Schwalbe Hans Dampf, SuperGravity, Addix Soft, 2.35in
The recently redesigned Hans Dampf is a welcome improvement over its long-standing predecessor. Its beefier shoulder tread makes it longer-lasting than the old tyre, which shed shoulder blocks fast, and it grips better in turns too.
Although 2.35in sounds a little narrow by modern standards, it’s one of the few tyres to measure up close to the claimed width on a 30mm rim.
The SuperGravity casing has a stiff sidewall near the bead, but a more supple construction under the tread. This supports the tyre when cornering hard, offering predictable handling at low pressures, while keeping rolling resistance relatively low.
In my tests it rolled faster than most of its rear-specific peers, including the Maxxis Aggressor in 2.5in DoubleDown guise.
I’ve always found the SuperGravity casing to be easy to set up tubeless and puncture resistant. Along with the Addix Soft compound (which roughly replaces Schwalbe’s Trailstar rubber mix), the firm sidewall also increases the tyre’s damping, which means it resists bouncing so the tyre feels more planted over bumpy ground.
It’s brilliant through rocky descents, especially under braking. It’s still not as grippy as some in soft corners, such as Michelin’s Wild Enduro rear, but it never lets go suddenly and has a predictable cornering feel at any lean angle.
The new Hans Dampf offers a good blend of hard- and soft-terrain grip, with excellent straight-line traction on rocky trail and a predictable feel. Rolling speed is impressive for such a well-mannered rear tyre too.
- This tyre was tested as part of a group test. All tyres were tested back-to-back on the same tracks, keeping all other variables as consistent as possible to ensure my findings are as reliable and accurate as they can be.