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. TrailStar is a fast-rolling enduro and freeride compound with easy-rolling base layer, grippy center and extra-grippy shoulders. They are 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.
THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST ALL-AROUND TIRE I HAVE EVER RIDDEN! I HAVE RUN AGGRESSIVE 2.2-2.4" TIRES FOR ABOUT THE PAST 5 YEARS, AND HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING FROM MAXXIS HIGH ROLLERS/HIGH ROLLER 2/MINION, SPECIALIZED CONTROL & BUTCHER, CONTINENTAL AND HUTCHINSON TIRES. THESE ARE THE BEST OUT OF ALL OF THEM!
THE TRIPPLE COMPOUND GIVES THE ENTIRE TIRE A SOFT FEEL, VERY GRIPPY SIDE KNOBS WHILE KEEPING THE MIDDLE TREAD FROM WEARING FAST. MY FRONT TIRE CAN HANDLE LOOSE PACK TURNS MUCH BETTER, AND I RIDE MUCH MORE CONFIDENT BECAUSE OF IT.
I ALSO HAVE TO SAY I AM QUITE IMPRESSED WITH THE SNAKESKIN SIDEWALLS. I SPENT 3 FULL DAYS THRASHING ALL OVER MAMMOTH WHILE RUNNING THESE TIRES TUBLESS, FULLY EXPECTING TO TEAR A SIDEWALL, BUT THEY HELD UP REALLY WELL WHILE TAKING A FEW HITS TO THE SIDE. I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO RUN THEM TUBELESS, I RECOMMEND ABOUT 3 OR 4 SCOOPS OF STANS (DOUBLE THE REC. AMOUNT)... AND FEAR NOT ABOUT NEEDING A SHOP COMPRESSOR TO MOUNT THESE! THEY MOUNT JUST FINE WITH A STANDARD FLOOR PUMP THROUGH A PRESTA VALVE.
I NOW HAVE 3 OF MY 4 BIKES RUNNING THESE TIRES, AS WELL AS BOTH OF MY RIDING BUDDIES ROCKING THEM. THEY ARE THE BEST!!!
PROS: Great in sand, Mounts With Floor Pump, Tripple Comp Wears Well, Hooks Corners Well, Light Weight
It's hard to give a tire perfect marks when all tires consist of compromise in one way or another. These truly are Hans Dampf meaning jack of all trades. The tread is reversable so you can extend the life on these puppies which is nice since they tend to ear quickly in back. Just don't skid every corner and you should be fine for a while.
This nice big volume tire feels great and they roll fairly quick too. Setting up tubless is super easy if you're into that.
I've been through three sets of these now. The first set was the softer Trailstar compound and they wore out in just a month or so (granted, I do ride a lot). Grip was amazing but at this price they just didn't last long enough. The side knobs were just ripping right off the tire.
The last two sets I ran were the slightly harder Pacestar compound. They lasted longer but still not nearly as long as other tires I've run that cost a LOT less.
A note about size - these run BIG, which I think is awesome. They're really beefy for a 2.35, bigger than a 2.5 Maxxis Minion and even slightly bigger than 2.35 Kenda Nevagals (which also run really big for their size).
I loved these tires, but I've abandoned them in favor of the single ply Minions which seem to have more ultimate edge grip and will HOPEFULLY last longer (and surely cost less).
PROS: Awesome grip, Work Great Tubeless, Relatively light
I've now gone through 4 Pace Stars. The first one leaked through the seam in the middle of the tire in multiple places, second one was severely out of round, third one was also severely out of round, fourth one looked to be a good one, then started leaking from the seam again. Schwalbe clearly has a problem with their quality control. I've never experienced any of these problems with the other tires I use(primarily Maxxis. Ironically, I've also never had a problem with a Trail Star tire. Only Hans Dampfs with the Pace Star compound
PROS: Easy To Install, Lightweight
CONS: Leaks Through Tread Join, Out Of Round, Horrible Quality Control
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