Schwalbe Hans Dampf mountain bike tyre review

MTB tyre for almost all weather conditions

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4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £49.95 RRP | USD $89.55
Schwalbe Hans Dampf mountain bike tyre

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If you can afford it, the Hans Dampf is a reliable, grippy, all-weather tyre
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Although the name hints at wet-weather performance, the Hans Dampf excels in almost all conditions. Although listed as a 26×2.35in tyre, Schwalbe could probably sell it as a 2.5in without raising too many eyebrows. 


The non-directional tread combines rectangular centre and side blocks with trapezoidal intermediate blocks filling in the gaps – there’s no ‘dead zone’ between straight ahead and leaned over. Every block is grooved to add a few more working edges. 

You do suffer a slight penalty for all this grippy goodness on smooth hardpack, with significant drag from the widely spaced centre blocks and soft compound. But you’ll forgive it when you chuck it into a sketchy-looking corner.

The Hans Dampf isn’t a bad weight, and is tubeless-ready too. Not cheap, though. 

It’s also available in 29×2.35in, and with Trailstar or Pacestar compounds.


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

Product Specifications


Name Hans Dampf tyre (12)
Brand Schwalbe

Description *Sizes: 26x2.35; 29x2.35, *Size tested 26x2.35, *Weight:780g *Other options:Trailstar or Pacestar compounds
Weight (g) 750
Max PSI 50
Tyre Width Sizes Available 2.35 In