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...
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 →
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. :(
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.
Favorite Trail: Cannell and anything in the Southern Sequoia's!
Duration Product Used: 5 months (dumped them a month ago)
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Weaknesses: Slow, fast wearing, dosnt flick mud, and bad grip in wet
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.
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2013
Strengths: Good grip when run below 30 PSI. Nice looking tire.
Weaknesses: Poor wearing. Throws alot of rocks up.
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!
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2013
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.
My Trigger 29er1 came with a set of Hans Dampfs. I like the tires well enough but after a couple hundred miles the lugs are starting to tear off the sides of the tires. Is this common on these tires? I might get in touch with my LBS and see if they can warranty them.
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Lately I've been seeing photos of the Hans Dampf being used by pros with some knobs removed. I've seen this done by Gaint team riders, Lars Stienberg and a few other riders. They all claim reduced weight, faster rolling with out any loss in traction. Some even claimed better corner traction.
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Thought I'd share my experience on here in case someone was thinking of going the route I did.
So I bought a 2012 Spech stumpy comp ht last year and loved this thing. Only part of the bike that left me unimpressed was the tires. Stock it came with spech renegades. I have to admit that they roll ... Read More »
Before I go out and possibly kill myself from my tire popping off the rim just want to make sure I've done things proper.
Over the winter I bought some used Stan's Arch's and just this week got my tire to go with it. The Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29x2.35 - tubeless
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