Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12.00pm
By Guy Kesteven, Mountain Biking UK
The Schwalbe Dirty Dan downhill tyres gained instant fame when Danny Hart rode them to his 2011 World Championship in what seemed like total ignorance to the insanely wet conditions on the Champery course.
This Freeride version delivers that confidence in a more trail-friendly format.
At 960g each, they’re not the easiest tyres to get moving and you’ll want to keep momentum up once you’ve got them rolling. The soft, slow-motion rebound Vertstar triple compound rubber creates a lot of drag on fireroad or Tarmac pedal-ups too.
Unlike a lot of winter tyres, the reinforced 2.35in carcass still blows up big. The tight tubeless-ready bead and Snakeskin carcass means they’re stable and pinch-proof down to around 20psi, even with tubes in. That means you can wallop them down rocky trails without worry.
The ridiculous amount of grip means that corners aren’t any obstacle to carrying speed, however muddy, greasy-rooted or damp-rocked the trail is. They’re grippy in intermediate conditions, but don’t expect your £90-a-pair investment to last long in the dry.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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