Schwalbe Hans Dampf Tire

3.37/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $89.95

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Product Description

The fast-rolling Rocket Ron and tenacious Knobby Nic established Schwalbe's reputation for producing lightweight, high-volume tires. While these tires bridged cross country speed with all-mountain reliability, they suffered when the terrain got seriously aggressive. Hearing the cries, Schwalbe...

Schwalbe Hans Dampf Pro Review

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 →

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2015

Strengths:    Good for smooth dirt trails

Weaknesses:    Get ripped to shreds on rough rocky trails

Bottom Line:   
I have about 20 rides in around Park City and Salt Lake and tires performed well. I went to Moab where I rode 5 trails and they are trashed. The side nobs are shredded and falling off. Clearly the compound is too soft for rocky terrain. These came on my new Devinci and I would say they were a very poor choice and they are not a good all round tire for a trail bike.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mats Andersson

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2015

Strengths:    Good grip.

Weaknesses:    These tyre pick up gravel and a lot of it ,my frame is blasted with flying stones.
This tyre is only good for trails not for gravel roads,

Bottom Line:   
Not good for scandinavian gravel roads.other wise its grippy.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by lew242

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2014

Strengths:    Braking grip, roll-over capability, fairly fast rolling, light for size of tire, high volume, width as advertised

Weaknesses:    Terrible durability on rear, price, scrubby and sketchy on some loose-over terrain, doesn't rail but reasonable if ridden road moto style

Bottom Line:   
Review for 26x2.35 Evolution trailstar and Performance

You'll notice that most of the reviews praising this tire are from people who have recently fitted them, long term reviews are much lower scores..

I've run the evo and the performance models of this tire and honestly this tire like most of Schwalbes current offerings as a rear tire is an absolute disaster especially in any kind of rocky conditions. Wears through very quickly the knobs can get torn off, often times it can happen on the trail and it get ripped through to the carcase with hiss and fountain of Stans fluid over everything, so you'll need to bring tubes. The performance version is better in terms of the side-knobs not ripping off, but still not particularly good in terms of wear.

However on the front the tire is simply a much better candidate, but quite what to pair it with is a struggle, although a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.3 TR EXO works very well. HD has an addictive volume and width and yet quite light, braking traction is great and the tire runs well on hardpack but can get very scubby on gravelly loose over (with an understeery feel). But braking is great down very steep terrain where other tires just slip.It's quite thin and IMHO it should only be run tubeless, as it is very likely to puncture with a tube in the slightest thorn-like conditions.

To sum up on the rear this tire is only good for racing, useless for training. The Performance version is much cheaper and offers 98% of the performance, try that if you want to check out these tires, especially on the rear. If you want to do training rides with this tire then simply be prepared to run it as front only unless the terrain allows.

For me the wear of this tire on the rear is just unaccptable, yet on the front it's perfectly workable, just a tad short. If I was a manufacturer I'd try to make tire compounds front and rear specific so that instead of the rear lasting 3 weeks and the front lasting 3 months they wore out at the same rate, meaning you could sell tires bundled as sets. This changing the rear every 3 weeks game is just too expensive for me, maybe its my terrain or that I ride very often, but other manufacturers make tires that grip very and last much longer.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by FarNorCal Rider

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2014

Strengths:    Traction. Roll well. Easy to set up on tubeless.

Weaknesses:    Wear too fast

Bottom Line:   
I have been riding Hans Dampf on two bikes a 27.5 Intense Carbine 275 on Diablo rims and 29 on Salsa El Mariachi SS with Stans rims. I found that they set up tubeless like a snap and easy to mount. Love the traction. Issue I have found is that the side knobs tear with both the PaceStar and TrailStar compounds. When you start loosing those I question the corning ability that makes the a new set of Hans attractive. I find the the omni-directional pattern nice for mounting and makes for good drip and great rolling on smooth surface, but I have had the center nobs wear down on the rear very quickly with the PaceStar compound which makes for uneven wear and slippage at low millage use.

While the tire sets up easily with Stan's, I found that with puncture I did not get the flat protection you expect. Relatively small holes have left me putting in a tube to finish a ride on more than one occasion. These tires are not cheap on sale I have never been able to crack the $70 level. So they are like the BMW of tires, awesome brand new and fool you to thinking money well spent. But wear too easily. I have gone thru 2 sets on both bikes in a year. I am going to give a different tire a try.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lance Molinari

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2014

Strengths:    None. I spent 4 hours trying to get these tires to seat on a tubeless rim with no luck.

Weaknesses:    Will not work as a Tubeless

Bottom Line:   
I bought a new 27.5 tire in the 2.2 width and the tire refused to seat to a tubeless rim. I am running Maxxis High roller 2 tires on the DT Swiss xr 1501 rims, that work fine but they are a little heavy. Mounted the Hans and it would not seat to the rim even with an air compressor. Took the wheel and tire to the local bike shop and they could not get it to seat. Works fine with a tube.
Trying to send the tire back to Schwalb for replacement. But I don't expect that to go well. Put the Maxxis back on the rim and it seated and inflated with a hand pump.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FNG RIDER a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2014

Strengths:    Traction in sand, loose shale, dry and light dusty surface

Weaknesses:    I little slow but I am comparing it to my Rocket Rons; )

Bottom Line:   
I ride a Yeti 575 Race the came stock with Rocket Rons, After the rear wore down I put the Hans Dampff 2.35 Trail Star compound in front and RR in rear. I noticed the Hanz Dampff's rolled a little slower. It took me a while to start appreciating how well it worked up front. It was stable in the loose, with the wider foot print. Also very grippy on loose broken shale, dry and dusty. I ride in SoCal so it is never wet. I will probably wear these out before the trails get wet again. The snake skin side walls are a plus for rocky conditions. I really don't notice the slower rolling anymore because of the confidence I have with these tires. I highly recommend them for all terrain riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Sullivan Canyon and Back Bone

Duration Product Used:   1 yr

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   Wheel World

Similar Products Used:   Rocket Rons, WTB Weirwolf , The Weirwolfs were my favorites for all around wet dry durability, wear. but they were a little heavy.

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575 Race XT drive train and brakes. Thompson Elite post, stem. Easton carbon bars. DT Swiss 1600 wheel sets. Hans Dampff 2.35 Trail Star front, Rocket Ron 2.2 rears

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by championp a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2014

Strengths:    Unbelievable combination of weight, sidewall strength, fast rolling, unbelievable traction.

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
I have only had these tires a few weeks. Every time I ride these 26x2.35" trailstar/pacestar combo, I am happily surprised at how much traction they have. This trait is noticeable when climbing normally scratchy or slippery sections, braking and fast downhill, or railing through corners. I haven't had any knobs rip off like others have experienced. I've ridden hard and fast through sharp rocks up and downhill, but these tires only have a couple rides on them so time will tell. I got an "insider" deal on them and they were still as expensive as my last new tires were at full MSRP. If these last a full season here in northern Utah, I'm buying them again next year, even if they are so expensive. The traction is that good, they are one of the best upgrades I've ever experienced. Definitely my number one tire, and I've been MTN biking since 93.

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Favorite Trail:   Unknown name in Park City

Duration Product Used:   3 weeks

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Ground Control, Eskar, Maxxis high roller II, Ardent, small block 8, minion DHR, DHF.

Bike Setup:   2010 Spec. Enduro Comp. Lyrik rc2l, Enve AM wheels, bars and stem, XO cranks, Spec. Command post black lite, stock everything else.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by NorCalRider a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2013

Strengths:    Traction. Omni-directional. Easy to mount.

Weaknesses:    a little slow

Bottom Line:   
I am using these on Intense Carbine 275 with great success. I race and have done well for the season, reaching the podium 4 times and won a race series. These are fat burly omni-directional tires that are easy to mount and set up tubeless. I used the Trailstar in the front and PaceStar in the back. Pace does wear faster. I find they grip well in all types of conditions and soils and can handle some tough terrain. 1 punctures in 1000 miles using two different sets. So I find they hold up well. Got a 29in set for El Mariachi SS. I little heavier on the 29, but Ill trade it for the confidence in cornering. I find they roll fairly nice on flat even surface and pavement, but that is not what this tire is for. It is my go to tire. I really like that they are easy to mount unlike other tubeless tires. Don't have to struggle and bead holds quickly on tubeless set up. The snakeskin sidewall is a must to help avoid punters. I also have found that this tire is usually competitively priced compared to other brands. I

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Similar Products Used:   Geax Saguaro

Bike Setup:   I

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by TJ a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2013

Strengths:    They climb well. For me, THATS IT.

Weaknesses:    The faster you ride the less they hold. Dump them down in PSI to grip and pinch-flat-city! Nightmare to change on the trail. Ripped the nobs off the rear if a few rides and for what you pay for them.......... Worst tire I have ever had on my FSR EVO. :(

Bottom Line:   
I ride a 2011 Stumpy EVO and have had a lot of tires on this bike. They do climb well on the slow grind tech stuff, but that is it. I was initially very excited when I got these tires (Trail compound) and over the next 5 months I had more front end wash-out crashes and flats than the previous year! I absolutely hated these tires by month 5. I even considered I was head tripped for some reason and just not riding well. I will concede - it could be my style or lack of style, however I cut all the intermediate nobs off my old 2.35 Kenda's and was back to bombing my favorite trail. Modified Kenda Nev's were faster and bit way harder in the corners and my new High Roller II's have brought things to a whole other level. In MY OPINION these tires really SUCK. In MY OPINION the High Roller II's are the best all-mountain tires I have ever ridden.

Weekend Warrior from SB County.

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Favorite Trail:   Cannell and anything in the Southern Sequoia's!

Duration Product Used:   5 months (dumped them a month ago)

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Interbet

Similar Products Used:   Nevegal, Specialized, Excavator, High Roller II

Bike Setup:   2011 Stumpy Evo, reworked Fox 150's, grips and seat. Been a fantastic bike!

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gilby a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2013

Strengths:    Easy to setup tubeless, adds to plushness of ride as they are big

Weaknesses:    Grip, Cornering confidence, price

Bottom Line:   
After reading great reviews from a couple of magazines I decided to try a set of these fairly expensive tires. Now we all know that tire performance is directly related to dirt, conditions, air pressure and size so for this review I ride in eastern Canada mainly on twisty single track with lots of rocks and roots with a clay based soil that is often damp. I found these tires a total disappointment. Being billed as an all around tire I expected good performance in a variety of conditions. From my perspective these tires are very poor in the damp and wet conditions. They immediately pack up and are crazy slippery on any root (wet or dry). In nice perfect dry conditions they are okay, but tend when aggressively leaned into a turn they just just let loose. Plus they are still slippery on any roots or even pretty dry rocks. I have tried a variety of pressures so it isn't related to being too hard/soft. These may work somewhere, but for me I found them to be much less than acceptable and they wear out super fast which in my case is good so I can get rid of them. I have run a whole bunch of Kenda tires, Specialized Captains, Enduros, Rocket Rons, and plus others as a comparison on a SC XC Carbon Blur.

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Similar Products Used:   too many to list

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz XC Carbon Blur, 120 Fox RLC 15 thru, 142 thru on the back

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by wilsonblur a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2013

Strengths:    Good traction in the wet, easy Tubless set up, great cornering, good center traction, predictable, high volume, stable, reasonable weight for a 2.35

Weaknesses:    Wear out quickly. I rotated mine from front to back and got 370 miles here riding in Colorado and Utah. Once the knobbies wore down the casing began to get punctured. If you get the pressure too low they will squirm below 24psi IMO.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good tire that works well in most conditions. I had a chance ride it in a wide variety of conditions from rooty, muddy and wet to slick rock, to the rocky chunder here on the front range. I thought it worked best in the wet. It wasn't as good on our rocks here as some other tires but it wasn't bad either. I really did like it, I just prefer Conti's Black Chili in every department. I got mine for about $45 a tire and had the Pacestar compound. They just wear too fast on the rocks here for the price. I had a set of Trail Kings with 460 miles that look much better except I wrecked the sidewalls. They work great as a tubeless tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Mustang and Longhorn to Shorthorn

Duration Product Used:   5 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   HiBike

Similar Products Used:   Nevegal, Specialized Eskar and Control, Nobby Nic, Trail King, Mountain King 2, Albert Marathon

Bike Setup:   Nomad C, XT, KS, Easton Havoc's Lyrik

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zvonimir Stamenov a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2013

Strengths:    Grip, durability, cut/puncture/snakebite resistant, performance on wet rocks

Weaknesses:    Weight, rolling performance, nothing too much, but I needed to put some more energy into pedaling than my friends on Nobby Nic

Bottom Line:   
I own performance version for exactly a year now and I ride, almost everyday trail riding, mostly rocky terrain (Dalmatian krš). About 4000km (maybe more, maybe a bit less) and they are still holding up. Knobs are there, worn out, but they are there. I'm light class rider (65-70kg), so maybe that's some advantage. Last month I was running it with tubes because tubeless system wasn't holding air because of too many small cuts.

Now I have bought new pair, mounted TL system (Performance non-TL version + Fulcrum Red Metal 3) and it works like a charm. They are really great on this rocky terrain and mountains, especially with possibility of running lower pressure. Also, I have been riding them on wet and muddy terrain, covered with leafs and roots. Great grip that gives you confidence. Maybe it's because I don't know for better tires, but I'm really satisfied with them.

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Favorite Trail:   Holy Trail, Kozjak, Croatia

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Purchased At:   FahrradFrank, Berlin

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager XR4, Schwalbe Nobby Nic

Bike Setup:   2012 Trek FuelEX7 w/ Fox Float RP2
Fox Float RL 120mm w/ Kashima coat
Rock Shox Reverb 125mm
Fulcrum Red Metal 3 w/ Hans Dampf
SLX/XT group set

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kayton a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2013

Strengths:    Tread pattern, width 2.35

Weaknesses:    Wareout fast, really fast.

Bottom Line:   
I had noticeable wear after the first ride. Skip these and get Maxxis or Specalized.

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Favorite Trail:   Miners loop

Duration Product Used:   2 moths

Bike Setup:   Sana Cruz Nomad

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Aidan

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2013

Strengths:    Looks good

Weaknesses:    Slow, fast wearing, dosnt flick mud, and bad grip in wet

Bottom Line:   
This tyre came with my cannondale jekyl 2 all mountain bike. This tyre is so overrated!
I have the snakskin tripple compound version. In the mud allthough it has large tread
It dosnt flick the mud and results in being very slipperly and can be hard to control
It also slips going up dry hills. I have tryed low presures and it makes no difference. I have replaced
Them with a nobby nic on the front and a rocket ron on the rear this is so much better they both flick mud great
And are awesome in the dry to. They are so much faster up and down hill and never slip.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2013

Strengths:    Good grip when run below 30 PSI. Nice looking tire.

Weaknesses:    Poor wearing. Throws alot of rocks up.

Bottom Line:   
So I really liked these tires at first ride. They looked great and cornered well (at low pressure). However, when running through small bead size rock beds, they through up most of it back at my bike and legs. Also, with only limited use on them, the side knobs are almost all split and getting ready to pull off. Therefore, my cornering has gotten quite sketchy as now the side knobs have to hold, and will eventually just tear off. Can't recommend this tire, especially at the insane high price!

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Hans Dampf 2.35 front Minion DHR 2 exo rear, good idea / bad idea ?

Hi folks, running a Hans Dampf up front and need something with a bit more grip and better braking on the back than what I have already. Been considering a dhr 2 minion or a specialized purgatory. Previous tyres were conti rubber queens, still running one on the back but honestly its got nothing le ... Read More »

Hans Dampf or Bontrager xr4 team issue?

For the front (currently running evo pacestar Nobby Nic front and rear). Anyone with ride time on both? First hand feedback on cornering, braking, rolling resistance, durability, etc. much appreciated.Read More »

Anyone running Hans Dampf rear on an alloy Scalpel 29er?

Yeah, yeah, I know--I'm on the wrong bike if I'm trying to use a Hans Dampf on a Scalpel. My riding has definitely taken more of an AM turn and I'm learning to get both wheels off the ground here and there with the goal of doing my first enduro race, but while I save my pennies for a new ride (man, ... Read More »

dhf vs hans dampf for front. opinions please

Opinions on these for aggresive riding inbthis wheel sizee. Any opinions apreciated.Read More »

Hans Dampf 29: Which compound?

Hi, My favorite front tire in 26 was [B]Nobby Nic 26x2.25 gatestar[/B]. So automatically I bought the 29er 29x2.25 assuming it would be similar, but it only comes in pacestar. Huge difference between the tires. The 29 PSC does not have a fraction of the traction of the 26 and its also not tracking ... Read More »

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