have EVER used!! It had to be replaced after only 3 months use as a front tire, and the pace star version while slightly better is not looking very promising in the durability department either! It pains me to get so little use out of such expensive tires!
Similar Products Used: kenda nevegal (2.35, 2.1 dtc), kenda excavator(2.34 dtc), maxis high roller (2.35 60a), specalized enduro (2.4 ust), specalized escar (2.3 controol), continental trailking (2.2 black chili ust), wtb weirwolf (2.1 comp)
Bike Setup: 160mm trail bike
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2012
Strengths: Great tracking and stability, great grip in both dry, muddy, and wet condition. Do'nt understad some reviewers who says that the tyre wet abilities are bad. I absolutely love this tyre.
Handles really well all of what i encounter on local trails such as slick rocks, sharp rocks, loamy ground, rock gardens, rock stairs, wooden foot bridges, roots.
One big difference from previous fron tire (Nobby Nick) is that i can decend steep technical parts just by braking my way down, this on parts were i earlier had to climb off my bike and walk, even in wet conditions i just point and shoot.
For my kind of riding these are the best iv'e tried so far..
Weaknesses: Some mention rolling resistance but i don't know.
Okay they are a bit hevier at 765g, and don't roll as easy as the Nobby's but they on the other hand offered no traction at all so i praise grip more over light rolling so i really do not see this as negative. My guess is if you had a grippy mounted before the you would not notice any difference switching to HD's
I use the EVO TrailStar Compound with SnakeSkin side wall protection. Paid €39 at bikes-discount.de/
Tried a Nobby Nick PaceStar 2.25" as front before and that was more or less dange
Used this tire for almost two months now doing some +200km riding in all from dust dry to flowing wet and muddy conditions and it never let me down so far.
Some people talk a bout premature wear and knobs falling of leaving only the casing but i se no signs of wear so far.
Used my Nevegal as front for a short time and it never felt good/safe. A bit unpredictable, how ever (strangely) the Nevegal is crazy good as rear tyre, can climb almost all i ever give a try.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal Stick-E 2.5"
Schwalbe Nobby Nick 2.25" PaceStar
Maxxis Larsen TT 2.35"
Bike Setup: Ibis Mojo Carbon 140mm travel front/rear. 75kg rider weight and about 11.5-12kg bike weight
Hans Dampf 2.35" TrailStar 23-25 PSI (1.6-1.8 Bar) up in front
Kenda Nevegal Stick-E 2.5 on rear wheel at 26-28 PSI
Strengths: Strong sidewalls, works ok in all conditions, predictable, consistent, great slow speed tire
Weaknesses: Terrible in the wet, master of none, doesn't like aggressive cornering, clears mud poorly, rolls slow and noisy, the faster you go the less the tire grips
I just wanted to leave some honest thoughts about this tire since it is getting such rave reviews. I have it mounted to a 150mm AM bike, lots of rocks, loose over hard, roots/wooden structures, etc
The tire is very much like a nevegal in my experience-predictable, consistent, and boring...with a drop in performance as the speeds go up. However the nevegal is less than half the price...
I have tried the tire from 20-35psi and just find that although the drift point is very predictable, it's much earlier than some other tires (doesn't like heavy lean angles) and it doesn't handle high speed very well. It is excellent in slow speed rocky tech terrain, probably because of the massive strong lugs. I would highlight the predictability, it never offers any surprises which some people will really like (justifiably so) but for aggressive AM riding it just doesn't hit the mark IMO
Overall I think this is a great alternative to the aging nevegal, and would work great for beginners, or on a bike trip where an unknown set of trail conditions will be encountered. However at the price I feel the tire isn't worth it, if it was the same price as a nevegal I'd give it four stars all around
Strengths: Seems to be a durable tire. Rolls well for it's size and weight.
Weaknesses: The performance compound 2.3 model I tested had very little grip on dry Sierra Ca. rock. On wet rock the tires slid in a bad way. The rounded profile combined with tightly spaced knobs doesn't corner well on dry powdery stuff.
This would be a good tire for a very average Joe who doesn't push the limits. This tire would be a fair choice if you ride on very grippy rock like Bootleg canyon or parts of Hawaii. For a very agressive rider who needs a tire that has sidewall protection and a reasonable weight look elsewhere.
Strengths: Fantastic grip in all sorts of conditions. Mount Tubeless very easily.
Weaknesses: Price. Construction. Wear.
Bought these last year when they first came out and have been running them front and back on my Mojo. Basically this makes a great front tire and a not so great rear. Wears very fast for a $90 tire. I split time between three bikes and I did not get even a full year out of the rear. And know that these run huge for their size, so know your clearances in the rear. As a rear they are great for traction, even wet roots or moondust on hardpack but the tradeoff is super-soft rubber. And they don't just wear down the knobs kinda start tearing at the base right away, not just from breaking because they tear in all directions. Also the first one they sent me had a huge sidewall defect but Schwalbe was great sending a replacement.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2012
Strengths: This tire rocks. It sticks like velcro to loose gravel over hard pack, mud, roots, and chunky rutty wasteland. This tire is very predictable and loves to be shoved into the turns. It took me a couple rides to get used to how far these tires lean before letting go. Once I did, these tires really came alive. When they do let go, it's no big deal. They slide. They recover. They beg for more.
Weaknesses: After a month, they don't seem to be wearing too quickly, but I will need to keep an eye out. They seem to roll a bit slower than my previous set up, but it is not too big a deal. They main problem is the price. The price point is just outrageous. that said, the price is not a deal breaker.
Overall, these are great confidence inspiring tires.Try these tires if you ride a wide range of terrian and want to be ready for anything.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz BLTc with an X0 drive train and brakes, rolling i9 all mountain wheels
a All Mountain Rider
from San Diego, CA, US
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2012
Strengths: Great grip in all of the conditions I tend to ride in, which is mostly dry- being that it doesn't rain much here in SoCal. Huge volume, these work great tubeless with low pressures. I've never managed to burp them and I run around 28 psi and hit some decent sized jumps, drops and rocks. These grip well and when they start to slide they're very predictable, unlike the Nevegals I replaced. The softer TrailStar compound is a great front tire, but wears VERY fast on the rear. I recommend the hard compound PaceStar for the rear. These are HUGE for a 2.35 by the way, pretty much the same size as a 2.5 DH casing Nevegal (and Kenda tends to run large already!) There's just barely enough clearance to run this tire on the back of my Nomad C.
Weaknesses: Pretty expensive compared to the Kendas I used to run, but if you can find a good deal on them they aren't too bad. MSRP is a joke... almost $100 per tire?? The TrailStar compound wears out VERY fast when used as a rear tire. After a month and a half of riding my rear tire didn't have any intermediate knobs left and the side knobs wear tearing away from the tire. I switched to the harder compound PaceStar in the rear and it's holding up well.
Great tires, my favorite so far. Very predictable which is incredibly important in my book. If you can afford them, give 'em a go!
Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal, Small Block8, Maxxis Ignitor, etc.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Nomad C, set up relatively beefy for the more DH side of all-mountain.
a Weekend Warrior
from Portland, OR, USA
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2011
Strengths: Great traction in light mud, loose gravel, wet roots, hard pack, you name it. Very predictable and gradual slip when at the limit or in heavier mud. Very large volume, work well at low PSI. A great all mountain tire.
Weaknesses: a bit stiff ridding due to stiff sidewalls, required an air compressor to mount on UST rims. Price is painful.
I was looking for a summer and winter tire for the northwest weather and may have found it. Very impressive traction in all conditions, wet and dry. I know they made the sidewalls heavy duty so as to not tear, but these are stiff and require the lower PSI to get a decent ride. They replaced a set of 2010 Mountain Kings - 2.2 and 2.4 UST and the Kings rode much better at higher PSI settings, but had no where near the traction in steep turns (caused drifting early) and were dangerous and unpredictable in any kind of mud. Note: I weigh 180 lbs.