On each side of the tire is a section of icons and text, which gives detailed information of the tire’s construction and compound (Pace Star 3), product line (Evolution), and variants (Tubeless ready and Snakeskin sidewall), etc.
The new Hans Dampf Super Gravity was designed for Enduro and Megavalanche competitions, which are quite big in Europe, where the riders tend to use downhill tires for the protection they offer in rugged and punishing terrain, where sharp rocks and heinous conditions can destroy normal tires. The Hans Dampf SG is not only made for DH race conditions, but it will appeal to All Mountain and Freeride usage.
The inner construction of the Super Gravity Hans Dampf is interesting and unique, and combines their casing, sidewall protection, Kevlar bead and stiffening inserts in a synergistic manner for extreme toughness, strength and flexibility, yet still remain moderately lightweight. The red is the normal casing, and the yellow is their Snakeskin sidewall, while the blue is a rubber insert. In a nutshell, they have a pseudo single-ply setup through the tire body and tread, and two-ply up along the sidewalls, along with a rubber insert along the bead, all bound together as a tough tire sandwich, which is light and flexible. Having the Snakeskin wrap all the way around helps with punctures and cuts, in addition to its usual sidewall placement, which now gets doubled. The rubber insert adds a great amount of stiffness and strength to the sidewalls, making the tires downhill like, but without wire bead issues.
The wrap-around Snakeskin offers downhill protection, while the construction method gives a flexible and resilient tread for excellent handling characteristics, in what they call “tough as a downhill tire, light as a freeride tire.” The tubeless ready design weighs a respectable 1000 grams, which is about 800 grams less than a full on downhill beast with a tube, which is a great reduction in unsprung weight. It’ll be available in their Triple Star Compounds (Pace Star, Trail Star and Vert Star), and will come in 29 x 2.35, 650B x 2.35 and 26 x 2.35 sizes.
The SG floor model at the show felt soft, sticky and pliable, with a good amount of strength where needed. It should be an interesting tire to try out in the real world, since the normal Hans Dampf is a great all around tire.
- Folding Tire
- Tubeless Ready
- All around SnakeSkin
- Strong Apex
- Flexible Tread
- 1000 gram weight
- 800 gram weight saving over dh tire
- Triple Star Compounds (Pace Star, Trail Star and Vert Star)
- Sizes – 26 x 2.35 (Pace Star, Trail Star and Vert Star), 27 x 2.35 (Vert Star)
The lightweight Rocket Ron gets a major facelift this year, in what they like to call ‘The Next Generation’ version. They have decreased the rolling resistance by 15% due to redesigned center knobs, added stronger side knobs for less squirm, and all the knobs get three micro V-grooves each, for increased grip, control and wet adhesion, while retaining good strength. In addition, the tread pattern has been subtlety tweaked, and the knob height has been decreased. The sidewalls are lightly textured, thicker and have a uniform surface for increased toughness of their 127tip casing, and to assist with tubeless ready mounting. They’ll be in available in 29″ (2.25 & 2.1), 650B (2.25) and 26″ (1.85, 2.1 & 2.25) sizes.
They’ll be offering the following 650B sizes:
- Hans Dampf SG – 27.5 x 2.35
- Hans Dampf normal – 27.5 x 2.25 & 27 x 2.35
- Nobby Nic – 27.5 x 2.35 & 27.5 x 2.25 (not snakeskin)
- Racing Ralph – 27.5 x 2.25
- Rocket Ron – 27.5 x 2.25 & 27.5 x 2.1
- Rapid Rob – 27.5 x 2.25
I have been testing the Nobby Nic 650B, and I am quite happy with the tire. It’s easy to set up tubeless, has good traction and durability, though it’s not the stickiest tire in their line-up it has performed admirably. I can’t wait to try the Hans Dampf SG!
As stated earlier, they’ll offer the 29″ size in almost every model of their MTB range. They did a large study and made some interesting findings about the characteristics of this tire size. They measured rolling resistance with a power meter test using their 29er tires, on different terrain and obstacles, and it showed they rolled 5-6% faster than a 26″. They also asked 50 test subjects for their judgement or ride experience in a 26″ vs 29″ comparison, in relation to wheelspin, somersault, holding a downhill line, safety, ride performance, comfort and optic. In every category, the 29er tire always came out top.