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Schwalbe Hans Dampf 26" Tire

Item #: TI249A15
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Schwalbe Hans Dampf 26" Tire

Schwalbe Hans Dampf 26" Tire

As a jack-of-all-trades, the Hans Dampf is fine tuned to provide control and comfort. The grippy TrailStar compound option provides traction and control when cornering, making it an ideal front tire option, while the PaceStar option offers a lower rolling resistance for more speed, making it perfect for the rear wheel. Both tire options employ the light and robust SnakeSkin sidewall that’s resistant to tearing, easy to fit and tubeless ready. Pair the two together and you’ve got a quintessential do-all, go-anywhere trail arrangement.

Compounds and Technologies

  • PaceStar: Extremely fast XC compound. Easy rolling base layer (base), Fast center (medium), and Grippy shoulders (medium soft).
  • SnakeSkin: lightweight layer of fabric to protect against sidewall cuts. Perfect for rocky terrain.
  • TrailStar: Enduro & Freeride compound. Easy rolling base layer (base), Grippy center (medium soft), and Extra-grippy shoulders (soft).
  • Super Gravity: New 4 layer carcass construction provides support and protection without adding too much weight. The whole tire (not just the sidewalls) features a layer of SnakeSkin fabric to added protection.


  • Size: 26" x 2.35"
  • Weight: 760g +/- 50g
  • PSI: 23 - 50
  • EPI: 67
4.6 / 5.0
64 Reviews
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Really good All Mountain tire
These tires came on a new bike purchase I got about a year ago. I run Kenda Excavators on my other bike, a hardtail XC/All mountain bike, and was fairly satisfied with that tire but these Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires are much better. They grip really well on climbs and in turns. On the soft stuff (sand) they give you a chance to avoid washing out.

This was a replacement for the back tire that was showing signs of wear. The front looks pretty good still but when that starts to show too much wear, I won't hesitate to replace that with another Hans Dampf either.

Also, these tires really seem to resist thorns. I run both Slime Tubes and StopFlat tape because I don't like dealing with flats but noticed that I hardly ever have to pull out any thorns with these tires. My other tires don't get flats because of the setup I run, but I still have to pull plenty of thorns out of them. That's not the case with these.

The only negative I can really say about them is they are pricey and a little heavy, but performance wise, they are top notch.

PROS: Attractive Design, Durable

CONS: Heavy

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Upgrade
November 17, 2013
SF Bay Area
Great Tire
Bought these tires to replace my Continental Mountain King II. These are so much better for the trials I ride here in Orange County, CA area. They hook up nice, and don't seem to be showing signs on wear, even after beating them up on the San Juan, Car Wreck and Rock It Trails. Love these tires. Glad I made the switch!

PROS: Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Lightweight, Durable
January 24, 2014
central point, OR
Dependable all mountain grip
Used this tire both front and rear for all mountain riding. Found it provides a great balance between grip and rolling resistance. Nice large volume, not terribly heavy and relatively inexpensive.

PROS: Relatively Inexpensive, Good Traction, Attractive Design, Durable
March 14, 2016
Ithaca, NY
Great tire!
I've been using Hans Dampf for a while and like them quite a bit. These or Minion DHF are my go to tires!
April 2, 2017
6 months ago
Clark, NJ
Great priced tires
Good tire at a great price.
Tires showed up the next day.
Tread looks good but I haven't hit the dirt yet so we'll see.
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April 5, 2017
7 months ago
Sonora CA
Amazing tires
These tires are the benchmark in the AM category for their excellent grip, light weight, and amazing cornering performance. When at the limit of traction the tires progressively slide making them easy to control. I like these more than the Minnion DHF for AM riding.

PROS: Excellent Grip, Tough and light, Low Rolling Resistance

BEST USES: Extreme XC, AM light freeride
July 14, 2012
BC, Canada
Got Dampf?
These Tires Are The Dampf! Hooks Up Like Crazy In All Terrain And You Can Run Lower Air Pressures For Added Hookability Yea Baby! As Richard Rollins Says "GET YA SOME OF THAT "

PROS: Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Durable

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Racing
April 17, 2014
Santa Maria,Ca (The 805)
hans dampf
Just used the HD to replace my nobby nic. rear tire. First thing i noticed was it feels like tire rolls much better, brakes better with out loosing traction, and corners way better!!

PROS: Braking, Grip, Faster rolling

CONS: Hope the tire holds up
May 2, 2012
san clemente,ca
it is medium large and tubless ready. Also got good side walls. But the price is rocking.
April 19, 2017
6 months ago
Great tire
I mounted this on the front. Lots of traction in the corners in all sorts of trail conditions. Love this tire so much I purchased it for my 29er too. I would get again too. The tire popped up quick for tubeless. I would totally recommend.
April 28, 2017
6 months ago
Ontario Canada

Q & A

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Is this tire tubeless ready?
Matthew on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: it is tubeless ready
Is this a folding tire?
Ian B on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I have the performance line Hans Dampf 26", it folds, it's light and cheaper to ship than a wire bead tire.
Are these the Performance line or EVO line of Hans Dampf?
B S on Apr 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The ones I purchased are the performance line. Very nice tire for loose trails and riding through sand washes.
Is the tire compound a trail star or pace star?
Allan A on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I bought the Trail Star. I have not used it yet so I cannot provide a review on performance. It looks good though.
weight of performance type please?
j t on May 26, 2017

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