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  • Snakeskin, Tubeless Easy, 29x2.35 ($60.72)
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Item # SCH001J

No trail shall go unconquered.

The Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29-inch Tire brings the all-mountain game of its famous 27.5-inch brother to the big-wheeled court, and now no trail shall go unconquered.

The Dampf's large and widely-spaced tread blocks, robust sidewall reinforcement, and relatively low weight all make the tire a particularly aggressive entry into the world of so-called wagon wheels. A majority of bikes in this category are high-speed, cross-country focused rigs focused on racing and efficiency, while Hans has his eye on bigger, gnarlier things. Think of it as a competitor in the 800m track-and-field event throwing on a pair of army boots — the results are still pretty fast, but now only more ready to tackle a wider variety of terrain.

The tire uses Schwalbe's 67tpi casing with a three-ply layer under the tread. This SnakeSkin version of the tire has Schwalbe's puncture-resistant casing that you can easily set up tubeless, and it's made with the company's TrailStar rubber compound, which is slower-rolling but grippier than the company's less tacky PaceStar compound.

  • Large, widely spaced lugs
  • Robust sidewall reinforcement
  • 67tpi casing
  • Tough, 3-ply reinforcement layer

Tech Specs

Compound:
TrailStar triple compound
Size:
29 in x 2.35 in
Type:
tubeless-ready clincher
Casing:
SnakeSkin
TPI:
67
Actual Weight:
Snakeskin, Tubeless Easy, 29x2.35: 830g
Recommended Use:
all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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Good quality, volume and traction.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Using this tire out front on both fs and ss at 22psi on AZ granite and sharp rock. No punctures or tears. Great tire but costly. The tire life seems to justify after buying bargain for a time and seeing perf and longevity.

Lots of Grip, Relatively Light for Size

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I switched to a Hans Dampf front tire in the summer when our trails started to wash out for additional grip. Its soft compound and big burly knobs combined with a nice 2.35 volume gives it plenty of predictable grip. At 830 grams its not a light tire by any means, but significantly lighter than other 29er trail tires in its class. One downside of the softer compound means that like most Schwalbes these wear down faster than a lot of other tires, but personally I consider it a fair tradeoff for the excellent performance i get out of them.