Schwalbe Magic Mary VertStar Super Gravity 27.5x2.35in tyre review£54.99

Versatile rubber for hard riding

BikeRadar score4/5

Schwalbe’s Magic Mary may look like a cut-down mud tyre but it’s deceptively versatile in a wide range of conditions. It’s already proven its worth on the race circuit, where its grippy tread, tacky VertStar compound and tough Super Gravity casing have helped secure a slew of DH and enduro victories.

Our test sample weighed in at 1,120g and blew up tubeless easily with a track pump. Throughout a full year of testing, the carcass has shrugged off everything we’ve thrown at it, staving off tears and not once letting us down. And the square centre tread blocks and aggressive side knobs really let you push the tyre hard, especially in softer conditions, where it sheds mud well thanks to the wide tread spacing.

On flatter trails, the soft compound rubber isn’t the fastest rolling, but the huge amount of grip on offer gives the tyre a confidence inspiring feel on pretty much everything, including wet roots and rocks. A year on, our test tyre is now reluctant to stay inflated tubeless though.

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

Olly Forster

Staff Writer, UK
Olly started riding in '94 after reading Mountain Biking UK as a teenager, and by '97 he'd done his first downhill race. Having worked in the bike industry since 2000 in a range of roles, he's still as hungry as ever to test new kit and explore fresh trails.
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Downhill and trail
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada IPA

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