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Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire

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The Hans Dampf tire made its debut at the Sea Otter Classic last year and critics raved that it set new standards in rubber. The Hans Dampf has strong lugs and sidewalls, as well as grippy TrailStar compound tread. The TrailStar compound is unique in that Schwalbe combined three different rubber mixtures to create a grippy tread center, and even gripper shoulders. Tubeless ready, add latex fluid to the Hans Dampf and enjoy the benefits of high puncture protection, low rolling resistance, and the ability to run lower pressures.

  • Intended Use: Mountain
  • Wheel Size: 29"
  • Compound: TrailStar
  • Tubeless Ready
  • SnakeSkin Sidewall
  • Weight: 850g
  • PSI- 23-50
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Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Easy to install (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (6)
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      • Avid cyclist (7)
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    5.0

    Excellent tire but pricey if not on sale

    By Piney Woods Rider

    from Tyler, TX

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Tread Pattern
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Premium Price

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

    Nice upgrade over the stock Bontragers that came on my Trek Rumblefish. Set these up for tubeless. Allows use of lower air pressure.

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    4.0

    excellent performance, short life

    By Alan

    from West Fairlee Ctr, VT

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Very Sticky On Rock
    • Wide Footprint

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Wears Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Racing
    • Technical Rock Gardens

    Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

    Ran these in the XC Nationals (65+). Mounted a fresh trailstar compound Hans Dampf on the front for 2 preride laps and then the race. Won my class but after the race many of the side knobs were badly torn. Perhaps the Pacestar compound is much longer lasting.

    They tracked beautifully through the rock gardens at full throttle. They are wide enough to keep the tire out of cracks. They are heavy (~800 gm) but the extra half pound paid for itself in speed and confidence.

    So... they did exactly what I wanted (successfully raced a rocky technical course) but would not last as a daily ride.

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    5.0

    Favorite front tire, ever

    By STWolf

    from New England

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Grip
    • Predictable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

      I run the HansDampf 2.35 (29er) Evo Snakeskin (Trailstar compound) up front on my bike and I just love it. Best tire I've ever tried. Grip for braking and steering are off the charts. Cornering is rock-solid and very predictable. Many reviewers claim that this tire is slow. In my opinion it is actually a bit quicker than other big-knob front tires I've run in the past like Kenda Nevegals, Maxxis Ardents. Schwalbe's triple compound strategy and tread/knob spacing design works pretty well. The knobs in the center of the tire are a bit harder and I think they roll pretty well. Obviously it's not an XC race tire. It's designed for serious traction. I'm just saying that compared to similar tires I've found it quicker than the others. I've also tried the Schwalbe Nobby Nick (same size configuration) which is also a pretty terrific tire. I think the HD has a bit of a rounder shoulder shape than the NN. The NN's shoulder transition is more squared-off and abrupt I think; and, I prefer the slightly more rounded shoulder shape of the Hans Dampf. I have had no problems with durability with these tires. I've put several hundreds of miles on them and they're holding up very well. Highly recommended despite the high price.

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      3.0

      Side knobs tore off

      By After ride beers

      from Greenville, SC

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

            The side knobs tore on the inside very early on when using as a front tire. The tire appears to show no signs of wear other than the side knobs releasing. None of them have completely come off, but they are all torn about halfway and the tire doesn't corner confidently as it did when it was new because of this. Loved the tread pattern and initial grip.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent grip, wears out fast, heavy

            By T

            from Earth

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Grippy
            • Grippy In All Conditions
            • Stable Uphill And Downhil

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Wears Fast

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Wet Conditions

            Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

            More grip than you ever need. Excellent trail tyre.

            Heavy, slow rolling (Excels in slow singletrack)

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Best 29er Tire I have Ridden Yet

            By Hobie

            from Burbank

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Cornering
            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Grip
            • Predictable
            • Sticky

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

              i finally splurged and bought this tire brand new. i have never paid this much for a tire. after todays ride i am so glad i did. i took it to the super steep DH single tracks of the verdugo's where its loose over hard pack and traction is hard to find. it stuck way better than the spechy purgatory it replaced, and other tires i have ridden on: captains, ardents, ignitors, mountain kings. i only put it on the front and was running an ardent in the rear but it blows the ardent away as far as traction so i am going to buy another one and put it on the rear as well. this tire made my riding so much more fun and safe today.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A large sticky tire

              By Doktari

              from San Diego

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Install
              • Excellent Braking
              • Excellent Grip
              • Front Tire Only

              Cons

              • Fragile As A Rear Tire
              • Price
              • Slow As A Rear Tire

              Best Uses

              • As A Front Tire
              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

              The HD's are a big soft tire that measures up to the stated size. Its large nobs are very soft and braking performance is incredible. Works real well on So Cal trails. After 100 miles I noticed the back was taking a real beating and the soft knobs were starting to show some damage. The tire is just to expensive to destroy so I replaced the rear with an old Bontrager. I lost a little grip in back but gained some speed back. The HD's are a slow tires if you run them front and back. Overall I love the grip with the only shortcoming being rocks between the size of an almond and a walnut on fire roads. The tire is pretty loose when you hit that stuff, don't see much of it though.

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              5.0

              Tought tire

              By Dave

              from High Desert Calif

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

                Live in high desert and ride in rocks and sand washes and this tire handles it all.On one trail I have torn two WTB Bronson tires but this tire handles fine

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                5.0

                Jack of all trades

                By DJTKD

                from Michigan

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Awesome Grip
                • Durable
                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29" Trailstar Tire:

                    Using Hans Dampf Snake Skin 29x2.35 as a front tire. There is nothing this tire can't do. I feel 99% safer,faster in corners and all together better with this tire compared to: Nevegal, Conti Trail King, Conti Mountain King, WTB Nano Raptor, Maxxis Ardent. The price is high but if you are buying tires once or twice a year($30ish more than any decent tire)it is worth paying $30 or $60 extra a year for this quality of ride. (I only have time to ride about twice a week.)
                    With Hans Dampf on the front and Nobby Nick on the back my riding just climed to a whole other level - it is trully worth the price.

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