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Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail Addix Soft TL Easy 29 x 2.4in tyre review

The Magic Mary lives up to its name

Our rating 
5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0
GBP £62.00 RRP | USD $89.00
Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail Addix Soft TL Easy mountain bike tyre

Our review

Impeccable traction across the board makes the Magic Mary one of the best tyres out there
Pros: Great cornering predictability; surprisingly low rolling resistance; well damped carcass
Cons: None.
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Schwalbe says the Magic Mary is a downhill and enduro rider’s favourite, but here at BikeRadar, we think trail riders can take advantage of the aggressive tread pattern, too.

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It has strong shoulder knobs for cornering, with an aggressive and open central pattern that should help it bite into the ground and clear mud.

It’s available in plenty of different casings and compounds to suit specific needs – such as lighter casings for trail riding – but for a UK conditions front tyre, the Addix Soft rubber and Super Trail carcass should provide the best balance of grip, support and weight.

  • Weight: 1,244g
  • Width: 2.26in (measured on 30mm rim)
  • Best suited: Front, all conditions and terrains

Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail Addix Soft TL Easy performance

The Magic Mary’s rounded profile with high central blocks and angled side knobs meant rolling resistance was surprisingly low for such an aggressive tyre.

Cornering predictability was impressive due to the rounded profile permitting higher lean angles before traction loss.

Grip was great on all terrain types from mud through to hardpack, with the Magic Mary blending the performance of a Minion DHF and WTB Verdict – its sticky compound gluing to hardpack terrain, while the large knobs dug into softer ground.

Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail Addix Soft TL Easy mountain bike tyre
Large knobs with plenty of space between them mean grip is impressive.
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Grip over rocks and roots, even when they were wet, was good, and despite the soft compound I didn’t notice any vagueness or wallowing from the tread. The carcass didn’t fold or flex in the turns and felt well-damped over bumps.

Thanks to the large centre blocks, braking traction was also commendable. Under high braking forces the tyre refused to skid or slide over the terrain, instead it bit hard into it.

Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail Addix Soft TL Easy mountain bike tyre
The Magic Mary lives up to its name.
Ian Linton / Immediate Media

The Magic Mary inflated on my test rims (30mm internal width) without a tubeless inflator and remained airtight, requiring only 20psi for the bead to seat on the rim.

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Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail Addix Soft TL Easy overall

A top all-round performer that strikes a perfect balance between grip, stability and rolling speed, the Magic Mary is a true fit and forget option.

How we tested

We pitted 10 all-mountain/enduro tyres against each other on a host of conditions, testing back-to-back on the same trails, to find out which one we think is worth your time and money.

The five pairs of tyres were all fitted on the same 30mm (internal width) rims and inflated to similar pressures, with slight variances to reflect tyre volume.

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Product Specifications


Price br_price, 5, 3, Price, GBP £62.00USD $89.00
Weight br_weight, 5, 6, Weight, 1,244g (29x2.4), Array, g
Brand br_brand, 5, 10, Brand, Schwalbe


Features br_Features, 11, 0, Features, Compound: Addix Soft
TPI br_TPI, 11, 0, TPI, 50