Sea Otter 2011 – Schwalbe Hans Dampf

by Brian Mullin on April 26, 2011

Schwalbe had their new Hans Dampf on display at Sea Otter, and the German name translates to “jack-of-all-trades”. The all conditions mountain bike tire, are tubeless ready with a non-directional tread pattern, and uses their tough SnakeSkin sidewalls, and was designed for dry and loose or wet and rooty and rocky terrain. The tires use their Triple Star rubber compound design, specifically the TrailStar version (High Performance Trail Ride Compound). The TrailStar is comprised of a base layer, which provides knob stability and good rolling properties, and then a medium soft rubber running down the center knobs for traction, braking and acceleration performance, and finally a soft rubber on the side knobs for grip in corners and riding over adverse and rocky terrain.

Tread Design
Big tread block – excellent rubber grip, low block flex, reduced tread wear.
Homogeneous distributed blocks – nice and well tempered cornering.
Wisely positioned and dimensioned tread clearance – extreme grip due to mechanical cogging with the ground while cornering, braking and climbing.
V-Grooves – advanced grip without weaken the tread blocks.
Very Strong and nicely supported outer knobs – extreme cornering grip, calculable and easy controllable border area.
Unidirectional tread pattern design – front and rear wheel use.

Hans Dampf Specs:

  • MSRP: $89.45
  • Size: 26×2.35
  • Weight: 750g
  • Casing: 67 EPI W/ Snakeskin Sidewall
  • Compound: TrailStar
  • Tire Bead: Folding
  • PSI: 23-50
  • Bead: Tubeless Ready

First Impressions:
I installed them tubeless on a set of Sun Ringle Charger Pro wheel’s, which use Stan’s BST (Bead Socket Technology), and I had no issues getting them to seal up on my first try. The tires roll well for a high volume and wide 2.35 inch tire, and they offered a secure and stable footprint, with bombproof snakeskin sidewalls. I really liked their excellent steering capabilities and superb traction when climbing, as they pulled strongly in the ugliest gravel and sand. In direct comparison to their Big Betty brethren, they weren’t the stickiest tire, so when rolling down rock ramps and steep terrain, the braking wasn’t as grabby or precise. Overall they are a nice tire, and they rolled, cornered and accelerated nicely, and were very predictable. More to come!

Measured weight – 806.1 grams and 784.5 grams

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