Schwalbe Hans Dampf Snake Skin 27.5 Trail Star TR Folding Tire
The Hans Dampf is the perfect trail tire. It has been tuned for maximum control and no matter what the trail conditions are. The grippy TrailStar compound is great in corners or any situation where extra traction is needed.
If I was rating this tire on grip alone, it would be 5 stars. If you want a tire that corners well, grips in nearly every condition, handles predictably and rolls reasonable well; AND can afford to replace tires every few rides, this is the tire for you. The downsides: 1) Extremely short life span. I was losing entire nobs after the second ride on both the front and rear tires. Was forced to replace the rear after about 5 rides and half the tread shearing off, limped the front along for a month until it punctured. 2) Terrible tires for shedding mud. I have Nevegals, Minions and High Roller IIs on my other bikes, and all do a far better job getting rid of the sticky stuff. Full disclosure, I do ride a lot of rocky trails here in MT, so I would imagine the Hans Dampf would perform better somewhere with softer trails. Pacific NW, perhaps. Friend with Magic Marys had similar durability issues. Fix that, Schwalbe, and I'll be back.