Schwalbe Magic Mary 29x2.35in tyre review£49.99

Masterful mixed-condition rubber

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Chunky, square shaped tread blocks and aggressive shoulder knobs help make Schwalbe's Magic Mary one of the best tyres we’ve used in mixed and wet conditions. At 920g, the Evo SnakeSkin version we tested is on par with similar rubber from other brands – for example, the Maxxis High Roller II.

In mixed conditions where you encounter harder, drier patches of trail but there’s still gloop here and there, the Magic Mary is seriously impressive. The height of the tread means it digs in well in soft mud, yet the tyre’s not so tall that it starts to feel washy or unpredictable when you encounter rocks, roots or harder packed surfaces. The sticky TrailStar compound helps here too, ensuring that things remain nice and predictable.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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